Title – Divine Detour: The Path You Didn’t Choose Can Lead to the Faith You’ve Always Wanted
Genre – Nonfiction / Christian Living / Essays
Publisher – CrossRiver Media Group
Release Date – February 2023
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Advance praise for Divine Detour:
Through a series of forty deeply personal essays, Lori Ann Wood shows us that questions and struggles do not have to weaken our faith, but can instead strengthen it. This book offers strong encouragement for those going through difficult life and faith challenges.
Lori Ann Wood courageously shares her journey with vulnerability and grace. She walks boldly into the unknown and in the process teaches us to do the same. This is a gift to anyone struggling with uncertainty, health issues, or trying to find footing in the world.
—Margaret Feinberg, author of More Power to You
Lori Ann Wood uses her own medical miracle story to write a beautiful book teaching us to how to hold grief with gratitude and turn it all into grace. In Divine Detour, Lori Ann Wood artfully weaves whimsical childhood stories with dramatic cardiac journal entries and Christian theology to offer the reader lasting lessons in faith. Read this book either as a forty day journey or a one sitting binge—either way, you will return to it again and again for her wit and wisdom. There are little lessons everywhere and hope for everyone.
—Kathy Izard, author The Hundred Story Home and The Last Ordinary Hour
WHAT – Divine Detour is a book of relatable essays that gently guides the reader to confront the three most important questions of her life—the three questions every life must answer.
WHEN – Divine Detour is an invitation to explore the questions of worry, doubt, and control that always surface when a Christian finds himself on a path he didn’t choose.
WHO – Divine Detour is for the believer who hits a snag in her careful life plan and starts to wonder if her faith is any good at all: the career has evaporated overnight, the adult child has turned his back on his family, the marriage vows have worn paper thin.
WHY – Heart failure patient and award-winning essayist Lori Ann Wood confronts faith’s three most menacing questions of worry, doubt, and control, and discovers hope for anyone on an unexpected path.
- The Three Questions Every Life Must Answer
- How Questions Strengthen Faith
- The Power of Story in Faith
- How to Navigate a Desert (Health, Relationship, Faith)
- What is Happening When God Seems Silent
- Taking Thoughts from a Personal Journal to a Published Book
- Early Warning Signs of Heart Failure
- How Advances in Heart Care Saved My Life
- Trusting Your Body (and Your God) When You Know Something Isn’t Right
SUGGESTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
- Tell me about your upcoming book.
- Can you explain a little more about each of the life questions?
- I noticed your book contains 40 days of essays. Why 40?
- What prompted you to write Divine Detour?
- This book is a little untraditional in format. Why did you choose to write it in essay form?
- Why are questions so important in faith?
- Why are stories such a central part of your book?
- What else have you written?
- How is your health and your faith doing now?
- Where can readers/listeners/viewers connect with you?
Lori Ann Wood lives in an empty nest in beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas, with her husband, the love of her life whom she found in 9th grade. Having discovered a serious heart condition almost too late, Lori Ann writes to encourage others to explore their difficult faith questions along the detours of life. Read more from her at loriannwood.com.
Lori Ann Wood lives in an empty nest in beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas, with her husband, the love of her life whom she found in 9th grade. She is mom to three great young adults, one amazing son-in-law, and a miniature dachshund named Pearl. Her new favorite role is grandmother to Hazel. Lori Ann currently serves as founding leader of the Parenting Education Ministry at the church of Christ in Bentonville. She also serves as WomenHeart Champion Community Educator for Arkansas and American Heart Association Ambassador. Lori Ann was awarded the Frederick Buechner Narrative Essay Award and her work has been published in numerous print and online venues, including Heart Insight Magazine, The Christian Century magazine, Just Between Us Magazine, The Joyful Life Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Sweet to the Soul FAITH Magazine, Pepperdine University Press, and yahoo.com. Having discovered a serious heart condition almost too late, Lori Ann writes to encourage others to ask their difficult faith questions along the detours of life. Lori Ann’s first book is scheduled to release in February 2023 with CrossRiver Media, Divine Detour: The Path You Didn’t Choose Can Lead to the Faith You’ve Always Wanted. Read more from her at https://linktr.ee/LoriAnnWood.
Lori Ann Wood lives in the shadow of the Ozark Mountains in beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas, with her husband, the unsuspecting guy she chased all the way from 9th grade to grad school. She is mom to three world-changing young adults, one impressive son-in-law (who all live too far away) and a miniature dachshund named Pearl (who threatens to never leave). Her new favorite role is appropriately spoiling her granddaughter Hazel.
In addition to receiving the Frederick Buechner Narrative Essay Award from The Christian Century Magazine, her work has won awards from The Colorado Christian Writers Association and The Evangelical Press Association. Lori Ann has been published in numerous print journals including Just Between Us Magazine, The Joyful Life Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Heart Insight Magazine, and Sweet to the Soul FAITH Magazine. Her articles have also appeared on websites such as Pepperdine University Press, Yahoo Lifestyle, and MSN, and on blogs including Women | Faith & Story, Kindred Mom, WomenHeart, and The Mighty. Lori Ann also serves on the Blog Contributor Team for The Joyful Life Magazine.
But Lori Ann has not always been a writer.
A life detour reordered her priorities and rattled her faith.
In 2015, despite otherwise pristine health, Lori Ann almost died from heart failure from an unknown cause. Her heart was functioning at just 6%. She spent 14 days in ICU as doctors tried to save her life. Lori Ann was then transferred to the Cleveland Clinic where she became her doctor’s most critical patient for a year and a half. She was eventually implanted with a pacemaker and internal defibrillator. Against all medical odds, her heart function was initially restored sixteen months later. But as heart failure goes, her condition has experienced ups-and-downs since then. And as the Christian walk goes, so has her faith.
Having discovered this chronic, progressive condition almost too late, Lori Ann now writes to encourage difficult faith questions along the detours of life. Her passion is to connect with readers and help them hold onto their faith when they find themselves on a path they didn’t choose.
Her first book, Divine Detour: The Path You Didn’t Choose Can Lead to the Faith You’ve Always Wanted, will release in early 2023. Find her at https://loriannwood.com.
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Serious Writer, Writer of the Year, Short Nonfiction Articles, Two Semifinal Entries, Summer 2022
Colorado Christian Writers, Write His Answer Contest, Published Prose Winner, 2022
Evangelical Press Association, Higher Goals in Christian Journalism, Second Place, Medium Articles, 2022
Christian Century, Frederick Buechner Narrative Essay Award, 2020
When God Seems Silent, National Day of Prayer, May 5, 2022
WomenHeart Mother’s Day Interview, Generational Heart Discussions, May 5, 2022
National Hospital Alliance Conference, “Champion Experience: COVID-19 Challenges and Recovery,” Panelist, July 13, 2021
Real Personal Branding Podcast, “Impactful Women Series,” Featured Guest, March 2021
“Unmet Needs of Heart Failure Patients” Webinar, Partnership to Advance Cardiovascular Health, Panelist, November 13, 2020
HeartTalks Webinar Panelist, womenheart.org, June 15, 2020
Heart Failure Beat Podcast, “On the Road with Heart Failure,” Season 1, Episode 2, Featured Guest, February 4, 2020
Ladies’ Retreat, Women of Purpose, Bentonville Church of Christ, April 2019
Phone: (479) 621-3883
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