A third-generation intuitive and spiritual counselor, Sonia Choquette (“Developing
Superpowers,” page 12) studied religion and metaphysics at the University of Denver and at the
Sorbonne in Paris. She is the New York Times best-selling author of 24 books, the most recent
being Your 3 Best Super Powers (Hay House, 2016). Choquette also lectures and teaches
workshops around the globe. Visit soniachoquette.net.
Annie L. Scholl (“Rewiring Your Brain for Gain,” page 14) is a freelance writer who frequently
contributes to Unity Magazine, Daily Word, and unity.org. A native of Iowa, Scholl now lives in
North Carolina, where she is currently working on writing her memoir. Read her blog at
anniescholl.com or follow her on Twitter (@schollannie).
Deborah Shouse (“Becoming an Abundance Activist,” page 18) is the author of Connecting in
the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (Central Recovery Press, 2016),
featuring ideas from dozens of experts in the field of creativity and dementia. Shouse’s essays
have appeared in many national publications and more than three dozen Chicken Soup books.
Molly Pennington, Ph.D. (“Going for Greatness,” page 26), is an award-winning writer whose
work often aligns social justice and spirituality. She’s published articles on parenting, education,
and popular culture (with an emphasis on race and gender) in print and online. Pennington is
committed to cultivating optimism without ignoring the wounds of the world. Read her blog
at mollypennington.com and engage with her on Twitter and Instagram (@docpennington) or
on Facebook (@mollypenningtonphd).
Rev. Greg Barrette (“The Unity-Native American Connection,” page 29) has been a Unity
minister since 1980. Formerly the director of the International Youth of Unity, Barrette has
served as first vice president of the International New Thought Alliance and was elected
president of four Unity regions. Barrette has been minister of eight Unity churches and is
currently senior minister of Unity Northwest Church in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Rev. Thomas Shepherd, D.Min. (“Ernest C. Wilson,” page 32), former professor of theology
and church history at Unity Institute and Seminary, writes the “Good Questions” column in
Unity Magazine. Dr. Tom, as he is known around Unity Village, has written several books,
including The Many Faces of Prayer (Unity Books, 2013), Jesus 2. 1 (Unity Books, 2010), and
Good Questions (Unity Books, 2009).
Rev. Catherine Ponder (“Listening in With …,” page 22), who was ordained a Unity
minister in 1958, was once described as “the Norman Vincent Peale among lady ministers”
because of her pioneering work in positive thinking. She served at Unity of Birmingham
in Alabama until 1961, when she founded Unity of Austin in Texas with husband Kelly
Ponder. In 1969, Ponder founded Unity Church of San Antonio, serving there until
1973, when she moved to Palm Desert, California. There, she founded her global
ministry, Unity Church Worldwide (not to be confused with Unity Worldwide
Ministries), where she continues to serve today at age 90. Ponder has written 17
books, beginning with The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity (Prentice-Hall, 1962), and
has produced the six-hour Dynamic Laws of Prosperity CD course.
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