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Free Book Give-Away for She Blossoms Readers – Blossom Tip 64

To win a free print copy of my new book Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back, tell me something about yourself in the comments section below. You might share how you found my She Blossoms blogs, what your favorite color is, what you ate for breakfast, or if you’re an introvert or an extrovert.

Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back helps readers walk through loss into a new season of life. I share glimpses into my life growing up with a single mom, living in foster homes, teaching in Africa, recovering from an attempted rape during a home invasion, and coping with infertility. Through the book I weave stories of ten biblical women who suffered loss, healed, and blossomed into who God created them to be.

“It’s all here — the hope, the encouragement, and the hand you want to hold when you’re facing loss and struggling to move on,” says Michelle Medlock Adams, award-winning author of Fabulous & Focused: 365 Daily Devotions for Women Who Work.Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back is invaluable to women who feel lost and alone. Laurie’s stories are heartwarming, her perspective of biblical women is fresh and unique, and her Blossom Tips are useful and creative. There’s something for every woman in this book.”

There are five Blossom Tips in every chapter, each focusing on a different aspect of you are: spirit, heart, soul, body, and mind. The end of each chapter contains five Discussion Questions, which are perfect for small groups, Bible Studies, and personal journaling.

To win your free print copy of Growing Forward, simply say something about yourself below. I’ll put on a blindfold, do a random draw, and personally send a copy to the first name selected. 

Free Book Give-Away for She Blossoms Readers – Blossom Tip 64
Growing Forward

But wait, there’s more! My publisher — Bethany House — is also giving away a few free copies of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back to She Blossoms readers who live in the United States. I’ll draw several additional names; those lucky winners will receive a free copy directly from the publishing house.

Comments will be closed at 5 pm Pacific time on Friday, December 14. I’ll do the draw over the weekend, and email the winners on Monday, December 17.

To win a free copy of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back, go to the comments section below and tell me something about yourself. What is your favorite food? How long have you been following my She Blossoms blog? What new season of life are you in? How is your relationship with Jesus? Where in the world do you live? Anything goes!

Here’s a peek into chapter 3 (Digging Deeper With Hagar), to give you an idea of what to expect…

Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back – Chapter 3 Excerpt

Growing up, I knew only a few things about my father: His name was John,  he lived with his wife and children in Israel, and he was Jewish. And he loved to eat, especially fish! He introduced my mom to halvah, a rich Middle Eastern dessert. I didn’t meet him until I went to Jerusalem when I was twenty-nine years old.

Born and raised near the Old City in Jerusalem, my father traveled to Vancouver when he was about twenty-five, in the late sixties. He had a purpose: to earn money, return to Israel, and buy a tire shop. He didn’t plan on meeting my Christian mom or getting her pregnant. Nor did he plan on abandoning a baby girl in Canada or keeping us a secret from his family.

My mom didn’t plan on the seasons she faced, either. She never thought she’d live in a home for unwed mothers, pregnant and alone. She didn’t plan on meeting and marrying a different man, having another daughter (my half-sister), or getting divorced after three years. She didn’t plan on raising two girls as a single mom—nor did she plan on living with nervous breakdowns and paranoid schizophrenia for the rest of her life.

And I never planned on spending my childhood moving in and out of foster homes, living on welfare, getting groceries from food banks, wandering from city to city and school to school. I couldn’t wait to grow up so I could live on my own. When my stormy childhood season finally ended, I was happier than I dreamed possible.

That’s the good news about bad seasons. They end.


If you’re coping with a difficult, painful season in life — remember that it will end. You won’t always feel this way. You will start to feel more hopeful and happy about your future. Your mood will lift, your spirits will rise, and your heart will be filled with joy. It will take time…but this, too, will pass.

You will grow forward — because you can’t go back! And you will blossom into who God created you to be.

Don’t forget to share something about yourself in the comments section below to win a free copy of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back. I’ll do the free She Blossoms Book Give-Away draw over the weekend, and email the winner by Monday December 17.

With His love,



New on She Blossoms

From my “She Blossoms Through the Bible” project — each article is inspired by a chapter in Genesis.

3 Signs You Can Trust a Man With Your Heart – The hardest thing about starting a new relationship – or rebuilding trust in a damaged relationship – is the risk of heartbreak. How do you know if you can trust a man with your heart? What if he leaves or betrays you, stops loving you, or destroys your trust in him? Genesis 24 gives us three solid signs. 

