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
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 Detour (Health, Relationship, Faith)
- What is Happening When God Seems Silent
- Free Will, Surrender, and the Sovereignty of God
- 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 new 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?
- What are the heart failure warning signs you missed?
- This book is a little untraditional in format. Why did you choose to write it in essay form?
- What’s a favorite or particularly meaningful essay in the book?
- What’s the most important thing readers will learn about their own faith from Divine Detour?
- What do you want the reader to walk away knowing about life detours after they read Divine Detour?
- People listening to this often struggle with questioning God when things are difficult. What’s your best advice on how they can deal with that?
- Why are questions so important in faith? Why do we shy away from them?
- In the book you say, “Doubt is not the opposite of faith—indifference is.” Why do you feel that way?
- You mentioned in the book that you’ve felt God’s intense silence along your detour. How has that affected your faith journey?
- Why are stories such a central part of your book?
- There’s a special backstory to the cover design. Can you share that?
- What else have you written?
- How are your health and your faith doing now?
- Where can readers/listeners/viewers connect with you?
Lori Ann Wood lives with her husband in an empty nest in beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas. 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. Lori Ann’s award-winning book released in February 2023 with CrossRiver Media, Divine Detour: The Path You’d Never Choose Can Lead to the Faith You’ve Always Wanted. 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 serves as WomenHeart Champion Community Educator for Arkansas and American Heart Association Ambassador. Her writing has won several awards, including the Frederick Buechner Narrative Essay Award and her work has been published in numerous print and online venues, including The New York Times, The Christian Century Magazine, Just Between Us Magazine, Bella Grace 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 award-winning book released in February 2023 with CrossRiver Media, Divine Detour: The Path You’d Never Choose Can Lead to the Faith You’ve Always Wanted. Read more from her at loriannwood.com.
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, The Evangelical Press Association, and others. Lori Ann has been published in numerous print journals including The New York Times, 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 served 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 award-winning book, Divine Detour: The Path You’d Never Choose Can Lead to the Faith You’ve Always Wanted, released in early 2023. Find her at loriannwood.com.
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American Book Fest, Best Book Awards, Finalist in Christianity and Finalist in Christian Inspirational, 2023
Readers’ Favorite Awards, 5-Star Review and Silver Medalist in Christian Living, 2023
Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist – Inspirational (Non-Fiction), Spring 2023
The BookFest Awards, (4:31:50) First Place Nonfiction Book in Religion-Christianity, Spring 2023
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
Faith in Action Summit, “How to Find God in the Midst of Your Pain,” November 18, 2023
Powerful Whispers Podcast, “A Journey of Faith and Resilience,” November 7, 2023
Shaped by Faith Podcast with Theresa Rowe, November 3, 2023
American Heart Association, Centennial Kickoff, Bentonville, AR, November 2, 2023
Write From the Deep Podcast, “Writing Wisdom and Advice,” October 23, 2023
Positively Joy Podcast, “Heart Failure: Author has Divine Detour to Loving God with a Broken Heart,” September 30, 2023
World Heart Day Presentation, Bentonville Public Library, September 29, 2023
“An Unplanned Path & A Firmer Faith,” St. Joan of Arc Church, September 27, 2023
Wild Confidence Podcast, September 27, 2023
