About Me

Dave and Ellie MarrandetteI praise God for blessing me with an amazing life. Having several diverse careers; one in public relations, another as a certified nutritional counselor and now as a global-selling author, life has never been boring!

An avid traveler and military wife, my husband and I have been to 49 states and 41 countries, meeting many incredible people along the way. Although difficult to acquire a degree while living a nomadic lifestyle, (translate: B. C. – before computers and online courses) I finally completed that with my B.-Min in the early ’90s.

When my husband felt called to leave his twenty-year golf pro position to become a pastor, we left sunny Arizona for the cold climate but warm and friendly residents of northeastern Ohio. But after five brisk, dreary winters and we departed once again for the sunny South to continue life’s journey within God’s ministry.

Sometimes Marriage is a Real Crime

As an author, I’ve published three coming-of-age novels, available on Amazon.com, Sometimes Marriage is a Real Crime (available on http://www.amazon.com for $.99) How much does it take to push someone over the edge. How many times can a wife forgive?

 

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Katherine LeVay has endured tragic circimstances to become a successful businesswoman. But her heart still longs to discover what has happened to her beautiful, abducted daughter. Continue the sequel, Casey’s Journey.  A stand alone novel.  (also available on amazon for $2.99.) 

 

 

Restoring Hope, (released in November 2020, http://www.amazon.com   $2.99)  is the third sequel,  following Casey Conrad’s rise to fame. It persues her dream of reaching and inspiring troubled inner-city youth.

My short novella, The Curious Proposal for Prosperity, Nevada can be found on http://www.amazon.com for $.99. A fun read, it reveals the question of how to restore a dying town to its former glory.

 

Currently my non-fiction Christian book discusses our mental, physiological and spiritual connection to food “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . .” (nutritional and life lessons God teaches us)  which can be found world-wide through Amazon.com. (Ebook is only $4.99.)

My newest endeavor is also my ministry. Presented for a love offering, the seminar series of, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese!” (nutritional and life lessons God teaches us)  targets Women’s Bible Studies and other Christian groups.  It addresses the intricate mind, body and spiritual aspects to optimum and sensible health. Begun in Arizona and continuing in my current state of Florida, God has truly blessed me, having spoken to churches and groups all over the country.

Understanding and deciphering nutritional truth while conquering false diet gurus and food cravings is indeed possible!

Your prayers as I reach out to those needing Godly structure and encouragement are greatly appreciated. People need to know that God Doesn’t Make Junk. He also doesn’t want his people to live on sticks and tqigs.

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If you believe that life is indeed meant to be lived with a purpose for our LORD, I invite you to join me in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle through exhibiting intentional, God-honoring ways!

186 Comments

186 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Ellie,
    It is so great to connect with you on here! I am a PR student right now, and already feel connected with you because I’ve also struggled with emotional eating and the only thing that broke me out of that was finding my identity and freedom in the Lord.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences, knowledge, and stories!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Your comment means so much to me right now and I will post an update about my brother when there is news. I am so glad you found me out here since your blog talks so much about my own struggles I have with food!! You have a new follower.

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  3. Hello…thank you for liking one of the posts on my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has encouraged you. Please continue check in on us from time to time and follow if you will. Thank you again and remember to have Faith 1st.

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  4. Nice to “meet” you, Ellie! Thanks for sharing and for your blog! I’m glad you’re reaching out to others in this way and that it’s making a difference in people’s lives. It’s so important to take care of what God gives us. 🙂

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  5. Hi Ellie, Thanks for the informative comment. Another brick in the wall. All the best to you and yours in 2013.

    Happy Trails, . . .

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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog! Looks like you have had a very full life so far. I look forward to reading about the rest! Good luck in 2013! Cherie’

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    • Right back at ya, “five words” and “Poke N Grits”, . . . thank you. As I’ve always stated, “Life’s too short to eat bad cheese!” I appreciate you finding my blog and look forward to your comments again.

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  7. Hey, thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving such a gracious comment for me. I appreciate it. I am interested in, and try to abide by the rules of good nutrition, hence your blog holds plenty of good info!!!!
    Bex
    P.S: Please stop by my blog again soon!!

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  8. Thank you for stopping by – nice to meet you. It is always nice to meet another military wife! My son will soon be leaving the Army National Guard and for the first time in my life I will have no affiliation with the military other than now I am the wife of a retired soldier! 🙂 It is nice to join you in the journey God has prepared for us.

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      • Our son is now getting out of the Army National Guard and going back to school to become a prison chaplain…God does use all of us! I am always fond of saying, “when God speaks everyone obeys!” God has indeed blessed your obedience. I am sure you have some interesting stories of your travels.

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  9. Hi Ellie, I recommended your beautiful site to another blog called AtlantaMomOfThree. She’s going to feature you along with some others in her next recommendation post. Hope that’s OK! Just love your heart and what you are doing here! I thought I’d better warn you as you might get some clicks. 🙂 bless you, from Victoria

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    • Oh Victoria, what a lovely, thoughtful thing to do for me! Thank you so much for your generous heart and for recommending my blog to your friend. How exciting! I’d love to have more clicks and meet new friends!

