Christian counselor writes book about about betrayal and recovery

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 30, 2007

When LuAnn Grambow, described as a lifetime Christian of deep faith, experienced betrayal and abandonment by her Christian husband of 21 years, life seemed absolutely hopeless, according to a press release.

But from the shambles of her lost marriage, God gave her “Hope Found in Paradise Lost,” a dramatically changed life perspective that magnified her hope and joy, empowered her refocused life purpose and evolved into the metaphorical story and book of the same name, the release continues.

The book is described as one “for people fed up with mediocre, meaningless living. It addresses perhaps two of the most daunting challenges we face: coping with life’s disappointments and hurts and the struggle to live beyond myself. It makes an enlightening connection between the two: disappointing life experiences ultimately convince us that all our efforts to build the perfect, happy life are without guarantee — much of life is out of our control.

“God wants to use this distressing revelation to free us from our covert life purpose of self-centered pursuit of comfortable circumstances, to instead pursue with radical, powerful impact God’s purposes for which he created us and gives us life.”

The press release says the book walks the reader through this process of a dramatically changed life view and the necessary changes to live out this new “HopeFound lifestyle.”

In his foreword to the book, Dr. Gary Chapman states, “… LuAnn Grambow presents a metaphor which I think many people will find helpful. The walls we build to protect ourselves from hurt often are barriers to our spiritual growth. When a crisis comes, the walls fall down around us and we stand helpless. It is in our need that we often encounter God in a whole new way…. This book does not offer a quick fix to the pains of life. However, it does draw out the roadmap whereby you can overcome your enslavement to the pursuit of comfortable life circumstances, come to really know God, and let him change you into someone whom he can use to bless the world. To be used of God to accomplish his purposes in your generation — there is no higher calling.”

Grambow, who has an master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., has been a practicing licensed professional counselor since 1990, as co-owner of Belsay Christian Counseling Center in Burton, Mich., from 1990 to 1998 and owner of HopeFound Christian Counseling in Salisbury since 1999. She has spoken frequently at conferences, seminars and retreats.

“Hope Found in Paradise Lost” is available to retailers through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Individuals may buy the book at local bookstores, from Xulon Press at xulonpress.com or by calling 1-866-909-2665 or online at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

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