B.A., M.Ed., M.Div.
Writer, storyteller, and ordained minister, Janet Stobie is welcomed as an inspirational speaker at fundraisers, group meetings and Sunday morning church services. During her nineteen years in parish ministry, Janet was particularly appreciated for her pastoral care skills with young people and children. In 2009, Janet retired to focus on her writing and her family. To date Janet has written and published eight books. Her short stories have been published in local newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. For several years Janet has written the Today’s Faith Column for the Millbrook Times as well as her weekly blog, Tips for Grace-filled Living.
Janet’s short story, Flashing Shovels was nominated for the Kenneth Galbraith Literary Competition. Her short story, Bone Meal, received an “Honourable Mention” in the online contest by HumorPress.com. Janet’s Children’s book, Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, has just been nominated as a Top Female Author by The Authors Show.com.
Janet’s first novel, Fireweed, has been enthusiastically received by adults as well as young people. It is an intriguing mystery story that keeps the reader turning the pages. Fireweed has also been recommended by grief counsellors, as an excellent grief resource. It’s sequel, To Begin Again, Janet’s latest work, brings the same characters two years later. Based on the theme of acceptance, To Begin Again is acceptance. It deals with today’s issues. Woven throughout this basically fictional story, is a creative presentation of the true story of Maggie Sinclair. Maggie, Janet’s grandmother, came to Canada at the age of 8 with the one of the waves of Barnardo children from the streets of England.
Janet’s two books of short stories are biblically based and connect the Bible’s wisdom to our daily lives.
Janet thrives on variety. She has also written three children’s books. A Place Called Home: Homeless? Who Me? was commissioned by the Lindsay homeless shelter. It’s “Good News” story introduces children and parents to the issue of homelessness from the perspective of small communities. All proceeds from A Place Called Home are used for programs at the Lindsay shelter.
Dipping Your Toes, Janet’s worship resource is being used by lay leaders and clergy in United Churches as well as other denominations, across Canada.
Janet Stobie is married to Tom and together they have five children and five “fabulous” grandchildren. Her home is in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.