How the book came to be:
After moving to North Carolina from Chicago my husband’s job transfer fell through. We had no support system in Raleigh, so we were “alone” in this situation. For the next 2 1/2 years he was either unemployed or underemployed. I had no intention of ever writing about our experience but in a Friday night session at my first-ever writers conference, the idea was birthed. I ran from the idea for a while because frankly I wasn’t sure I wanted to share all the hard things that happened to us. Also, after waiting 35 years to finally pursue my dream of being a writer, I was scared! In His infinite wisdom, God would not leave me alone about it. Many different circumstances arose that kept pushing me in the direction of getting the story recorded. Finally I gave in and began writing our story.
The book was originally started in a different format and eventually found its home as a devotional. Each of the 31 devotions tells a story from our life during that time and is followed by a brief “apply it to your own life” page. I really enjoyed being able to show people how faith and practicality can work together to pull you through tough times. Despite the title, the book’s content can be useful to those who are underemployed or just trying to get a better hold on their finances. That was a nice surprise I found after I had completed the book. Even though the experiences occurred and the lessons were learned during a period of unemployment, the issues addressed are more global in nature. In the end, if telling my family’s story encourages someone and helps them hang on during a tough time, then the book has done its job!
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Surviving Unemployment Devotions to Go—Positive Advice for a Negative Situation is a 31-day devotional that provides encouragement and practical advice to women who are facing the effects of either their own or their spouses’ unemployment.
This is not a Pollyanna devotional. It tackles the specifics of day-to-day living through tough issues, such as handling anger, finding new ways to generate cash flow, and preparing for an extended job search.