Laurie Wallin

LaurieWallinChattingToday we welcome Laurie Wallin, Christian speaker and certified Life Coach, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1) What is your favorite book?

Laurie: When you asked that, I immediately thought: fiction or non-fiction? Because I’ve got one of each! Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive by John Eldredge (non-fiction)  and Watching the Tree Limbs by Mary DeMuth (fiction).

I’ve read Waking the Dead three times through, and some sections are so marked up and dog-eared you can barely read it anymore. The premise is this: we’re part of an epic story―God’s story―and it’s time we wake up and embrace the adventure. Eldredge challenges us to open our eyes to the spiritual battle all around us and to open our hearts authentically to the people all around us. It’s Scriptural admonition wrapped in inspiration and great stories, and I find myself falling back on it when life’s wearing on me.

Mary DeMuth’s Watching the Tree Limbs is refreshing because it’s raw and real. DeMuth’s book takes us through a year or so in the life of elementary-aged Mara, who first heard God’s whisper in the midst of horrifying circumstances. The story grapples with themes like rape, poverty, family dysfunction and race issues, while maintaining a quiet thread of the truth that nothing is too hard for God to heal. It’s a story of hope, redemption, and coming of age. . . three themes I’ve always loved in a good fiction read.

(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?

Laurie: Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, hands down. Yes, she’s quirky, a bookworm, and a teenager (who would ever want to go back to that age??) but she’s also confident, smart, brave, and creative. I like how she grows into herself throughout the series, and that she’s willing to admit when she’s wrong. I also love that she’s got a bit of a handicap in that her family’s not from the upperclass of magicals, so she has to work for her credibility. No matter what situation she encounters, she just doesn’t let it get her stuck. I love that sense of positive stubbornness!

(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Laurie: I’d go back to Tuscany. Years ago, when I was traveling all over the place, I visited my aunt and uncle there. They lived in the small town of Cennina for many years and I loved that they weren’t tourists, but members of the community. I enjoyed walking through town with them, sitting in cafes and people watching, and listening to stories most tourists would never hear. I’d want to take a sabbatical for six months to a year, pack up my family and live in a community like they did, or in a farm co-op where we could work, cook, and experience cultural immersion together.

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Laurie Wallin is a Christian speaker and certified Life Coach who uses humor, encouragement, and kick-in-the-pants support to help women thrive despite life’s challenges. A former science teacher and researcher, she loves studying the world and people, and using what she learns to inspire others. Over the past several years, she’s helped hundreds of clients worldwide regain joy and confidence by letting go of energy drainers and using their God-inspired strengths. Her first book, Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful (Abingdon Press), releases March 18th. Laurie, her husband and their four daughters make their home in San Diego.

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7 thoughts on “Laurie Wallin

  1. I love the title of your book! I work with kids and adults on the Autism Spectrum and it immediately caught my eye because they are wonderfully quirky.
    Anyway, in answer of one of the questions: One of my favorite books is Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz because of the eloquent writing style and immediate draw into a early Revolutionary War World. To bring out my weirdness factor, one of my favorite classics is Frankenstein. I thought it was a brilliant novel and covered so many BIG issues in such a unique and spellbinding way. Whoa.

  2. I also love the name & cover. What’s funny is it is a topic that literally applies to everyone! I’ve got several people in mind when I think of who to gift this book. As for the questions, if I could go anywhere in the world – I want to visit Japan and Taiwan someday. The cultures and people fascinate me. 🙂

  3. “Waking The Dead” was a great book. There is an old book by Peter Lord called “Turkeys & Eagles” that I absolutely love.

    I’d like to go to Europe. So many places and landmarks to see. I have never been out of the country, unless you include Canada, but would especially love to see Greece and Italy.

    Laurie, I have been looking forward to your book since I first heard the title. I know that all of the struggle and hard work is going to pay off in terms of bringing change to reader’s lives.

  4. So glad we connected here! Just had a chat with the publicity team for the book and we were talking about just that: it’s applicable to everyone. We’re working on focus groups to reach out to teens, women, men, parents, coworkers… you name the group, and we’d love to help them stop being annoyed at each other (and themselves!) 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to read this book!! One of my favorite books is The Confident Heart. I would love to go to Tuscany! I tell the kids that I plan to retire in Italy.

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