Summer 2018 Update

Posted by Ann-Margret on August 6, 2018 at 11:26 am| Leave a Comment

Dear readers,

Here’s a little catch-up on what I’ve been up to. This Wednesday (August 8), I’ll be on my way to Armenia for three weeks, along with my Dad and my niece Alexis, for my fourth mission trip to my motherland. You can follow our trip on our blog or on Facebook.

In late September, I’ll be the keynote speaker at the InScribe Fall Conference in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, and then, in mid-October, I fly down to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the Breathe Conference, where I’ll mainly be learning (and my friend Jocelyn Green will be the keynote speaker!) but I’ll also have the opportunity to co-lead a workshop and facilitate a creative activity.

I’m also working on a new book proposal so, as you can see, there’s a lot going on! I still post pretty regularly on Facebook, though, so I invite you to follow me there, too.

Have a blessed summer,



Lent Resource for Families

Posted by Ann-Margret on February 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm| Leave a Comment

I’m a little late announcing this, but I’m pleased to present my latest book project: a collaboration with author Anna Sklar. The Jesus Tree: 48 Coloring Pages with Stories for Lent is exactly what the title says, and I got to create the all-new illustrations featured in the book. Check it out on Amazon here! 

The Jesus Tree

2018 Colouring Calendar

Posted by Ann-Margret on November 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm| Leave a Comment

My 2018 Calendar is now available! Click HERE or on the picture below to go ahead and order yours, or add this to your shopping list for Christmas. It would make a great gift, and you have two options (Scripture verses or inspirational quotes).

I’m offering 20% off for orders of five or more calendars.

Calendar collage

Latest Projects

Posted by Ann-Margret on January 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm| Leave a Comment


Happy New Year, friends! Much has happened since my last update here. (To keep up with my news on a more regular basis, please “like” my Facebook page.)

Restore My Soul was released in April 2016 and subsequently landed on the ECPA Christian bestsellers list for three consecutive months (#34 in May, #21 in June and #27 in July). I was blown away! Thank you all so much for buying, reviewing and telling others about my book.

In the months that followed, I had illustrations featured in two issues of The Coloring Studio and five drawings in Everything Beautiful. And then I was surprised by a request from HCI Books to illustrate one of their popular Inkspirations colouring books; this one will be designed to encourage breast cancer survivors. Stay tuned for details on that exciting project, which I’m currently creating sketches for.

If you haven’t yet bought a calendar for 2017 (or would enjoy having one you can colour in), please check out my 2017 Colouring Calendar featuring a positive message each month. I’m offering free shipping within Canada or the United States!

While I work on my current projects, including several freelance article assignments, I have four or five other book ideas percolating in my head–ranging from artsy and fun to more reflective–and will update you on those as they take shape.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see some of my doodles and scribbles and snapshots of life in Montreal! :)

Have a great day,



Get Your Crayons Out!

Posted by Ann-Margret on March 23, 2016 at 5:32 pm| Leave a Comment

… or your markers, or your pencil crayons (as we call them in Canada). Restore My Soul has already started hitting book stores and friends who pre-ordered from Amazon are getting their copies. I can hardly believe this labour of love is finally ready to meet the world! If you haven’t yet ordered your copy, click on the “books” tab above and you’ll find links beneath the photo of the book.

I also want to point out that I’m now on Instagram! You can follow me here.

For more news about what I’ve been up to, check out my latest post on my Piece of Mind blog. If you’re in the Montreal area, please come to my book launch / colouring party on Saturday, May 7! Here’s a link to the Facebook page with all the information: Restore My Soul Book Launch.

Exciting News!

Posted by Ann-Margret on November 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm| Leave a Comment

A lot has happened in the last several months and I’ve been blown away by the opportunity to add “Illustrator” to my title. (Yes, I’ll have to update my website soon.) After a few years of being encouraged by friends to get serious about doodling–one of my many hobbies–I landed two offers in as many days to have my work published. Here’s what you can look forward to:

1. Five original illustrations contributed to Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship, being released on December 15, 2015.

