My first traditionally published book is called Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back and offers a fresh, practical perspective on moving through loss. In it, I share stories of contemporary and biblical women who transcended extraordinary pain and grief. I weave in my own experiences of growing up with a single schizophrenic mother, living in foster care, and then coping with infertility.
Every chapter includes five Blossom Tips, to help readers:
- Accept—and even embrace—a new season of life.
- Take small steps forward in practical, creative, delightful ways.
- Weave faith, trust, and hope into your heart, thoughts, and daily lives.
At the end, readers have 50 creative, encouraging ways to move forward after a loss. Each activity highlights a different aspect of who we are: spirit, heart, soul, body, and brain. This holistic approach ensures the whole self is addressed by incorporating spiritual, emotional, creative, physical, and intellectual growth.
Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back is a comforting, encouraging book for women walking into a new season of life…which also makes it a great gift for women coping with death, divorce, or a difficult diagnosis.
Letting Go (my self-published ebook)
Letting go of the past – or someone you love – isn’t about “getting over it.” Letting go doesn’t mean forgetting, ignoring the pain, or guarding your heart so you don’t get hurt again.
Rather, letting go is about loosening unhealthy attachments to the past. When you let go of a person you loved and lost, you heal your heart. You find peace. You move forward with strength, faith and joy.
Letting Go of Someone You Love is filled with comforting, practical ways to heal your heart. You’ll learn:
- Why it’s so hard to let go
- Why time doesn’t heal all wounds
- How to stop obsessive thought patterns
- What to do when fear and anxiety returns
- How to detach from the pain and gain closure
- How to redefine your self-identity and recreate your life
- How to embrace a fresh new season with hope, joy and peace
In my original ebook—How to Let Go of Someone You Love—I shared practical tips and strategies from counselors, psychologists, and life coaches.
This updated version of How to Let Go of Someone You Love goes deeper and offers more.
I’m Laurie Pawlik (Kienlen), creator of the She Blossoms blogs and books. My life with a schizophrenic mother, absent father, foster homes, family estrangement, attempted rape, infertility, a failed marriage and three years in Africa taught me that choosing to grow forward is essential. You can never go back.
I have 25 years of teaching, social work and writing experience, and have written for magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Spirituality & Health, and More. I’m also the author of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back (Bethany House, 2019).