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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charlene Ann Baumbich  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943


-- Charlene Ann Baumbich on Twinklegram -- http://www.twinklegram.com/index.html=charlene+ann+baumbich
-- Website -- http://www.dontmissyourlife.com
-- Charlene Ann Baumbich on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=charlene+ann+baumbich


Illinois Connection

Charlene Ann Baumbich lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charlene Ann Baumbich is a popular speaker,award-winning journalist, and author. Her stories, essays, and columns have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the ''Chicago Tribune'', ''Chicago Sun-Times'', and ''Today's Christian Woman''. In addition to her ''Dearest Dorothy'' series, she has written nonfiction books of humor and inspiration.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Don't Miss Your Kids: They'll Be Gone Before You Know It
ISBN: 0830813314

Intervarsity Pr. 1991

It happens in a finger snap--suddenly your kids are grown and gone. So now's the time to enjoy them while they're till home. Parenting is hard. But this book encourages us. And it helps us realize what a treasure these crazy, irritating, wonderful kids are. Carlene Baumbich helps us keep a sense of humor, see the daily crises and humiliating moments from a positive perspective, recognize our children's uniqueness, stay humble (your kids probably help you with this), and give ourselves permission to enjoy our kids. "Children are a gift from the Lord," the psalmist said. Let's enjoy them now, this book adds, for they'll be gone before we know it.

How to Eat Humble Pie & Not Get Indigestion
ISBN: 0830816283

Intervarsity Pr. 1993

The role of humility in the Christian life, treated with humor

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This (But She Never Said Just How Many)
ISBN: 089283918X

Vine Books. 1995

"Charlene has charm of putting a sparkle in even the most trivial of experiences..making them bright spots... I felt like a window was opening from a narrow tunnel-and ahead were shiny spots of joy".....Barbara Johnson.

The 12 Dazes of Christmas: (& One Holy Night)
ISBN: 0830819614

Intervarsity Pr. 1996

Offers a humorous look at the hectic preparations for Christmas, and reaffirms the religious meaning of the holiday

The Book of Duh
ISBN: 0877880603

Harold Shaw Pub. 1997

The self-proclaimed Queen of "Duh!" has collected a side-splitting array of dumb things she and her correspondents have done, in the hope that knowing you're not alone will help you laugh at yourself and get on with living.

365 Ways to Connect With Your Kids: No Matter What Their Age [Or Yours]
ISBN: 1564144801

Heritage Builders Inc.. 2011

A Year's Worth Of New And Creative Ways For Parents To Connect With Their Kids Sounds like you've heard this all before, right? If 365 Ways To Connect With Your Kids were just an activity book, the answer would be yes. But this book is so much more than that because it gives parents new ways they never thought of to be present for their children in the midst of the busyness all around them. Parenting is an uphill, downhill, fun-inducing, sometimes slam-dunking ride. Yet, author Charlene Baumbich believes that rather than enjoying the ride, far too many parent are stressed out and filled with fear. Too often, it's all about them and how they're doing as parents rather than about their children and the relationship. 365 Ways To Connect With Your Kids was written to help parents let go of their fears and believe in the warmth and wisdom they have to bestow on their children and be open to the spontaneity, enthusiasm and lessons their children have to share. Through a series of mini stories about connectedness in action--as well as a few examples of what being disconnected looks like--365 Ways To Connect With Your Kids will help you connect with your children in a hands-on, positive, fun, thought-provoking, warm and rewarding way for both of you. No matter what the age of your child or yourself, it is never too late to try something new or re-nourish something old and meaningful. 365 Ways To Connect With Your Kids will help you not only enjoy the ride, but also wallow in the blessings as well as the trails and challenges along the way. Charlene Ann Bumbich is an author, speaker, award-winning journalist and humorist. But most important, she is the mother of two grown sons with whom she continues to be joyfully connected.