Coping With Loneliness After You Lose Your Husband – “I’m not only grieving the loss of my wife,” writes James in How to Recover From Loss and Survive Grief. “I’m also grieving the loss of our happy union, daily interactions, and lifestyle. My daily life went from happy, laughing, and enjoyment to missing my wife terribly. I’m trying to cope with loneliness as well as her terrible suffering and death.” He is not alone — and neither are you. Genesis 23 tells us how Abraham grieved his wife Sarah’s death and how we, too, can move forward after loss.

How to Trust God When You Feel Scared – Maybe you’re worried about your relationship, or you’re trying to trust God though a difficult breakup or divorce. Maybe you’re scared of losing your job, home, family member or even your own child. How do you trust God when you feel scared and alone, lost and confused? Genesis 22 gives us a few clues about trusting Him through it all.

How to Break Free From a Toxic Ex Relationship – I recently stumbled across an article called “Break the Chains” in a 2017 issue of Mindful magazine. One of the hardest things after a breakup or divorce is learning how to fill the emptiness when you miss your ex. Even toxic ex relationships leave a hole in our homes, hearts, and lives. In this article, I share three tips for breaking the chains of an unhealthy relationship.



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82 thoughts on “Free Book Give-Away for She Blossoms Readers – Blossom Tip 64”

  1. Pastor Obinna Njoku

    I am Obinna Njoku, my favourite colour is BLUE. I was reading online one day when I came across one of your write-ups. I don’t regret the free weekly Blossom tips.

  2. I found your site by searching for how to get over your ex… about me..I have two amazing kids that God allowed me the privilege to love and raise…. I love my daddy God with my whole heart and love giving to others and getting someone to smile- I walked away recently from the love of my life who divorced me 3 years ago and it was a very abusive marriage and the relationship I had after my marriage to my kids father ended from lies and other issues. A year and half of healing, counseling and amazing growth for me..he came back and told me he loved me and God told him to make it right with me… a year and a half later the only difference was the anger wasn’t there… still unhealthy, one sided relationship and being used- for the first time in my life with God’s help and strength I walked away and chose me- which was so hard and scary because I don’t want to walk this life alone and have an empty house to face day in and day out yet I knew I didn’t want to live a life trying to convince someone to love me and now I am struggling with maybes and the what if’s…and am thankful for finding this site in this season I now walk again!!

  3. My beloved husband had cancer for 8 years and died a death so terrible that I still have trouble sleeping. His cancer was as if he wasn’t even sick but the last 6 months he lived was something from a science fiction or scary demonic movie. I wont go into the awful details. My house burned a year after he passed and I lost my dog, he was my best friend and my darling cats we had for 10 years. I’ve lost so much so fast I cant seem to find myself so I work or study but I am dead. I dont know where to start. I say pray to people but I cant.Its been 4 years since the fire and 5 since my husband passed and it feels like yesterday. I dont expect to hear back so dont feel like you should reach out. Nothing will change except the day.

    1. Cathy,
      I am sooooo sorry for your losses.
      How have you managed to cope all these years?
      Do you have loving people around you?
      Here, there are people who will reach out to you, like I have. We all understand grief and loss and sorrow and, and, and…..
      It’s been a year since my husband passed and the pain I carry in my heart is heavy. I have also lost pets and this is another grief and sadness to carry. Often pets console us like noone else can. I understand.
      Your home. Wow.
      Thank goodness you are safe.
      God has granted you courage and strength to keep on. You have reached out here.
      Hope this offers a tiny speck of encouragement.
      Best for 2019.

  4. Congratulations to Holly, Judy, Gina, Jean, and Julie for winning a free copy of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back in the Free Book Give-Away for She Blossoms Readers. Enjoy reading it.

    Dr. Khrienuo

  5. Im very happy i came across this… i hope to win the Book… i think it Will help me not to grieve the loss of my other Half in march. All i do is think of him

  6. Thank you, everyone, for entering my free book give-away!
    I emailed five lucky She Blossoms winners 🙂 Holly, Gina, Judy, Julie, and Charlotte. And I’m sending a copy of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back to Jean, in the UK. You’ll get your copies in the mail within a week or two.
    Blessings and blossoms,

  7. I’m from buffalo new York I like pot roast or pork roast I live alone my daughter lives down stairs we are still struggling with my wife hemothers death 8months ago I pray everyday and ask god to help us through this s sometimes it becomes unbearable but she always use to tell me if anything ever happens to her always take care of Dana her daughter and I will thank you for your love