2. A solo coloring book with 40 new devotionals and 40 original illustrations all written and drawn by me, coming out in April 2016. Full details about this one will be shared soon.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

New Year, New Links

Posted by Ann-Margret on January 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm| Leave a Comment

I feel like I blinked and we jumped from January 1 to January 14. I’m afraid to blink again lest I find myself celebrating my 57th birthday or something. Of course, that’s exactly how it will feel on my 57th birthday. (Ack! Less than 15 years to go!)

Rather than write a long blog update, I simply want to share links (along with wee excerpts) to four of my latest published pieces. If you have time to read them, I believe you will find them encouraging. Please leave comments and share the links with friends! And don’t forget that you can follow my regular blog here.

My personal testimony at A Look at the Book

Time and time again, God reminds me that He loves me, He’s on my side and He’s still not finished with me. I have been on the receiving end of His discipline, but I have also felt His grace and compassion in my lowest moments. My life might not have changed drastically on January 1, 1980, but if I didn’t know Jesus today, I hate to think of where I’d be.

“New Year’s Resolution” – my first contribution to More to Life Magazine

Ironically, the motive behind most resolutions is to make us feel better about ourselves, a flawed strategy that inevitably leads to failure. Try this: Instead of writing down all the things you can do to like yourself better 12 months from now, ask the Lord to help you start a revolution in your life and in your family, to transform you from the inside out.

“Wanting Not” – my column in ChristianWeek

I listed the things I wanted—to lose weight, to have a vibrant devotional life, to have victory over sin, to manage my time better, etc. Not a single thing on my list seemed contrary to God’s will but I knew I wanted those things more than I wanted God. Things began to change when I made hungering for God my daily, overarching goal.

“Beware the Feel-Good Quote” – my column at Choose NOW Ministries

Quotes can be great for motivating, inspiring and amusing us. Many of them are quite insightful and  can help us articulate truths we already know. The problem is, it’s so easy to click “share” or “retweet” or “forward” when we come across a saying that sounds deeply philosophical, that we sometimes don’t take the time to think critically about the message being conveyed.

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. . . who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:17-20)

New columns

Posted by Ann-Margret on October 13, 2014 at 10:12 am| Leave a Comment

This is turning out to be an exciting year for me in terms of writing projects. Besides the release of my latest book for tween girls, Truth, Dare, Double Dare, I’ve had two new columns launch this fall and was just invited to write for a women’s ministry website. You can read all about it on my general blog: Piece of Mind.

Truth, Dare, Double Dare – Review and Giveaway!

Posted by Ann-Margret on October 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm| Leave a Comment

Hello, friends! After a long, long wait, I’m excited to announce that today is the official release of my latest book, Truth, Dare, Double Dare.

The best way for me to tell you more about it is to point you to a fantastic review written by the mom of a tween girl. This mom, who runs the “A Look at the Book” Bible study blog, is also helping me give away a copy of Double Dare!

Check it out right here. The giveaway ends on October 9, so hurry!

Here’s a snippet from the review:

“The first weekend devo was a quiz to find out how bold you are in your faith! We read the opening thoughts together, and then I let my daughter take the quiz in privacy. She came to me afterward to tell me about why she thought her results were right on. I’ll tell you, as a mom, there is no greater joy than to have something prompt spiritual thoughts in my children, and then to have the privilege of them sharing their thoughts with me! Thank you, Ann-Margret!”

Thank you, Ren, for the great review!

Please enter the giveaway or go on ahead and order the book from your favourite retailer. If you could also write a review at some point (either on a bookseller’s website or your own blog), that would be fabulous.

Thanks and have a great day!

700+ Likes on Facebook!

Posted by Ann-Margret on July 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm| Leave a Comment

If you haven’t visited my Facebook page yet, you’re missing out on a lot of fun! As of today, we’re up to 710 “likes” and I’m truly encouraged by everyone’s participation and encouragement.

Don’t miss another day of inspiring posts! Click through today: