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Allison Bottke

Featured on Woman to Woman on January 17, 2009.

Allison Bottke is an inspirational writer, speaker, and workshop leader who uses her story of triumph over tragedy to encourage others to accept the life-transforming power of God. At the age of 35, she traded a destructive lifestyle marred by early childhood abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, and emotional turmoil for a life in Christ and the healing only God can bring.

Raised by a single mother in the projects of Cleveland, Ohio, Bottke ran away from home at age 15 and married a man whose abuse nearly killed her. She gave birth to a son, escaped through divorce, and signed up for welfare as a single mom -- all by the age of 16. Bottke went on, however, to earn her GED and become a successful non-profit fundraising executive and the first plus-size model signed by the Wilhelmina Agency in Los Angeles. Still, she found the allure of work, alcohol, drugs, New Age beliefs, and relationships couldn't fill the emptiness within. Life was spinning out of control when she followed strangers into a neighborhood church in 1989. There she heard a sermon that spoke so intimately of her circumstances and how God could heal her pain she surrendered her life to Christ.

Since founding the God Allows U-Turns outreach ministry in 2000, Bottke has written or compiled over 23 books. These include God Answers Prayers, God Answers Moms' Prayers, and God Answers Prayers--Military Edition She also wrote an adult compilation series that features God Allows U-Turns for Women: The Choices We Make Change the Story of Our Life and God Allows U-Turns for Teens: The Choices We Make Change the Story of Our Life. Bottke's contributions in the "boomer lit" genre include her second novel, One Little Secret. It is part of the Va Va Va Boom trilogy series. Her first non-fiction book, I Can't Do It All: Breaking Free From The Lies That Control Us, was published in 2006 and co-authored with best-selling authors Tracie Peterson and Dianne O'Brian.

Bottke shares the message closest to her heart in her new book: Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents. Having experienced firsthand the rollercoaster of chaos that results from enabling an adult child, Bottke speaks to parents and grandparents about her own personal journey, identifying, and overcoming the lies that kept her -- and ultimately her son -- in bondage. In this landmark book, parents will learn not only to recognize the negative behavior of their adult children but, more importantly, their own negative responses as well -- responses that will need to be altered before change can occur.

The 700 Club featured Bottke's life story in one of its highest-rated programs ever, and she is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs such as Living the Life, The Harvest Show, Aspiring Women, Celebration, and At Home Live! In addition, she has appeared nationally on the covers of Writer's Digest, BOND, Christian Women Online, OH Magazine, and The Christian Communicator.

A member of the prestigious Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Bottke is scheduled to speak and lead workshops at a number of upcoming retreats and seminars including Jerry Jenkins' Christian Writers Guild Conference. Bottke lives in a suburb of Dallas with her husband Kevin.

To read a sample of Bottke's work, click here.

Website: www.settingboundaries.com

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