Connie Pombo

Living Life Passionately!™

My story for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Making Me Time is "A Little House Keeping." The book will be in stores near you on February 16, 2021 and will make a great post-Valentine's gift for that special someone. So many times, we put ourselves at the bottom of the "to-do" list and this book will make you re-think your priorities. Enjoy! 

Books and Resources

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas is in the Air -- Connie's story is "Kiss the Cook." Coming to stores near you on October 13, 2020. Find out ways to make Christmas special this year with these heartwarming stories that you'll want to share with family and friends. Royalties from this book go to Toys for Tots. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy (September 24, 2019): Connie's story is "More Important than Fear." Coming to stores near you!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Love ( June 5, 2018). Connie's Stories: "The Heart of the Matter" and "The Unity Candle." 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family (April 10, 2018). Connie's Story: "It's All About the Dogs!"  

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and More (February 6, 2018). Connie's story is "CPR 101." 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Really Did That? (Coming to stores near you on August 8, 2017). Connie's Story: "Two Marines."

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude (August 23, 2016) -- Connie's Story "The Beauty of Age Marks" 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less. Book is coming to stores near you on April 19, 2016. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering & Giving Back: 101 Inspiring Stories about Purpose and Passion - Connie's story: "Making a Difference" (August 18, 2015). 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive (Release Date: May 5, 2015). Connie's story - "Eating to Live."

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom (March 17, 2015) -- Connie story, "This Too Shall Pass!" 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope and Miracles -  "Mother's Day Surprise" (Feb. 10, 2015)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness "The Cupcake Incident" (Dec. 16, 2014)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home - Connie's story is "Finally Home" pg. 7 (May 27, 2014)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lemons to Lemonade - Connie's story is "Second Chances" pg. 96 (August 13, 2013)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power of Positive (October 23, 2012) - Connie's story is "Baskets Full of Hope." 

NEW RELEASES: September 4, 2012

NEW RELEASE:  September 4, 2012. Look for three of Connie's stories in this inspirational new Chicken Soup for the Soul Book. 

NEW RELEASE:  September 4, 2012. Look for Connie's story, "The White Light." 


Connie is a finalist to the new Chicken Soup book, Say Goodbye to Stress, one of her keynotes addresses. After a cancer diagnosis, Connie and her husband, Mark, made dramatic new changes in the way they live a stress-free life. The secrets are revealed! Connie is available for speaking engagements on this topic after May 22, 2012.

Kindle Version of Trading Ashes for Roses is now available as of October 1, 2011 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



NEW RELEASE:  Love is a Verb Devotional

(October 1, 2011): Available for pre-order now. Read Connie's stories: "Christmas Coffee" and "A Sister's Unfailing Love." Preview the book on Amazon.




NEW RELEASES:  Look for Connie's new releases:  Chicken Soup for the Runner's Soul (July 13, 2010), Love is a Flame (July 1, 2010) and Moms of Sons and Coffee Lover's Devotions to Go.

Trading Ashes for Roses: From Pain to Passion "This is the book I always wanted to have while I was going through breast cancer. I wanted to say, 'Here, read this book--this is what I'm feeling and this is how you can help.'"

Recommended by the Young Survivor Coalition:  "This personal story shares the author’s journey with breast cancer from her diagnosis at age 40. With a Christian perspective, this book covers the emotional and spiritual journey the author faced and provides tips and tools for family, friends and survivors."

It's been almost ten years since Connie received the diagnosis of cancer, but through her tragedy, pain and loss, she discovered her passion--speaking and writing. The emotional journey through shock, anger, fear, depression, and acceptance led her to a place she never expected--living life passionately! 

In the book, Connie shares helpful hints for each stage of the cancer journey, not only for the survivor, but for the caregiver, family, and friends. Click here to order Trading Ashes for Roses: From Pain to Passion.

Since the book's release on December 12, 2005, Connie has been busy with book signings and speaking engagements, but more importantly sharing her message of living life passionately!  

On March 21, 2014, Connie celebrated 18 years of survivorship--along with over 9.6 million other cancer survivors. If you know someone going through the cancer experience and you are at a loss for words, Trading Ashes for Roses is the perfect gift.

Buy a Book and Support a Great Cause: For every book purchased through this Web site, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. You will be supporting a great cause and, hopefully, a cure someday soon.

How to Order:

Trading Ashes for Roses is availble through:

From the author:  If you would like an autographed copy of Connie's book, please send a check or money order made out to Women's Mentoring Ministries, P.O. Box 32, Mt. Joy, PA   17552  (Cost:  $15.00 - includes S&H).  Please include your name, address, city, state, and zip code. Allow a week to 10 days for processing. All orders include a bookmark.


Connie is a contributing author to the following books:  

Chicken Soup for the Runner's Soul, July 16, 2010. Click here.  Read Connie's story, "Marine Corps Marathon and Stars."

Love is a Flame (Bethany House), July 1, 2010. Click here. Read Connie's story, "No More Keeping Score."

A Cup of Comfort of Christmas Prayer (Adams Media), October 18, 2009.   Click here.

Love is a Verb by Gary Chapman (release date: May 1, 2009).  Connie's story, "Pulling Weeds on Blossom Trail" is one of the stories in this uplifiting book on what happens when "love comes alive."  Click here to read Connie's story.

  The Ultimate Mom  (released April 1, 2009) by Chicken Soup.  Connie has three stories in this uplifting new book, complete with glossy color pages.  Available at bookstores nationwide.

 April 1, 2009, HCI Publications.  Available for preorder, click here.

March 18, 2009, Adams Media.  Available for preorder.  Connie's story is "Discovering a Daughter."

March 18, 2009, Adams Media. Available for preorder, click here.  Connie's story is "A Crock Full of Blessings."

April 2007, Adams Media Now available in its SECOND PRINTING!


Contributing Author:  Be sure to read Connies story, "Touched by a Coffee-Loving Angel."  Available at: (HCL Communications, November 2007).

Contributing author to The One Year Life Verse Devotional by Tyndale House Publishers. Available at: (November 2007). The book will feature 365 stories of people like Josh McDowell, Chuck Colson, Elisabeth Elliot, Rebecca St. James, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, Oswald Chambers, Augustine, martyrs, athletes, artists, pastors, biblical characters and a diverse range of everyday heroes and survivors.

Living the Serenity Prayer: True Stories of Acceptance, Wisdom and Courage  by Adams Media. Connie's story is tited:  "Living One Day at a Time." Available at (Adams Media, December 2007).

Contributing Author to Laundry Tales: To Lighthen Your Load by Evergreen Publishing Company. As one of the "founding mothers" to the CelebrateMoms' Team, Connie is delighted to be a part of this book. Check it out at Connie's contribution to the book is "Missing Dirty Socks." 

Coming in March 2008: Hearts for Home 15th Anniversary Compilation Book, I'm Glad I'm a Mom by Harvest House. Visit: