Hello new subscribers (and longtime readers)!

I wanted to acknowledge all the new readers that found their way here from my Crosswalk.com article that was recently reposted, and welcome you.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I am a 44-year-old mother of two great teenagers, Sara (18) and Jack (16-1/2). We live in a sweet little town in Illinois. I’ve been writing and speaking for almost fifteen years, doing what I always wanted to do but never dreaming I could or would.

Most of my writing these days is borne out of the pain of my very difficult almost-nineteen-year marriage that ended in the summer of 2012 when my then-husband counter-filed for divorce against my filing for legal separation after a fifteen-month church-led reconciliation attempt that ended with our church leadership releasing me to separate.

I write candidly because I remember feeling so alone for almost twenty years.  I remember the pain like it was yesterday. And yet, I have grappled with the grieving and the lessons learned and accepting my part in the demise of my marriage. I am now an advocate for women in difficult Christian marriages and those who find themselves walking through divorce. I get abuse of all kinds, the intricacies of addiction, and the pain of being shunned within the Church. My desire is to be a voice to those of you who are hurting and to create resources that help hurting women like you by bringing you hope.

Here are a few of those resources that I have created over the past few years:

If in a difficult marriage:
My e-book/PDF, Surviving in a Difficult Christian Marriage, came out of my almost-nineteen-year difficult marriage, available here.

My novel, World Split Open, about a woman navigating a hard Christian marriage, available here.

If walking through divorce:
My book, Unraveling: Hanging onto Faith through the End of a Christian Marriage, came out of my difficult separation and divorce, available here.

If navigating single motherhood:
My e-book, Moving On as a Christian Single Mom, is filled with reader questions and honest, practical suggestions for journey through parenting on your own, found here.

Also, I moderate a few private Facebook groups for women in your situations. So, if going through a hard marriage, figuring out how to live in a reconciling/restoring marriage, moving through divorce, or finding yourself a single mom, email me to request to be added to one of those groups.

Healing and hope and joy and second chances and grace are abundantly waiting for you, I promise!  God is a God of comfort and order and love, and he is on your side.

Gratefully yours,

P.S. I’d love to speak at your women’s ministry event, so if you think I’d be a good fit for your church, please pass my name along to your adult ministries coordinator.

P.P.S. Check out my YouTube channel for a bunch of 60-second encouragement videos!

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