Tuesday:) Talking To Allison Bottke

20 Mar

“People don’t accidentally cross our path. The path has always been there. We get to choose when and where to cross it.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love my neighborhood walks. I also love stopping to chat with neighbors that I bump into along the way. Last year, I stopped to admire a neighbor’s beautiful fall decorations and landscaping in her front yard. We exchanged some pleasantries about the weather and fall flowers. Allison told me that she works from home and that she sees me walking every day from her front office window. So, every time I would pass by her house, I would wave, just in case she was sitting there at her desk.

Yesterday, I was out for my evening walk when I noticed Allison planting some bulbs in her front flower beds. I could have waved and continued on my walk, but instead I walked up to the busy gardener and asked what she was planting.

To make a long story even longer, Allison invited me to see her beautiful backyard, overflowing with fragrant rosemary bushes and herbs, roses, flower beds, and a huge shade tree waiting for spring foliage. I was impressed. She said I could stop by any time and snip some fresh herbs.

I remembered that she worked from home, but when she told me that she was a writer and author, I was really excited. I told her I was a writer want-to-be and wrote a daily blog. She invited me into her beautiful home to see her workspace and the shelves bursting with books, most of which were her own works. After the tour, she reached down to a shelf and grabbed three different books, offering them to me. I thanked her profusely, and requested an autograph.

I couldn’t help but think about people crossing our paths. I must have walked past her house hundreds of times. Yesterday, I decided to stop and talk to this talented lady and maybe make a new friend. And guess what? I did. We’re going to try and meet for lunch or dinner one day soon.

I scurried home in the dark with a smile and a handful of autographed books.

A little bit about my new friend, Allison Bottke.

Allison Bottke is the best selling, award-winning author of more than 31 non-fiction and fiction books, including seven books in the acclaimed Setting Boundaries® series and 13 volumes in the popular God Allows U-Turns® anthology. As a collaborative and developmental editor she has helped over a dozen writers to become published authors of their own non-fiction books and memoirs, many of which are available on Amazon.

A frequent guest on national radio and TV, Allison is an inspirational author with a heart for hurting parents and grandparents who struggle in challenging relationships with their troubled adult children.

Allison’s newest book is the long-awaited follow-up to the bestselling Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children – Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents.

Releasing worldwide on January 8, 2019, How to Connect with Your Troubled Adult Children – Effective Strategies for Parents in Pain (from Harvest House Publishers) addresses the hot button issues affecting families today. Such as drug addiction, emotional and mental illness, financial problems, incarceration, and more.

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