YOU ARE LOVED! Blog Tour
April 4-16, 2011
In this sensitive, insightful book, Linda Gomes shares her story. With disarming honesty, she tells of building new foundations from the ashes of an abusive childhood. She has helped many people come to terms with the pain of their past, encouraging them to redirect their energy into healthy productive channels, and assuring them that “You Are Loved!”
Linda Gomes has been a life coach and motivational speaker for more than 15 years. She has a strong background in Physical Fitness and a faith and belief that God has created her and restored her life to be used for His purpose. She has brought many women through the trials of relational loss, self worthlessness, hopelessness, devastating illness, extreme weight gain, weight loss, and spiritual deprivation. She has published her own life story in a gripping and alarmingly honest book called You Are Loved! in order to help women realize that they are not alone and that they are not the sum total of their history! She believes and has found through the healing power of prayer that there are answers beyond the explanations of our past. An amazing lesson in trust and faith, You are Loved! is about learning how to live and not just survive. Helping you to realize the struggle with authority is the wall between you and God when you are “just” surviving. Linda walks you step-by-step through amazing platforms of faith in order to build the trust and renew your hope and love for God.
Linda founded EMBRACE-Ministries.net in 2008. It is dedicated to women of abuse, single women and single moms who are searching for a place of support, love, and life tools to help them get to the purpose of what God intended their lives to be. Through this ministry she has continued to write and reach out with “Monday Morning Prayer,” a weekly devotional that tackles today’s trials with the tools of His word.
Linda is a proud mother of two beautiful girls. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and continues to teach, write, and fully embrace the precious life that God has gifted her.
Embrace Ministries can be found here.
“Linda’s personal testimony about sorting through the deep hurt and clutter of live, learning to rely on the Lord, and growing in the process has become a source of inspiration and ministry to hurting women. If you have been hurt or know someone who has, Linda’s story will provide a journey of healing.” –Pastor Dave Matas
“Linda’s transparent account of the darkest times in her life and her journey to faith encourage all of us to realize that nothing in this world can keep us from the Love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. By turning our past over to Him, we allow Him to transform us, and to fulfill His purpose for our lives.” –Susan Zarringar
“We are so blessed that you were inspired to write this book. Your words speak truth and reach into our hearts to show us the way to tackle the tough issues with love and grace.A” –Pat Moorehead
Interview with Linda:
What inspired you to write You Are Loved? And was there a pivotal point that changed your life?
My life and its past had always been a burden to me. I tried to hide it, lie about it and pretend that I was just as “normal” as everyone else until I realized that my faithful life was being affected by not being myself! I made a decision to become a part of a class at my church called Wounded Hearts that was lead by the most amazing woman! (You can read more about her in dedication of my book) after several hours of being a part of this group I was encouraged to write or journal and that lead to asking for prayer and writing Monday Morning Prayer which I emailed to my friends. It was very well received, much to my surprise as I never thought of myself as a writer! Then one day I was thrust into a trial that I had no frame of reference to handle. I thought that my attending my class was confidential until I read an email from a pastors husband that once again tried to pigeon hole me by suggesting that my crying foul and not tolerating abuse in my life was somehow “because of” my past! The exact words were “she must have some significant damage in her past to react this way” It had been the story of my life to not speak out when I was hurt, to not demand respect and to take the abusive behavior from others as just another part of my life as if I deserved to be treated less then. The impression that was transmitted openly in a not so private email was that this man felt that he knew who I was, because of a class that I was attending! God hit me at that moment like a Mac truck! I was keenly aware that this type of reaction and careless assumption was the reason I had hidden for years, taking me off of my path and “shaming” me back into hiding and away from the blessings God had intended. I saw it so clearly at that moment! I was working so hard to not be “pigeon holed” that I was not the authentic person that God was trying so desperately to use for His purpose.
