Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen writes in her treehouse overlooking the ocean in Vancouver. Her experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, family estrangement, attempted rape, infertility, and three years teaching in Africa taught her that choosing to grow forward is essential ? especially when you can?t go back! Her degrees are in Psychology, Education, and Social Work. She created her ?She Blossoms? books and blogs in 2008. In Growing Forward When You Can?t Go Back (Bethany House 2019), she shares stories of contemporary and biblical women who transcended extraordinary pain and grief.