About the Author


Hello!  My name is Stephanie Engelman, and I am a wife and mother of five beautiful children. I’m also a motivational speaker and the author of the book, A Single Bead.

I am a ‘born again” Catholic convert, having been a lukewarm Protestant for the first 30 years of my life.  While I will always be “a few beads short” of a full Rosary, I continue to strive for perfection and holiness.

In November 2015, my husband, Ray, suffered a near-fatal heart attack and subsequent critical bring injury. Through it all, faith in our awesome, loving God gave me peace – and even joy – beyond all understanding.

Having been thus blessed by the peace of Christ,  I’m committed to sharing his message of love, mercy and joy. Check out the “appearances” page for upcoming speaking events where you can learn more about our story and – I hope – grow in your own knowledge of Christ’s love and message of hope. And, of course, please contact me if you’re interested in having me speak at an upcoming event, book club, or in your school.

My book, A Single Bead, is a story of faith awakened by prayer. I wrote it before my husband’s heart attack, but the central theme of the importance of faith and prayer through difficult circumstances have been instrumental to me through the last two years. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, and will share it with those you love!


13 thoughts on “About the Author”

  1. I loved reading your blog from start to finish just now, Stephanie! I’m so glad I ran into you at Kroger so I knew about it! I’m also glad I ran into you because you gave me so much food for thought in our short conversation–about being more open about my own “few beads short,” about being bolder in my love for our country and especially about praying fervently about the upcoming election. Thanks! P.S. What’s your book about?

    1. Thanks, Jean! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and hope you’ll keep visiting! I’m keeping the book under wraps for now… trying to maintain that “air of mystery!” 🙂

  2. As I think back over the years I have know you and started watching you go through this transformation, I am so proud of the direction you have decided to take in your life and the life of your family. I wish things were different and we were closer but know I love you and proud of the woman and mommy you have become.

  3. I would love to see your book as you are creating it. I know Morgan mentioned you had an artist come by for the graphics. I find it empowering that you are doing this! I seriously don’t know how you find the time.

  4. Stephanie,
    Thanks again for coming to our party this past weekend. It was a pleasure meeting you and some of your children, I hope they had a good time.
    I was looking through your blog in hopes I could find that post you mentioned on Malachy’s Clip chart. Do you have an idea of the date so that I may look it up?

    Thanks for the help!

  5. Stephanie,
    You didn’t mention this blog at the reunion…and then again, I didn’t get to talk much to you. What a rich blessing it to hear of you relationship with Jesus. I am impressed with the name of you your blog, too…a few beads short. It makes me smile. Very creative!! I will check back every once in a while. I so need to be doing something other than sitting in front of this…idol…that is my confession of the day. I can get caught up here so easily even though I know spending time with Jesus is so much more productive and rewarding…but if all I get done during the day is study/read/pray about Jesus (and attempt-repeatedly-to put it into practice) and sit here, then piles of various and sundry things begin to follow me around mentally. I better go now and do something that shows results. 🙂 God bless you.

    1. Stephanie, I’m honored to be able to count you among my readers! I hope you’ll comment often, as I’d love to hear from you. As for the various and sundry things that follow us around… well, the nice thing is, we can always take Jesus with us when we do those things, can’t we! Long ago, many religious orders wore aprons as constant reminders that, no matter the work they were doing, they were servants of Christ. Out of practicality, these got smaller and are now called “scapulars,” and worn by both religious and lay people, but they continue to serve as an ongoing reminder that we are laborers in the vineyard! “We have been unprofitable servants. We have done only what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17:10)

  6. Stepanie~ So sorry, I just saw your reply on the CWG website re a writer’s group in Indy, I would love to get one started. I am currently in another for my non-fiction writing and it has been amazing! Are you N S E or W deanery?
    I’m a Chatard mom 🙂

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