“When we were looking for someone to talk at our fall women’s retreat, someone mentioned Mary Rodman. I did not know Mary at the time, but have since come to see her as a friend and Sister in Christ. We meet with Mary and talked about our retreat and what we were looking for and gave her the theme. Mary ran with the theme and gave us not only talks but small group questions and devotions for each session. The attendees found the talks relevant to our lives and the small group questions meaningful and thought provoking. Would definitely use Mary for a retreat again and would highly recommend her to speak at your retreat.”
– Shirl Hensel Co-Chair, Women at the Well, Trinity Lutheran Church, Marysville, OH
I had the pleasure of meeting Mary this past week and received a complimentary copy of her book. I invited her to speak to my women’s group and what an amazing blessing she was to all of us! Her humor and warmth are infectious and we felt like we had known her for years.
– Doris, Edgewater Alliance Church, Edgewater Florida, March 2018
Trinity Lutheran GriefShare Group would like to recognize Mary Rodman, author of Bloom Where You’re Planted. She joined us Sunday, November 5th, 2017 for our Surviving the Holidays event, at Cana Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church in Marysville, Ohio to share her wisdom and insight about how to make “Something out of Nothing.”
Her presentation gave a firsthand account into the hope and healing of grief through Jesus Christ. Mary included her personal experiences with grief and how God lifted her above her grief and sorrow. She shared how Christmas became a season of healing for her as Jesus led her to follow her mother’s example and made something (Christmas ornaments) out of nothing much (her sister’s handkerchiefs).
Her presentation style was interactive, engaging, and thorough. She was friendly, focused, knowledgeable, and relaxed. She inspired and motivated the participants, many of whom suffered recent losses, to look for ways they could make something out of nothing with their loved one’s belongings – then take that something created in love and share it with others.
We recommend Mary to any Christian group seeking to edify and inspire its members.
– Sincerely, Lisa Nichols
The United Methodist Women at Asbury United Methodist Church were enthralled with Mary’s talk on farming and faith. Chuckwagon Mary engages and relates warmly with her audience. Her honesty and humility about the ups and downs in her faith journey while still holding on through some difficult trials gave us hope and encouragement. We appreciate Mary and her gift for writing and storytelling!
– Sue Chaney, Asbury United Methodist Church
Mary had a very polished presentation as she shared her life as a Christian woman. Her message was to bloom where you are planted and serve Christ every day along the way. She said life is hard sometimes and with faith all things are possible. And, that God is always with us and his grace is sufficient for whatever circumstance life hands us. Mary is a teacher/evangelist and encourages others to find God and to serve Him. She shared well her life experiences and her growth as a Christian as she continues to bloom and grow. As an author, she also shares her faith as a farm wife, sharing her ups and downs of living life.
– Jane Jackson, Galena United Methodist Church, May 2019