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If you need to contact Lettie for more information on booking or her schedule, you can reach on her on facebook or at this email address: lettie@writingforhim.com

Several published articles have won awards at the Lifeway Writers Workshops and the Southern Christian Writers Conference.

My speaking topics include discipleship, spiritual growth, prayer, and family living. In 1995 I completed the Christian Leaders and Speakers Seminar (C.L.A.S.S.) developed by Florence Littaur. I have taught classes for writers at Lifeway Christian Resources, Chattanooga Bible Institute, and Cleveland State College, as well as leading workshops at the Southern Christian Writers Conference.

I am the mother of four sons, ages 16 to 31. Our only daughter, Shela, died in July, 1993, at age 19 following a lifelong battle against a muscle disease. Tom Kirkpatrick, my husband of 29 years, died of cancer November 1, 2000. In August, 2003 I remarried a widower, Phillip Burress.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I have been previously employed as a counselor with the Department of Human Services. I also served as Director of the Non-credit division of Continuing Education at Cleveland State College.

My main church roles have included teaching Adult Sunday School, coordinating retreats and seminars for women, and directing Children’s Bible Drill. I am active in Moms in Touch prayer ministry and serve as Women’s Ministry Director at Big Spring Church.

Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress


  1. I have a little girl somewhere in me, waiting to be set free.
  2. Living “in the moment” is a struggle for me.
  3. My perfect day would include a long hike with a “buddy”, reading time, and a sandwich at Schlotsky’s, eaten outside. And maybe some chocolate!
  4. I have a mental “to do” list if God ever decides to let me be “God for a day”.
  5. I am a fiercely loyal friend.
  6. Cleaning my tile shower brings out the worst in me --- just ask Phil.
  7. Aging doesn’t bother me much (senior discounts will help J) – I’m all about eternity.
  8. My sons stole my identity (always someone’s mom), but they make me proud.
  9. If you see me, I’m wearing either resale or Goodwill, count on it.
  10. This year I’m working on two character issues: Being content and overcoming grumbling and complaining.
  11. I believe I’ll go to my grave without discovering my “perfect” hairstyle
  12. My trademark? Matching earrings. Clip-ons J
  13. My passions? Writing, teaching, prayer, discipling women
  14. My joys? My exceptional husband, my precious grandchildren, family, the mountains, friendships.
  15. My fears? Loss, failing someone who needs me, dying without living
  16. My weaknesses? Introspective to a fault, super-slow decision maker
  17. My greatest gift? God’s amazing, redeeming grace ---I’ve never gotten over it
  18. My dreams? To complete section hikes on the Applachian Trail, hike in New Zealand, travel and speak/teach in certain places
  19. My newest book, Glimpses of Grace, is my legacy
  20. My heart book is still in progress --- you’ll have to ask
  21. If I ever look like I have it all together --- it’s a mirage!
  22. I love my cabin!
  23. I take life far too seriously, but I love to laugh
  24. I love to dance!
  25. I’m glad this is over, writing about myself seems pretty pointless (all these I’s), but it’s actually been kind of fun J
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