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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan Wester Anderson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1938 in Evanston, Illinois


Illinois Connection

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

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Her 15 books include ''WHERE ANGELS WALK, TRUE STORIES OF HEAVENLY VISITORS'', 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