In the margins of parenting a 17, 14, and 11-year old, Beth Bruno directs a non-profit aimed at preventing domestic minor sex trafficking and regularly speaks to students, law enforcement, educators and community groups around the topic of sexual exploitation. Her first book, A Voice Becoming: A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living (FaithWords), released on January 16, 2018. Beth is a proud member of Redbud Writer's Guild, a regular contributor for Red Tent Living, and a writer for various online publications.
IF YOU HAVE EVER WONDERED WHAT GOD MIGHT DO WITH YOUR STORY, THIS WAS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.
In this interview, Beth talks about her journey to becoming a writer when the concept of being “a creative” originally didn’t seem like a worthwhile direction for her life. As we investigate our dreams, she encourages us to ask a few key questions like: What brings you to tears? What stirs you to sacrifice time and money? Who are the people you feel passionate about? Figuring out who those “others” are that we’re called to serve is one of our greatest priorities.
Beth also shares her passion for activating women (and their daughters) to link arms with our global sisters around the world and bring the fullness of who we are to God's kingdom. Her book illustrates her passion for mothers to lead their pre-teen daughters through a year of meaningful conversations, engagement and actions that will give them a bigger vision to live for than the common need to find love, fit in and belong.
This was such a powerful conversation! I pray you not only enjoy hearing about Beth’s journey toward her dream but also about the dream itself, which is so inspirational, especially if you have a daughter.
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[May God] equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
~ Hebrews 13:21
Beth’s dream to spark a mother-daughter movement to change the world [3:57]
About living and doing ministry in Istanbul [6:33]
How we are more alike than we are different [7:20]
The transition from ministry to graduate school in her 30s [8:03]
Considering what real transformational development looks like [8:55]
How her book for mothers and daughters came about [10:18]
We all have a common need to be loved, find love, to fit in and belong and how this makes girls vulnerable to exploitation [12:35]
We have to give our girls a bigger vision for their lives [13:27]
Why 12 is a good age to engage your daughter with a bigger vision [15:54]
And why it’s not too late if your daughter is older than 12 or even out of the house [17:26]
God’s two key questions to Hagar: Where have you come from & where are you going? [19:03]
Women love, women lead, women fight, women create, women sacrifice [21:20]
Helping women think differently about transitioning their girls to women [23:35]
Beth’s greatest challenge in becoming a writer [27:18]
Why being “a creative” is a beautiful thing and not “less-than” [28:30]
Taking steps and seeing God catch her [30:52]
Following our God-shaped dreams is a daily process of trusting God [32:30]
Why it’s so helpful to have a community of people to push you forward and offer accountability [37:40]
Know yourself and what you’re passionate about [38:35]
Our greatest calling is to identify the others we are called to love [39:30]
Beth’s favorite resources & personality tests [40:23]
What’s happening in Beth’s FB Group on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2018 [46:05]
Name your story & write your story; put language around what God’s been doing in you [48:19]
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