Brenda Nixon, M.A.

Brenda Nixon, M.A.

Substitute Teacher at Knox County Career Center

Columbus, Ohio Area
Writing and Editing

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Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Overview

  • Contributing Author at Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Speaker and Blogger at
  • Substitute Teacher at Knox County Career Center
  • Freelance Writer at Self Employed

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Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Summary

Author or contributing author, 34 books ♥ Writing non-fiction book and a blog about ex-Amish, ♥ Substitute High School teacher

Cultural Literacy is my goal as I Write/Speak/Blog or answer Media questions about the Amish. I break Amish mythinformation when I speak about this misunderstood culture, with emphasis on the Swartzentruber Order.

My husband and I open our hearts and home to Amish runaways, helping in their transition to the "forbidden" English life. Our son-in-law grew up & left Swartzentruber Amish. We're English "parents" to two sons from Swartzentruber Amish - Mosie and Monroe. I'm blessed to be friends with many others who've gone BEYOND BUGGIES & BONNETS, and I've learned intimate details about the life they left.

More than 118K readers worldwide come to my BEYOND BUGGIES & BONNETS blog for rare, true stories and authentic facts.

So far, my contribution to the literary world includes my award-winning THE BIRTH TO FIVE BOOK, A SCRAPBOOK OF CHRISTMAS FIRSTS, and 32 other titles I've contributed to such as seven CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL books.

In 2014-2015, parents will enjoy spiritual guidance through a curriculum I was contracted to write for the Nazarene Publishing House.

Specialties: Swartzentruber Amish, Ex-Amish struggles, WRITER, SPEAKER, BLOGGER, MEDIA GUEST and resource on Amish Culture

Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Experience

Contributing Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Publishing industry

January 2000Present (14 years 9 months)

I've contributed to seven Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. The most recent is The Dog Did WHAT?, released August 2014.

Speaker and Blogger

1996Present (18 years)

Presentations and passion on two issues: (1)Building stronger families through Parent Empowerment, and (2) The Amish culture, Beliefs and Behaviors of today's Amish,
and Helping those who Leave Transition to the Forbidden English life. Brenda speaks at corporate, faith-based, and non-profit organizations, book discussion groups, and is available for media interviews.

Substitute Teacher

Knox County Career Center

2013Present (1 year) Ohio

Freelance Writer

Self Employed

1996Present (18 years)

Brenda Nixon is an author or contributing author to 32 books, including her Award-Winning THE BIRTH TO FIVE BOOK, and A SCRAPBOOK OF CHRISTMAS FIRSTS. Her work is published in Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Child magazines and she is a contributor to the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Trainer to Childcare Providers

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

December 2008July 2014 (5 years 8 months)

Health & Safety and Child Development training provided to Licensed Home Childcare providers in Knox County, Ohio.


The Parent's Plate radio show

January 2010September 2012 (2 years 9 months)

Jobs, school, meals, bills, and crazy schedules fill a parent's plate to the edge! Get help from the parenting expert and author who understands that you want to be a great parent amid the chaos of life. The Parent's Plate host, Brenda Nixon, M.A., has a mission: to empower parents through education and encouragement. Here she chats with exciting guests and controversial or inquisitive callers about everything from breastfeeding to child actors to buying your teen a car. This one hour will empower you to handle that messy plate and raise good kids! Make Tuesdays at 10 AM(EST) your hour of power! Call-in line: 877-864-4869.


Revell Publishing

2008January 2012 (4 years)

The Birth to Five Book "...full of practical advice for dilemmas that parents of young children face every day. From home safety and eye protection, to dealing with temper tantrums and bedtime resistance, Brenda’s to-the-point advice is exactly what parents need." review at Adventures in Parenting

"Two thumbs up." review at ttp://


Leafwood Publishers

February 20082010 (2 years)

"A SCRAPBOOK OF CHRISTMAS FIRSTS (Leafwood Publishers) is a heartfelt book of inspirational stories, fun family traditions, yummy recipes and so much more! This book is the perfect holiday gift for that very special someone on your list, a gift they will treasure for a lifetime." --Dahlynn McKowen, Co-author Chicken Soup for the Soul series

Tasty recipes await, historical fun facts educate, and a listing of "favorites" help the reader get acquainted with each of us authors. Although I'm one of six writers on this book, I'm sincerely amazed at its beauty and quality! The shiny silver snowflakes on the midnight blue background of this hardcover book and full color pages inside give it the look and feel of a high-quality Hallmark treasure. One reader emailed me that this book took her breath away.

For a heart-moving short read, try my "Dad's First Diploma," p. 153. Tuck some tissues in your sleeve as you read this Perfect Holiday book!

MIRACLES & MOMENTS OF GRACE (Leafwood Publishers) includes my story, "Mosie's Mom" about giving a home to an Amish runaway. Available on all e-commerce sites and bookstores, you'll be inspired and entertained by the stories from moms.

Certified Parent Educator

Kansas City, Missouri School District

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

August 1990October 1996 (6 years 3 months)

Carried a caseload of 40 families. Visited monthly with parents, modeling appropriate parenting skills, teaching child developoment, and performing health and development screenings.


Research Psychiatric Center

19871989 (2 years)

Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Publications

  • A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts

    • Leafwood Publishers
    • October 2008

    Stories to warm your heart and tips to simplify your holiday.

  • PARENTS Magazine

    "Why is that Man Homeless?" and other questions kids ask in the article, Why? 9 Common Questions Kids Ask and How to Answer where I'm quoted. The writer interviewed me for this piece.

  • Augusta Family Magazine

    • Augusta, Georgia
    • 2012
    Authors: Brenda Nixon, M.A., Lucy Adams

    See my quote in Frenemies: Love-Hate, Hot-Cold, Pinkie-Promise Best Frienemies Until We Both Grow Old by writer Lucy Adams. I like to help fellow writers by offering quotes on family and parenting issues.

Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Additional Information

Honors and Awards:

The Good Parenting Seal for The Birth to Five Book
"Mom of the Week" by Lifetime Entertainment

Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Volunteer

      Interchurch Social Services
      • Social Services
      2009 present (5 years)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Education
      • Human Rights

Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Skills & Expertise

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Workshop Presenter
  3. Books
  4. Publications
  5. Radio
  6. Feature Writing
  7. Published Author
  8. Conference Speaking
  9. Seminar Speaker
  10. Feature Articles
  11. Radio Host
  12. Public Speaking
  13. Teaching
  14. Child Development
  15. Poetry
  16. Non-fiction
  17. Storytelling
  18. Marketing
  19. Workshops
  20. Novels
  21. Creative Writing
  22. Copywriting
  23. Fiction
  24. Copy Editing
  25. Blogging
  26. Editing
  27. Social Networking
  28. Publishing
  29. Freelance Writing
  30. Nonprofits
  31. Newsletters
  32. Journalism
  33. Ghostwriting
  34. Proofreading
  35. Public Relations
  36. Articles
  37. Time Management
  38. Research
  39. Interviews
  40. Short Stories
  41. Content Strategy
  42. Press Releases
  43. Literature
  44. Facebook
  45. Motivational Speaking
  46. Web Content
  47. Social Media Marketing
  48. Speech Writing
  49. Blogger
  50. Training

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Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Education

Nazarene Theological Seminary

M.A., Education


Olivet Nazarene University

B.A., Education


Brenda Nixon, M.A.'s Languages

  • French

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