Sacred Journey is Dixie Tanneberg’s story, that of a private woman who lived the public life of a pastor’s wife, not by choice but by divine calling. Dr. Jodi Detrick, author of The Jesus-Hearted Woman, says, “SOME LOVE STORIES JUST NEED TO BE TOLD—even the final pages of that story. Maybe especially those final pages. In the beautiful memoir, Sacred Journey, author Ward Tanneberg writes with a poignant tenderness about the life journey he and his beloved wife, Dixie, walked together. The path was not always easy, but in their story, we find hope for ours.”

Wes Wick, Founder/Director of YES! Young Enough to Serve, says, “Dixie Tanneberg’s true story is one of perseverance and faith in God; of dreams lost and love unexpected by the toss of a coin; of a woman’s strength and courage in her final determination not to waste her cancer. Her story challenges and reaches out to us through each thoughtful word and page.”

Bereavement groups, caregivers, and individuals coping with grief or loss may find questions the author has included in Sacred Journey especially helpful for guiding family or small group discussions regarding end of life issues. Ross Paterson, Modesto , California, says, “I plan to put Sacred Journey in the hands of our 46 chaplains, as a practical pathway companion, articulated with honest passion and vulnerability.

“We are ninety-five percent certain you have pancreatic cancer,” were the doctor’s stunning and unexpected words. In Sacred Journey, Ward Tanneberg tenderly unpacks a story full of depth, and love, without sugar-coating the challenges faced, as together they make certain Dixie will not waste her cancer. 

“She was and will ever be my spiritual mother, my mentor, and my friend,” says Bev Beckendorf, of Albany, Oregon. “It’s possible to have other mentors and other friends, but you have only one mother. There will not be another Dixie in my life.”


Poignant, heartwarming and incredibly uplifting. In Sacred Journey, Ward tells the story of Dixie’s well-lived life, from meager beginnings, to touching and impacting thousands of lives. You will laugh, cry and be forever changed. If you read one book this year—read Sacred Journey.

-Dr. Chuck Stecker, President A Chosen Generation.