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Starting From Scratch When You'Re Single Again [Paperback]

By Sharon M. Knudson (Author), Mary Fran Heitzman (Author) & Jim Burns (Foreword by)
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You're suddenly single again. What do you do now? Where do you turn? Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again serves up poignant stories from twenty-three widowed or divorced women who survived a horrific deathblow to their dreams for a happy, secure future. Somehow, with white-knuckle faith, each one found enough strength in themselves and in their God to move forward. Let each woman's story and the guiding principles she offers be an encouragement to you, and as a bonus, let the taste and aroma of her favorite recipe comfort and nourish your soul

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You're suddenly single again. What do you do now? Where do you turn? Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again serves up poignant stories from twenty-three widowed or divorced women who survived a horrific deathblow to their dreams for a happy, secure future. Somehow, with white-knuckle faith, each one found enough strength in themselves and in their God to move forward. Let each woman's story and the guiding principles she offers be an encouragement to you, and as a bonus, let the taste and aroma of her favorite recipe comfort and nourish your soul.

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Starting from Scratch When You're Single Again
By Sharon M. Knudson and Mary Fran Heitzman

Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches

Let each woman's story and the guidance she offers be an encouragement to you as you rebuild your life.

Someone you know needs this book.
--Julie Barnhill, author of One Tough Mother

This book is like a compendium of advice for what to do when disaster strikes.
--Dr. Jim Burns, president of HomeWord, author, and radio host

Shows you how to heal and move on...
--Wilfred G. Sager, EdD, retired marriage and family therapist

Poignant, tragic, humorous, yet always memorable. You'll find a reason to hope again.
--Joan C. Webb, author, speaker, and life coach

This book is filled with page after page of hope.
--Jane Kise, EdD, author of LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are

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Studio: Christian Life
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.87 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Strang Communications
ISBN  1599792540  
ISBN13  9781599792545  

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Sharon M. Knudson is a full-time freelance writer with five book collaborations and hundreds of published articles. She speaks at Christian events and retreats and also teaches courses on the craft of writing and getting published. She holds BME and MM degrees from Michigan State University and lives with her husband in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mary Fran Heitzman writes essays, poetry, and magazine articles and is president of the Minnesota Christian Writers Guild. She is a certified member of Toastmasters International and cofacilitates a Faith Interaction group at her church. She works in the world of finance with her husband of thirty-seven years.

Sharon M. Knudson currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota.

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An Essential Gift for the Recently Widowed / Divorced  Dec 6, 2009
This book is the best-ever gift for the recently widowed or divorced, for men and women alike, especially for those who can't afford to buy a copy for themselves. I've given this book to several people close to me who have suffered the death of a spouse or a divorce, and this book has greatly comforted and given much-needed direction to them. One of them, a young grieving widow, tearfully told me she could relate to the authors when they talked about needing lots of blankets on the bed for sleeping alone. Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again is an incredible compilation of hope and victory over dark circumstances. It compels you to throw yourself into the waiting arms of a loving God and entrust everything to him-- right down to the pain, the confusion, the healing, and God's ultimate designs for your life.
Reading this book will change your life!  Apr 14, 2009
As I read this book, I often found myself crying with both joy and sadness. It shows the many ways that God changes lives even through the most difficult of times. In many ways, the stories of love and loss made me realize how precious life is and how important relationships are.

Each woman interviewed in the book has included one of her favorites at the end of her story. I've tried most of the 23 recipes and they are fantastic! They are easy to make and the instructions are well written.

I recommend this book highly. Buy one for yourself and give one to someone who needs change and healing in her life!

A Novel Menagerie's Perspective on STARTING FROM SCRATCH  Mar 19, 2009
This book took me by surprise. To be honest, I think that God is more deserving of my love than what I am giving to him. This year has been such a year of despair, grief, and turmoil. I feel like I keep turning to him, begging for his hand in my life. What I've forgotten, I think, is to give it back. I have to remember to glorify him, thank him, talk to him, and praise him. I haven't done enough of that.

Don't get me wrong, the book was lovely. It is just such a personal book. I'm sure that what I read and get out of it will be totally different than what another reader may take from it. The book was well organized, beautifully illustrated, clean and concise. I knew just what to expect, format-wise, as I read on. I appreciate that sort of thing being the right-brained person that I am!

What this book is about, in my opinion, is more than just a compilation of 23 womens' stories about rebuilding their lives after the devastation of death or divorce. This book is about finding your way to the life that God intended you to live. For me, it was about believing, despite the odds, that God will provide for me the exact life that he has in mind for me. It's about remembering to place your faith in him to protect you and your children.

There are many images in this book that are powerful for me. The image of God¡¯s angels standing guard at the front and rear of a woman's home jumps into my mind and will be an image I'll never forget. There's also the images of a woman, brutally beaten and five months pregnant. God restored her life and her baby's. There are images of these wonderful ladies being faced with the death of their husbands in finding them deceased or under attack. The images are strong, for me. I will never forget this book.

When I think about my life in 2008, all I can think about is the immense pain that I suffered. I keep thinking that I've forgiven those people who enacted such betrayal upon me. But, when I am still haunted by nightmares at night I am reminded that I still haven't let it go. And, I know that there is so much more that I want to say to clear things up and set the record straight. But, honestly, what good would that do at this point? I know who I am from the inside out and God knows me even better than that.

Things are not as they should be in my life, financially and emotionally. But, I have asked God to provide me with exactly what I need to live out his plan for me. And, I'm living in faith that my Starting Over From Scratch will be the best story of my life. Nobody can take away from me my accomplishments and relationships. I believe they speak for themselves. And, as far as the relationships lost, well, maybe that love really was never there to begin with. The twins and I will find our way because we have GOD on our side! And, we will honor the truth in our lives.

On the bright side of my Starting From Scratch, I found a voice in myself that has been dead for a long time. I love, love, love to write and am so blessed to have started A Novel Menagerie. The way that God placed Lisa in my life was perfect in every way. And, now my blog and new, family company are the things in my world that I enjoy above all else. I¡¯m determined to finish that novel, as long as it takes. I AM A WRITER. And, when people ask what I do for a living no matter what job I'm performing to bring in a household income, I will reply, "I am a writer." Because I am. So, I will remember 2008 as my year of Starting From Scratch. I will remember that God brought me a greater understanding of what being a mother is all about. I will remember that God gave me my voice back. I will remember that God revealed my true friends and family. I will remember that, with God at the wheel, I cannot be steered in the wrong direction again.

I told you, this book was me meeting with the unexpected!

Sher's Out of Ten Scale:

The sure-tell sign that I liked a book is a ton of quotes from the book. Obviously, there were many here. But, most of the quotes were from my most important book, The Bible. I'm not reviewing The Bible (hint: It's a 10), but rather a book that, on some level, I needed to read. I've had this book since late October and just hadn't gotten around to it, I think I needed to be in a certain frame of mind when I read it. I'm glad that I waited. Ladies: for the genre of spiritual/inspiration, I'm giving this book a 9 out of 10!

Profound yet Practical  Dec 14, 2008
This well-written book contains profound wisdom in victorious yet often humorous tone. Encouraging and practical, it will bless many. I've personally given many gift copies to friends in the U.S. and beyond.

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