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New Memoir Encourages Closer Relationship with God
Connie Lounsbury offers readers a path to avoiding the mistakes she made
MONTICELLO, Minn. – Readers who are, in this current economic climate, making do with less might well enjoy reading the memoir Thrift Store Shoes: A Memoir (published by Inspiring Voices), by Connie Lounsbury. She calls it “…an entertaining story of one person who grew up in poverty and found her way through life, making many mistakes during her 70 years.”

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“War is a nasty business. [Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib] Lt. Col. Germain has given us a very readable look at a seldom-viewed aspect of war through the special eyes of a healer.”
former Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff

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Rose Hill Hermitage is on a small farm, less than an hour west of Mpls.-St. Paul. This remodeled granary serves as author Connie Lounsbury’s writing studio when guests are not occupying it for retreats.

The primitive hermitage is furnished with lovely antiques, handmade quilts and rugs, and hand thrown pottery. It features a bedroom with a single bed, a small kitchen area, studio space, and a sitting room with a lake view and a futon sofa/bed that sleeps two. More...

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11576 Aetna Avenue
NE Monticello, MN 55362
(763) 878.2841
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Meet Connie Lounsbury

Connie Lounsbury is an inspirational speaker and author who wrote her memoir, Thrift Store Shoes, released in January 2012. She also wrote Reaching Past The Wire, A Nurse at Abu Ghraib in collaboration with Deanna Germain, the Army Reserve nurse whose story Connie tells in this 2007 book published by Borealis Books. The book was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award.

She also has 22 short stories published in 14 different periodicals in the United States and Japan. She has received several prestigious writing awards, including the 1998 Guideposts Writer’s Contest and First Place Award in the inspirational category of the 2001 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.


eyes of hope

Kathleen Creek


It is the poignant tale of a mother's love in the midst of unfathomable circumstances—historical fiction based on a true story set in Minnesota in the 1920s.  Read more ...


eyes of hope

Eyes of Hope
Caring for Orphans and Widows in Africa


How can two senior citizens from Minnesota and two young adults from Africa care for the needs of hundreds of orphaned children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when they have no experience or resources? Trusting in a leap of faith, they answered the call from God with compassion, commitment, love and hope as they reached out to “the least of these.” Read more ...

Thrift Store Shoes - a memoir

Thrift Store Shoes
A Memoir


Author Connie Lounsbury admits that, at times, she has been slow to listen to how God wants her to live. Now immersed in the third act of her life, she shares her blessings, mistakes, and the secret she carried during her childhood as she learned to hear God’s voice—even in the most difficult times.

Lounsbury begins her story in 1950 on a frigid morning in rural Minnesota when, at just nine years old, she was terrified to hear her father shout, “The house is on fire!”   Read more ...

Reaching past the wire - a nurse at Abu Ghraib

Reaching Past the Wire:
A Nurse at Abu Ghraib


On a frigid afternoon in February 2003, Deanna Germain, a nurse practitioner and new grandmother living in Blaine, Minnesota, received the registered letter she had hoped would never arrive. In six days she was to report for active duty as war loomed in Iraq. The purpose of mobilization: “For Enduring Freedom.”