For over 25 years, Lysa Allman-Baldwin has fed her wanderlust for “everything the world has to offer” by writing travel and feature articles for numerous print and online publications.
A few years ago, Lysa’s travels crossed paths with a very personal, inner journey which resulted in her new book, I Cried. And People Loved Me Anyway. It's the story of how, due to a series of events that happened within a very short period of time, her life completely fell apart and she was literally, ready to check out. However, through faith, self-forgiveness and a lot of unconditional love, she moved from the depths of despair to living a truly authentic life.
Lysa Allman-Baldwin offers a raw and relatable account of the ups and downs, highs and lows, ebbs and flows, yin and yang – of that living dynamic that so defines what it means to be human.
~ Dr. Richard Loren Held, Spiritual Director, Unity in Lynwood
Lysa Allman-Baldwin is a travel writer by profession. “I Cried” chronicles a trip of a different type. Her transparent, gutsy look at the journey toward transforming her long held limiting beliefs is full of twists and turns. And it’s a heart-led road map for anyone who wants to explore the terrain of their own greatness.
~ Jeanne Looper Smith, Author of Retro Road Trip: Taking the Long Way Home
This beautifully-crafted masterpiece reflects the hope and joy that is possible when we embrace life's challenges. Lysa inspires and motivates anyone seeking to find purpose and meaning in their lives with words that reflect sensitivity and humor in this courageous adventure.
~ Julie A. Connor, Ed.D., TED Speaker | Leadership & Teamwork| Communication & Conflict Resolution
In writing “I Cried. And People Loved Me Anyway,” I believe Lysa has laid bare these essential truths: It is OK to feel our feelings, to not feel OK, to not put on a glossy smile, and ultimately ask (or SCREAM) for help. It is OK to be fully present in our own humanity. In fact, it is essential for our growth.
~ Mike Ringhouse, Member, Center for Spiritual Living Kansas City
For people suffering, depressed and frightened, perhaps the worst part is the sense of being ALONE! Lysa Allman-Baldwin’s bravely intimate account of her own 'rough seas' can give comfort in the realization that “I am not alone in this terrible time and my getting outside support is critical to the healing process.”
~ Jim Deuser, a fellow seeker
Lysa has taken the very worst of experiences, filleted open her soul, and allowed us to take a peek inside. Her brutal honesty, willingness to show all the warts, and bravery in coming through this dark journey holds treasures for the rest of us.
~ Kate Guimbellot, Motivational Speaker and Trainer
Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes with honesty - intellectual honesty, emotional honesty and spiritual honesty. Through that honesty, I found myself more than reading about her, I found myself feeling what she was feeling. Feeling her pain, feeling her anger and feeling her confusion; feeling her strength, feeling her spirit and feeling her love. For anyone who has gone through any type of emotional trauma - of their own or that of another - her book will be both a guide and a catharsis. You will cry.
~ Mark S.
When life pulls the rug out from under you, and you fall harder, sink deeper and hurt more than ever before, where do you turn? Lysa shares her life's journey of awakening to support and assist anyone hopeless or struggling. A raw, honest and straight-forward physical, emotional and spiritual healing "how to" for these chaotic times.
~ Carol L. Antle, LMT
THANK YOU for putting your healing and transformation into print. It has created for me healing as well has opened several doors in my life to look at.
~ John D.
Your book was captivating as well as inspiring! Thank you for being vulnerable and for sharing your journey...both the human and the divine with all the ups and downs. I loved your storytelling format, your honesty, insights, reflections, journal entries, and quotes. Your book will help others to love and accept ALL of who they are on this journey called LIFE. And it will be a reminder to reach out for help along the way. Thank you for being you and for loving yourself as you love others.
~ Beth Jacobs, co-founder/director – Timber Creek Retreat House
Love the book! What courage to share your journey in such a personal way! You show the reader that with effort and intentionality we can thrive, not merely survive, regardless of what life throws our way.
~ Kelly A.
I highly recommend it to anyone who breathes!! It is fabulous and Oprah quality! And the spiritual resources, as well as "mini-travel guide" are wonderful. So very authentic; so beautifully expressed. Thank you for sharing your Real Life!
Rev. Jacqueline Hawkins
It is a beautifully, raw exposure to navigating the full spectrum of human emotion where we can relate to taboo struggles. Lysa reminds us that we are not alone, Spirit is always with us, and it’s okay to give yourself sole/soul focus and healing.
~ Margo S.