Rising Above: Modern Day Relationships
Have you ever loved, then lost it all? Lu Ann Topovski is a biblical counselor, certified in guided imagery, spiritual formation, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Yet with all of her training and faith, one thing is clear—we can only control our self, not the actions of others.
Divorced after sixteen years of marriage, Lu Ann wrote this book about finding love again in a modern-day society, yet with a biblical perspective. Strong in her faith, Lu Ann deals with the reality of abuse of power in the world, church, and within marriages. While confronting the darkness with the truth, Lu Ann has set forth a course to which she faces her own fear of intimacy due to injustices she has experienced. She believes forgiveness is transforming in that it gives freedom and insight to being one’s self again and the ability to living an authentic lifestyle within community. The author takes us on a journey of how love and marriage originated with Adam and Eve. She explains the battle between light and darkness and how our marriage partner is our soul mate. She speaks to the culture of our day and hormonal balancing and gives a holistic view of our entire being. With this in mind, as we continue on our path, chances are we meet our mate, even if it is not our first. Sharing examples of her story, we are captivated to the end.
Rising Above: Dealing With Our Past – Making Way For Our Future
HOPE! People are in need of hope. Inspiration is desperately needed by the entire human race. The value of this book is undeterminable. The Bible tells us that as God’s chosen people, we are to be at the head and not the tail of our life situations. However, many of us are at the tail and not the head. Why is that? Lu Ann takes a look at the Scriptures to analyze the truth of our circumstances. If we want a different lifestyle, then we often need to look within our own lifestyle and heart, make changes, repent, forgive and begin using our words to help us form a new beginning, and therefore have our new lifestyle. The choice is ultimately ours as individuals. Lu Ann explains through Biblical truths what we can expect by following God’s ways verses our own ways.
It is clear we were created because God loves us and has a purpose for each of us. As we begin to love the one who first loved us, it is easier to make any change necessary because we desire that sacred relationship with our Creator. This relationship is real, and pure, and good. Our desires grow as we give ourselves back to the one who gave Himself for our eternal salvation. The spiritual gifts are just a bonus while we are here on earth together.
Reading our Bible is primary, even if it is only a paragraph a day. We reap the rewards as we meditate on the Scripture, or think about a Scripture passage during our day. It’s that simple. It really is that easy. We need to only take the first five minutes of our day to make time for God. If we choose to make that time longer because we are getting lost in His love for us, then that is when we can be assured the Holy Spirit is at work in us. It truly is a beautiful courtship.