What’s the Story Podcast, “Divine Detours in Life,” September 13, 2023
The Best Advice Podcast, “Life and Health,” September 11, 2023
Hope Unlocked Podcast, “Voices of HOPE from the Valley,” August 25, 2023
The Back 40 Podcast, “When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned,” August 15, 2023
Java with Jen Podcast, “Making Sense of Closed Doors,” August 15, 2023
Choose to Live Free Podcast, “Train Yourself to be a Godly Woman,” August 10, 2023
Gospel Spice Podcast, “Deeper Faith Through Worry, Doubt, and Control,” August 8, 2023
“My Unexpected Diagnosis, My Faith Detour, and My Publishing Journey,” ACFW, August 7, 2023
Theology Breakdown, “When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned – Lessons from Heart Failure & Faith in God,” July 25, 2023
Journey with Janice Podcast, July 21, 2023
Introducing Me Podcast, “Faith-Based Questions During Heart Failure,” July 11, 2023
The Love Offering Podcast, “A Little Perseverance Goes a Long Way,” July 4, 2023
Rooted in Christ Podcast, “Learning to Unlock Your Faith,” July 3, 2023
Praying Christian Women Podcast, “Navigating Divine Detours,” June 26, 2023
Confidence in Christ Podcast, June 7, 2023
Fierce Calling Podcast, “Wrestling with Faith & Navigating Life’s Detours to Find the Faith We’ve Always Wanted,” June 6, 2023
Built for More Podcast, “Avoiding Defeat in the Divine Detour,” June 6, 2023
“Navigating a Detour,” EmberHope Youthville Foster Care Retreat, Wichita, KS, May 19, 2023
Ink and Impact Podcast, “The Power of Story: Turning Personal Essays into a Published Book,”
May 18, 2023
Altered Stories Podcast, May 8, 2023
Write from the Deep Podcast, “Detours on Your Writing Journey,” Part 2, April 17, 2023
“Free Will, Surrender, and the Sovereignty of God,” Mothering Matters of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, April 14, 2023
After the Pause Podcast, “Courage in Life’s Unplanned Detours,” April 5, 2023
Write from the Deep Podcast, “Detours on Your Writing Journey,” Part 1, April 3, 2023
Java with Jen Podcast, March 28, 2023
Real. Raw. Truth. Podcast, March 27, 2023
Affirming Truths Podcast, “Divine Detours with Lori Ann Wood,” March 16, 2023
Livin’ What You’re Given Podcast, “Involuntary Tide Turning,” March 8, 2023
My Full Life + Faith Leaps Podcast, “What to Do When Disappointed with Life and God,” February 27, 2023
Step Into the Light with Patti Shene on Blog Talk Radio, February 23, 2023
Choose to Live Free Podcast, “Three Key Questions to Ask When Life Detours,” February 23, 2023
Inspirational Journeys with Ann Harrison, “The Three Questions of Faith,” February 23, 2023
I Choose My Best Life Podcast, “Choose Awareness,” February 22, 2023
Authors with Andy, wordsbyandylee, February 22, 2022
Our Story, His Glory Podcast, “The Risky Heart,” February 21, 2023
Anchored by the Sword Podcast, “Lori Ann’s Freedom Story,” February 21, 2023
Welcome Heart Podcast, “A Legacy of a Divine Detour and a Deeper Faith,” February 20, 2023
Flourish-Meant Podcast, “Questioning Life on Unwanted Paths,” February 17, 2023
Grace Enough Podcast, “Divine Detour and Heart Health,” February 14, 2023
More Than Small Talk Podcast, February 9, 2023
Holistic Christian Life Podcast, February 7, 2023
Have Hope, Will Travel Podcast, February 6, 2023
Halfway There Podcast, “Questions in the Silence,” February 6, 2023
Visibly Fit with Wendie Pett Podcast, “When Adversity Hits,” February 6, 2023
Depth Podcast, February 5, 2023
Christians Speak Up with Eddie Jones, January 23, 2023
“The Problem of Unanswered—and Unasked—Prayers,” Praying Christian Women Conference, January 2023
Radical Abundance Podcast, January 20, 2023
Writing for Your Life, Book Launch Interview with Kate Rademacher, January 19, 2023
Jo Massaro Ministries, January 17, 2023
Valuable Voices Podcast, January 11, 2023
A Walk Through the Word: Daily Bread with Crystal Freie, January 8, 2023
“HeartTalks: The Importance of Sleep,” WomenHeart webinar, October 17, 2022
The Gospel Effect Podcast, “Peace that Passes Understanding,” October 11, 2022
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
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