Women of Faith speakers and celebrities offer uplifting stories of changed lives

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September 24, 2012

To Patsy Clairmont, “Normal is just a setting on your dryer.”

The best-selling Christian author — with a book titled by that phrase — knows from experience. She suffered from agoraphobia for years and had great difficulty just leaving the house. “My prayer, when I was housebound, was that I could get to the grocery store and buy food for my family,” she says. “That was my biggest vision for my life.”

And now, the Franklin, Tenn., resident travels from conference to conference, standing on a lighted platform in front of thousands of people. They hear Clairmont speak and feel moved and inspired by her story of how her faith in Jesus Christ led her on a process that freed her from the debilitating fears.

“Life is full of little ‘stuck’ places,” says Clairmont, 67. Her books include “God Uses Cracked Pots,” “The Hat Box” and “Sportin’ a ’Tude.” “We need each other to kind of prod and coach and cheer-lead so that we can take the next step, whatever that might be.”

Clairmont, who will share her recovery story and talk about how God speaks in unexpected places and through unexpected people, is one of several headlining speakers and musicians at Women of Faith’s “Celebrate What Matters” event, which is on a 23-city North American tour and has sold nearly 10,000 tickets for Pittsburgh.

Read More at TribLive.com

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