Thursday, February 28, 2019

Book Review - Growing Forward, When You Can't Go Back


After life is shattered by a loss or traumatic experience--whether big or small--it can seem impossible to heal or move on. Deep down you believe God intends good for you, but you just don't have the energy or strength to move forward.

Author Laurie Pawlik has been there, and here she shares how she flourished despite multiple losses in her own life. Through practical tips and thought-provoking questions, she helps you take small yet powerful steps toward healing and letting go.

She also offers insights and encouragement from the lives of strong women in the Bible. You'll glimpse the painful losses these women experienced and learn how they flourished despite seasons of hardship and grief. You'll discover how God shows His presence and power in the valleys, deserts, and storms. And you'll feel a fresh sense of hope that, with God's help, you can redefine yourself, remake your life, and grow forward into a beautiful new season.


Laurie Pawlik, MSW, is a writer with 25 years of teaching, social work, and Bible study experience. She's been published in magazines such as Woman's Day, Reader's Digest, and Women's Health, and is best known for her popular She Blossoms blog. She and her husband live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Find out more at


Have you ever read a book that so perfectly spoke to you right where you are? This book is exactly that for me and I have a feeling it will be for you, too.

Laurie writes this in a way that makes you want to not put it down until you're at the end. Seriously, I read through this book the first time in two days! However, there is so much to be gleaned and to go through, I'm going through the book again to answer the questions and journal through everything.

I absolutely love the blossom tips that she has scattered throughout and how she shares her own story and heart. I learned so much from this book and it's a book that encourages and made me see that leaving the past in the past is what's needed and that there's an ever bright future to look to when we go through our lives with Jesus.

The other thing I really loved was how she brought the stories of the different women of the Bible to life and used their stories to remind us that we aren't so different and to show how God used the difficulties in their lives for good.  I found this so encouraging!

This is a wonderful book that will be staying on my book shelf for future reference after I finish it again. I really loved this book and I'm sure you will, too!

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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