Shari Howard McMinn

Celebrating and Encouraging Families

Public Speaking, Teaching, and Writing from a Christian Worldview


Welcome to my website!

I am Shari Howard McMinn, a published author who has lived an ‘over the top’ life with my beloved husband and 11 children. I enjoy writing and public speaking on a variety of subjects based on my life experience and avid research: Adoption, Childhood Nutrition, Conservatism, Family Economy, Frugal Living, Homeschooling, Pro-Active Parenting, Sustainable Farming, Working Widowhood, and Writing as a Second Career. I teach from a Christian Worldview and share practical strategies for helping families succeed, enjoying life to the fullest in what the Lord has called them.


Those who have read my books enjoy my engaging storytelling, and appreciate my sharing of often hard-earned life lessons. I write non-fiction which edifies, informs, and supports family faith in Christ.


As a public speaker, I utilize colorful and informative PowerPoint presentations which appeal to a wide range of audiences. When time permits, I enjoy utilizing icebreakers and team-building activities to reach multiple learning styles, increasing impact and retention among participants.


Readers and audiences alike have been inspired by my personal testimony, appreciate my transparent candor, and enjoy my witty encouragement.

Reviews of My Published Work

Here are some earlier ‘first read’ reviews of my Stretched Yet Unbroken book.

  • “From city life to remote homesteading, a large birth family to adopting two additional families, happy celebrations to unexpected widowhood, Shari Howard McMinn portrays her life and heart with disarming candor. STRETCHED YET UNBROKEN is a testament to God’s faithfulness in every area of life. It reads like a novel, but defies genre – memoir, family history, parenting, philosophy of life, and much more – all from Shari’s big heart. Filled with pathos and humor and the lessons learned from a rich life, it will challenge you to live deeply and abundantly. Don’t miss this unique book!”

    Marcia K. Washburn, BA, M.M.Ed Author, speaker, teacher; Fort Morgan, Colorado
  • “Shari has brought to life the Howard and McMinn family legacy for future generations to read, and be inspired. Bring a tissue as you live their life, including the Heavenly home-going of her beloved husband, Cary, and see the faithfulness of the Lord. May we all be encouraged to revisit our family legacies to learn of God’s enduring love for us“.

    Roxie Cheney Homemaker, Family Economist; Elizabeth, Colorado
  • “Fathers can be expected to endorse a beloved daughter’s memoir, but a lawyer father who reads through the lens of 50 years of trial and appellate experience, has high hurdles for an endorsement. STRETCHED YET UNBROKEN clears those hurdles with ease, and is far more than a prodigal daughter’s memoir. This is a passionate exposition of faith renewed and lived out every day. Told in prose that is active, concise and moving – Shari’s grief will give you tears and her faith will cultivate yours. This memoir is a modern testament about faith, family and friends, and the powerful redeeming influence two people can have on numerous lives through extraordinary devotion to Christ and to each other.”

    Robert L. Howard Esquire, Of Counsel, Past Chairman of the Board, FOULSTON-SIEFKIN Law Firm; Life-long Elder, Eastminster Presbyterian Church; Wichita, Kansas

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8121 Penta Court, Lehigh Acres, FL  33972

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