I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Laurie Driesen and am happy to call her a friend. She’s written a book about a subject many of us will be interested in: regret. In this interview, we’ll learn more about Laurie and her book, Beyond Regret.
Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I grew up as part of a wonderful family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to write a book. I started a book club when I was about eight years old and of course, I was the president! I look back and wonder how I knew at that age that I wanted to write. I had never written before but had it in my heart to do in the future. I think it boiled down to having something inside that I wanted to get down on paper. It is having messages inside of me that I strongly feel must get out there for people to read. It’s an insatiable burning in my heart that won’t be satisfied until it’s completely out!
I’ve written Christian articles for a church newsletter in the past. I love when the Holy Spirit places an idea in my heart, teaches me about it and then helps me to articulate it on paper.
What is your latest book and what do you hope readers will take away from it?
My first and latest book is Beyond Regret – Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices. For several years the idea of writing a book on the subject of regret was very strong in my heart. After talking to many people who were suffering from past choices I finally decided to put my research and thoughts into print.
I hope that the readers will remember the main theme of the book which is: God uses our past mistakes and works them masterfully into the fabric of our lives, ultimately helping us to fulfill His true purpose for us. We don’t have to miss God’s purpose because of the detours we have taken in life. God’s purpose can and will override our choices and mistakes if we follow Him and keep Him first in our lives. The choices we have made can actually become the tools that God uses to help us have victory and fulfill His will for each of us.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I would like to continue to write Christian based books that help people know the truth of God’s Word about life and the challenges that it brings each of us. There are several topics that I’m researching about how God works in and through us to accomplish His will for us. The main themes of future books will be focused on hope, overcoming difficulties, understanding God’s ways, and being more fully committed as a Christian. They will not simply be inspirational commentary about subjects, rather teaching books that take readers deeper into God’s Word on subjects relating to everyday life and challenges. Ultimately we need to learn how we can serve God and glorify Him while we are able to be His servants here on earth.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I provide leadership coaching and career consulting. I really enjoy working one on one with people who seek to overcome obstacles in leadership or other workplace challenges. I feel that my strength lies in being able to assess a situation and a person’s capabilities and help them see practical ways of being successful in moving forward, past the challenge and becoming the best person he or she can be.
I also thrive on my own Christian growth. I am typically part of a Bible Study group and many times lead the small group discussions. I never tire of learning what God has to say in His Word. I marvel at how God’s Word is so relevant, even after so many years have passed. I love the book of Isaiah which was written hundreds of years before Christ. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever!
In your opinion, what is the measure of a successful writer?
I believe that a successful writer will sense an inspiration and be disciplined enough to actually sit down and write. Many people have great ideas but never take the time to get the ideas on paper. A good writer will spend time trying to effectively articulate what is on his or her mind. I believe is it very important to keep your audience in mind, how best will they understand the message? What is distracting? What is necessary? What is not needed to make the point? Ultimately, the measure of success is not how many readers you have but what affect your writing had on your audience. Did you actually give them something that only you could give? They could have only received the blessing because you sacrificed to get the words out of our heart and into a venue where the reader could have access to it? If so, you were successful!
Where can we learn more about you?
I will continue to add information to my website: www.silverpathresources.com. I’m happy to share information and there is a link on the website to contact me personally.