I’m No Superstar

I’m No Superstar is a blog for people like me who want to make a difference in the world but know they aren’t activists. Each post contains a social action idea that most of us could do, a book that’s worth reading, or a link to a website that offers other ideas. Oh, and it’s all introduced by a sometimes quirky story from my life.

Choosing Thoughtful Gifts

Many years ago, the adults in our extended family decided we would only buy presents for the kids. Life would be easier, and the Christmas budgets less stressed, if we didn’t buy for the grownups, we all agreed. And then on Christmas Eve, as we opened our presents, there were gifts for all the adults

Don’t Panic—Great Gifts in a Minute!

It’s crunch time! Do you still have people to buy Christmas presents for? Likely they are people who “already have everything” or “really don’t want anything.” I’ve got the perfect solution. Give them something heartwarming that they don’t have to store, use, clean or display. Give them an alternative gift. Give a woman in Burundi fabric

Child Sponsorship Proven to Work

Samuel’s picture shares space in front of our fireplace with our daughter Joy’s.  We are proud of him, just as we are of Joy. Joy lives in Tennessee and Samuel lives in Haiti. And we’ve never met Samuel. He was our sponsored child through Compassion International. We looked forward to the letters we received from

Changed by Compassion

Today’s post is a guest blog from Lisa Bartelt, a writer, mother, blogger, follower of Jesus from Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Be sure to follow Lisa’s Living Echoes blog.
“Dear Sponsor Lisa …”

I was just out of college and a newish Christian when I had the opportunity . . .

I’m No Mother Teresa, Chapter 4A

(Book begins with the Preface in the January 31 post.) Please note: This chapter was written several years ago. Some of the activities we supported then have changed, but the principles of the illustration remain the same. “You can do what I can’t do. I can do what you can’t do. Together we can do something

Visit a Christian Bookstore; Help Haiti

I love books. I know you know that if you’ve read the blog more than once or met me in person. Even when I try to swear off buying books for a season—”I’ll use the library!” “I’ll not buy a book until I read every book on my to-be-read shelves” (yes, it’s way beyond a


Have Carol Speak For Your Group

An accomplished and flexible speaker, Carol tailors her topics to fit the theme and timeframes of your meeting, conference, seminar or retreat.