Author Success Stories

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Above is  Laura’s fourth and latest book, released in September, 2012

After realizing how difficult it was to get an agent, I submitted to the Writer’s Edge. The day after my work was posted, two major publishing houses asked to see a portion of my historical fiction novel. Although this didn’t pan out, two more major publishers contacted me as well as several smaller houses. I realized then how well respected the Writer’s Edge is in the publishing industry. Within 9 months I had a 3-book contract with Revell/Baker Publishing Group. If not for the professionalism of this wonderful service, I’m sure I would still be spending fruitless hours trying to find an agent and break into the market. The editor who reviewed my work provided the encouragement I needed to keep going, and everything was handled professionally, efficiently, and in a timely manner. I recommend this service to everyone pursuing publication. I’m so thankful for all that the Writer’s Edge has done for me. My first novel, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, was released August 1, 2009. Hats off to a very valuable service!  —Laura Frantz

 

Writer’s Edge Service! That’s what I tell everyone who asks me how I got my book published. I always thought the hard part would be writing the book. But the hard part was finding a publisher. I quickly became discouraged because most publishers no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts. At first I was skeptical, but figured I had nothing to lose. So, I took a chance. Two months later, I received a call from an acquisition’s editor at Bethany House, a subsidiary of Baker Publishing Group. Had it not been for Writer’s Edge, I wouldn’t be an author today. Thank you, Writer’s Edge! -Patty Houser

 

Writer’s Edge was a godsend for me.  I gave birth to twins in November and did not have time to pursue individual publishers.  I prayed and told God that I was going to send my sample chapters to Writer’s Edge.  If He wanted me to write this book, I needed Him to provide a publisher!  He did!!!  Thank you so much for your service!!! -Jolene Erlacher

 

You were the means through which my first book, The Lost Art of Praying Together, was successfully published through Discovery House.  I am now on my eighth project with Discovery House.As a former first-time author, the service that you provide in opening doors is invaluable and unique.God has used you to touch well over a million lives through the writing ministry He has so mercifully allowed me to have, and I’m deeply grateful.  The opportunity to encourage others in prayer (especially the parents of prodigals) is Kingdom work.Thank you, Writer’s Edge Service.  I send this with a prayer that your work will continue to encourage and inspire many. -Dr. James Banks

 

Ever since I found the Writer’s Edge, I’ve been recommending it to other writers.  It’s a very effective way of “getting found.” 

Soon after I posted my latest proposal to them, two different major publishers [WaterBrook & Bethany House] contacted me directly.  Although I ended up landing a contract with yet a third publisher [Fortress Press] whom I submitted a proposal to independently, I still think it’s worthwhile, even for seasoned authors, to post on the Writer’s Edge.  For me it was a positive experience and well worth the money because I got personally acquainted with editors from two different publishing companies that I wasn’t connected to before. 

So much of getting published is finding the right fit—the right publisher for your book.  The Writer’s Edge can help you with that. -Dr. Sarah Sumner 

 

I was grateful to discover the proposal from Scott Hubbartt at Writer’s Edge. I always review carefully the recommended proposals from Writer’s Edge, and it’s rare that I don’t find at least one that grabs my attention. The contribution of Writer’s Edge benefits all of us in publishing.
Bruce Nygren
Senior Acquisitions Editor
Multnomah/Waterbrook, a division of Random House

 

Thank you to Writer’s Edge for the invaluable service you provide unknown writers like myself in notifying potential publishers of our work! [My] reviewer was so encouraging to me I just wanted to thank that person and let them know what happened with this proposal. The book was published and released in September 2013 by Bethany House Publishers under the title, Take Charge of Your Emotions: Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger. -Dr. Linda J. Solie

 

The Writer’s Edge was an easy and effective way to get in contact with just the right audience for Hardwired.  The structure is user-friendly, the staff are accessible, and it worked exactly the way I hoped!  They cut through a jungle of distractions and dead-ends to make publishing a reality. -James W. Miller

 

Tyndale House Publishers found a gem in Cathy Gohlke. Born on a farm in the North Carolina Piedmont, Cathy was third in a family of four children. Their 200-year-old farm house was believed, by Cathy’s grandaunt, to have been a hiding place for runaway slaves before the Civil War.

True or not, that story marked the beginning of Cathy’s lifelong fascination with the Underground Railroad and her passion for telling the stories of courageous people in every generation “who seek or help others gain freedom from prejudice, oppression, and cords that bind–those placed upon us by people and means beyond our control and those cords we forge ourselves.” -Cathy Gohlke

 

Writer‘s Edge alumni Kara Davis, MD, is a board-certified physician of internal medicine who practices in the Chicago suburbs. Found right here on Writer’s Edge by Charisma Media, Dr. Davis is now releasing Spiritual Secrets to a Healthy Heart in February.

She previously served as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she still maintains an appointment at that institution. Dr. Davis regularly sees patients with diseases influenced by lifestyle and who suffer the many related consequences. Her interactions and observations with these patients planted the seed for her book, Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss: A 50-day Renewal of Body, Mind, and Spirit, and for national workshops and seminars that she now leads. In addition to her medical career, she is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four wonderful children.

 

 

My first novel, Gray Rainbow Journey, which was announced through Writers Edge and published by OakTara, was winner of a National Best Books 2009 Award for Multicultural Fiction, and a Finalist in the categories of Religion and Mystery/Suspense, sponsored by USA Book News. Writer’s Edge helped to make it all possible. Thank you again for this service!”  –KiKi BelMonte-Schaller

 

Divorce is one of those experiences that everyone believes will happen to someone else. So what do you do when it happens to you? Melody Bacon, Ph.D. tells how you as a Christian believer, can walk through the valley of divorce and emerge better and not bitter.

Melody holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in depth psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute and an M.A. in U.S. history from Cal State Northridge. In their private practice, Melody and her husband Ron (a marriage and family therapist), work with couples and individuals facing relationship challenges. They also conduct workshops for pre-engaged couples: Before You Pop the Question, and married couples: Happily Married After.

 

Googling_God_CoxI am extremely grateful to Writer’s Edge for the service they offer and the integrity and manner in which they conduct the reviews. They actually deliver on what they promise, which is encouraging and refreshing! I completed the draft of a book targeted at ‘pre-Christians’ encouraging people (many who have been bruised by church and Christians) to revisit who God is and what He is like. I was turned down by one publisher I approached in England and then found that most publishers won’t look at unsolicited manuscripts. However, some did mention submitting work to Writer’s Edge for an initial review. I did that in December and in early February received an acceptance letter and my synopsis was [reported to the publishers]. . . .Two weeks later I received an expression of interest from Harvest House Publishers, and I have been working with them over the past 8 months to produce a final draft. . . . Harvest House is interested in my writing, and I am currently halfway through another book that will be reviewed by them within the next six months. —John Cox, British Columbia

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Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award-winning author of William Henry is a Fine Name and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award.

After posting my book with Writer’s Edge I was contacted by three Christian publishers. I signed with Moody Publishers and could not be happier. Writer’s Edge has been responsive and professional in every way. Their evaluation was especially helpful in forming some of my later decisions re. promotion and target markets. I learned that entering the publishing world takes time. The process leading to a contract took several months, but posting with Writer’s Edge was my first step. —Cathy Gohlke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since releasing her first novel, Sharon has released five more novels, her most recent in the spring of 2012

Writing a novel is a breeze compared to getting it published. The cycle of agents who aren’t taking new clients, to publishers who won’t accept manuscripts (or even query letters) unless the author has an agent, is frustrating and discouraging. My story, however, has a happy ending because a small publishing company read my old excerpt postings on Writer’s Edge Service. They liked what they read and asked for more. Without the unique process of Writer’s Edge, I would still be sending off query letters. Thank you so much for keeping postings on your site for an extended period. —Sharon McAnear, author of the Jemma series, (including Corner of Blue, Never a Starless Sky)

 

 

 

 

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Kara’s latest release “Spiritual Secrets to a Healthy Heart” releases in February of 2013 through Charisma Media

 

I entered the world of publishing very “wet behind the ears.” It was not long before I realized that having a desire to write and getting a manuscript published were distinct entities with no promise of ever coming together. The Writer’s Edge helped bridge the gap. I signed my first contract last week. Thank you, Writer’s Edge! –Kara Davis, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

Overcoming_Runaway_Bloodsugar_PollockWriter’s Edge made the difference for me. I sent out dozens of query letters to publishers, with no nibbles. Finally I decided to try Writer’s Edge. After a summary of my book was included in their service, I received a note from a representative of Harvest House Publishers, wanting to see the manuscript. She liked the book and sent it up to the next level. It took a while, but the book is now published and in its third printing. —Blessings, Dennis Pollock

 

 

Who_Has_Your_Heart_RyanI never thought getting published would be such a pleasant experience, but because of the Writer’s Edge, it was! I received wonderful, prompt feedback from my reviewer and was very pleased with the summary listed in the monthly book report to the publishers. Two publishers requested my proposal, and in just a few short months, I had my first contract in my hand! The process led to a wonderful relationship with my editors at Discovery House Publishing and a remarkable experience as a first-time author. I would recommend to all writers that they use the Writer’s Edge in the beginning of their journey toward publication, not as a last resort. My first book, Who Has Your Heart? The Single Woman’s Pursuit of Godliness, is out this month —Emily E. Ryan

 

Blushing_Bride_to_Wedded_Wife_TravianoI can’t recommend Writer’s Edge highly enough. I had been working on a book about marriage for over five years and finally had the guts to do something about it. I decided to try Writer’s Edge first, and if nothing came of it I would start looking for publishers to send my proposal to. My book synopsis appeared in the Writer’s Edge report for publishers in December. On January 6th, less than one week later, I received e-mails from two publishing companies. One was Harvest House Publishers. After sending them a proposal, then my entire manuscript, they offered me a contract.  I am waiting to hear what they think of a proposal for my next book. Thanks, Writer’s Edge! I’m telling every aspiring writer I know about Writer’s Edge! —Marla Taviano

 

Foundations_Christian_Thought_CosgroveMy encounter with the Writer’s Edge was excellent. From my first inquiry until a follow-up letter congratulating me about my success in finding a publisher, my experience with the the Writer’s Edge was personal and helpful. The materials were clear and easy to fill out. The resulting description of my book proposal did justice to my ideas and was read by at least 80 publishers. Three publishers asked to see chapters of my manuscript, and one published my book. Publishing a book today, even in Christian circles, seems such a maze of difficulties in getting your good ideas and writing considered by a publisher. The Writer’s Edge provides a needed connection between author and publisher that is valued by both. –Dr. Mark Cosgrove, Taylor University

Devotion_Explosion_BowerThe Writer’s Edge Service minimizes rejection! Instead of leaving you to send out dozens of queries and proposals and receive dozens of rejections from publishers who were not interested, the Writer’s Edge Service allows publishers to pre-screen ideas. You don’t have to waste your effort just to receive rejections. Only interested publishers will contact you, bringing you that much closer to acceptance. In my case, three publishers contacted me, so I only mailed out three proposals (not dozens). One sent me a rejection, one did not respond, and one sent me a contract. The Writer’s Edge streamlines and expedites the process of presenting a writer’s ideas to the publishing world. I plan to use the Writer’s Edge again and again. —Christy Bower Devotion Explosion: Getting Real with God, Discovery House Publishers

Generous_Faith_HaasAt the end of last year, I submitted my manuscript, Well Lived: Stories of Wisdom and Wonder, to Writer’s Edge. I was so pleased with the whole experience and the careful attention to details. How lovely it was to have one of the reviewer’s ( #7, I think) wish me luck and indicate that my ms. was well done and meaningful. This personal response spoke volumes about your dedication. Please know that almost immediately I received an interest inquiry from Paraclete Press. Writer’s Edge works! Thank you for this opportunity. I would not have had it without this vehicle. May God continue to gently and graciously bless your work. Peace and everything good, —Sr. Bridget Haase, Generous Faith
Gray_Rainbow_Journey_SchallerMy first novel, Gray Rainbow Journey, which was announced through Writer’s Edge and published by OakTara, was winner of a National Best Books Award for Multicultural Fiction and a finalist in the categories of Religion and Mystery/Suspense, sponsored by USA Book News. Writer’s Edge helped to make it all possible. Thank you again for this service!” —KiKi BelMonte-Schaller

 

 

Help_for_the_Laid_Off_KaartoIn January Bridge-Logos contacted me, and four months later my “baby” is being delivered to (hopefully) thousands of people who are laid off and hurting, to help them during one of the worst times of their lives.

The Writer’s Edge is a truly legitimate service. By this, I mean years ago, my proposal and work was rejected twice (along with kind, constructive criticism). On the third try I was successful, and it’s just a miracle I thought to update my info shortly before my 5-yr term was to expire. The publisher contacted me ONE WEEK LATER; four months later the book is being shipped to the masses. Unbelievable!  Anyway, my experience with your service taught me that it wasn’t just a bunch of people taking my money and sticking my info onto a web site. I made adjustments to my work according to the feedback I received and eventually was successful.  —Mary Aucoin Kaarto

Mothering_Heights_SmithSusan Brereton and I wrote a book called Mothering Heights: A Novel Approach for Christian Mothers and wanted to find a publisher.  However, the fact that we are from a small country (New Zealand) meant we needed to look overseas for publication, which has challenges of its own.  The Writer’s Edge service was perfect for us as it gave exposure to a variety of Christian publishers in the U.S that we otherwise might not have known about.  We were blessed to be approached by three publishers and in the end signed with Judson Press last July.  Our book is due out next week, which we are enormously excited about! Thanks to The Writer’s Edge! —Keitha Smith

 

Eternal_Truths_Of_Narnia_KlosterLast November I sent a manuscript to you for The Eternal Truths of Narnia. Through your service, I heard from Bridge-Logos publishers in February. They accepted the study, and it was released in May in time for the Prince Caspian movie. Thank you for your wonderful service. Your partnership has assisted in drawing people to the Word of God through this culturally relevant topic. —Julie Kloster

 

The_Jesus_Priorities_MaricleYou screened my manuscript for me (twice actually). The first review gave me the tough love I needed to get serious and focused. It worked. Jesus’ Keys was included in your report to publishers. I am happy to report that Upper Room Books offered me a contract and The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits is now available. Your service was very helpful — and drove me to produce a far better book than I originally conceived. A great service!—Christopher Maricle

 

 

Journey_to_Judah_RifeMy first novel, Journey to Judah, poured out of me between two family weddings. My daughter’s love story inspired the book. I was passionate about encouraging young women to follow the Lord wherever He leads and trust Him to be a faithful Lover, Provider, and Protector. I submitted the manuscript to Writers Edge in the fall and committed the work to the Lord, knowing that if He wanted to land it in the hands of a publisher, He would. Eventually He did!  Jeff Nesbit of OakTara Fiction saw the listing and wanted to read the manuscript. I was visiting my daughter in India at the time. Long story short, he loved it and asked if I would publish with OakTara. The marriage between writer and publisher took place. I am currently working on two other books in the Born for India series. —Eileen Rife

God_in_MySpace_KnokeThe process was simple, the comments returned by my reader were encouraging, and the results were favorable. I submitted my book to Writer’s Edge in early November and was contacted by two publishers within a couple of months. I signed a contract in April and God in MySpace: Answering Questions of Loneliness and Identity was available later that year. Thank you, Writer’s Edge, for your service. It was a blessing. —Derek Knoke

 

 

mcDonald_smallI am delighted to recommend Writer’s Edge. I found out about the program quite by accident when learning that some leading Christian publishers do not accept unsolicited mss, but recommend consulting Writer’s Edge instead. Last spring, I submitted chapters of my novel Among His Personal Effects for review. I received a thoughtful, frank appraisal, which, while complimentary, suggested that my work might be something of a hard sell to some Christian publishers. I was grateful for both the encouragement and the honesty. Nearly eight months later, however, I received two offers to publish the novel and am pleased to say that I have signed a contract with OakTara Fiction. I am grateful to Writer’s Edge—and to OakTara Fiction for taking a risk.  —John McDonald

My_Mom_Has_Alheimers_BornI listed my book with the Writer’s Edge and within six weeks time received two inquiries from Christian publishing companies. My book will be published by Bridge-Logos early next year. I am so grateful to the Writer’s Edge. —Linda Born

 

 

 

Unto_the_least_of_these_PickrellI had a surprising experience with Writer’s Edge. My summary appeared in a report. The only responses I got immediately were from subsidy publishers. After several months went by, I assumed I had wasted $95 and forgot all about it. Much to my surprise (nearly one year later), I got an email from OakTara Fiction saying they were intrigued by my book summary on Writer’s Edge. I signed a contract with OakTara Fiction on January 16! Boy, did I get my money’s worth! —Alison Pickrell

 

 

Walk_Me_To_Midnight_StClairI sent out query letters about my novel to Christian publishers, only to discover that most do not read query letters. One publisher suggested that I go through Writer’s Edge. Within a few months of posting on the Writer’s Edge website, OakTara Fiction asked me to send my manuscript. A few weeks later, I had a contract for publication of Walk Me To Midnight. Thank you, Writers Edge!  —Jane St. Clair

 

 

Light_Dancer_BlunkI finished my book, Light Dancer, in late spring. After being advised by an editor to get a literary agent, I contacted every single agent listed in the Christian Writer’s Market. A few returned my letter. One of them suggested I list my book with The Writer’s Edge. I took that advice a year later. In December, I was contacted by a publisher that had seen my listing on the Writer’s Edge. I signed a contract with them in January, (nearly four years after it had been listed). Thanks, Writer’s Edge, for keeping my listing posted for so long. My book might never have come to the attention of a publisher if not for you. —J.B. Blunk

 

Merchant_Of_Damascus_StradleyMy book submission of The Merchant of Damascus to Writer’s Edge received a publisher’s acceptance in January. I was very pleased to hear from OakTara Fiction Publishers even though they distribute online only. Preparing the manuscript for electronic submission helped get the final typos out of the manuscript. My other submission to Writer’s Edge with the critique from the editor helped me with valid rewrites on my work. Thanks to Writer’s Edge for their services. —Duane C. Stradley

 

 

Calm_In_My_Chaos_CorcoranTwo years ago, after sending my completed manuscript to more than 50 publishers, I sent my proposal to Writer’s Edge. After they accepted my work, I was offered a contract with Kregel Publications to publish my devotional book. Kregel had previously rejected my work but reconsidered it as a viable product once seeing it endorsed by Writer’s Edge. My first book, Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom’s Weary Soul, has been released and I am currently working on a follow-up devotional. This time I went straight to Writer’s Edge. Thank you for your support of my work, passion, and dreams. —Elizabeth Corcoran

Steal_Away_PollandAs a tenderfoot hiking through the unfamiliar trails of the publishing world, I was glad to find a guidepost in the wilderness through the Writer’s Edge. The process from proposal to book contract has been very smooth for this first-time writer, and I can wholeheartedly recommend the service to all who would aspire to publish. Perusing the website alone serves as a great education for the uninitiated. My first book is being published by Judson Press. Steal Away: Devotions for Baseball Fans is “ESPN meets Oswald Chambers,” a collection of devotional readings that center on scripture and use real-life stories from professional baseball to illustrate truth. I suspect I will be honing my craft for the rest of my days, but the Writer’s Edge has helped me take my foot out of my mouth and insert it into the door of a publisher. Many thanks! —Hugh Poland

