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C18-39 “Spread the Joy and not the Fear.” with Laura and Sis Sara

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Laura Frankl Pedersen, ON AIR FROM SEPTEMBER 25TH

My family and I started the Choose Joy Foundation in honor of my Sister, Sara Frankl, who passed away in September of 2011 at the age of 38 years old. As a young women, Sara was diagnosed with a disease that left her in constant pain and confined to her home. Sara blogged about her life journey with pain, sickness, loss and through it all, joy. Through Sara’s life journey, God was the only source to finding love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. These fruits of the spirit in times of pain are lost, unless we surrender to Him.





CHRISTIAN AUTHOR, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP TRAINER AND COACHLaura is the second oldest of six children, raised on a farm in Northwest Iowa. After high School, Laura attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Currently, Laura is a certified business coach with ActionCOACH – Siouxland. She is also a certified speaker, coach, and teacher with the John Maxwell team.

In 2011 after losing her dad and sister, Laura found herself called to continue her sister Sara’s spirit lead discipleship of Choose Joy.

After walking a path through the publishing industry, Laura and her family were blessed in 2016 with the release of Sara’s book, co-authored by Mary Carver, Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts. The book is based on Sara’s writings about her journey to discover joy.

Since the book release, Laura has also published a Choose Joy study guide and DVD to accompany the book.

I addition to sharing Sara’s legacy of choosing, Laura shares her own life’s journey with loss, divorce and breast cancer. It is during our hardest times that we experience our greatest growth if we choose to surrender ourselves to God and trust in His will.

Laura is President of the Choose Joy: Sara Gitz Frankl Memorial Foundation. All proceeds from book sales go to the foundation.

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