Rested Soul, Resilient Heart

I met Konnie Viner, two years ago, while teaching at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference at the Billy Graham Center at the Cove. When Konnie signed up to meet with me, for a fifteen-minute block of time on that beautiful, Fall, October afternoon, it was clear we were kindred souls.

Most aspiring attendees sign up for fifteen minutes of time with their chosen staff-member hoping to get advice about a book idea they have tucked up their sleeves, to brain storm about chapter titles, book title, etc. This is my favorite part of the conference; because this time provides one-on-one moments in the middle of the beautifully, anointed chaos of the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. The schedule is carefully and well-planned to provide aspiring writers and speakers with the best knowledge of the industry.

Listening to the dreams of others is most important for the ACWC Staff members. It’s such an honor to invest in the lives of others by encouraging them to go forth, fearlessly, in their God-given desire to write and speak.

As Konnie Viner introduced herself, I knew I was in the presence of someone very special. But, little did I know, I would soon have tears filling in my eyes as I listened to her powerful story. I was mesmerized by Konnie’s strength and captivated by all she had persevered through.

Cold chills run up and down my spine, remembering that precious, fifteen- minute block of time when I was entrusted with a story mingled with both pain, power, and redemption. A story that will, without a doubt, bless the lives of many and bring escape for those held hostage in ungodly, abusive relationships.  But, the joy of that day pales in comparison to the day Konnie’s beautifully completed book arrived in my mailbox.

Even though I have never personally experienced the pain of an abusive marriage, I know and love many women who have, and are currently living the nightmare. And, I want to help Konnie get her powerful story to abused women who need it desperately.

After reading it cover to cover, I realized this book is for ALL who have experienced any kind abuse. Because in our broken, fallen world I’m pretty sure we all fall short in loving, respecting and serving others the way God intended. This book will heal all our hearts from the frustration and pain of: misuse of our love, our time, and misuse of our giftings where abusive people are concerned. Every woman can benefit by: becoming aware of what abuse really is, learning to recognize how to help others find escape from their abusers, and maybe help us run in the other direction when we see the warning signs flashing in neon colors!

I think you will be as captivated by Konnie’s book as I was, and impressed by the tools she offers for healing of damaged emotions.

Women struggle to have healthy boundaries in friendships, too, and will often give and give of themselves to the wrong people, ending up right back in the same broken corners filled with defeat. Only to be confronted by the same abuser, time and time again. Konnie reminds us that although God wants His children to live peacefully, to love fiercely, He does not want us to be mistreated. Every woman can benefit from Konnie’s powerful story, learning to find help and healing whether she is:  a battered wife, a verbally abused wife, an abused employee, or one who continues to align herself too closely with an abusive friend or family member.

Order your copy today, read it cover to cover, and be transformed into a healed-up woman of God who is able to live powerfully and with beautiful picket fence boundaries all around her heart; while keeping the gate to her heart open to love, and live life to the fullest!

Oh, friend, I can’t wait to hear how Konnie’s book, entitled: Rested Soul, Resilient Heart, transformed your life for the better!


Konnie Viner is writing to encourage women who have been traumatized by abuse, betrayal, or divorce. Rested Soul, Resilient Heart was written to help women find hope and healing by trusting in God’s unconditional love and faithfulness. During her storms of brokenness, she journaled desperate prayers and God faithfully provided wisdom, strength, and healing. She is a former crisis center advocate, founder of a ministry for abuse victims, and leader of abuse support groups. Konnie is a former secondary education teacher and tutor. She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas and M.S. in Business Management from the University of Redlands, CA. She is self-employed in New Hampshire and loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.






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