Bernie Lutchman’s Review of Reflections on the Ring

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Wow, I am just blown away by Christian minister Bernie Lutchman’s wonderful review of my book, which includes a nod to Stormie Omartian. Very humbled and grateful! Here’s an excerpt:

Reflections on the Ring took a lot of soul-searching, courage and yes, faith to write. It was encouraging to me to see how Lori never stepped away from her traditional faith and turned it into something proactive that will impact her family for decades to come. I will encourage the reader to grasp the conundrum she faced when transitioning from her dream wedding to the nightmarish, almost mind-altering experience of getting married in a South Florida courthouse in front of a Judge! Her emotional conflicts and anxiety come over in the book as she tries to come to terms with marrying a man who bought her a Cubic Zirconia wedding ring! Here she was, with her 110 year old heirloom wedding ring from her great- grandmother, having recently given up a 2.5 carat engagement ring from a man she discovered she did not love, just to marry Dave in a cold impersonal courtroom. Could this get any more mind-boggling?

To her credit and here is where the minister in me warmed up to Lori, the person – she turned to the only Place she could find comfort and even peace. Even when things were darkest…. Even when bills were tough to pay…. Even when Dave was tough to love, she kept the Faith. What I loved about this “page-turner” is the various Scripture references therein, which are placed strategically along the narrative to tie into what was occurring at the time in Lori’s life! More impressive was her reliance on the writings from the wonderful prayer ministry of Stormie Omartian, with whom I am acquainted through my association (from 2006) with the Colorado-based National Day of Prayer Task Force. Stormie was once a speaker at one of our prayer summits up in the amazing Rocky Mountains, where praying to our Glorious God comes really easy (after one beholds the majestic mountains).

Please visit Bernie’s blog The Write Stuff to read the rest. Thank you Bernie so very much and God bless you!

And for those of you interested in purchasing, please stay tuned for details. The book will be available on Friday, November 22.

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Welcome to my new blog! UPDATED

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The rings that inspired it all.

Ok, I have a lot to learn here not being exactly a die-hard “techie” or someone who even enjoys social media. But I agreed to set up this blog understanding how important it is to have a place to connect with my readers. My story is certainly not unique so I am looking forward to hearing from other women (and men) who’ve had similar experiences. How did you turn your marriage and family around? Or are you still struggling and need some support?

Either way, I hope you’ll share your insights and visit often. In exchange, I promise to do my best to offer suggestions that have worked well for me and/or others, and direct you to some valuable resources on the web. Please understand: I am NOT a licensed counselor. I’m just an ordinary woman who applied the principles of some very wise authors and teachers when faced with very challenging life circumstances.

Right now, the book is still in production but we’re definitely on track to meet our November 9 release deadline. My graphic designer just sent me several excellent options so it looks like I’ll have some tough decisions to make in the next few days. Once that’s done I can get my social media networks set up and begin the fun process of online marketing.

Many thanks to everyone who’s supported me throughout this journey, including beta readers Renee Gatz, Kia Heavey, Delcan Finn, Joan Swirsky, and Brooke Musterman. Your feedback is much appreciated!

Readers, please stay tuned for updates as we get closer to publication!

UPDATE: Better late than never, I guess! The book will be available for purchase on Friday, November 22. The creative process can be kind of tricky but I am glad we waited until the cover design met my vision. Many thanks to Carrie Lundy for her patience and persistence!

After much collaboration, we arrived at the final cover design.

After much collaboration, we arrived at the final cover design.

Inspiring Story of the Day

Auburn University Homecoming Queen, Molly Anne Dutton.

Auburn University Homecoming Queen, Molly Anne Dutton.

Just came across this beautiful, life-affirming story out of Auburn University, where 100th university homecoming queen Molly Anne Dutton almost didn’t live to achieve the title. Why? Molly Anne was conceived under horrific circumstances involving a sexual assault but her birth mother nevertheless chose life for her daughter and sought the counseling services needed to ensure the child was raised in a proper home. God bless Molly, her adoptive family and the birth mother who made such a brave and noble choice. From The Global Dispatch.com:

“…the little girl born into those tough circumstances was elected her university’s homecoming queen after running on a platform entirely devoted to adoption advocacy.

Dutton’s story is a shocking tale of a “victim of a sexual assault that resulted in her becoming pregnant. She was given an ultimatum by her husband: either abort the baby, or face divorce” as Dutton’s mother could have easily aborted her.

Lifeline Children’s Services, a Birmingham-based Christian adoption agency, is credited with helping her biological mother in California and her courageous decision to keep the baby and put her up for adoption instead of aborting.

“Because that resource was made available to my mother, she decided to give birth to me,” Dutton said. “And here I am talking to you guys 22 years later.”

Read the whole thing here. And don’t forget the Kleenex.