Today is my Birthday … and I want to give YOU a Present!

Today is my birthday! I’m not usually one who announces my birthday on social media or even reminds my friends, but there’s a great reason I’m talking about it today. I realize there are many friends here that may not know much about me, or the books I write. And I think now is a great time to change that.


You see, I envision us being friends. Some of us already are friends and other of us just met. In order to build, or grow, our friendship, we need to get to know each other. I’ll begin, and hope you join in the conversation.


One of the best ways I thought to help you get to know me is to share a little bit about the different books my family has helped me publish and the story behind the stories!


Each of the covers for all of the books are photos our family has taken ourselves or friends and/or extended family have taken and given me permission to use. It was important to me that the pictures reflected a little bit of our life … and a whole lot of God’s magnificence!

One fun fact about me is that I de-stress and relax the most when spending time with God in His background, the nature He created, appreciating the beauty of it all.


One cover, Hope During Heartache, is the exception to the “rule” above. The lady who allowed me the opportunity to use her picture was a virtual stranger. I’ll share more about the story behind that picture in the upcoming weeks.


For the next few months, I thought it might be fun to introduce one book each post, and let you know the behind the scenes of how it came to be published.

For now, though, let’s celebrate! If you’d like a birthday present from me, head over to and if you sign up for my email list, I’ll send you a free eBook, my most popular one, Spoken from the Heart: Choosing Grace. It has 32 days of encouragement from me to you!

In the meantime, though, how about replying in the comments with one fact or funny tidbit about yourself that you’d like me and the rest of the group to know about you?


© Cheri Swalwell 2020



6 Replies to “Today is my Birthday … and I want to give YOU a Present!”

  1. I knew Cheri when she was a teenager when I was her youth pastor back in Rockford, Illinois. One of our big things back then was “air band” competitions and somehow I got Cheri to perform with us, doing the craziest songs and wearing the craziest costumes! Of course, it all seems silly now, but we sure made some wonderful memories and won some esteemed trophies!

    1. Those truly were some great memories, Mark! Thanks for reminding me. I loved, loved, loved my youth group memories. Very blessed to have been part of your first youth group experiences!

  2. I was fortunate enough to get to know Cheri as I taught two of her phenomenal kids! =+) Woohoo! Lucky me!

  3. Although I’m still getting to know you, I’ve read 2 books in the Spoken From the Heart series(paperback format). Since I’m older my eyes aren’t as good and it’s easier to read for me in paperback/Hardback/print format LOL.
    Hope to read and review more of your books.
    They bring such a blessing.

  4. Thank you so much, Crystal. I prefer paperback formats too! 🙂 So glad you are blessed by the encouragement in the books. God is so good, isn’t He?

    Blessings to you – so glad you’re here!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: