“Back to Single” Update from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power-Evinda Lepins

Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power, which is a blog that began as a result of this very book that I’m giving you an update about! I’m so excited. It’s getting closer and closer to the time that it will be in your hands!  Grab your coffee and come on in for a few.

I want to share the amazing Foreword that was written by – I get choked up when I think about him and the role God has used him to play in my life – my counselor, my friend, a member of the book team, my co-host on Blog Talk Radio, and finally a member of Chicklit Power Ministries’ Board, Steve Atkinson who is so much more than a counselor with a seminary degree!

Anyway, the original Foreword was going to be by our first editor, but after receiving a nudge on my heart to ask Steve to write it, I did, and this is what he wrote. I hope you enjoy it.

“John Ortberg, in his book, ‘Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them’, writes: ‘The irony of the masks is that although we wear them to make other people think well of us, they are drawn to us only when we take them off.’ This book, though in novel form, is the reflection of someone that took years of her life to peel back the pain, hurt, dysfunction and self-condemnation only to discover freedom, fulfillment and purpose after she was willing to face the very scariest places of her history. It is a compelling narrative of the journey of a woman desperately seeking to make sense of her negative circumstances that continued to repeat themselves.

“As she began to be able to notice the lives around her, she realized that she was not the only one struggling with this cycle of confusion and self-destruction. From her experiences, she sees that the women in our culture are in deep trouble. She sees the need of women finding their voices and learning how to express themselves when they are hurting, afraid and ashamed. She is hopeful that one person’s ‘story’ can make a difference.

“‘From our pain comes our calling.’ This is where the inspiration comes from for the author to write so freely and boldly about her life. She is no longer hiding and running from what people might think about her, nor is she hiding behind any mask. She speaks freely and boldly in hopes that others will recognize their need to be free from the bondage of their past. She, today, speaks her mind and is not ashamed to be transparent. She gives words for those who know something is wrong in their lives but cannot make sense of their repetitious cycles of self-harm.

“This book is emotional, inspirational and transforming. You will not be the same after you’ve read it.”

His words filled me with awe and I literally sat there weeping, speechless, after reading it. When I e-mailed him, all I could say is: “Wow. I’m crying tears of joy and humility. I don’t know what to say,” to which he replied: “It’s what I see.”

April is around the corner and so is “Back to Single!” Have a beautiful day.




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4 Responses to ““Back to Single” Update from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power-Evinda Lepins”

  1. neenee says:

    I am crying tears of joy my sweet sister reading this blog and what Steve wrote which was from his heart and yes “what he sees”.
    My heart of gratitude is so overwhelmed with being apart of this journey with you. My life is changing because of what I see in you.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know I don’t tell you enough and take for granted our friendship. SOOOOOO Glad there is YOU!!!

  2. Jan Bachelor says:

    Praise God! What a beautifully perfect word picture of the deep meaning of this book! Steve, I am overwhelmed with the Holy Spirit leading that lives within your written phrases. Inspired and inspirational with the right amount of information and a tantalizing taste leading the reader to seek more in-depth knowledge of the novel and author! TERRIFIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ruben says:

    One thing I have realized in all your blog posts and I thought I’d compliment you on is how good your English and grammar are. How did you figure out how to write so well? It looks like you have a degree in writing from a University.