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Janet Lynn Mitchell

Candid, dynamic, friendly...


...and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell . Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. Janet addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!

Books Janet has held staff positions with Youth for Christ and Forest Home Christian Conference Center and has served as the director of a Christian preschool. Janet is a CLASS Speaker (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) and is a popular speaker for women's events, MOPS, family camps and single-parent groups.

As a senior in high school, Janet lost the use of her legs following surgery. On the night of her tenth surgery, she met Marty, who became her cheerleader and was alongside her as she learned to walk again. Eventually, he became her husband. Janet and Marty have been married for over twenty years and have three children. Janet's knee problems reoccurred when she was thirty-two. She was horrified to learn she had been a victim of medical negligence, fraud and concealment. Her additional surgeries had been attempts to correct the mistakes. Janet has since become a voice for others who have suffered medical fraud. Assembly Bill 2571, borne out of her misfortunes, unanimously passed both the California Assembly and the Senate and was signed into state law on August 31, 2000. Her story, Taking a Stand, has motivated others to “take a stand” and remain firm in their faith through the good, bad, and the outrageous.

Janet can be heard on radio programs across the nation. She has appeared on television programs such as Aspiring Women, The Harvest Show, and Chuck and Jenny. Her stories and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah's Stories for the Extreme Teen, and in magazines such as Woman's World, Light and Life, and Celebrate Life. Her Testimony, "When Doctors Make Mistakes," was published in the July/August 2005 issue of Today's Christian Woman magazine. Janet's book, A Special Kind of Love, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, and her Hands on Faith: Family Nights and Hands on Faith: Family Fun books by Carson- Dellosa are now available. Janet's newest book, Taking a Stand has just been released. It is truly a testimony of God's faithfulness through the good, bad and outrageous. One thing Janet has learned is:

It just takes one to change the world we live in.

Speaking Topics

What's YOUR Excuse?
So what's your favorite excuse? What reasons do you use to keep you from following your dreams, fulfilling your passions--or obeying the Lord at all cost? Discover from Janet's much loved Excuse Bag and Wall of Bricks the truths behind what's really holding you back. Examine the reasons you avoid, procrastinate, compromise, say "no" (or even "I can't"!). Discover how to unlock the doors to your future. Grasp the amazing reality that God's presence, plans, and provisions provide all that you need to conquer your excuses and fulfill the desires of your heart

THE GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY (Great for Retreats)
Are you ready to relax, be restored, and rejuvenated? If so, gather your girlfriends, pack your bags, and head to a "Girlfriend Getaway." Be prepared to laugh, share, and dig deep as you explore girlfriends in the Bible who truly needed a “getaway.” Discover who these women were, the missions they were on, and the passion behind their friendships. Then watch and see how God uses their lives and the choices they made to impact you and your girlfriends forever

THE RED CORD
We’ve all been there—in overwhelming situations that appeared far “too big” and where we saw “no way out.” In Janet’s talk, The Red Cord, she shares the story of Rahab and her simple, yet incredible faith. (45 minutes-3 hours)

WHEN WOMEN DARE TO DREAM
All of us have a dream—a goal, aspiration, or vision that we long to see come true. Explore the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Mary, and discover how they found courage, took risks, trusted God, dared to dream, then changed the world.
(45 minutes-3 hours)

IT JUST TAKES ONE
Janet brings the story of Esther alive, demonstrating how one voice, a single pair of unlikely hands, or simply having an obedient heart, can change the lives of many. If God could use just one woman like Esther to change the future for generations to come, surely He can use you, to make a difference in your home, community, or world. (45 minutes-3 hours)

CAN YOU SLEEP WHEN THE WIND BLOWS?
What do you do when the winds of adversity blow through your life? Are you spiritually, mentally, and physically prepared, so you have nothing to fear? Through Can You Sleep When the Wind Blows? You’ll hear God’s promises and discover that you can withstand the storms in life and find peace in the midst. (45 minutes-3 hours)

WHAT YOU SAY IS WHAT YOU’LL GET
Words we speak, write, think, and pray often become our destiny. Are your words based on facts, or fears from “what ifs”? Do your thoughts reflect the truths from God’s Word, or does doubt shout so loud you embrace it as reality? Discover how words determine your future and what words can change your life. (45 minutes-3 hours)