      May I request your help with one more thing? It is my sincere prayer to be used by God as a vehicle for His Words; encouraging a dedication of our mind, body and spirit to our Lord. America is making idols out of food and Christians are losing the battle more each day. Please pray that my new “Life’s too short . . .” seminars will branch out to Women’s Bible Studies and churches, beginning in Arizona. There is power in prayer! I so appreciate you dear friend, blessings,

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      • I would love to do that for you. We used to live in Phx and still have family and good friends there. My in-laws were pastors there. Can you forward me the information and I’ll pass it on? from Victoria

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  10. Oh Victoria, there is no coincidence with God is there?! How wonderful and thank you ever so much! I would love to send them my professional brochure, letter of introduction and a card if they would like. (No pressure – God’s Will trumps mine)

    If you or they, would like to write to my professional email address: emarrandette@yahoo.com I can either send it to them personally or send it to the church in care of them. And I’ll trust in God to provide. (They might be able to pass on the info to other churches if nothing else.) Thank you again! God bless,

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  11. I’ve just enjoyed reading a few of your posts, so I wanted to get to know the person behind the posts. Wow – your life sounds exciting and rewarding! Living in so many places, helping people with nutrition and writing. Congrats on publishing a novel – that’s a great accomplishment! I also like your spiritual approach. I’m awakening into a spiritual person. If you’re curious about what I mean by this, check out my post, Doubting Doubt. Here’s the link: http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/08/15/doubting-doubt/. I’m so glad I ran across your lovely blog! Celeste 🙂

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  12. Hi Ellie, thank you for visiting us, how wonderful to read your focus, I was very involved in weight loss in my life some good and some bad, then thankfully I trained with the Health Department in Nutrition, weight loss and running groups but instead of working for them although they continued to help me, I started Christian Weight Control Workshops in N.S.W to help those who couldn’t afford the fees of the popular and well known diet groups.

    My groups had a Christian focus from the start although as I matured in The Lord they changed in format and I called them Heavenly Lights and the focus became more about our friendship with Jesus and each other and accepting ourselves and others as people of worth regardless of our outward appearance but we still looked at good Nutrition and the problems with dangerous and addictive dieting. I had 7 leaders and many hundreds of women attending over the 20 years they run.

    I hope to spend more time getting to know you Ellie, you seem to have a wonderful caring heart.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

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    • What a lovely letter and compliment Anne. You are so kind! It’s nice to have someone who has been there and understands the complexities of getting a ministry off the ground. Please join me in prayer that God’s Will be done through my motivational speaking ministry. Hearts need to be open to glorify God through practical spiritual and nutritional principles. Blessings,

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  13. Hello!
    Thank you so much for your concern and prayer following the attack here in Nairobi. It was really terrible and many people died or were hurt. We thank God that He kept our family and loved ones safe.
    Again, thank you very much for your concern, and may God bless you!

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    • Oh Rich you are a fabulous photographer!!! I’m so glad you approved, it was an honor to be able to display your impressive photograph.. However in the future if allowed, I would sing your praises a lot more and try to send business your way. (I try to limit my posts to 600 words or less and unfortunately it was getting long) Blessings,

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  14. Ellie thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow! I`m glad you found me on WP so I could get to know another beautiful soul on here. Your blog is wonderful and inspiring and there’s also a lot of informative topics here, so I`ll be back frequently to read more of your great posts. Have a beautiful and blessed day!

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      • Ellie, I loved being a part of the military family, but am glad to have moved on to another chapter of life. Thanks so much! I look forward to getting to know you better and seeing you over at my place.:)

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  15. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m finding your posts very interesting as my husband and I are currently researching diets to help control my MS and Fibromyalgia. I look forward to reading more from you.

    Thanks again!

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    • Your wonderful smile tells me so much about your upbeat attitude. And praise God you have a supportive husband around you.

      I counseled many women who had fibromyalgia 23 years ago when it seemed to burst on the scene. The doctors poo-poohed it at that time but I knew it was real. There seemed to be a correlation between the disease and working around chemicals (cleaners, hair products, manicures, etc.) and women who had it. By any chance does this sound like you?

      Perhaps I can find my notes and post a blog about that soon. In the meantime, keep that glorious smile! You’ll be on my prayer list Laurie. Blessings,

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      • Thank you so much for your sweet words. The chemicals have never been a big part of my life. I’m not even one who ever colors my hair. So I don’t think that’s it. We are still trying to figure out if it’s been multiple sclerosis all along or two separate things.

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      • You are a God send! I’ve never had to really worry about dieting. But the MS has attacked my Thyroid (at least we think that’s the cause) and I have 2 large cysts on it. So it’s making life difficult to lose weight. Between the Fibromyalgia, my accident that severely broke my hip and now Multiple Sclerosis and hypothyroidism, my body had “become the perfect storm” as my doctor recently put it. 😊 but God has a purpose in this and will continue to bring positive things from it all. I would be very interested in reading anything you can direct me to show me. That you for just being willing to look. 😊

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  16. Just a heads up. I’ve launched out on my own to try to increase the amount in the family coffers (and save for missions trips, etc.), so my website had to move off WP dot com and they won’t send you email updates any more. If you want to keep up by email please stop by and sign up… again. Thanks!

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