“TREAT” Reads Blog Hop: Author, Gwen Plano #RRBC #RRBCTreatReads

Author, Gwen Plano

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

Book: LETTING GO INTO PERFECT LOVE https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

Book Blurb: Inspiring and unforgettable, Letting Go into Perfect Love is a riveting account of a journey through the terror of domestic violence to a faith that transforms all. As a college administrator, Gwendolyn M. Plano lived her professional life in a highly visible and accountable space–but as a wife and mother, behind closed doors, she and her family experienced unpredictable threat. The statistics are staggering–every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten–but to Gwen, this was her secret; it was her shame. When her husband eventually turned his brutality on her son, she knew she could no longer remain silent.

 Alternately heart-wrenching and joyful, this is a story of triumph over adversity–one woman’s uplifting account of learning how to forgive the unforgiveable, recover her sense of self, bring healing into her family, and honor the journey home. Accompanied by glimpses of celestial beings, Gwen charts a path through sorrow to joy–and ultimately, writes of the one perfect love we all seek

Twitter: @gmplano


Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Gwendolyn M. Plano

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Excerpt from Chapter Nine

Our torments eventually bring us to a place of trust—in the divine, in the universe, in the unnamed One, in Life. This trust is not the naive notion that we will be spared hardships and disappointments. Rather, it is the hard-earned trust that comes from glimpsing the consecrated journey for which we were created.

Most of us have photos of ourselves as happy babies, much like the one of my toddler self smiling with my new dolly in front of the Christmas tree. As infants, we didn’t think about love; we simply knew it. Then, as we began to walk life’s craggy terrain, our knowing of love slipped into the shadows of our experience . . . and fear emerged.

Much of our life journey is about searching for this early love, this Perfect Love. More often than not, our most effective guides are those that figuratively and literally push us up against the wall. Health crises and sometimes devastating circumstances provide us with opportunity after opportunity to address our fear through the choices before us—freedom or enslavement, self-value or self-depreciation, love or hate, trust or despair.

Our unlikely and unwanted teachers goad us to make decisions that ultimately help us rediscover the love that has always awaited us. This love is not the transient love nurtured with flowers and layered in sweet dreams. It is the phoenix love that arises from the ashes of our struggles to free our hearts and give us glee. This powerful love overshadows storybook fantasies and late-night reveries. It casts out all fear and walks with us through the maze of our misperceptions to a place of compassion and reconciliation. Though it may take a lifetime, we relearn what it means to bask in the love we knew when we were just toddlers.

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Author Bio:

Gwendolyn M Plano spent her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in New York, Connecticut and California. She has multiple academic degrees, including one in Theology and one in Counseling. Recently Gwen retired, and she now devotes herself to writing, travel, volunteer work, and her beautiful grandchildren.


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