Dearest Dorothy, Slow Down, You're Wearing Us Out
ISBN: 0786255595

Thorndike Pr. 2003

For the legions of readers who enjoy books that celebrate life’s simple pleasures, eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra and her beloved farming town of Partonville, Illinois, will become instant favorites. In this hilarious, touching series, Charlene Ann Baumbich introduces readers to Dearest Dorothy, who tools around town in a 1976 Lincoln Continental nicknamed “The Tank,” plays bunco regularly with her pals, and grabs a stool at Harry’s counter often enough to stay on top of the latest-breaking news—which she is often creating. In the series debut, Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?, Dorothy faces a decision that may change her town forever, and her gift for shaking things up comes in handy. In the second book, Dearest Dorothy, Slow Down, You're Wearing Us Out!, the town’s irresistible cast of characters is back in full swing as they confront some of the many surprises life sends their way. So pull up a chair and get ready for fireworks, laughter, and we’ll-get-through-it-all-with-faith friendships.

Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?
ISBN: 0786249773

Thorndike Pr. 2003

For the legions of readers who enjoy books that celebrate life’s simple pleasures, eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra and her beloved farming town of Partonville, Illinois, will become instant favorites. In this hilarious, touching series, Charlene Ann Baumbich introduces readers to Dearest Dorothy, who tools around town in a 1976 Lincoln Continental nicknamed “The Tank,” plays bunco regularly with her pals, and grabs a stool at Harry’s counter often enough to stay on top of the latest-breaking news—which she is often creating. In the series debut, Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?, Dorothy faces a decision that may change her town forever, and her gift for shaking things up comes in handy. In the second book, Dearest Dorothy, Slow Down, You're Wearing Us Out!, the town’s irresistible cast of characters is back in full swing as they confront some of the many surprises life sends their way. So pull up a chair and get ready for fireworks, laughter, and we’ll-get-through-it-all-with-faith friendships.

Dearest Dorothy, Help! I've Lost Myself! (A Dearest Dorothy Partonville Novel)
ISBN: 0143034286

Penguin Books. 2004

Charlene Ann Baumbich?s two heartwarming Dearest Dorothy novels have transported thousands to a little Midwestern town where the ups and downs of everyday life have charmed readers and left them clamoring for more. Of course, the character everyone has come to love is the feisty former bandleader, 87-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra. Now in Dearest Dorothy, Help! I?ve Lost Myself! Partonville marks its centennial plus thirty?by arguing over the best way to celebrate it. Meanwhile, the acting mayor is trying to change a vital part of the town square (but it?s always been that way!) and a newcomer named Katie can?t avoid the suspicion that she?s grown far closer to this quirky little place than she had ever intended. Delightful and touching, this tale is every bit as addictive as its predecessors.

Dearest Dorothy, Who Would Have Ever Thought?! (A Dearest Dorothy Partonville Novel)
ISBN: 014303619X

Penguin Books. 2005

Charlene Ann Baumbich has won a loyal following of readers with the first three books in the Dearest Dorothy series, featuring the amusing and touching adventures of the townspeople of Partonville. Now Charlene Baumbich uses her wonderful gift of storytelling to celebrate the simple pleasures of life in this heartwarming and hilarious story. The fourth book in the series finds the residents of Partonville preparing for a festive Thanksgiving dinner at the local church. Amid assigning duties and preparing recipes, everyone tries to ignore bossy acting mayor Gladys McKern. Meanwhile, Jessica Joy struggles with an unexpected turn of events, Katie Durbin considers another real estate project, and Dearest Dorothy doles out advice and love in equal amounts to everyone.

Dearest Dorothy, If Not Now, When? (A Dearest Dorothy Partonville Novel)
ISBN: 0143112570

Penguin Books. 2007

Home is where the heart is-and this Partonville homecoming will warm the hearts of all Dearest Dorothy fans this fall

The colorful characters of Partonville, Illinois, are back once again to delight Charlene Ann Baumbich's ever-growing legion of fans. Dorothy is thrilled that her attorney son Jacob is moving back to their hometown and wonders if he might help Katie Durbin with more than legal matters. Meanwhile, Partonville's mayoral elections have just heated up. Incumbent Gladys McKern is being challenged by Sam Vitner, owner of Swappin' Sam's, whose campaign slogan is "McKern's had her turn! Time to SWAP! VITNER for Mayor!" And the contest to name Katie's new mini-mall incites competition and a mad dash of entries. Through it all, Dorothy's spirit and the Partonvillers' antics will keep readers wanting to circle the town square again and again.

