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Joan Wester Anderson

Born: 1938 in Evanston, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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 ''Womanís Day'', ''Modern Bride'', ''Virtue'', ''Readerís 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

  • -- 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Website: NA
Joan Wester Anderson on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

An angel to watch over me :
ISBN: 0345397738 OCLC: 34581284

Ballantine, New York : 1996.

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

An Angel to Watch Over Me: True Stories of Children's Encounters with Angels
ISBN: 0829436545 OCLC: 754724919

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.

Angelic tails :
ISBN: 0829435433 OCLC: 666226956

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.

Angels and wonders :
ISBN: 0829427333 OCLC: 213445849

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.

Angels we have heard on high :
ISBN: 0345412036 OCLC: 36961089

Ballantine Books, New York : 1997.

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

Dear world, don't spin so fast, I'm having trouble hanging on /
ISBN: 0870291882 OCLC: 10021929

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

Forever young :
ISBN: 0883474670 OCLC: 45380402

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.

Guardian angels :
ISBN: 0829421696 OCLC: 63171008

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.

  If moms are angels on earth, then where's my halo? :
ISBN: 0824948548 OCLC: 645247031

Guideposts, New York, NY : 2010.

In the arms of angels :
ISBN: 0829420401 OCLC: 54454707

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.

Language of the heart /
ISBN: 0310469228 OCLC: 13015769

Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich. : ©1985.

Mom knows best :
ISBN: 1462110495 OCLC: 768797439

Moms go where angels fear to tread :
ISBN: 0824947819 OCLC: 294998726

Guideposts, New York : ©2009.

Teen is a four-letter word :
ISBN: 1558701567 OCLC: 20671019

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

The power of miracles :
ISBN: 0829422137 OCLC: 59817918

Loyola Press, Chicago, IL : ©2005.

Where angels walk /
ISBN: 0345383389 OCLC: 28567352

Ballantine Books, New York : ©1993.

Cover subtitle: True stories of heavenly visitors.

Where miracles happen :
ISBN: 0345393058 OCLC: 33327535

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.

Where miracles happen :
ISBN: 0829429034 OCLC: 316098866

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.

Where wonders prevail :
ISBN: 0345397312 OCLC: 34576732

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.