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Cynthia Yates

Author of  Living Well as a Single Mom

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Cynthia Yates's Bio:

Cynthia Yates is an award-winning writer who passionately imparts philosophical and practical lessons on Christian living and stewardship as a humor columnist, radio personality, author, and speaker. A former single mom who abhors waste, Yates has parlayed skills of survival, practicality, and common sense into a successful ministry. In each of her books, she emphasizes that it is possible to experience the abundant life while spending less money. Yates’ most popular titles include Living Well on One Income, Living Well in Retirement, Ditch the Diet and the Budget, 1001 Bright Ideas to Stretch Your Dollars, and Money & Me. Her novel Brenda’s Gift was also well received.

In her new book, Living Well as a Single Mom, Yates advocates for the single mother by addressing relevant topics with empathy, biblical wisdom, and a “let’s do this together” attitude. Besides offering practical suggestions for raising healthy and well-adjusted children, Yates shares tips for overcoming the inevitable fears, isolation, and loneliness that surface. She heralds the worth of the single mom and presents effective tools that can be used to manage the responsibility of a family, face the financial burden of single motherhood, and handle discipline with discernment. For the sake of the kids, Yates encourages women to lean on the Lord and church family, and inspires each woman to build a networking system of support that can restore life to the family’s schedule.

Yates has been heard on an impressive roster of radio stations for 15 years where she has discussed everything from Halloween to war. For eight years, her Spirit of the Age show on KALS Christian Radio in Kalispell, Montana, explored cults, apologetics, and moral and cultural issues from a biblical worldview. In addition, Yates’ Just Say the Word inspirational sound bites were a daily feature on KALS. She served as commentator on Larry Burkett’s How to Manage Your Money program, and for five years dispensed weekly five-minute frugal lifestyle tidbits on KFUO in St. Louis, Missouri. On the lighter side, Yates’ UpBeat humor column, which garnered a Montana Press Association award, has been in print for more than 20 years in the widely circulated Lakeshore Country Journal of Bigfork, Montana. She has also had articles published in national magazines such as Family Circle, Focus on the Family, Decision, and Marriage Partnership.

As well as being interviewed on regional and national radio stations such as Focus on the Family, and presenting numerous commentaries aired by The 700 Club, she has been a popular guest on programs produced by Christian Crossroads Communication, LeSea Broadcasting, Total Living Network, On Main Street, HGTV, and PBS in Washington D.C. Yates is a sought-after speaker for youth retreats, women’s events, church functions, and clergy conferences. Besides creating the food pantry in Bigfork, she also enjoyed teaching life skills to residents at the Gospel Mission in Washington D.C. Her life experiences include owning a café in the middle of nowhere, life-guarding, and working as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Cynthia and her husband Joseph share their 10-acre “Ragtime Farm” in Montana with a dog and cat, two goats (Bilbo and Baggins), three rescued horses, hundreds of wild birds, countless deer, and an occasional grizzly. They frequently visit son Joshua, daughter-in-law Molly, and three grandchildren in Virginia.

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