Stray Affections (A Snowglobe Connections Novel)
ISBN: 0307444716

WaterBrook. 2009

The last thing that Cassandra Higgins expects out of her Sunday is to be mesmerized at a collectors’ convention by a snowglobe. She’s enjoying some mommy time, with husband Ken at home tending their brood of four young boys, when she’s utterly charmed by the one-of-a kind globe containing figures of three dogs and a little girl with hair the color of her own. She can’t resist taking the unique globe home--even if means wrestling another shopper for it!

The beautiful snowglobe sparks long-dormant memories for Cassie, of her beloved Grandpa Wonky, the stray she rescued as a child, and the painful roots of her combative relationship with her mother, “Bad Betty” Kamrowski. Life in Wanonishaw, Minnesota is never dull, though, and Cassie keeps the recollections at bay, busy balancing her boys, her home daycare operation, and being a good friend to best pal Margret. But after a strange–flurrious, as Cassie deems it–moment happens with the remarkable snowglobe, Cassie and the people she loves are swirled into a tumultuous, yet grace-filled, and life-changing journey.

With the quirky, close-knit Midwestern small-town feel that made Charlene Ann Baumbich’s acclaimed Dearest Dorothy novels so popular, Stray Affections invites you to experience the laughter and the healing of second chances.

Don't Miss Your Life!: An Uncommon Guide to Living with Freedom, Laughter, and Grace
ISBN: 1416562990

Howard Books. 2009

The award-winning author of the dearest dorothy novels, called by Guideposts “one of today’s most popular and bestloved Christian humorists,” motivates readers to laugh, play, and relish the good things in life.

Charlene Ann Baumbich has always spoken and written about the layers of life just as she sees them—slightly off-center, mostly dead-on, and always through the lens of grace. With Don’t Miss Your Life! Charlene Ann Baumbich’s creative pedal is to the floor, her cranky gallbladder has been “left behind,” and her storytelling is in full swing. Fasten your seatbelts!

With her signature warmth and candor, Charlene offers readers insight on how to become their own best storytellers of what God is doing in their lives. She does far more than show why it is so important to slow down, enjoy our blessings, and not take things so seriously. She encourages everyone to build a “memory portfolio” of special life moments, and in doing so to grow in wisdom, learning how to see God’s hand in our daily lives is the key to a rich and fulfilling life.

Divine Appointments: A Novel (A Snowglobe Connections Novel)
ISBN: 0307444724

WaterBrook. 2010

With the big 5-0 fast approaching, Josie Brooks begins to question her structured, picture-perfect (mid)life.



Josie Brooks, at the age of 47, thought she was leading an enviable single life. A successful consultant, she calls her own shots, goes where the money is, and never needs to compromise. But her precisely managed world begins to falter during a Chicago contract when an economic downturn, a bleeding heart boss, and the loyalty and kindness between endangered employees ding her coat of armor.


Throw in hot flashes, a dose of loneliness, a peculiar longing for intimacy, an unquenchable thirst—not to mention a mysterious snowglobe with a serene landscape, complete with a flowing river and lush greenery that seems to be beckoning her in—and Josie’s buttoned-up life is on the verge of coming completely undone. Maybe her solitary existence isn’t as fulfilling as she has convinced herself to believe.


It will take a few new friends, a mystical encounter, and an unexpected journey to set Josie on her own path to “right-sizing” and making the life changes that really matter. Filled with laugh-out loud moments and a gentle dash of inspiration, Divine Appointments is another heartwarming charmer from a master storyteller.

Finding Our Way Home: A Novel (A Snowglobe Connections Novel)
ISBN: 0307444732

WaterBrook. 2012

When the road home becomes daunting—sometimes a very capable girl on a bicycle can help find the way.


“Charming, surprising, familiar, and just downright wonderful.”
—Allie Pleiter, author of Yukon Wedding and Bluegrass Blessings


When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha’s injuries limit her as much as her mother’s recent death haunts her. Concluding she can’t recover alone, Sasha reluctantly hires a temporary live-in aide.


Enter the übercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is delicate, Evelyn is her employer’s opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha’s urban chic, outgoing to Sasha’s iciness, and undaunted where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity.


Evelyn soon discovers Sasha needs to heal more than bones. Slowly, as the wounds begin to mend and the tables tilt, the two women form an unlikely alliance and discover the astounding power of even the smallest act done in the name of love. Finding Our Way Home is a story of second chances and lavish grace.


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