Thursday, March 7, 2013

Where is God? When Hope Hurts By Carol Urton

Abandoned at age two by her father, Carol was thrust into a life of unrelenting sexual abuse and child pornography when her mother remarried a deacon in their local church. After nine years, she brought the dark family secret into light, only to be silenced and sent away to live with her grandparents. At age 14, Carol began her journey of trying to find peace among the shattered pieces of her life. After years of running from the truth, she had to face her past. Carol began to try and answer her biggest question...”Where is God? When Hope Hurts.” She knew she had to make a choice and to choose life, she had to choose to be free. She ultimately found freedom from the debilitating hurts of her childhood and adult life through the healing process of forgiveness, salvation and above all HOPE in a loving God who never leaves and never forsakes.

You MUST pick up a copy

Carol Urton is a national lecturer and has been invited to be a speaker and numerous conferences, workshops, retreats and conventions.  She is a published author of numerous articles and short stories and has been a featured guest on several radio and television programs.  Her long awaited book, "Where is God? When Hope Hurts" will be available in January 2013.
Carol is an accomplished speaker whose goal is to inspire people to achieve their full potential despite hardships in life. She is passionate about issues relating to childhood abuse and neglect. Carol is also known nationally for her work with Web Wise Kids, speaking on the topic of Internet safety helping youth and adults understand how to have a safe and positive experience while online, social networking and using cell phones.

She joined Web Wise Kids, a national non-profit organization dedicated to “Empowering Today’s Youth to Make Wise Choices Online” in November of 2008 and served as the Vice-President of Training and Project Management until May of 2011.
Currently, Carol is a Major Gifts Officer for the Orange County Rescue Mission and works with major donors, corporations and foundations.  OCRM is a comprehensive program that helps homeless men, women and families become self sufficient by giving them a hand up not a hand out.
Ms. Urton graduated in 2004 from California State University-Bakersfield with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.   She worked in the LA County school system for five years in their Primary Intervention Program serving children with adjustment difficulties in grades K-3.  In 1994, she founded “Choose to Be Free” a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the church community in relation to child abuse and neglect.  She also served as President of the Antelope Valley Child Abuse Prevention Council for two years.
Carol has worked in many capacities of the corporate sector specifically related to mortgage insurance and operations for the past 25 years.  She has served as the Director of Operations and Assistant Vice-President of Operations for two major corporations.  Carol also served as President of the Antelope Valley Chapter of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women.

Carol is active in the following organizations:
  • Board of Directors, Orange County Crime Stoppers
  • Sargent at Arms, Cutting Edge Professionals Toastmasters
  • Member, Mission Viejo Christian Church
  • Member, Orange County Chapter, 100 Women Making a Difference
Carol is married and resides in Southern California with her husband David

Wow! This book was an incredibly emotional read for me. There are so many places in this book where I wanted to pick up the phone and call Carol. I cried so hard many times reading this book, but I also cheered the loudest for Carol. What I wouldn't give to live near her in California; I'm sure we'd become best friends! Carol has learned one of the hardest things in life how to forgive and move on from past hurts. After all she has endured (more than most of us; I'm sure) she has become an incredibly strong women. I really learned a lot from this book: that our past is just that and we need to forgive those who hurt us and move forward and live the life God wants us to live. "Plan the action and not the result." Forgiveness is a step of action. We can all learn much from Carol. In no way did she ever say any of this "moving on" was easy nor did she sugar coat what she went through even though in the end she came out on top and has a very good life now.
I give this book 5 stars and I highly recommend this book to

I was given a copy of this book as a gift. I had to share it with all of you wonderful blog readers.


  1. I see that you really liked this one. you have had some really good books on here as of late. I will be getting of a copy of this book for sure. If it touched you this way then I want to read it for sure..

  2. This book has just taken over the lead on my must get, must read books. I applaud Carol for having the courage and strength to write a book that will touch our hearts and teach lessons. I think this book should be one that everyone should buy 2 of, one for yourself and one for a friend or loved one. It is not often that there comes a book that can be policed to many generations.

    God bless you Carol for sharing with all of us and God bless Mary for the review.

    Cathy Weber

  3. What an awesome review you've given this book Mary. It does sound like a good book for everyone to read. There is so much sexual abuse that happens every day and that is very sad.

  4. This book sounds so good. Thanks Mary.

  5. I really need to read this book. Thanks, Mary for the wonderful review.

  6. I want to read this book really bad it touches home with me. Mary you are something else you know just what we need to read and when we need to read it. It seems like you have some new authors that I have never heard of and would never hear of if not for you. I plan on reading this one, Thnak you so much for this review..

  7. I'm looking forward to my book arriving. After reading Jan Frayne's story from a male perspective I'm looking forward to reading Carol's story. Thanks for the beautiful review, Mary!

    1. Nancee, you are the best you are so supportive of these great authors! Always picking up copies of their books, I am going to mail you out a package of some of my favorite books! Thank you so much! You make me smile!

    2. You are the sweetest, Mary! I think if we all join hands in support of new authors the publicity alone will give them a boost. I'm happy to help in any way I can!

  8. Oh Mary. What a story. How sad that she had to go through so much when she was so young. But, praise GOD she learned to get GOD's love and help and have a very productive life. And, I imagine has helped many people find their way. Thank God he was with her in being strong enough to be able to achieve all that she has done. I would sure like to be the winner of this book. If not will have to check my Library. But there's a lot they don't have. Please put me in for a chance.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  9. This sounds like a very good story, a must read.

    Mary, You always have great reviews.
    God Bless,
    Carolyn Jefferson

  10. Unfortunately this subject is happening way to much in today's world, what a awesome review mary, this book is going on my bucket list.

  11. Wow...what a review.This book is a must read for me.Thanks for sharing Mary.

  12. Great review i sure want to win this one
    Shirley Blanchard