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General Information

Name:  Joan Wester Anderson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1938 in Evanston, Illinois

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Anderson was born in Evanston, Illinois. She is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and a former adjunct professor at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Author and lecturer Joan Wester Anderson was born in Evanston, Illinois. She began her writing career in 1973 with a series of family humor articles for local newspapers and Catholic publications, and was a monthly columnist for two national magazines during the 1980s. She has published more than one thousand articles and short stories in a variety of publications, including ''Woman’s Day'', ''Modern Bride'', ''Virtue'', ''Reader’s Digest'', and the New York Times Syndicate. Wester Anderson is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.= Published Works==*''Dear World: Don't Spin So Fast, I'm Having Trouble Hanging on'', Abbey Pr., 1982*''The Language of the Heart'', Zondervan, 1985*''Teen is a Four-Letter Word: A Survival Kit for Parents'', Betterway Books, 1990*''Where Angels Walk'', Ballantine Books, 1993*''Where Miracles Happen: True Stories of Heavenly Encounters'', Ballantine Books, 1995*''An Angel to Watch Over Me'', Ballantine Books, 1996*''Where Wonders Prevail: True Accounts That Bear Witness to the Existence of Heaven'', Ballantine Books, 1996*''Angels We Have Heard on High'', Ballantine Books, 1997*''Forever Young: The Life, Loves, and Enduring Faith of a Hollywood Legend ; The Authorized Biography of Loretta Young'', Thomas Moore Publications, 2000*''In The Arms of Angels: True Stories of Heavenly Guardians'', Loyola Press, 2004*''The Power of Miracles: True Stories of God's Presence'', Loyola Press, 2005*''Guardian Angles'', Loyola Press, 2006*''Angels and Wonders: True Stories of Heaven on Earth, Loyola Press, 2008*''Where Miracles Happen: True Stories of Heavenly Encounters, Loyola University Press, 2009*''Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread: Adventures in Motherhood, GuidepostBooks, 2009*''If Moms Are Angels on Earth, Then Where's My Halo?: One Mom's Humorous Reflections, GuidpostBooks, 2011*''Angelic Tails: True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions'', Loyola Press, 2011*''An Angel to Watch Over Me: True Stories of Children's Encounters with Angels'', Loyola Press, 2012*''Mom Knows Best: Classic Stories Every Mom Will Love'', Cedar Fort, Inc., 2012==Titles at Your Library==0870291882,0310469228,15

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dear world, don't spin so fast, I'm having trouble hanging on /
ISBN: 0870291882. OCLC Number:

Abbey Press,. St. Meinrad, Ind. :. ©1982.

Language of the heart /
ISBN: 0310469228. OCLC Number:

Zondervan,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. ©1985.

Teen is a four-letter word :
ISBN: 1558701567. OCLC Number:

Betterway Publications,. White Hall, Va. :. ©1990.

Where angels walk /
ISBN: 0345383389. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. ©1993.

Cover subtitle: True stories of heavenly visitors.

Where miracles happen :
ISBN: 0345393058. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1995.

Where do miracles happen? Nearly a hundred wonderful true stories in this book abundantly testify that they happen everwhere, all the time. Sometimes we recognize one by a tiny quiver in the pit of our stomach, a prickle of tears, our hearts lifting up.

An angel to watch over me :
ISBN: 0345397738. OCLC Number:

Ballantine,. New York :. 1996.

Collection of stories that describe encounters between children and angelic beings.

Where wonders prevail :
ISBN: 0345397312. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1996.

In Where Wonders Prevail, the author gathers dozens of true stories that tell of safe passage through the very heart of trouble and danger. The missionary priest in the Nicaraguan jungle whose life was saved by the prayer of friends in Michigan. The New York City cop who went about his dangerous work protected by heavenly bodyguards. Teenaged best friends Patty and Joni, whose closeness not even death could erase. Erin's last-second reprieve from disease. The lonely.

Angels we have heard on high :
ISBN: 0345412036. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1997.

A collection of inspirational true stories of people who have been the recipients of miracles and blessings.

Forever young :
ISBN: 0883474670. OCLC Number:

Thomas More,. Allen, Tex. :. ©2000.

Recounts the life and career of Academy Award-winning actress Loretta Young, and discusses her relationship with her daughter, Judy Lewis, her humanitarian activities, and her Catholic faith.

In the arms of angels :
ISBN: 0829420401. OCLC Number:

Loyola Press,. Chicago :. 2004.

In the Arms of Angels brings together some of the most compelling true stories of angelic appearances in the lives of ordinary people. These wonderful and extraordinary accounts light up the pages, bringing comfort and renewed faith to everyone who reads them.

The power of miracles :
ISBN: 0829422137. OCLC Number:

Loyola Press,. Chicago, IL :. ©2005.

Guardian angels :
ISBN: 0829421696. OCLC Number:

Loyola Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2006.

In this Inspiring Collection, the Work of Angels Takes many forms, including miracles, healings, and heavenly visitations. These events all convey a single, urgent, and loving message: God answers prayer.

Angels and wonders :
ISBN: 0829427333. OCLC Number:

Loyola Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2008.

"This book includes more than thirty true stories that point the reader to the spiritual realm for answers to otherwise inexplicable occurrences. For anyone inclined toward spirituality, each amazing story provides further proof of God's heavenly care in difficult times; for those who aren't sure if heaven really does intervene on earth, this book provides plenty of reasons for them to doubt their disbelief."--Publisher's description.

Where miracles happen :
ISBN: 0829429034. OCLC Number:

Loyola Press,. Chicago :. ©2009.

Where Miracles Happen by Joan Wester Anderson contains 45 stories of miraculous events and angelic encounters. From physical healing to bodily protection to divine guidance and provision, each story is firmly grounded in orthodox Christian beliefs and reminds each of us that God continues to make Himself known to us through modern-day miracles.

Moms go where angels fear to tread :
ISBN: 0824947819. OCLC Number:

Guideposts,. New York :. ©2009.

If moms are angels on earth, then where's my halo? :
ISBN: 0824948548. OCLC Number:

Guideposts,. New York, NY :. 2010.

Angelic tails :
ISBN: 0829435433. OCLC Number:

Loyola Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2011.

A collection of true stories from ordinary people who believe that God has graced their lives through heavenly canine companions. Each of the 30 stories challenges readers to reconsider their conception of angels.

An angel to watch over me :
ISBN: 0829436545. OCLC Number:

Loyola Press,. Chicago :. ©2012.

Anderson shares more than 30 stories of children's experiences with celestial beings. From a boy whose angels helps him conquer his fear of thunderstorms to a girl who is miraculously rescued from her burning home, each of these accounts is grounded in traditional Christian belief, eschewing any New Age interpretation of the events.

Mom knows best :
ISBN: 1462110495. OCLC Number:

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  • Her 15 books include

    , which was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year, has sold almost two million copies and been translated into fourteen languages

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