I'm Susan walley schlesman.

It's nice to meet you.

This is My Story

Sue Schlesman is a bit of a know-it-all, in the nicest sort of way. She likes the term “litérateur,” but really just means she’s a book snob. You can find her reading, crying over reading, highlighting books, or telling people what to read most every day of her life.

She loves to teach. She’s taught every grade in school (high school English is her sweet spot) and ESL (love those new Americans). In the past several years, she’s been a featured speaker in conferences, Bible studies, and pulpits. Since the Bible is her favorite book, it’s hard to not talk about something so life-changing.

But Sue is not a Jesus-snob. She doesn’t live on a pedestal, even though she’s married to a pastor and the random person calls her “first lady.” Nope. She’s happy to share her messy mommy stories, marriage challenges, her teaching snafus, and her ever-present foot-in-the-mouth stories. Church life is real life, and it’s a crucial, holy, and difficult calling.

Sue has three remarkable, unique, and imperfect young-adult sons, which whom she plays Fantasy Football and loses. Every year. She bakes cookies whenever they frequent the house and sometimes puts their stories into print. With their permission. (Most of the time.)

Sue’s been writing stories since the second grade. It’s a life-long passion that she’s finally stepping into with fear and faith. She has published two books, Best of Friends and Soulspeak: Praying Change into Unexpected Places. She also writes for blogs and periodicals.

You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin and Twitter, but that’s about it because she’s not a kid anymore and who has time for all this?

why we should connect

I say what needs to be said, and I will make you think and laugh and cry.

I am a hand held out.

It’s important to discuss what we fear, what we feel, how we fail, and what God says about it (even if you’re not a fan of his). We are all human, and we are all on a quest to understand life and succeed in it. But I have found that life is a journey that requires group participation.

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