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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 07/31/15.
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Tell us a little about yourself. I write and speak. The Painted Dresses Road Tour will give me an opportunity to share my personal story behind Painted Dresses,a message I call "Stranger Than Fiction." My husband is a pastor. I have two grown sons. My youngest is just going off to college. It's a very melancholy time for a mom. We're a really close-knit family.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was on my own spiritual journey to understand my family and our past. Because my parents had both passed away, I was searching for answers that had been "painted over" by my parents. The yearning to understand the whys of family secrets became the internal landscape for Gaylen Boatwright's quest to understand her past.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Covering over the past is not the same as having it redeemed. Christ came to redeem us but that is with all of our warts exposed. Once we allow God to fully inspect us, he can fully heal us. He sees it all anyway, so there's no point in hiding parts of ourselves from God.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? God has brought me through an amazing journey; as a result he's give me a new understanding about a deeper grace that was available to me all along. Serving God now is no longer through a white-knuckle force of will or through earning brownie points for God. There's a difference in being "the good girl," and "made right before God." With the latter comes freedom.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Philip Yancey's writings have made a major impact on me as well as Richard Foster. I'm indebted to the teachings of Anne Graham Lotz. When I was reeling in confusion many years ago over some extra-biblical teachings that had invaded where we worshiped, I immersed myself in God's Word through her teachings. God helped me find solid ground. I can't be fooled again and now I teach women's groups from this safe and sane doctrine. For my birthday last year, I immersed myself in her teachings at the Billy Graham Center's The Cove. She teaches at The Cove every fall in her "Filling Up To Overflow" conference.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Painted Dresses is written for believers to pass on to your neighbors who may not know God. So as you read it, read it with a Christian worldview asking yourself what it must be like to be wounded and without God. Understand that it was written absent of "religious talk" for the woman who doesn't buy into or understand our codified language. Then pass Painted Dresses on to a woman who needs God's healing. Enjoy it for the sheer "Thelma and Louise" entertainment of the story, but then pass it on. Also, watch me on YouTube!
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