ALL I KNOW ABOUT LOVE, I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS

In this talk Janet leaves her audience laughing and in awe. One by one, she shares stories of those who taught her what true love really is. By the examples of others and God’s redeeming grace, you will leave knowing how deeply loved you are and be challenged to be an “other” to the world. (30-60 minutes)

THE INCREDIBLE GIFT
Only after Janet coached a woman through childbirth and was given the privilege of becoming the baby's adopted mother, did she finally understand the meaning of God's great gift to mankind. In this celebration of Christmas, Janet focuses on the true meaning of Christmas, love of family, and gifts of the heart.
(30-60 minutes)

RISING ABOVE THE ODDS
What is your greatest excuse? What do you say to avoid doing what you need to do? Moses gave excuses to God because he felt inadequate. Peter gave excuses when he was afraid. The paralyzed man, who laid by the Sheep Gate Pool and gave excuses for thirty eight years, finally gave up. Yet, against all odds, Abraham believed, dreamed, and expected God to be faithful. And so can we. As you hear these stories and Janet's personal story, interwine with the scriptures that she clung to, you will be encouraged not to give up. You, too, can rise above the odds that face you.
(45 minutes-3 hours)

TAKING A STAND
What do you do when you discover that your life has been forever changed and you must now live with the consequences of someone else's mistakes and sin? How do you quench the anger that blazes? As a high school student, Janet had surgery and lost the use of her legs. Ten surgeries and fifteen years later, she was stunned to learn that her "poor" surgical outcome and current conditions were due to her doctors' secrets, mistakes and lies. Janet's personal testimony of anger, faith and forgiveness, is sure to inspire all. Through her life lesson she shares that forgiveness begins with a decision to forgive. Jesus shows us that it can be done!
(45 minutes-3 hours)

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR HEALTH CARE

Do you remember what your doctor told you at your last appointment? Did you follow his orders? Do you know for sure that his diagnosis was indeed correct? How was Janet to know that her doctors' words were not true? How was she to know that she had been led to believe the unbelievable? With up to 98,000 American's dying each year due to medical mishaps, Janet shares practical ways, tips and suggestions for partnering with your doctors to prevent medical errors.
(30-60 minutes)

"HANDS ON" FAITH
Through "show and tell," Janet shares practical, fun, and challenging activities you can use to reinforce family values, relationships and faith. You'll love her ideas for living right-side-up in an upside down world including the Mitchell family's "Blessing Jar,"(featured in Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman's Soul) has proven especially helpful when dealing with life's tougher moments.
(30-60 minutes)

FAMILY NIGHTS
Think only June Cleaver could pull off regular Family Nights and only Sharon Osborne can redefine them? Not true, Janet insists, as she shows you the nuts-and-bolts way to pull it off. Prayer, journaling, scrap booking, music, special events, family vests, plus creating family goals and a mission statement are just a few of her can-do ideas.
(30-60 minutes)

HOLIDAYS, TRADITIONS, AND CELEBRATIONS
So how does a family celebrate Advent, Lent, or Palm Sunday in a way that brings meaning to their faith? What can they do to make Columbus Day, Patriot Day, and Grandparents Day, or Memorial Day a special day, unlike all the others? Who was Saint Patrick and what's "Boxing day?" In this talk, you will discover ways in which your family can celebrate, create special traditions, and have some "hands-on fun" while enjoying the holidays.
(30-60 minutes)

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo—Pick a Preschool for Little Joe
For fifteen years, Janet mixed finger paint, drank blue milk and knew how many monkeys were jumping on the bed. Six of these years, she was director of a Christian Pre-school. So, how does one pick a preschool for their child? Other than the obvious details—cost of tuition, hours of operation and holidays observed—what questions should one ask? You’ll also be given tips, taking the guesswork out of choosing a preschool for your child.
(30-60 minutes)

WORDS, WORDS, AND MORE WORDS
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 instructs parents to talk to their children. The first words our children hear upon rising and the last words they hear at the end of the day can make a tremendous impact on their lives. Learn how words can shape and develop their children to become all that God intended them to be.
(30-60 minutes)

A SPECIAL KIND OF LOVE
Each child is special, with his or her own unique personality and needs. "The awesome reality," Janet says, "is that long before your child was born, God chose you to be a part of your child's life." In this presentation, Janet helps you discover how God has hand-picked each parent, with his or her own talents, abilities, temperament, strengths, and weaknesses, knowing each is "perfect" for the job.
(30-60 minutes)

Travels from:
Southern California