Arla Caraboolad's first job after college was teaching high school English and math at the women's prison in California (1972). There, the question she heard most, "If there is a loving God, why did He allow what happened to me as a child?" begin 40 years of research about why we suffer, and culminated in her book, The Worst Evil--Losing Yourself (2011).
Her adventure, after marriage, birth, and divorce, continued with going back to graduate school and becoming a Family Systems Therapist in 1987. Her goal is to make huge, difficult topics simple, and to help people find their true selves and an authentic relationship with God, who by the way, is all good.
This comes through in her series, Love's Playbook, which is, so far, five volumes of her good-God story of the Bible. Beginning with episode 1, the setting of our creation in the cosmic war; it moves through two books on Genesis, Job, and Exodus, to date, with more coming. If you have wanted to read the Bible but got bogged down, couldn't understand, or it scared you, (like it did her) this series is for you. It's full of research along with imagination to reveal the truth of an all-good God, in a fun and easy-to-read version.
This was after being transplanted in Southern California in 1972, from Lincoln, Nebraska, where she grew up. Born in Minnesota, she also claims kinship there. She moved back to Minnesota to have a natural foods restaurant in 1976. Health had become another passion, leading to her children's book Tommy Tortoise, and recently both an ebook and workbook version of Love Losing. It changes your focus from your looks to your health, reasonably. That's how she lost 30 lbs. and never thought about weight again. She's connected an Amazon store http://lovelosingstore.com to make it easy to find everything she uses in the menus and recipes, or recommends--even mini trampolines for simple, fast exercise!
Back to MN and 1978, Arla got married, had her daughter, and moved back to California with her daughter in 1982 after a divorce. She says that is when she really learned to trust God, living as a single parent on $200 a month.