And the Winners Are…

Well, friends, it’s been a cra-cra week, so there’s no new blog post. The last post in the “Listen” series will be next week. Stay tuned!

And could I ask you to pray? This weekend is my youngest son’s graduation (YAY!), and he gets married in two weeks (even bigger YAAAAAY!). Two weeks after that is the launch of Exhale, my new book co-authored with Cheri Gregory. Let’s just say it’s to-do list mania around here. Please pray that my feeble brain can remember all that needs done!

Below, I’m announcing all the winners of the books I’ve featured, but if you didn’t win, you still don’t want to miss these. Here are the links one more time for easy access:

The Art of Hard Conversations: Biblical Tools for the Tough Talks that Matter by Lori Roeleveld

Tough to Love: How to Find Peace in Difficult Relationships by Rachel Britton

Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters by Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh

And the winners are…

Jeanie (5/2/19 10:16 am)- The Art of Hard Conversation

Adrienne (4/25/19 6:58 am)- Tough to Love

Paula (4/19/19 8:07 pm)- Mended

Neko (4/11/19 2:31 pm)- Exhale necklace

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  1. Teresa Dixon says

    Love this post!!! It reminds me of an article I read on “ conformational bias” that was in Christianity Today magazine. I thought you might enjoy it-Feb 2018 article by Jared Wilson!

  2. Linda Klym says

    Too late to win anything, but I wanted to comment. A few years ago, a good friend spoke to me out of love. I was being quite hurtful to my alcoholic husband and felt he deserved the negative treatment. This friend gently reminded me that he was still my husband and should be treated with respect. She was so right, and I tried after that to treat him better, often failing. He died a few years later in a car crash, partly because of his drinking.
    Now, I have a situation with my son. He is very quiet and refuses to talk about the death of his dad. Their last meeting was extremely toxic, again due to alcoholism. We talk on the phone every week as we live far away from each other. Our conversations are stilted, awkward and short. He is not interested in my life and only answers to my questions in few words about his life.
    I often hang up feel more distant from him than if he had never phoned. I want our phone calls to continue, but I want to share with him how sad they make me feel. Any suggestions? I know I can’t change him and I will have to accept our relationship, but I also want our conversations to be more authentic and sincere. Please help! Thank you. Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Amy Carroll says

      Linda, your comment both broke my heart and made me admire you. I’m so sorry for the tragedy of your husband’s loss, but I respect your teachable spirit.

      I’ve recently been exposed to a powerful ministry that has a lesson that might be helpful for you. In this ministry, rather than asking traumatized children to share their story, they introduce these children to traumatized horses and share the horses stories of neglect and trauma. The children open up and heal over time as they care for a horse that they bond with. Often it’s the horse with the story most like their own.

      I know that might seem like a strange parallel, but I wonder if your son will open up over time if you’ll share a little bit in each conversation about the way you feel with no expectations placed on him. I have two sons too, so I understand how hard it is to get males to open up sometimes. Even if he never reciprocates, I think that he’ll benefit by knowing he’s not alone in his feelings. Keeping the door open through loving communication from you is the main thing. I’m praying for you two as I send this, Linda.