About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

There Is Hope: Bloom Where You Are Planted by Carla Kohrmann Huelsmann: Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Book: There is Hope
Author: Carla Huelsmann
Genre: Journal, devotional, memoir
Release Date: August, 2018

52 life lessons for those struggling with major illness will inspire hope and encourage those suffering to take back control of their lives.

Carla Huelsmann dealt with the daily impact of seizures since age two. Her life-long battle with epilepsy impacted all parts of her life, family, career, self-confidence, and independence until corrective brain surgery ended the seizures. Free from the debilitating seizures and their accompanying residues of doubt and fear, Carla Huelsmann lives independently and shares her story to help others along their own journeys.

Part journal, part devotional, and part memoir, this is a book of hope, faith, and inspiration. The book addresses the fears, challenges, and questions about the future those going through a major illness, debilitating injury, or life crisis may have. Designed as a traveling companion for those facing challenging circumstances, each one-page entry is accompanied by blank space for the reader to journal his or her own thoughts and prayers.

My goal is to give hope, help, healing, and resources. I want to walk alongside others and assure them they are not alone; there is hope. -Carla Huelsmann

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In the beginning of this book Carla Kohrmann Huelsmann states that she hopes that this book "will allow you to grow stronger in your life and live life to the fullest potential." She personally knows the challenges that illness presents and in this book she shares her struggles with epilepsy and seizures. We learn of her brain surgery, her therapy, and her journey to recovery; and finally, her feelings of deep gratitude.

There is Hope: Bloom Where You Are Planted is a devotional book that is made up of 52 one-page devotions accompanied by 52 blank pages so that, after reading the devotion, we can write down our own personal thoughts and prayers. Each of the devotions ends with a scripture reading and each of the blank pages begin with a question. I always enjoy reading God's Word and I especially like the questions because they helped jump-start my thought process. Many of them relate to Huelsmann's specific illness, but there are several that apply to all of us, such as

What is your source of hope? How can you be a source of hope for another?

What patterns of thought lead you into depression? What will you do next time your mind starts down that familiar path?

How much does fear control your life?

What gifts has God given to you? How can you help another who is struggling?

Who can you help today? What can you do to help someone have a better life?

I believe that anyone who reads There is Hope will be encouraged and motivated and that it is a book that needs to be shared with others.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I am voluntarily sharing my own thoughts in this review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Author

Carla Huelsmann earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University, subsequently taught grades five through eight, and now works for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, MO. The alumnus of a fiction-writing course at Southern Illinois University, and the CLASS Seminar with Marita and Florence Littauer, she is also the author of articles on her experiences, and is available to speak.  

More from Carla

I want to inspire and equip others struggling with epilepsy or other major illnesses to take back control of their lives.  Eighteen years after corrective surgery, I live a seizure-free life that I feel in control of. And, I want to share my story and lessons learned with others facing serious challenges. My goal is to give hope, help and healing and resources of helpful information in one book. I want to walk alongside them and assure them that they are not alone and there is hope! I’ve dealt with seizures, epilepsy and their daily impact since the age of two. It has impacted my family, career, self-confidence, independence and much more. Through it all, family, friends and faith have provided bedrock sources of strength. In addition, timely interventions by doctors, new contacts, new techniques and self-discipline came at opportune times through perseverance.   Now free from the tunnel of doubt, fear and debilitating seizures, I’ve gathered up my collection of personal journals and thoughts in order to help others along their journey. “There Is Hope: Bloom Where You are Planted” is a devotional for someone going through major illness, major injury, or life crisis.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, January 13
janicesbookreviews, January 14
Older & Smarter?, January 16
Through the Fire Blogs, January 21 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, January 21
CarpeDiem, January 23
Splashes of Joy, January 24
By The Book, January 25 (Author Interview)
God is Love, January 26


To celebrate her tour Carla is giving away the grand prize of an autographed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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