Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back

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Learn How to Thrive Despite Painful Losses

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


"It's all here--the hope, the encouragement, and the hand you want to hold when you're facing loss and struggling to move on. Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back is invaluable to women who feel lost and alone. Laurie's stories are heartwarming, her perspective of biblical women is fresh and unique, and her Blossom Tips are useful and creative. There's something for every woman in this book."

Michelle Medlock Adams, award-winning author of more than 80 books including her latest Fabulous & Focused: 365 Daily Devotions for Women Who Work

"Deftly weaving biblical truths with practical, accessible advice and compelling personal stories, Laurie Pawlik invites us into a life-changing journey forward from loss, disappointment, and brokenness toward healing, growth and, ultimately, profound transformation. As you immerse yourself in Laurie's compassionate authenticity and allow yourself to soak up her grace-filled, real-life advice, you'll come away from Growing Forward with new hope--refreshed, renewed, and prepared to walk into the next season of your life."

Michelle DeRusha, author of True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created

"Laurie Pawlik has created a treasure of a book that will help women move out of the pain and despair they have experienced into a season of wellness and growth. I love how she has blended her own losses with the studies of various biblical characters--you feel as though you have a friend as you all are journeying together. Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back is an excellent choice for individual reflection or small group study."

Janet Holm McHenry, bestselling author of 23 books, including The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus

"Laurie Pawlik is a master of writing with transparency and compassion, gently offering practical steps for healing our soul's soil from yesterday's pain. Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back is a must-read for those of us desiring to thrive and blossom in our next best season of life!"

LaTan Murphy, author of Courageous Women of the Bible

"No matter what's happened in your past, it doesn't have to hold you back any longer. Laurie Pawlik offers practical tips for stepping forward into all that God has for you."

Joanna Weaver, bestselling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

"Laurie is amazingly transparent as she shares from personal experience and Scripture, showing what it takes to grow forward when going back is not an option. If you are stuck, discouraged, or hopeless, applying the helpful tools shared in the Blossom Tips section will enable you to bloom once more."

Georgia Shaffer, professional certified coach, PA licensed psychologist, and author of A Gift of Mourning Glories: Restoring Your Life after Loss

"Laurie Pawlik has written a book for any woman who finds herself in a season of unexpected change or loss. She artfully weaves together the painful threads of her own life with biblical truth and the examples found in holy women from Eve to Mary. In the end, she not only shows us that growth is always possible, but gives excellent ways to enable and accelerate it in our lives. Growing Forward will inspire you to do just that."

Bo Stern, author, teaching pastor, Westside Church, Bend, Oregon

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    Laurie Pawlik

    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...

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