Tag Archives: healing

It’s Here! The Book I Was Born to Write.

Y’all. It’s here. Today is the official release of my newest book Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness. Oh my goodness. I just can’t stand it, I’m so excited. The cover is SO gorgeous. That’s one reason I love it. And it’s another book about prayer beads. That’s even more reason to love… Continue Reading

Safe Space: If You Build It They Will Come

We are so close to the finish line when it comes to my new book. So close. My editor and I are deep in the mire of detailed edits (our 2nd or 3rd round, I’ve lost count). I spent the day yesterday looking at the number of time I used such words as “think,” “night,”… Continue Reading

PTSD: the Spiritual Implications of Implied Weakness

Earlier this week Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, drew loud criticism for his comments about veterans with PTSD. Speaking to a veterans group, Trump seemed to imply that veterans who returned from combat with PTSD were somehow weaker than those who didn’t. While this is not in any way a political blog, in the… Continue Reading

Prayer Beads and Soldiers: More Stories of Pain and Healing

I am back from General Conference and there is much to tell you. I am still gathering my thoughts and photos on everything that happened last week in Portland and will post something tomorrow. Meanwhile, I spent the day with the soldiers yesterday and couldn’t wait to share the highlights. This was my sixth time… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Warriors: Sharing Prayer Beads with Soldiers with PTSD

So my work has taken a very interesting, albeit sacred, turn recently: once a month I now find myself driving a few hours to a local army base. There at the hospital I meet with soldiers who have a dual diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). My purpose is to… Continue Reading

How You Can Help with Book #4: Stories and Field-Testing

Book #4 is off to a great start. So far I have an outline, writing schedule (Thursdays are writing days!), the introduction, pieces of two chapters . . . and a very, very organized house. (By the time the actual deadline gets here, I imagine I will have completely redecorated my house.) Everything seems to… Continue Reading

Book #4: The Beginning

Today I am heading to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA for a 48-hour retreat. This retreat has been on the calendar since May and I have been looking forward to ever since. It follows one of the most crazy-busy summers on record. Two weeks ago Matthew went back to school, and… Continue Reading

Are You a Trauma Survivor? Help Me Write My Next Book!

As I’ve shared in the past, I am a trauma survivor. Although I spent years in therapy trying to deal with the emotional scars, I kept hitting a wall – a point where I just couldn’t go any further in my healing. For many years this was a source of great frustration for me. But… Continue Reading