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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.
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.