Saturday, December 6, 2008

Personality Predicaments

It's that time again! Time to host a blog tour! Today's author is Gail Showalter, who's written Personality Predicaments. Say hi to Gail! (Hi Gail!)

She's been so gracious as to do a Q&A, as well as to send her booklet for a giveaway! So leave a comment at the end of the post and I'll randomly choose a winner for this great little booklet (if I were a single mom, I think I'd find it helpful - maybe you are one or know one?).

Away to the Q&A! Gail?


Thank you for the opportunity to share my passion for single mothers. In the United States, alone, there are over ten million mothers raising children alone. Over one third of them live in poverty. After years of being on my own as a mother of three, I came to realize how little is done in our communities and churches for this group of children with absent fathers and women with no husbands. The vast majority does not attend church, but our neighborhoods are filled with single moms.

I’ve created and implemented, along with an eleven member board, a detailed plan for encouraging, inspiring, and blessing single mothers. If you have ever wondered what you could do to make a difference for even one of the moms, this is the answer. It is easy, inexpensive, and exceedingly worthwhile.

  1. You have established a ministry plan for single mothers. What motivated you to do this?
  1. For sixteen years I was a divorced mother with three children. I was fortunate to have family support and yet the disappointment, emotional pain, and daily difficulties were devastating. I’m happily remarried now for twelve years and my passion for the over the ten million single mothers remain strong.

  1. Why do you think a ministry plan is needed?
  1. Single mothers have a difficult time day-in, day-out. I think churches want to provide supportive programs for them, but –though there are some successful ministries—much still needs to be done to minister to single moms. Often what you see on the outside doesn’t reveal the heartache and fear she is experiencing on the inside. Church leaders I’ve spoken with have expressed genuine interest in implementing this plan.

  1. What do you call the ministry?
  1. SMORE for Women. SMORE is an acronym for Spiritual Ministry Offering ReTREATs and Encouragement. Our program assists churches in providing Saturday reTREATs in a home or intimate church environment.

  1. What is the ultimate goal of SMORE for Women?
  1. Our mission is to inspire and encourage women, especially single mothers, to discover and develop their abilities and inner strengths. Ultimately I hope to see churches across the country implement these programs. And in the process develop ongoing programs and activities for single mothers in their communities.

  1. Tell us why you prefer that the reTREATs be in homes?
  1. Homes provide an intimate, friendly, and non-intimidating environment. Homes also have the amenities for several of the pampering areas. A reTREAT can also take place in a church or other facility.

  1. What do you mean by pampering areas?
  1. At each reTREAT each mom is treated in several areas. Depending on the home she may use a hot tub or swimming pool. She will receive a brief massage, and even have a quiet private prayer time.

  1. Are all reTREATs the same?

A. No. We have eight themes for encouraging moms to discover her inner strengths.

They are

· Personality Predicaments

· Money Matters

· Bonding and Boundaries

· Job Jump Starts

· Dating Do’s

· Nutrition and Manners Matter

· Family Fun

· Grieving a Loss.

  1. Where can we go for more information about the SMORE for Women ministry?

A. We have a web site which is and a blog which is

A Retreat can be hosted by a small group of compassionate women. The guidebook, Encouraging Single Mothers to Grow Their Strengths, includes step-by-step guidance for planning and hosting a reTREAT. Once you’ve experienced one Saturday reTREAT filled with joy you will want to plan another and another. In the process you will get acquainted with some remarkable women and you might inspire them as they see Christ in you. Please visit SMORE for Women at


Thank you, Gail! As someone whose friends have primarily been single moms, I really appreciate all you're doing. Don't forget to leave a comment, bloggy friends! The booklet is good!

Until I write again ...



Mental P Mama said...

This is fantastic! I am thrilled that this resource is out there. Thrilled.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I have always though someone should write something that would teach others how to help out the single parents (we have a single dad here). No one realizes how tough it can be!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

What a beautiful ministry, My sis is a single mom and I love that there is support out there.

OHmommy said...

I know who I need to forward this too. Many thanks Flea.

Connie Pombo said...

As a personality trainer from CLASS I do believe the personality traits are key to understanding ourselves and others--especially single parents.

Wow, Flea...I love your new "facelift" to your blog!