Linda W. Rooks has a passion to help heal marriages, a passion that is fueled by the hope she and her husband found together when their own marriage was restored after a three-year separation.
Although their marriage began with a fairy tale romance, including a five-month trek through Europe, after more than twenty years – and two children – together, Linda and her husband suffered through a painful three-year separation. From 1995 to 1998 God worked many changes in each of them, which enabled them to reunite with a fully healed marriage. From Linda’s writings during that time of apparent hopelessness, came the inspirational messages of Broken Heart on Hold.
Since that time Linda has shifted much of her energy to bringing hope and understanding to couples experiencing crisis in their marriage. Linda’s book, Broken Heart on Hold, Surviving Separation (Cook 2006), offers hope and encouragement to those in marital crisis by helping them find emotional and spiritual strength for their difficult journey. The book is now in its 4th printing. Articles to help couples work through marital difficulties, including a separation, have appeared in Focus on the Family Magazine, Light and Life, and The Lookout.
As a freelance writer, Linda W. Rooks has been published in a number of national and local publications including Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover’s Soul, Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman, HomeLife, Light and Life, The Lookout, Assist News Service, Catholic Forester, Preserving Christian Homes, The Orlando Sentinel, San Diego Family Magazine,Center Stage Magazine, and several online venues. Behind Linda’s gentle fervor is a heart for God, which resonates clearly through the devotions she wrote for 12 years as a regular contributor to Tapestry, a woman’s devotional magazine published by Walk Thru the Bible. For eight years Linda served in various editorial positions for Center Stage Magazine, a Central Florida Arts and Entertainment publication.
Linda’s newest book, The Bunny Side of Easter, is a children’s picture book that uses hints of allegory to connect the Easter bunny to the true meaning of Easter.
An almost native Californian, Linda received a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She met and married her husband, then a Navy officer, and moved to his home state of Florida to put him through law school. Linda and her husband Marv now live in Central Florida and have two married daughters and five young grandchildren. Her husband Marv is an Assistant professor at Barry University School of Law.
Linda is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who In America, and Who’s Who in the World. She was featured in Today’s Christian Woman in March/April 2009 and has participated in numerous radio and television interviews across the North American continent. Linda belongs to Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), is a member of (ACFW), and is a founding member of Word Weavers International. She and her husband are Resource Members of the Association of Marriage and Family Ministries (AMFM) and lead a reconciliation support group at their church. As a couple and as individuals, they have a strong desire to share the hope they found together with couples struggling through painful times in their marriages.