Getting to know . . . Cheryl Magness.

HRMS front coverCheryl Magness, contributing author to He Restores My Soul, is a rockstar wife, mom, writer, editor, musician, teacher, philosopher, you name it … She’s good at everything she does. Truly.


Describe a normal day in the life of Mrs. Magness:

I’m going to do a typical Friday, because I love Fridays. Wake up at 5:00, have coffee and check email/do devotional reading, get ready for work, drop son at bus stop, go to work, go to Bible study (I get to go to Bible study at work!), write and edit some more, go to chapel (I get to go to chapel at work!), write and edit some more (have I mentioned I have the best job in the world?), pick up son at bus stop, drive home, work out on the elliptical, have a drink on the patio with my husband, eat supper with the best family in the world, do some chores, read or watch a show, fall asleep at around 10:00 because I am wiped out by that time.

What three words best describe your personality?

I asked my family for help with this one. Their suggestions: deliberate, protective, and caring.

Who do you go to for advice?

1. My husband
2. My kids
3. My homeschooling mommy friends

What do you like to read?

The classics. A few of my all-time favorites are Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jane Eyre. In adulthood I went through a long period of not reading very much, at least not reading novels. Life was too chaotic! In recent years I have rediscovered my appreciation of the novel, and I’m reading them more. There are so many I want to read that I never have! Right now I’m reading Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.

Beverage of choice?

Buy the book to find out. 🙂

Mac or PC?

PC. Not that my husband hasn’t tried to convert me. I do have an iPhone, though. Does that count?

What do you want to eat when Mom is cooking?

Chicken & dumplings and buttermilk pie.

Confirmation verse?

I was an adult confirmand and am not sure if I had one. If I did, I don’t remember it. But if I could choose a confirmation verse now, it would be Romans 8:38-39: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Which song do you hum the most?

Whatever our church choir is working on.

How do you use hymns in your daily life?

Sing and play them!

What scenery do you want to be viewing?

Mountains. Their power, beauty, and stillness calm my soul. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1-2).

Shoe of choice?

Whatever I can fit my orthotics into.

Favorite movie villain?

Do soap operas count? I’m a longtime viewer of The Young and the Restless and have to admit I have a soft spot for Victor.

Which Psalm do you pray the most?

Psalm 4, because I have frequently struggled with insomnia, and the psalm reminds me that “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Ps. 4:8).

What is your chapter about?

My chapter is about bringing up children in the faith when it is a departure from your own childhood.


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