It’s my story. Well, the first half. I wanted to write. I learned how… the hard way. Was it worth it? You tell me.



“It’s hard walking with love when you’ve been running with fear all your life.”

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“What a remarkable testimony her story is to the relentless
love of God. She tells it with unwavering honesty and a
voice that finds its sure rhythm with each chapter.”

~Becky Jackson
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“DIVINE SURPRISE…and Oh what a beautiful surprise it was
to read this amazing book! A MUST READ! I so appreciate her
raw vulnerability and honesty. I love to hear throughout
her writings how God pursues us even when we may not
even be aware or blatantly reject Him. I love how she
paints a picture that our Heavenly Father’s daily mercy
unconditional love, & overwhelming forgiveness is REAL.
I am reminded how we think we know someone, and yet
we have NO clue what they have lived or are walking through.”

~Jackie Darby

“Opened the book as soon as I got it and read the whole thing
start to finish. I couldn’t put it down. You bared your soul
and touched our hearts.”

~Carole Basile

“Finished in 2 days! I’m in awe of your honesty, absolutely
love your love/hate relationship with your hair! Oh how I
can relate. Your family dynamics/dysfunction is so similar
to mine and I’m quite certain many others. Your book is
freeing! Free to accept who we are, the good, the bad, and
ugly. Forgive as we have been forgiven. Thank you for making
it easier for me, personally, to accept myself, and my love
for Jesus.”

~Lori Love Toepper

“I loved the entire book from start to finish. I read it
in one sitting! The word choice and use of language
was impeccable. It speaks truth from the very heart.
A wonderful skilled author! A must read!”

~Michelle Ferrante

“This is the first book I have ever read in less than one day.
I couldn’t put it down. This is powerful. Disfunction, love,
courage and God on the move. Can’t wait for the sequel.
Love this book.”


“I absolutely LOVED your book! I read it in one sitting and
didn’t want it to be over. It was raw and honest and
beautifully written. Your words paint such vivid pictures.
One of my favorite lines was ‘Like an unsanitary penny
passed over in the parking lot, I’m hardly worth the effort.’
Wow!! That just said it all in the moment. Congratulations
to you on a great achievement.”

~Karen Schmidt Barry

“JoAnn has the ability thru her writings that bring comfort
to the reader and reinforces how we are not alone when
times seem impossible. This is such an inspirational and
enjoyable read. I laughed, cried, and reminisced of our past
times together. You won’t want to put it down. Please
purchase, you won’t regret it and will feel so inspired
when you finish the book. Congratulations to this fabulous
author. Cannot wait for Book 2.”

~Jeanne Johnson

“JoAnn, I finished reading your book. The pages are filled
with honesty & inspiration from growing in self to growing
in Christ. Even more of a special read during Easter season.”

~Lynne Talkington Coughlin

“I just finished reading this book of Hope for us all.
I read it with the mind set that I didn’t already know
some of the story and know today’s outcome. The flow
of the story kept me intrigued waiting to be drawn back
to each person’s part of the story. I also know your Jesus,
and I believe for your readers, that telling your story
so openly and honestly will help others to know Him also.
I pray continued healing for you, David, and your family.”

~Vickie Osborne

“So many parts of this book I loved so much, I guess because
they resonate with my heart. How ‘singing brings happy feelings
when no amount of talking can.’ I loved how you shared your
feelings about being a stay-at-home mom. I could go on some
more…my favorite though was the last chapter. I have no words…

~Neva Boone