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Friday, March 15, 2013

Speaker Karen Gaus Shares Experience of Raising Autistic Child

Karen shares her experiences of raising a child with Autism who now lives a self-sufficient life. She is inspiring and encouraging to all her hear her.  

Fees: $100 & up, depending on length & distance, + travel expense (Negotiable lower fee or free for those near Central Texas area)

Travel: USA

Categories: Autism, Motivation, Inspirational, Goals, Achievement, Relationships, Dreams, Challenges, Faith

Speaking Topics
  • The True Story of a Child Freed from the Bonds of Autism

A crisis such as having a child with Autism is stressful and heartbreaking. Hear how Karen and her family overcame autism—the lessons learned, and how her son went from a seemly incurable disability to a whole young man who lives a normal life in every aspect.
  • Motivation with Excellence

This presentation is an inspirational, motivational speech on excellence and achieving goals using fun anecdotes.

  • The Power of Words

In this speech Karen uses her unique experiences in life as well as great resources to give an inspiring speech full of emotion that helps the listener manage challenges, inspire dreams, and build relationships.

  • The Imprint of God

This is an inspiring speech about the evidence of a loving God in our chaotic world. God is blamed for everything from war to menstrual cramps. With stirring anecdotes, the Imprint of God will encourage and uplift..


“I have enjoyed seeing and hearing Karen blossom into an engaging and competent speaker who offers her insight and passion as a gift to every audience. I have known her through our affiliation in Toastmasters International, but I also speak from my experience as a college speech instructor. No matter what the topic or audience, Karen will bring an organized and entertaining speech that is full of useful well-researched information and compassionate and sensitive personal experience. Over and over I am drawn in by her testimony and focus on godly advice. I can highly recommend her as a speaker for any occasion.” 
D. Kirkland, Temple College Speech Instructor, Distinguished Toastmaster, Belton, Texas

"Karen Kraus understands the power of communication, both written and verbal. She is both encouraging and inspiring to everyone who has the pleasure of hearing her speak."
Brandi Myers

“I heard Karen Gaus deliver a speech entitled, The Power of Words. She had great use of stories and quotes to prove words have power. She concentrated on the power of words resolving issues which was great. Extremely effective speech!” 
Matt Mathieson


Karen Gaus grew up the fifth daughter in a family of six children. During her childhood, one of her favorite pastimes was to tell adventurous stories to her friends. One day the teacher arrived during an impromptu puppet show and loved it so much she invited her to entertain the whole class. It’s only logical she would grow up to write novels. Karen has won several first place and finalist awards including the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, Inspirational Writers Alive in Houston, Austin Manuscript Contest, and Barclay Literary Competition. She has been a school board member, an ACFW member, and president of her Toastmaster club. Karen lives in Texas with her husband of thirty-three years and is mother of two wonderful children, a twenty-four-year-old daughter and a twenty-year-old son.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Angela Arndt on Angels Among Us

Angela talks about the joy on the unexpected back roads of life and how Angels, messengers of God, were used in history and are still used to influence your life today. 

Fees: Love Offering, plus travel if over 50 miles

Travel: Carolinas

Categories: Angels, Faith, Joy, Humor, Women's Ministry

Speaking Topics
  • Joy on the Back Roads

Sometimes as we travel down the road of life, we have to take some unexpected detours. Sickness, divorce, losing your job -- all the things can make our plans skid out of control.

Those byways can be bumpy, but if we listen to the Great Navigator, we can keep on track and even find a little joy on the back roads.
  • Angels Among Us

Have you ever wondered if someone was looking over you? Angels are God's messengers of hope, peace and encouragement. Angie talks about the history of angels in Scripture, shares some personal accounts and discusses how angels fit into your life today.

  • Ages and Stages of LOL

Most people use the acronym, LOL, to indicate that they enjoyed something online, but it can mean something more. Join Angie as she shares a humorous look at how a woman can gracefully move from Laughing Out Loud, to Lots of Love and finally land in Little Ol' Lady status.

  • Your Choice

Angie Arndt is willing to consider developing a program for the topic you've chosen for your next women's meeting. Contact her for details.


"I was privileged to meet Angie Arndt recently. She came via the recommendation of a friend and I was not disappointed. She visited and spoke to a group of ladies from my church at a Saturday morning brunch. She is very personable and made all of our ladies feel as though they had known her for a long time. With these ladies, that was very important. When we contacted her concerning our event, we gave her our theme and she built her presentation around it. She spoke on our theme and also did a musical presentation. She is very talented, came well prepared and adapted to the group she was addressing. I would definitely recommend Angie for speaking engagements and her musical talents are an asset as well."
Barbara R Shiver, Kershaw-Lancaster Farm Service Agency
Camden, South Carolina

"[Angie] is a bright young woman who grabs your heart and soul when she speaks about those things that are important to her. Besides being an accomplished artist, she is writing a book that shares her love of people and their stories of others."
Charlene N. Herring, Mayor of Ridgeway

"Angie is an extraordinary communicator. In my experience listening to her teaching in our congregation, she had been able to present the truth with clarity, passion, and love. Her excellent ability to write and speak with eloquence is undergirded by a deep faith in her Lord and heart devoted to loving and serving His people."
M. D. Connor, Pastor of Aimwell Presbyterian Church, Ridgeway, SC


Angie enjoyed her career as a corporate trainer and curriculum writer at one of the largest insurance companies in the nation. That is, until she retired due to health issues in 2007. Her struggle to live a full life in spite of pain led her to write "Joy on the Back Roads," published in Heartbeat of the Home's magazine, "Backyard Friends."

She's served in various volunteer positions with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and their Charlotte-area chapter, Carolina Christian Writers. She currently serves as a team member of Seriously Write and assistant editor of

Angie is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency and is currently working on a series of mystery novels set in small Southern towns. She and her husband, Charles, live in the middle of a big wood with three dogs, Beau, Jade and Harley.


Twitter: @aerndt

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