Cradle My Heart Radio | Allison Bottke 5-21-17
May is Mental Health Awareness month. And while it’s true that major mental illness may require medical interventions, we all play a role in our own mental wellbeing. The choice to nurture your spiritual life is a key component to healthy functioning, especially after abortion. Finding support matters.
God’s word also has so much to say to us about our hearts and the workings of our emotions. And as followers of Jesus Christ we have the transcendent truth to guide us when our emotions may lead us down painful paths. Gaining control of our thoughts is critical to maintaining peace with the past.
Allison Bottke’s new book is meant to help develop that skill and more.
In Setting Boundaries with Negative Thoughts and Painful Memories, How to Stop Hoarding your Hurts, Allison illustrates how violated boundaries in childhood can set up a lifetime of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. We all need boundaries–the safety of physical space free from intrusion, but also the boundaries against external criticism or abuse; internal responses to your emotions; and boundaries that keep us from anxiously traveling too far backward or forward in time. Through sharing her own story of trauma and abuse in her childhood and as a young adult, Allison poignantly demonstrates the life-altering power of changing our thoughts about those difficult beginnings.
The good news is that it’s possible to replace negative thoughts and obsessive thinking with biblical hope. It’s possible to transform relationships with healthier thinking. And anyone can follow her six concrete steps to SANITY:
S = STOP enabling, STOP blaming yourself, and STOP the flow of money
A = Assemble a support group
N = Nip excuses in the bud
I = Implement rules/boundaries
T = Trust your instincts
Y = Yield everything to God
Allison is a member of The A-Team, women who are overcoming the impact of abortion in their spiritual and emotional lives. Please join us for an encouraging conversation aimed at spiritual growth and encouragement today.
Join Us For A Conversation With Allison Bottke On Cradle My Heart Radio Sunday May 21, 2017
From her bio:
Allison Bottke is a bestselling inspirational author and speaker. Her international outreach includes over 30+ published non-fiction and fiction books, including the acclaimed God Allows U-Turns compilation book series, the God Answers Prayers series, and the bestselling, award-winning Setting Boundaries series from Harvest House Publishers. Book one in her current series, Setting Boundaries with your Adult Children, has hit #1 in the Amazon.com “Parenting” category several times, and is still being heralded as a landmark resource for parents and grandparents. A follow-up to that bestselling book will release in 2018. Setting Boundaries with Food won the prestigious Selah Award for Best Book of the year in 2013.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Allison came of age during the 70’s, when at the age of 15 she ran away from home and married a young man whose abuse nearly ended her life. Divorced and a mother at the age of 16, her tenacious spirit saw her through three decades of turmoil and addiction before she came to know the Lord. Her powerful testimony has been featured in national magazines and on radio and television programs around the world. There are over a half-million copies of her books in print.
Cradle My Heart, Finding God’s Love After Abortion provides affirmation and hope after abortion from the Scriptures. Here are more resources for help and healing. If you are pregnant and need free, confidential help call 1-800-712-HELP. If you’ve had an abortion and need immediate help call 1-866-482-LIFE.
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