Nancy Flinchbaugh is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation program on Leading Contemplative Small Groups and Retreats and a certified labyrinth facilitator with Veriditas. She enjoys leading contemplative retreats, labyrinth experiences, and experiences listening to God’s creation. She will work with you to design a retreat or event for your group of varying lengths.
She writes as a spiritual practice and has written two novels with spiritual themes. Revelation in the Cave (2012) and Revelation at the Labyrinth (2017), as well as a memoir, Letters from the Earth (Higher Ground Books and Media, 2018), a “How-To” manual on contemplative practices, Awakening: A Contemplative Primer on Learning to Sit (Higher Ground Books and Media, 2020). Her latest novel in the MAMs series, “Revelation in the Roots: Emerald Isle,” will be published soon.
Nancy wrote the book to continue her life work of peacemaking and to build bridges across racial and political divides. She enjoys nature, gardening, bicycling, traveling, leading contemplative experiences, public speaking, community building, and writing books with a purpose. Nancy is a member of First Baptist Church and the mother of two wonderful sons, Luke and Jacob. She lives in Springfield, Ohio, empty nesting with her husband, Steve, and cat, Emily Rose. Learn more about her work at spiritualseedlings.com and nancyflinchbaugh.com. Connect with her on Facebook at Nancy Flinchbaugh, Author.
Read Reviews by My Readers
“In Revelation of the Roots, Nancy Flinchbaugh combines an incredibly diverse cast of characters, stirs them up, has them dig down to their very roots, and then has the roots actually rise up and speak to each other. It’s a coming together of beliefs, of passions, of people from all walks of life. Their joy in their discoveries and in each other leave the reader filled with a great sense of hope.”
“There’s power in the story, there is.” And the stories in this excellent novel help people better understand each other. The Magnificent and Marvelous Book Club (the MAMs) are back. This time their adventure takes them on a spiritual quest to Ireland, as they shepherd a group of men and women in recovery from drugs and alcohol on a trip to discover their roots. As they tour parts of Ireland, some of the travelers are helped on their mystical journey by visits from a leprechaun, St. Brigid, and an African American Sea Island matriarch, Grand Ma-Ma. Some characters fall in love, and all the travelers find that an exploration of their ancestral past helps them to focus on improving their future. People, struggling to find a way forward for themselves, found life-changing experiences in better understanding themselves and others. I found myself finishing the book in just a few days, and the characters and their stories stayed with me long after I quit reading. The strong characters were compelling as they engaged with each other and worked their way through discussions and disagreements in a (mostly) loving way. None of them were perfect, but they found their way forward with the love and support of others. This book is a deeply satisfying read. At a time when our country is ever more divided, this book seeks to help us find ways to reconcile and come together. It is an exploration of the healing power of spirituality and faith.