Q: What is one of the most powerful stories a listener has told you?
Anita: I've certainly heard dramatic stories of marriages hanging on by a thread and God healing and restoring the marriage, and stories of prodigal children restored. But I think sadly the stories that stick with me are the ones we hear day in and day out about confusion in relationships, about sexually addicted spouses and stories of domestic violence and eating disorders and all of those desperate kinds of situations and people honestly don't know what to do. They are so isolated they have no relational network to help them, and the church they're attending is equally clueless to help and really wishes they would go away. Those are the stories that really have compelled me to write and tell my own story.
Q: Being a national radio personality, you bare a bit of your soul on the air every day. How was writing this book different? Do you feel more exposed after writing it?
Anita: On the day to day program I bare little bits of my soul, but in the book I bare big chunks. I definitely feel more exposed. The back story is that I also know what it's like to feel alone and isolated. I know the importance of hearing others' stories and what that can do to strengthen my faith. It's my hope that sharing my story will not only help women know they aren't alone, but I'm praying it will strengthen their faith and send them running into the arms of the author of their faith.
Q: You already have a massive platform to reach women and share your story with them. Why did you decide to write a book?
Anita: In the context of the program we often have guests who are experts in their field, or we talk to someone who has a story we believe will be helpful to our audience. I facilitate the conversation and ask questions during the interview process. I might share small pieces of my story as it relates to the topic, but it's not about me. I realized when my life came crashing down about 10 years ago, that God was writing a new story with my life. I knew it wasn't yet time to share that story, but I've been growing and healing and learning and God finally tapped me on the shoulder and said it was time to tell my story.
Q: What do you want your readers to take away from the book?
Anita: I want them to understand that we can't journey alone. We were made for community. The fact that diffficult things will come into our lives is a given and I want them to know they are not alone. I also hope that besides realizing there is some risk in reaching out to form relationships, that they will take away some of the ways they can best do that. I tried to be practical in dealing with all the difficult issues and I hope readers will find courage, help, and hope in the pages of What Women Tell Me.