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Featured Anthology Series

God Allows U-Turns








About the Author
Allison Gappa Bottke, AuthorAllison Gappa Bottke has worked, over the past two decades, as a professional fund-raiser for non-profit organizations and as a freelance writer. Many readers may also recognize her as one of the country's first full-figure fashion models. Allison makes her home in southern Minnesota where she and her entrepreneurial husband live on a twenty-eight acre farm. Read more about Allison.


 God Allows U Turns: True Stories of Hope...

These stories poignantly express the way faith in God is expressed in the every day aspects of living. One hundred stories to show that anyone can have a better life. Touching and controversial subjects will keep you turning pages.

 Bad choices...negative attitudes...destructive decisions... All lead us down the wrong road in life. Thankfully, God allows U-turns! His promises of forgiveness and restoration welcome us back to the fold of grace and guide us lovingly along the path of obedience. This inspirational collection, the second in the U-Turns series, is filled with true stories of people from all walks of life who have made U-turns in their lives. These stories show how faith in God can inspire, heal, and give hope. From God's Love to Life Lessons to Thankfulness - all share the very personal message that God works every day in each of our lives...and His never-ending love, forgiveness, and redemption are freely given to us all, if we only ask Him.

More God Allows U-Turns: True Stories of...

Mark Twain once said: "I like a good story well told.  This is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself."

From Chaucer to Shakespeare, Dickens to Hawtorne, Hemmingway to Grisham--there's something compelling about the power of a story.  While the Classics and Promise Press's More God Allows U-Turns accomplish the same goals of engaging and captivating the audience the difference between these books is clear.

The stories here are true--and they have been shared that lives may be changed.

A Buddhist radically transformed by the realization of a living Christ.

The nuclear scientist, who believed that his knowledge had made him a god until the power of his praying wife brought him to a Damascus-like encounter.

The delinquent runaway whose "U-Turn" led to a life as an acclaimed teacher and national broadcaster.

Whatever the story, More God allows U-Turns like  God Allows U-Turns before it, strikes chords of compassion and empathy, and connects to the reader on a very personal level.

Not all U-Turns equate to a 180 degree change of direction, and readers may readily identify with the unexpected events resulting in a life altered.  Sometimes they come as simple realizations, shocking people out of their daily routines--such as Jill Zimanek's personal story of having a brief, horrifying five minutes to tell her family goodbye after accidentally injecting methanol of a family trip.  Jill survived but her perspective was forever changed. 

The collection records the accounts of everyday people, who have been in some way transformed by a relationship with God.

God Allows U Turns: A Woman's Journey:...

Reality television shows are based on one principal:  True stories make the best stories.  If this is the case, author Allison Gappa Bottke has a spiritual edge on the TV's top-rated Survivor, Fear Factor and other popular shows--true stories of God changing the lives of ordinary people.

A compilation of stories specifically from women across the country, Bottkes collection captivates with tales of women whose lives, careers, attitudes, and faith are transformed.

While reading the  stories of this volume, you may be struck with the revelation that women walk many of the same paths in their life journey.  As daughters, sisters, friends, wives, mothers, and grandmothers, we all share the sometimes painful consequences of wrong direction choices. 

Bottke made of these choices herself as a young runaway who found herself in New York City alone on the streets.  Rescued by a concerned and living street artist, Bottke maintains that her life is proof that God allows--and even provides --opportunities to "U-turn." 

The stories aren't sugar coated, and boldly go where many short-story anthologies fear to tread.


God Allows U Turns American Moments:...

On the eve of America's most horrific tragedy, Bottke assures us that in midst of our struggles, God is with us.

When tragedy strikes, it etches into our memory with a powerful and indelible force.  Bottke gleans stories from many of America's most memorable crises and disasters, including World War I and II, the Great Depression, Vietnam, Columbine, Oklahoma City, Pearl Harbor and others.  She shows us that God is always present in our lives, even in our darkest moments.  In His love and compassion, God brings His grace and presence even in the worst circumstances.

HINT:  This book is on my Christmas list for some hard to buy for men.


Allison and her series have been cover stories in Writers Digest Magazine and Bond magazine. She's been featured on the 700 club and has enjoyed excellent reviews from CBA Marketplace Magazine, Publishers Weekly (Book Review) , and more.


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