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Depth Podcast Episode 104: Let Yourself Be Loved — Elizabeth Leon

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Have you ever prayed for a miracle? Maybe for healing for a friend, a loved one, or even yourself? Maybe that miracle did not happen- I know a lot of times we can be frustrated.

This is why I love the words that Elizabeth Leon shared this week on the podcast. She said, “The miracle you get is not always the miracle you prayed for.”  I think there is so much wisdom in her words, especially after you hear her story. We are going to be talking about her book, Let Yourself Be Loved: Big Lessons from a Little Life.

Oct. 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, so I asked Elizabeth to share her story of John Paul Raphael’s life and how God took her greatest heartbreak and catapulted her to her greatest growth. There is so much truth that Elizabeth shares and I am so thankful she is not wasting her pain, but instead using it to help another hurting heart. I promise you do not want to miss one word of what she shares this week on the podcast.

Also, I am so excited for someone to win an advanced copy of Elizabeth’s book: Let Yourself Be Loved: Big Lessons from a Little Life. All the details of the book giveaway are on my website at jodirosser.com or you can click this direct link: https://jodirosser.com/giveaways/let-yourself-be-loved-book-giveaway/

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Elizabeth Leon is a Catholic writer, speaker, and musician from Ashburn, Virginia and the author of Let Yourself Be Loved: Big Lessons from a Little Life (Koehler Books, Jan. 2022). She has been a leader in ministry and faith formation for more than twenty-five years and desires to inspire others to find freedom and healing through Christ. Her gift is her willingness to be vulnerable and love with a heart wide-open despite the brokenness of divorce, death, and abuse. She and her husband Ralph are the parents of 10 children, 5 of hers, 4 of his, and their son, John Paul Raphael who died in 2018. In her book, Elizabeth cracks open the landscape of grief to reveal a love story. She invites readers deeply into her personal journey and invites them to consider their own uncertainty and suffering as a pathway to joy. She is a frequent speaker at women’s events in Northern Virginia and is pursuing her Masters in Social Work at George Mason University. You can find her online at www.elizabethleon.org or www.letyourselfbeloved.com.

*Note: If you are interested in purchasing this book or the books recommended, I would love for you to use the Amazon Affiliate link above to help support the podcast. Thank you!

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  1. Rania Robertson on October 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you so much Jodi, this kept me teary eyed and hopeful throughout her story! John Paul Raphael’ will always be an inspiration that continues to live on through his mom’s amazing heart for God. Thank you so much Elizabeth Leon!

    • Jodi Rosser on October 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm

      Rania, I am so glad Elizabeth’s story of John Paul Raphael brought you hope! Their story is truly so inspiring! I love that God never wastes our pain, but instead uses it to help another hurting heart! Love, Jodi

    • Elizabeth Leon on October 14, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      Rania, I am so grateful my story and our discussion blessed you. You are so welcome 💜 May you find and joy through your own suffering. God bless, Elizabeth
      http://www.Elizabethleon.org

      • Jodi Rosser on October 14, 2021 at 7:16 pm

        Thanks Elizabeth for your encouraging words!

  2. Julie Bone on October 14, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    My brave, wise friend. I loved your podcast. Although I already know the story … I appreciated new things I learned as I listened. Next stop … pre-ordering your book. Thank you for putting into words your wisdom. Much love!

    • Jodi Rosser on October 14, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Yes, loved Elizabeth’s wisdom! So excited that you are pre-ordering her book! It is so good!

      • Elizabeth Leon on October 14, 2021 at 6:22 pm

        Julie 💜 thank you for finding Jodi’s website and walking through my story again with us. Hugs!

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