I made the decision that day that I would use my life and all of its facets to speak out and not hide any longer. I would not allow anyone else to “tell” my story! I could no longer allow another broken person to define “who I was” and just cower in the shadows. I realized in that moment that women hide from their abuse because they believe they will not feel loved by anyone if they tell their story. The ignorance in one email brought me to my knees before God, begging to be relieved from the pain of the secret that was snuffing out my life and the gifts that He had intended me to be blessed with!
You are loved, was the message that I had to accept and then I had to allow Him to use my story to reach out to others!
How can reading your book have an impact on the reader’s life?
My hope and prayer is that my life will encourage other women to be brave in his name! I exposed my life because I was living in a way that the world had designed and defined and not the life that God was working to use to restore others. I believe that His plan is to shed the light in the dark corners where we hide our deepest pain. My book reveals pain and fear that can control and lead a life into desperation and isolation, destroying His purpose! As you will read in the first page of You are Loved, Surviving is my History, Living is my Destiny, the impact will be that my readers will finally know and believe that they are loved and that they are worth it!
What are your plans for the future in the publishing world? Think you have any more books in you?
I am in the process of writing new book called EMBRACE. This book is a culmination of all the steps it took for me to be the woman God intended. Embracing your life and all of its facets is a process, this book will bring you full circle, through the pain of your life to the joy that the healing that God creates through that pain, teaching you to walk in His Embrace in order to lead others to His salvation!
What else does God have you doing these days Linda, and how can our readers connect with you?
Embrace Ministries is the passion of my life these days. I am still writing Monday Morning Prayer and the Daily Light Switch. You can find me at www.embrace-ministries.net. I am also on Face book at http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Gomes/1260573178#!/pages/You-Are-Loved/281441512624. Both of these pages allow feed back and support.
How can our readers purchase your book?
You can purchase my book on www.embrace-ministries.net.
You are Loved! is not your typical memoir of a turbulent, abusive childhood. Linda takes her life story and turns it around after finding Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour. Did it solve all her problems immediately? No. But she allowed God to grow her spiritually by listening to Him, obeying, and praying.
I was at first frustrated with the book, as I thought it was written chronologically. Once I realized it contained stories from her life by subject, I was immediately engrossed in her book. Yes, it’s a story about Linda’s life, but it’s a greater story of God’s deliverance to her broken heart. I could so easily relate to some of the subjects that she tackles with Godly inspiration.
The hardest chapter is the initial one, A Child’s Journey, where Linda, as a little child, never felt the love of a parent, never knew that God was really a part of her life, and followed those life patterns into her marriages. This chapter captured me the most, as it hurdles you through the grim life she started out with and how it affected her relationships.
Linda doesn’t leave you without hope, however. In finally surrendering to God’s will, He has used her mightily to minister to hurting women. I found each of the remaining chapters to be devotionals that teaches the love of God in the midst of your struggles, of which Linda (and we all) has many.
Some of the chapters include the following:
- The Gift
- The Empty Nest
- A Taste of Happiness
- Surviving Fear
- Giving, Taking, and Personal Responsibility
- Companionship and Comfort
- My Broken Chooser
- Validating Like Jesus
- The Way of Cain
- Filtering Through the Heart
- Waiting and the Art of War
- A Family of Love
- A Conduit for Christ
- Forgiveness… and Letting Go
- The Genesis Effect
- The Harvest
- plus many, many more.
Be encouraged with Linda’s book if you fall into the category of a dysfunctional upbringing. She brings Scripture into the meanings of each chapter title, letting you know You Are Loved! and that God know every detail of your life. God didn’t abandon her through all she went through. And He redeemed her past, just like He can yours. Linda’s transparent prayers at the end of the chapters are an impetus for us to open up and pray.
Do I think this is a book just for women? No. There are many principles that apply to both men and women that have suffered abuse as a child. Follow EMBRACE-Ministries(dot)net for more information.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speaker Services (www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com).
Linda’s book is available at Amazon (dot) com.
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