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Cedarville Stories Podcast: Waiting for the Blessed Hope

by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

The Christmas Table coverDonna VanLiere has experienced tremendous success as a bestselling author. Her 21 titles, many of them with a Christmas theme, have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, landing her on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Six of her books have been transformed into made-for-television movies, including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing.

Her latest Christmas book is The Christmas Table, pictured to the left.

Donna obviously loves to write, but the greater loves in her life are her husband Troy, and their three kids: Grace, Kate, and David. All three children were adopted: Grace and Kate from China; David from Guatemala. Writing bestsellers comes second to being a mom, in Donna’s book.

Donna’s most recent title, The Time of Jacob’s Struggle, takes her into new territory writing fiction based on biblical prophecy. She was prompted after realizing that it had been many years since she had heard a message in church about the second coming of Christ.

In this year marked by fear and anxiety, Donna is comforted and emboldened by the fact that God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises, which includes the return of Jesus, is a rock-solid foundation for peace and hope. 

“I wish people would go into the Word, and say, ‘I know these are hard truths, but Jesus said these days would come; Jesus said there would be pandemics, there would be plagues,’ but He also said, ‘When you see these things begin to happen, lift up your head, look up, because your redemption is drawing near,’” Donna shares during the podcast. “Troy and I both had COVID. We’re still here, and I still know that things are looking up. I’m still looking for a blessed hope.”

To listen to Donna's podcast, click on the play button below:

To listen to more Cedarville Stories podcasts, click on the link below: 

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More to the Story

The Christmas Table, Donna’s latest holiday book, is now available at your local bookstore. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in Communication programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement rankings. For more information about the University, visit


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