Meet author Lori Wildenberg
Lori Wildenberg, mom of four, is passionate about helping families build connections that last a lifetime. She’s co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting ministry, lead mentor mom with the Moms Together Facebook Community, national speaker, and parent coach. Messy Parenting isLori’s 5th parenting book. For more information go to www.loriwildenberg.com
Messy Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connection contains a message I care deeply about— family connection in the present and for the future. Most parents raise their children in a way that actually may sabotage future connection and relationship with their children. I hope Messy Parenting shows them another more satisfying way.
What genre do you focus on and why?
Christian Family Life
Why do you write? What drives you?
My passion is fueled by my love for the Lord and desire to encourage healthy faith-filled families. God calls Himself our helper. We are to depend upon Him and also help each other.
What does a day in your writing world look like?
It isn’t too glamorous. I sit at my desk and pluck away at the keys and forget to eat. Then when my back begins to ache I decide it’s time for a walk and a talk with God.
What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?
To reach people’s hearts I must open mine. I’m a fairly private person so this transparency can be tough. Sometimes I feel sort of …exposed, naked. But to God be the glory in the way that He moves when I am obedient. He allows me to see how my writing has helped someone else. This is such great encouragement.
What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?
I love being with my readers and hearing from them. Doing a speaking event, leading a workshop, or speaking at a conference where I can have personal interaction and conversation with parents brings me great joy. I love helping and supporting moms and dads to be the best parent they can be!
What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?
Once I was on a live local cable TV show. The host opened it up to callers. Most people who called in asked typical parenting questions. Except for one man… he asked, “Can God grow back a missing arm?” His non-parenting question totally threw me for a loop. I frantically looked to the host for support. Shea answered his inquiry well. “If God can raise the dead, he can grow back an arm but he typically doesn’t respond this way to missing limbs.”
What are you most proud of?
One thing that comes to mind as kind of a cool accomplishment is my daughter Kendra and I, along with two other moms and daughters, hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim. It was by far the hardest physical thing I had ever done. I even got heatstroke and lost almost all of my toenails! (gross)
What is your favorite pastime?
We live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and my favorite pastime is hiking those hills with my family and dog.
Do you have other books? We’d love to know.
Yes, I have four other parenting books in addition to Messy Parenting. My fourth book was published May of 2017 titled, Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home. My three previous books I co-authored with my 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting ministry partner, Becky Danielson: Raising Little Kids with Big Love, Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love, Empowered Parents: Putting Faith First.
What are you working on now?
I have a few book ideas brewing. We will see what my publisher (New Hope Publishers) thinks. So stay tuned!
Link to book: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Messy-Parenting-Practical-Strengthen-Connections/dp/1563090414/ref
New Hope: https://www.newhopepublishers.com/shop/messy-parenting/
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