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Why Trust a God Who Disappoints?

A serious diagnosis took Lori Ann Wood on a faith detour she never saw coming.

As a lifelong believer, she felt profound disappointment in the God she thought she knew. Wanting answers, but more than anything, needing permission to ask the questions, Divine Detour is a result of a risky decision to embrace those difficult questions.

She shares her hard-won insights through relatable stories, inviting you along on a 40-Day journey deep into the heart of a God who often doesn’t behave as we’d like.

Amy is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer who wants you to take a rest day and an NASM Certified ​Nutrition Coach who wants you to enjoy dessert. Her message of realistic, sustainable and nourishing health goals resonates with women, regardless of if they are comfortable with their food and movement or if they only run if chased by a bear.

Pursuing a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean pursuing perfection. In fact, sometimes we find optimal fulfillment by breaking some of those health “rules” that promote al​l-or-nothing perfection.

Amy Connell lives out this principle by equally enjoying dark chocolate, roasted Brussels sprouts, and potato chips (but not together).


Note from Rev. Matthew Hogan: Pastor Kyle Gerrild is simultaneously an old friend I’ve found again after many years and a gifted author. But, I wouldn’t share his book just because we had been friends. Pastor Kyle is a man I have discovered as a solid man of God and a solid preacher. Out of curiosity, I bought and read Lord of the Circle​. I have found it to be an entertaining and thought provoking book that I would recommend for any youth study group.

Lord of the Circle is a historical fiction centering on Joshua & Caleb’s conquest of Jericho and wrapped around circular insights from the real world. This book contains a little bit of science, a little bit of history, a fair amount of fiction AND a number of thought-provoking follow-up questions sprinkled here and there. It’s a fairly easy read and designed to be used for personal or group studies. While appropriate for all ages, it will most likely find its sweet spot among families/groups with young people ages 6-18.

Are you stressed, sick, worn out, or weary? Has your body broken, slowed up, or let you down? Do you feel alone in all that you are walking through? If this is you, then you’re in good company. This is the book I needed ten years ago when I was struck with a debilitating mystery illness. In these pages, I share the encouragements God poured out to me, believing that they will speak to you and reassure you in your own hard time. Come. Come and be encouraged by God and all that He has done. Be uplifted, knowing that what He does for one, He can do for you and more.