Laura Bennet blogs and writes books about hope, healing, and redemption. Her first book, The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater, shares the story of how she and her Aussie husband met online through a Christian dating site back before it was popular. One of her novels, Dangerous Ground, celebrated an entire day on Amazon’s bestseller list. Laura has enjoyed forty years as an educator in various settings. She also owned a pizza restaurant, coached gymnastics and hockey, wrote reports for a private investigator, sold tuxedos, and home schooled six of her seven children. A highlight of her career was having the honor of being one of four guest speakers at a woman’s conference in Athens, Greece. Though she has lived most of her life in California, she currently makes her home in balmy, Southwest Florida with her husband and last-at-home, college-age son. When she’s not walking on the beach, photographing nature, or sipping her weekly peppermint mocha, she loves to connect with her readers. You can find her at http://www.laurabennet.com
Thanks for stopping by to get to know the real me a little better.
Books grabbed my attention as a toddler. I loved reading in my bed then and still do. My shelves were organized library style. I started writing silly poems and stories as a kid, won a writing contest as a fifth grader, and decided I wanted to teach school and write books. High school writing turned to creative writing in college, and I earned my BA in English literature. My first published work was an article on semi-colons for the Long Beach City College Resource Center.
Instead of teaching college, as was my initial plan, I home schooled. That was infinitely more rewarding. However, the desire to write always tugged at my heart. I published a poem, took classes, and started many projects, but never found the time to pursue the dream beyond collecting a dozen rejection letters. I began taking writing seriously in 2011 when I decided to learn all I could about the craft and call myself a writer.
I have seven wonderful offspring – four of my own and three I inherited when I married the love of my life, Brendan. You can read our remarkable story in The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater. Our children range in age from forty to nineteen. Through the oldest four, we also enjoy ten grandchildren. I miss California, but we enjoy Southwest Florida where the weather is warm year-round, and the sunsets make me think of heaven.
I love playing guitar, photographing my surroundings, reading books, walking on the beach and
playing watching ice hockey. Having fun and being a little silly are imperative to daily life. Thank goodness my husband shares in that silliness!
People sometimes ask me if I am religious, and I tell them “No, but I love Jesus with all my heart.” Jesus wasn’t about religion; he was about loving people. His forgiveness for our sin amazes and humbles me every single day. I hope I portray my love for people more than my judgment of how anyone should live their life. I do believe in boundaries because it is within them that we find so much freedom. God’s commandments offer us an amazingly great life. Following Jesus is an unending adventure of growth and change, with each day moving forward into new life. As a result of agreeing to go his way daily, life gets better and better, and I’m all about living forward.
My prayer is that you are encouraged by what you find here. I pray you encounter Jesus and his tremendous love for you in everything I write.
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