Think about the back cover copy of a good book. Try to describe in a few words the essence and “hooks” that will convey your book’s content in the best possible way. Here is a sample of a book that landed a publisher:
(Working Title: The Wooing of Jane Grey)
Jane Grey’s life was fine. 
Fabulous career: check. Faithful friend: check. Serving in the church nursery: check. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
And yet… Jane had promised herself she’d never let life become predictable. Now she finds herself thirty-something, feeling a bit lumpy, lonely and lost. A nagging pit in her stomach tells her she desperately needs a change. 
Proving He has a sense of humor, the Lord deposits not one, but two handsome suitors into Jane’s life – seemingly overnight!  Practical Paul Wade, a successful attorney,
seems Jane’s perfect match … on paper. Meanwhile, pro hockey hunkster Lindy Barrett 
is clearly out of her league … or is he?

To decide, Jane must finally seek out that sweet spot lying somewhere between her head and her heart. Whose woo will win the heart of Jane Grey? God knows, but He’s not telling!

Publishers want to know why you are the right person to write this book.  They also want to know what platform or connections you have or can create to help promote your book. Here is a sample:

(Working Title: Overcoming Doubts and Depression)

Dr. Rhonda Wilson is a licensed psychologist and holds two advanced degrees. She has published articles in magazines as well as a Christian women’s suspense novel she self published. She has served as director of counseling for two large churches. Her husband, David, is a pastor of a large metropolitan church inIndianapolis and a successful author. Dr. Wilson speaks at many conferences and venues where this book could be sold.

She also has a blog called “Healthy Minds, Holy Hearts” with over 20,000 followers.

 

 

Here is an example of how to show the scope of your novel so the editor has a good idea of where you are going, how the plot progresses, the conflicts involved in the story and how it ends. Basically, just give a synopsis of the story.
(Working Title: Watercolor Summer)
Kathleen waits in an airport for her flight when she sees a magazine cover that reads,
“ONE MOMENT IN TIME: WHAT IF YOU COULD RELIVE IT?”
This starts Kathleen remembering the summer she turned 13 and how that summer changed her life forever:
As the only child of a southern aristocratic father and a bohemian artist mother, Kat feels out-of-place no matter where she is; even in her own family. Her parents’ differences in background, values and interests seem to always put Kat in the middle of a veiled conflict. In her world, everyone appears to have self-serving motives. As a result, Kat becomes angry and withdrawn.
In her thirteenth summer, 1969, Kat is dragged by her mother to yet another artist colony on the beaches of Northwest Florida. There, her feelings of isolation and hopelessness unleash into a selfish rage. Self-pity overwhelms her and she contemplates every escape, including suicide.
Malcolm, a mentally challenged boy, who is living at the artist colony in Florida, tries to befriend Kat, but Malcolm’s very presence annoys her to her core. Malcolm’s caretaker, Jeanette, a simple, but lov-ing woman who runs the artist colony, becomes the bane of Kat’s existence, peppering seemingly every moment with ridiculous country wisdom and humor.
As the summer progresses, Kat finds out that Malcolm’s parents had abandoned him at the colony when he was five years old. This tugs at Kat’s heart a little, but her guard goes back up when it be-comes more and more likely that her parents are going to end their marriage.
At summer’s end, Malcolm becomes ill. It is revealed that Malcolm has a congenital heart defect that must be repaired if he is to live. Just before he is to leave for New Orleans’ Oschner’s Clinic, a storm at sea begins to brew and his surgery is in question. One afternoon, Kat goes for a swim in the gulf and gets caught in the undertow. Malcolm had been following Kat and tries to rescue her. Rescue comes for both Kat and Malcolm, but Malcolm’s weak heart is made weaker by his struggle in the water.
Malcolm is taken to the local hospital where he is in critical condition. Meanwhile, Hurricane Camille is fast approaching the Gulf Coast. Kat, Jeanette, Mary Alice, Chandler remain at the hospital to keep a vigil and to wait out the storm. Malcolm’s heart, however, is too weak. Sadly, he dies.
At Malcolm’s funeral, Kat sees a woman who she suspects is Malcolm’s biological mother. When Kat voices her suspicions to her mother, Chan tells her daughter that she also believes this was Malcolm’s mother. Mary Alice Spaulding fills in the details of the back-story on Malcolm and his abandonment at the colony. She had been in contact with Vera, Malcolm’s mother for several years. Vera, who was finally free from an abusive husband, moved back near the colony so that she could keep watch over her son from a distance. What seemed at first to be a mother’s selfish act, begins to look more like an act of mercy.
As Kathleen and her mother leave the colony at the end of the summer, Kathleen begins to see how her life is starting to make more sense.
The Epilogue is Kathleen on the flight she was about to catch during the Prologue. She reflects on how the “stains” of her life, like watercolor on paper, have come together to paint a beautiful scene that only God could have anticipated and ordained.

