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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charlene Ann Baumbich  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943

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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

  • Don`t Miss Your Kids, Inter Varsity Press, 1991
  • How to Eat Humble Pie & Not Get Indigestion, Inter Varsity Press, 1993
  • Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This, Servant Publications, 1995
  • The 12 Dazes of Christmas, Inter Varsity Press, 1996
  • The Book of Duh, Harold Shaw Publishers, 2000
  • 365 Ways to Connect with Your Kids, Career Press, 2000
  • Dearest Dorothy, Slow Down Your Wearing Me Out, Guide Post Books, 2002
  • Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet, Guide Post Books, 2002
  • Dearest Dorothy, Help! I've Lost Myself!, Penguin, 2004
  • Dearest Dorothy, Who Would Have Ever Thought?!, Penguin, 2005
  • Dearest Dorothy, If Not Now, When?, Penguin, 2007
  • Stray Affections, WaterBrook Press, 2009
  • Don't Miss Your Life!: An Uncommon Guide to Living with Freedom, Laughter, and Grace, Howard Books, 2009
  • Divine Appointments, WaterBrook Press, 2010
  • Finding Our Way Home, WaterBrook Press, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Don't miss your kids :
ISBN: 0830813314. OCLC Number:

InterVarsity Press,. Downers Grove, Ill. :. ©1991.

How to eat humble pie & not get indigestion /
ISBN: 0830816283. OCLC Number:

InterVarsity Press,. Downers Grove, Ill. :. ©1993.

Mama said there'd be days like this :
ISBN: 089283918X. OCLC Number:

Vine Books/Servant Publications,. Ann Arbor, Mich. :. ©1995.

The 12 dazes of Christmas & one holy night /
ISBN: 0830819614. OCLC Number:

InterVarsity Press,. Downers Grove, Ill. :. ©1996.

The book of duh /
ISBN: 0877880603. OCLC Number:

Harold Shaw Publishers,. Wheaton, Ill. :. ©1997.

365 ways to connect with your kids :
ISBN: 1564144801. OCLC Number:

Career Press,. Franklin Lakes, NJ :. ©2001.

"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."--The publisher.

Dearest Dorothy, slow down, you're wearing us out /
ISBN: 0786255595. OCLC Number:

Thorndike Press,. Waterville, Me. :. 2003.

With a whole new life to contemplate, eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy has a chance to become a whole new person. She does some serious praying and planning--God has never let her down before!

Are we there yet? /
ISBN: 0786249773. OCLC Number:

Thorndike Press,. Waterville, Me. :. 2003, ©2002.

Dearest Dorothy, help! I've lost myself! /
ISBN: 0143034286. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 2004.

Feisty eighty-seven-year-old former bandleader Dorothy Jean Wetstra returns as her small Midwestern town of Partonville makes plans for the celebration of its 130th anniversary, while the acting mayor comes up with a scheme to transform a key section of the town square and newcomer Katie finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the town and its quirky inhabitants. Original.

Dearest Dorothy, who would have ever thought?! /
ISBN: 014303619X. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 2005.

In the fourth volume in the series featuring the irrepressible inhabitants of Partonville, as residents are preparing for a festive Thanksgiving dinner at the local church, everyone works to ignore bossy acting mayor Gladys McKern, Jessica Joy deals with an unexpected crisis, Katie Durbin weighs another real-estate project, and Dearest Dorothy provides loving advice to all. Original.

Dearest Dorothy, if not now, when? /
ISBN: 0143112570. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 2007.

When her attorney son Jacob announces plans to move back to Partonville, Dorothy hopes that he can aid Katie Durbin with more than legal matters, and the mayoral race heats up when incumbent Gladys McKern is challenged by Sam Vitner.

Stray affections :
ISBN: 0307444716. OCLC Number:

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Mesmerized by a snow globe containing a little girl with hair the color of her own, Cassandra Higgins recalls memories of her beloved Grandpa Wonky, the stray she rescued as a child, and her relationship with her mother.

Don't miss your life! :
ISBN: 1416562990. OCLC Number:

Howard Books,. West Monroe, La. :. 2009.

Provides advice for readers on regaining the joy in life through God, explaining how to gain wisdom by building positive "memory portfolios" of special life moments.

Divine appointments :
ISBN: 0307444724. OCLC Number:

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"Josie Brooks, at the age forty-seven, 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, and unquenchable thirst--not to mention a mysterious snowglobe with a serene landscape, complete with a flowing river and lush greenery that seems to beckon 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"--Page 4 of cover.

Finding our way home :
ISBN: 0307444732. OCLC Number:

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After ballet dancer Sasha Davis suffers a severe injury and returns home to Minnesota to recover and deal with her mother's death, she forms an unexpected bond with her live-in aide, Evelyn, who helps Sasha face life with a renewed purpose.



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