Hi Friends,

Sorry, summer got away from me. I haven’t posted for a couple months.

I got word a few weeks ago that my book Finding the Upside of Down: How Tragedy Can Lead to Remarkable and Dramatic Breakthroughs is on the finalist list for Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) EVVYs.

My book Finding the Upside of Down made it to the finalists list for the Colorado Independent Publisher Association. The award winners will be announced 8/25/18. #cipa

It’s a huge honor to be a finalist. I will find out what award(s), if any, my book receives, this Saturday night at the CIPA EVVY Awards Banquet.

What are the CIPA EVVY Awards

The CIPA EVVYs is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene, running for nearly 25 years. The annual contest is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF).

The CIPA EVVYs receive entries from all over the world, including England, Belgium, South Africa, Russia and Dubai. With a growing number of entries in the nearly 50 categories, the CIPA EVVYs continue to provide an excellent way for independent authors to gain recognition for their work.

How are the entries judged?

The judging is tough—the way a book competition should be. Judges are selected through CIPA’s judging qualification process and include teachers, business leaders, authors, critics, editors, readers and others. Our judges know books.

CIPA EVVY entries are reviewed and scored according to established minimum criteria. Awards in each category are based on highest scores, however, in order to be eligible for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, or merit award, each book must receive the minimum scoring requirements set for each award level.

I’m thankful most of the book reviews have been positive. I got one very negative review, but I think it was from someone I met in real life who seems stuck. I spent years researching this topic and the material is based on scholarly input.

I believe so strongly in this topic and how it helps people. Here are a few of the positive reviews.

“…. trauma is not the end of the story. Once I healed from the trauma I endured, I found a new life filled with deep meaning and purpose as I reach out to others.”
–Marilyn Van Derbur, Author of Miss America by DayWhen people go through a massive traumatic event 5 – 35% will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many fear they will never find joy again. Yet strangely, a subgroup become better people. They still experience pain, anguish, and loss, but eventually, some say life holds a new richness as a result of the trauma.  New science reveals how great pain and loss often pushes survivors to face their own mortality and to find a more meaningful and fulfilling understanding of who they are and how they want to live.

“Good fruit springing from good soil is natural. Good fruit springing from toxic soil – from pain, from loss, from abuse: from trauma – that is supernatural. ”
— Mark Buchanan, Pastor, Professor, Speaker, Author of The Rest of God

“Two people go through traumatic trials. One comes through the fire resilient, even stronger. The other stumbles and struggles. These questions and others are gently asked, thoughtfully parsed, and prayerfully explored in the hands and words of a true professional. If you’ve experienced trauma — and who hasn’t — you’ll learn not just how to cope, but how to thrive.”
– David Rupert. Patheos Writer, Editor and Encourager 




If you’re interested in this topic you can listen to a podcast interview I did recently with Dom Brightman.

You’ve got your choice . . . you can listen to it on YouTube or on the Going North Podcast.


GOING NORTH Podcast Epdisode 69

Going North Podcast with Dom Brightmon






Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."