Finding a New Path Forward by Reflecting on Three of Life’s Ultimate Questions with Lori Ann Wood Author of The Divine Detour

Lori Ann Wood is Dr. Brad Miller’s guest on Episode 264 of “The Beyond Adversity Podcast.”

Lori Ann is the author of Divine Detour: The Path You Didn’t Choose Can Lead to the Faith You’ve Always Wanted. 

Lori Ann has won the Frederick Buechner Narrative Essay Award as well as awards from the Evangelical Press Association and Write His Answer Ministries. Her work has been published in numerous print and online venues, including The New York Times, The Christian Century magazine, Just Between Us Magazine, The Joyful Life Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Pepperdine University Press, and Truly Magazine. 

In this episode, Lori Ann shares about her detour and how God used these questions to grow her faith deeper. 

Lori Ann is a heart failure survivor. Having discovered a serious heart condition almost too late, Lori Ann encourages others to embrace their deep faith questions along the detours of life.

But it was not an easy journey for Lori Ann. She was a lifelong believer who was deeply disappointed in the God she thought she knew. And in her book, Divine Detour, Lori Ann makes a bold decision to embrace those difficult questions, wanting answers but more importantly, needing permission to ask them. Lori Ann talks about her hard-won insights and invites you to join her on a 40-day journey deep into the heart of a God who doesn’t always behave as we would like.




The Three Ultimate Questions in Life with Lori Ann Wood author of The Divine Detour

Lori Ann is the author of the book Divine Detour: The path you’d never choose can lead to the faith you’ve always wanted.

The book Divine Detour is created based on Lori Ann’s personal experience and insights into how she survives the tragedy in her life that causes her to make a detour.

In this episode, Lori Ann shared her experience of having a serious heart condition, how she fought this adversity, and how it led her to write her book Divine Detour.

Lori Ann talks about how she had a normal life, being a teacher, a wife, and a mother, all according to plan.

But life struck as she was diagnosed with a serious heart disease, which put her life hanging by a thread.

For a long time, Lori does everything she can to heal, but it seems that her disease won’t let go. But Lori won’t just sit and do nothing, as she is an active high, functioning heart failure patient. She found out that writing doesn’t take that much energy. And so this is where it began for Lori to write her book Divine Detour.

Lori Ann tells how her book started because her friend left a notebook for her while in the hospital. She uses this notebook to write questions, not to doctors, but questions about life. Because her husband encourages her to keep writing, this notebook eventually becomes the book.

Furthermore, Lori talks about the question everybody asks when you detour in life, which is also the question Jesus faced. The following questions are the question of worry, the question of doubt, and the question of control.

Lori Ann Wood’s story is spiritual and a life-changing example of one who had been thrown into a detour in life and experienced a drastic change but still fought to find the purpose in life.

This episode of The Beyond Adversity Podcast is a must-listen for anyone who is detoured in life and currently on the path to finding the meaning of life — those who want to see an example of a person who goes through hard times but finds the Divine Detour.

“The Beyond Adversity Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is published weekly with the mission of helping people “Grow Through What They Go Through” as they navigate adversity and discover their promised life of peace, prosperity, and purpose.|





“The Power of Pain to Change Your Life” by Dr. Brad Miller

The Beyond Adversity Podcast is all about affirming that every person has a God-given promised a life of peace, wealth, and purpose and that you must implement a plan with the right people to quickly overcome life’s problems in order to obtain that promised life.

In this episode, Dr. Brad imparts his knowledge on the ability of the discomfort of being stuck to accomplish any objectives.

He also talks about some of his most recent guests, who revealed some of the plans and procedures they used to break free from their impasses.

Additionally, Dr. Brad related some of his own experiences with being both metaphorically and physically stuck.

The Beyond Adversity Podcast Episode 230 is a must-listen for anyone setting new goals. It may appear to be a big undertaking, but it will allow you to consider your future self and how you want them to be. The Beyond Adversity Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is published weekly with the mission of helping people “Grow Through What They Go Through” as they navigate adversity and discover their promised life of peace, prosperity, and purpose.||




How to Overcome Self-Sabotage with Susie Hayes Author of “FREED from Stuck! Part 2

Susie has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Education with a B.A in Special Education. She has been in private practice since 1982 in Denver, Colorado.

As an acclaimed and registered Psychotherapist, Susie is a member of the International Board of Clinical Practitioners and the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists. Susie developed and directed two counselling centers in Wheat Ridge and Littleton, providing counseling and educational services to individuals, couples and families in the community.

Susie authored the award-winning book “FREED from Stuck! Dare to Cross the Bridge Beyond Grief, Trauma, and Self-Sabotage to Discover Lasting Change Now” which deep dives into the 6-step F.R.E.E.D method she developed to help people move across the bridge beyond grief, trauma, and self-sabotage from all walks of life.

In this episode, Susie talks about the process she developed to help people be unstuck. Susie elaborates on the meaning of her acronym F.R.E.E.D, which is the five elements needed to be unstuck. Furthermore, Susie explains the questions she used for her readers and clients to manage themselves on their journey.

Susie talks to Dr Brad about her book, in which she developed the process to help people from being stuck to being unstuck. The acronym F.R.E.E.D means that you need to Face, Recognize, Embrace and Exit the bridge, ultimately reaching your destination while uncovering your Destiny.

Reading the book FREED from Stuck! Will help its readers recognize they deserve the highest quality of life. It is their responsibility for their life, not other people’s. Aside from that, the book’s main goal is to help people face the truth of their life and discover their identities.

Susie shares the story of one of her clients who has been through a challenging relationship and eventually divorced. But this woman had successfully crossed the bridge. She is now a divorce coach and thriving in her real estate business.

Susie Hayes’s story is a transformational testament that it takes more than just courage to walk away from the pain and suffering—you must be willing to ask difficult questions and face the tough answers. More than that, let go of things that are important to you.

Episode 260 of The Beyond Adversity Podcast is a must-listen for people who are stuck—people who don’t know what to do and doubt their purpose in life and have trouble facing the hard truth in front of them.

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Who Carries Whom: A Talk About Disability, Ability, Pity and Empathy with Dr. Brad Miller

In this episode, Dr. Brad Miller will talk all about disability and ability, as well as the difference between pity and empathy.

Dr. Brad talks about her professor in graduate school, professor Sylvia. Because of her condition, Professor Sylvia is confined in a wheelchair. Her assigned classroom in the building was on the second floor, thus Dr. Brad and his other classmates needs to carry her because the only way to the second floor is the stairs.

Despite this struggle, Professor Sylvia never complains, and ultimately helps Dr Brad learn what dignity and being enabled are all about.

Dr. Brad discusses the story of how Tracee saw her disability as an opportunity. Tracee also emphasizes how you should show empathy and not pity.

To Empower other people, you need to do the following things. First, treat people with dignity. Second, look people in the eye. Third, Don’t pity, show empathy. fourth, look for ways to empower, not disempower. Lastly, people need to work together and change things that are not justified.

We’re all disabled sometimes, but we all are enabled. Let’s be part of a team that works for everybody to be enabled always.

Episode 259 of The Beyond Adversity Podcast is a must-listen for any people who feel disabled and cannot do anything. This podcast will help people understand that you can be enabled despite being disabled. You have the power to make an impact and saw your disability as an opportunity.

“The Beyond Adversity Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is published weekly with the mission of helping people “Grow Through What They Go Through” as they navigate adversity and discover their promised life of peace, prosperity, and purpose. |