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Everyone has life’s challenges and can face them with fear or with trust. I choose to look at them as experiences where God blessed me with His curve balls thrown in. These curve balls are not the negative, painful or abusive life experiences that I have lived through, but rather the unexpected, blessings, gifts, and graces God threw in to help me through the experiences. I believe that these curve balls were given so that I can witness to His great and awesome presence in and through the experiences, the people in those experiences and in myself as living through and surviving the experiences as a better, not bitter human being.
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What was the hardest part about writing your book?
Recalling the negative and painful experiences that I lived through and grieving the loss of my parents and our relationship because of the experiences.
Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?
“As a victim, I stand firm in a few things: I will never be defeated or be a quitter. I will never allow anyone to gain control of my heart, body, mind, or spirit again. I will always strive to see God in all people because I know that we are all created in His image—no matter what choices we make. I have been blessed with so much. I will always remember to say thank you to God.
If this book helps or inspires at least one other person to become whole, healed, and healthy again, it will be a success. God has called me to share my story; may he bless those who read it to see His hand in the writing.” Final chapter, last paragraph
What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?
A greater sense of being loved, and cared for by God and others. A sense of belief that they are not alone no matter how bad things are. That they are stronger than they believe and that they will continue to get through whatever comes their way, they have to believe. That healing and wholeness is theirs, it isn’t easy, but it is what is best for them and once they experience it, they will see that their pain was not in vain. That the author loves her faith and truly has experienced the presence, love and mercy of God through the horror experienced in her childhood and the healing that she has experienced in her adulthood. She wants to spread that good news so that someone else can share in that joyful experience.
Who or what is the inspiration for the book?
Father John, my husband and friends were my inspiration. It was my sense of wholeness and healing that I wanted to share with others who are suffering.
Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?
I did not have a mentor with regards to writing. My life- long Father figure has been Father John and he has always encouraged me, guided me and supported me in all of my endeavors.
I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?
I agree. My favorite genres are devotional, faith based, history, and humor.
Henri Nouwen, Anthony DeMello and Erma Bombeck.
ABOUT DR. C
The author lives in Aston, Pennsylvania with her husband John, their golden retriever Clover and their two cats: Duchess and Graygray. Dr. C is a Pastoral Associate/Spiritual Director for a Catholic parish in Delaware County and John works for the Federal Government. Dr. C graduated with her Doctorate in Ministry degree in May 2013.
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