(Working Title: The Grace-Filled Divorce)
“Can I find God in the grief of my divorce?” is the unspoken question of clients who come to me to help them navigate a confusing and terrifying experience.  As Christians, we are told that God is in midst of suffering.  Through his incarnation, we understand that God knows the pain that we feel.  He wept at the tomb of his friend, Lazarus. He suffered and died on the cross.  But the grief and suffering that comes with divorce seems to challenge this assumption.  After all, the Bible clearly states, “God hates divorce.”  For many of my clients, the logical extension is that God must hate me.
As a result, grief in divorce is given short shrift, if it is acknowledged at all.  It is as though divorcing individuals do not have the right to grieve, let alone call upon God in the midst of their suffering.  But centuries of Christian writings and contemplative practices attest to the fact that, in the words of John Keats, this life is the “vale of Soul-making”.   Pain and suffering, whatever the cause, can be transmuted into a deeper and richer experience of God.
The words, “I want a divorce”, place people at a crossroads without markers. How the journey proceeds depends on the choice made at this intersection. One road leads to years, maybe even decades, of anger and vitriol, courtroom battles, custody fights, and, potentially, multiple failed marriages.   The other, less traveled path leads toward peace and a deeper, more nuanced spiritual life. What makes the difference between these two responses to divorce?  The willingness to enter into grief and allow it to become a process for spiritual formation.
My book, The Grace Filled Divorce: An Opportunity for Spiritual Formation is written to help readers understand the experience of grief in divorce on both an interpersonal and spiritual level, to transmute the pain of divorce into a transformative experience.  Beginning with a foreword written by pastor and author, Chuck Smith, Jr., this book interweaves the stories of Christians whose emotional, personal and spiritual life was transformed by the experience of grief in divorce, with ancient Christian spiritual practices and psychological insights and techniques that have benefited hundreds of my clients.  In my practice as a Christian psychologist specializing in relational counseling, I have witnessed the extraordinary benefits that come from consciously entering, with God, into the grief of divorce.  Divorce can be the beginning of a new phase in an individual’s spiritual walk; the benefits can bless the lives of others.
OUTLINE
Foreword by Chuck Smith, Jr.
Preface
Introduction
Chapter one.  When things fall apart: Laying the Groundwork

Chapter two.  Awakening (Candace’s Story)

Chapter three.  The Importance of Grief
Chapter four.   Becoming Myself (Karen’s Story)
Chapter five.  One divorce, two experiences
Chapter six.  New Beginning (Maureen’s Story)
Chapter seven.  Guilt and Shame: Core Issues

Chapter eight.  Letting Go (Joan’s Story)
Chapter nine.  Lessons from Marriage
Chapter ten.  An Amazing Adventure (Jeanne’s Story)
Chapter eleven. Your Ex-spouse: Your emotional workout partner
Chapter twelve.  Finding Goodness (Melissa’s Story)
Conclusion.
Appendices