Many women face trauma and abuse. In these pages, you will read 30 stories, poems, and letters that tell these testimonies. Without sugarcoating her situation, each woman shares her pain, how she made it through, and how God met her. Our journeys to healing are different. Your story may not be reflected in the pages of this book, but you will see that you are not alone. We can all reach out to the same God who helped each of these women. Christ will meet you, carry you, hold you, and heal you, too! Warning: best when read with tissues and a box of chocolates.
What readers are saying about Bloom in the Dark
“No other book has impacted me with emotion more strongly.”
L. G., Special Education
“I could NOT put it down. Gripping and encouraging.”
M. B., Christian Counselor
“Very heartbreaking and inspirational all in one.”
J. H., President of Career Women’s Network
Through the ministry of Bloom in The Dark, Paula focuses on writing and speaking to female abuse victims—raising awareness about abuse, bringing hope to victims, and partnering with ministries to help victims recover.
Martha, business executive
“Stunning presentation. Thank you.”
M. T., business owner, artist
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As 2015 comes to an end, we start assessing what goals and successes or failures we've had this year. Maybe it has been an amazing year of goals reached, health reclaimed and relationships healed. Maybe it has been your year to conquer Mt. Everest. Maybe you are thrilled with your personal, spiritual and professional development. Or, maybe not....
Will your New Year’s resolutions work any better in 2016 than they did in 2015, 2014, 2013.....? So many of us have pushed the “Easy Button” and wondered why it hasn’t worked. We want different results without the pain of change. We create a wish list rather than structured goals with accountability. We dream of success without the plan, team, tools, and discipline needed to make it happen. We boast about how we’ll climb Mt. Everest--without applying for a passport, without checking transportation costs, without buying climbing gear, without training, and without even finding out if we’re healthy enough to climb.
Do you even know what you really want to accomplish? Do you know what your Mt. Everest is? Do you know why it is worth the effort? Do you have a purpose and motivation? I spent a lot of years getting nowhere because I didn’t have any goals I was passionate about reaching. At 42, I’ve finally identified my Mt. Everest. I am passionate about reaching it. I’m willing to change. I’m willing to sacrifice. I will overcome the obstacles. I will reach the top, or die trying!
Instead of continuing to push the “Easy Button,” I’ve found my reset button. I'm changing my approach. I’m finding the people who have already climbed Mt. Everest. I'm asking them what is involved. Pros and cons. Skills and tools. Abilities and training. Sacrifices and rewards. I’m recruiting my team to cheer me on. Then, I’ll set a date to arrive at Mt. Everest and start climbing. I’ll announce it. I’ll lay out my timeline for reaching the top and finally putting my flag in the snow. I’ll quit talking about how I want to climb Mt. Everest, and actually climb it.
What is your Mt. Everest? What is the one thing you want to achieve, but have never been successful in doing? My Mt. Everest is spreading a message that inspires broken women to become vessels of honor. I will do this through a successful writing and speaking career. God has called me to this mission. Broken women are my purpose. My boys are my motivation. The One who's chosen me to do this will empower me to succeed.
I’m taking the B.L.A.S.T. Mentoring class with Shannon Ethridge, an extremely successful Christian author and speaker. I’m investing in Michael Hyatt’s “Five Days to your Best Year Ever.” I’m gathering a team of experts in the field who have courses, tools, and skills to help me. I am surrounding myself with Christian executive women who truly want to make a difference. I am using the damage and healing in my life to bring glory to God by helping others achieve the same hope and healing. My first book, Bloom in the Dark:True Stories of Hope and Redemption, was my first step in 2015 toward reaching the top of my Mt. Everest.
Find your reset button. It will never be easy to make all the changes you will have to make to be successful at reaching your mountain top, but you can do it. Start a fresh journey. Make sure you have the experts you need guiding you on your way. Make sure you've counted the cost and are prepared. With purpose, move forward and accomplish your God given mission. Don’t let your past failures stop you. Push your reset button and start succeeding today!
Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Advocate
Born in the jungles of Peru to missionary parents, Paula’s beginning in life was anything but typical.
Raped at the age of 5, Paula was caught in a cycle of damage and abuse which lasted into her thirties. From sexual abuse to later mental, emotional and even spiritual abuse, Paula developed a victim mentality, which fueled decades of continued abuse. The trauma she experienced caused her to develop a variety of psychosomatic illnesses which, at times, left her bed-ridden.
Broken beyond endurance and suicidal, Paula cried out to God for help. He miraculously intervened, faithfully walking with her through a dramatic healing process. Along the way, Paula learned to stand up to her abusers and stop attracting predators. She now knows, from personal experience, the healing, deliverance, and hope that only God can bring.
As an ex-victim, Paula’s passion to help others resulted in her writing Bloom in the Dark, a compilation of true stories shared by women who have walked through personal darkness and abuse. Each story tells how God met, healed, and restored an ex-victim. Readers discover that they are not alone and that there is lasting hope and healing!
A single mom living in Nashville, Paula homeschools her three sons, ranging in age from six to fourteen. The boys are a key part of Paula’s support team and her biggest fans. Together they enjoy swimming, hiking and roller skating.
Read more about Paula and Bloom in the Dark at www.bloominthedark.com