About

Simply Me

I admire the simple things in life: fresh coffee, deep conversations and food ingredients that I can easily spell. (What’s up with the butylated hydroxyanisole anyway?)

I also admire people who, like me, feel wobbly and weary at times, but dig deep and scooch ahead bit by bit. There is beauty in moving forward, even if we don’t always see the loveliness in our detours and delays.

I am a full-time author and writer who lives along the front range of the Colorado Rockies and I enjoy hiking, biking, photography, movies, reading, throwing sticks to my doggie and just puttering in my yard. I also adore vibrant flowers, fresh fruit, hearty laughter and quirky news facts. Can you tell I like variety?

So pour yourself some hot java (or chai, herbal tea or a power green smoothie) and come explore staying brave and resilient in our day-to-day adventures and slowdowns. Ahhh . . . I love the simplicity of savoring life with friends. 

Who Is Bodacious, Bubbly Beth?

(Well, we know she has fun with alliteration!)

  

Just how small is your hometown?

When I was growing up in our southeast Nebraska farming community, we hovered around 175 people. Today the population is more like 100—including dogs and cats. Yes, there are more people in line for the women’s bathroom at the game than in my entire hometown.

 

What’s this about Beth being mistaken for Miss Universe?

IMG_1786 - Version 8Oh that story! In 1994 I was in Manila, Philippines, researching a magazine story about a woman’s outreach to prostitutes and pimps. One rainy night while searching for prostitutes to interview, I was sitting in a taxi when a young Filipino man ran up to the car. The stranger kept tapping on the taxi window and shouting, “Meeee-zzzz Uni-verzzzze! Meeee-zzzz Uni-verzzzze! Meeee-zzzz Uni-verzzzze!” Apparently he saw my fair skin and blond hair and thought I was one of the contestants competing in the Miss Universe Pageant in Manila at the time. Oh the joys of fifteen seconds of fame!

 

How do you pronounce Lueders?

LEE-ders. Yep. Granted, it looks like you should say LOO-ders, but there’s 
a silent “u.” But don’t worry about offending me, I’m used to the last name quandary. Now only if Mr. Right would come along so I could marry and change that confusing last name. Or, there is always the pen name. Hmmmm.

 

Why does Beth prefer decaf drinks?

At coffee shops, my friends implore baristas, “Pl-E-E-E-E-E-se give her decaf. Beth is wired enough!” Or as one of friend’s 14-year-old daughter blurted out about me, “You know, you’re kind of hyper . . . just saying.” I prefer the descriptions: animated, lively, soulful, energetic and upbeat . . . just saying. Of course, you can add in kind, funny, beautiful and humble.

 

You’ve written about tattoo artists. Do you wear some ink?

Since the early 1990s I’ve interviewed hundreds of people in nearly 20 countries including gold-medal Olympians and tattoo artists. While I enjoyed some stellar moments playing volleyball, basketball and softball growing up, I’m no world-class athlete. Nor am I a tat-kind-of-gal. My version of sporting some ink is the ballpoint pen peace signs I drew on my hand in 5th grade math class.

 

When her Lassie dog is boisterously barking, Beth tells him: “Settle down, boy. Timmy is in the well, but he has his cell phone and 911 is on the way.”

I am the founder and director of MacBeth Communications, a writing and editorial business in Colorado Springs, Colorado.I’ve honed my writing skills through hundreds of media projects—books, blogs, magazine articles, catalogs, newsletters, and much more. I’ve coauthored and edited several books including: The Women of Faith Study Bible, The Life Promises Bible, Celebrations of Faith, and Q & A with Point of Grace. My first solo book, Two Days Longer, explores how waiting and everyday setbacks can lead us to know God more intimately. Lifting Our Eyes chronicles the gripping and tender accounts of survivors and witnesses to the 2007 Virginia Tech killing rampage.

For more about my writing or to schedule speaking engagements, visit BethLueders.com.

READER COMMENTS

 

Lifting Our Eyes

Perspective, Encouragement, Hope

“In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech Tragedy, this important book provides perspective, encouragement, and hope.”

—Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven Is Real

  

Find Your Faith Strengthened

“A person’s view of God determines the way he or she will respond in times of crisis. Beth Lueders has done us a great service by finding God’s stories of grace and hope in an otherwise horrific event. I encourage you to read this book and find your faith strengthened by firsthand stories of God’s presence and peace.”

—Vonette Z. Bright, cofounder, Campus Crusade for Christ International

Two Days Longer

No Other Book Out There Like This

“I absolutely love this book! It’s just what I need at this time in my life. Beth is an amazing writer and there’s no other book out there like this. I’m sending a copy of Two Days Longer to all my friends.”

—Victoria Jackson, actress, comedienne, Saturday Night Live alumnus

 

Be a “See-Througher”

“After losing my daughter in the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999, I learned the value of patiently letting God’s purposes unfold. Now, years later, we know that Rachel’s story has touched the lives of millions of people. Two Days Longer will enable you, too, to be a ‘see-througher’ instead of a ‘look-atter.’”

—Darrell Scott, speaker, author of Rachel’s Tears

 

Approachable, Gentle, Joyful Book

“I picked up Two Days Longer in a dry season of intense waiting over infertility and some other deeply painful family issues. What I found in its pages was far beyond the usual vaguely encouraging sound bites. I found an honest and courageous sister sharing from the depth of her experience and through a wide variety of others’ journeys. It wasn’t just a collection of my-story-is-sadder-than-your-story comparisons to make my situation feel better. It was an opportunity to open my eyes to who God is to each of us in all of our inevitable valleys and periods of uncertainty. I’m grateful to have found this approachable, gentle and joyful bookthat helped take my eyes off my daunting wait and put them where they should always be—on He who is beyond and in control of all time.

—J. Johnson, French to English translator

 Beth’s books and e-book editions are available through most major local and online bookstores including amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, ChristianBooks.com or through the publishers, us.penguingroup.com and simonandschuster.com.

 

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