welcome to Connected and Useful
Starting in 2018, Joel began compiling encouraging poetry, music and art as well as other writing at this site and called it Connected and Useful.  Over 1,500 poems and songs later, Joel is into his fifth year of writing, posting and collaborating with other artists to reach a hurting world with special and timely words of encouragement.  If this is your first time here, welcome Please explore our poetry by topic and check out our resources page to purchase books or stream music that will help you on your journey in life!  

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Joel Howard:
                                                   photo credit: Sophia Howard 

Some of Joel's favorite topics to write about are prayer, God as our Father, and waiting. Joel resides in New Jersey, USA with his wife and three children. He has either authored or edited 10 books of poetry to date which are all available at his Amazon author pageIn addition to writing poetry, Joel has released four full length music albums as a songwriter and worship leader; “Here’s to the Journey“ (2010), “Shepherd Songs“ (2021), "Here we come" (2023), and "The Psalms, Vol. 1" (2023) which are each available wherever online music is sold or streamed. You may follow Joel at facebook.com/joelhowardauthor and at youtube.com/@joelhowardmusic to stay more connected and you can find his complete works archived and updated regularly at here at connectedanduseful.com. To contact Joel or to sign up for our email list and receive updates and weekly encouragement, please write connectedanduseful (at) gmail (dot) com or use the contact form on our home page.

New from C&U:

Joel's books are available on all Amazon platforms worldwide.
Contact us for bulk, special or international orders today!!

Here's what some people are saying about Joel's work:

"Joel, obviously God is with you or you could not write what you do..."
"Thank you...you are stewarding well the gifts God has given you for his people in these days."

 Read over 50 more comments on our original comments page. To leave a review, visit Joel’s Amazon page today and spread the word!

C&U is always accepting submissions for publication to our website and email list! Click here to find out more! Please know that at C&U we do NOT discriminate whatsoever due to race, religion, gender or any other needs, preferences and lifestyles, in fact ... All are welcome!!! Contact us directly with any questions.

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