Meet Gwen Plano – #RRBC #Push Tuesday Honoree

Gwen Plano


Rave Reviews Book Club chooses various authors to be honored with an extra push on Tuesdays. This week’s honoree is my friend and fellow broadcaster, Gwen Plano.

Gwen's Blog TalkGwen's Lifetime award

Here is a little about Gwen

She serves as Host of BEHIND THE PEN BlogTalkRadio Show  and is Co-Host of the Aspire to Inspire radio show . She lives in Branson, MO, where her husband and she enjoy live theater and musical performances in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. After spending their working years in California and the greater New York area, They decided to take the leap and settle in the heartland of the United States. It is no surprise that their seven children remain on either coastline. Their children and ten grandchildren are the biggest reason for their travels throughout the year!

Gwen's book

Her book, LETTING GO INTO PERFECT LOVE, is a memoir that covers an expanse of time, as well as a breadth of experiences both challenging and divine. Its sequel hides in stacks of papers and post-it notes, awaiting Gwen’s attention. Perhaps this year…


Letting Go into Perfect Love is a riveting account of a journey through the terror of domestic violence to a faith that transforms all. As a college administrator, Gwendolyn M. Plano lived her professional life in a highly visible and accountable space–but as a wife and mother, behind closed doors, she and her family experienced unpredictable threat. The statistics are staggering–every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten–but to Gwen, this was her secret; it was her shame. When her husband eventually turned his brutality on her son, she knew she could no longer remain silent.

Alternately heart-wrenching and joyful, this is a story of triumph over adversity–one woman’s uplifting account of learning how to forgive the unforgivable, recover her sense of self, bring healing into her family, and honor the journey home. Accompanied by glimpses of celestial beings, Gwen charts a path through sorrow to joy–and ultimately, writes of the one perfect love we all seek.

Integral to Gwen’s journey is her faith. Because of her Catholic upbringing, she struggles with the scandal of divorce but finally makes her peace. When her daughter reveals her molestation by clergy, however, her fragile sense of serenity dissolves. We walk with Gwen as she tries to make sense of this horror. The agony experienced by the entire family is devastatingly palpable. Against all odds, Gwen emerges confident of her faith and begins to see the threads of meaning in even the darkest moments.

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  1. Very nicely done, John! Thanks for joining in the fun!

    1. Would not miss it.

  2. What a truly remarkable, lady. It’s lovely to see Gwen profiled here, along with her book. Thanks, John, for hosting her!

    1. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

  3. What fun it is supporting such a sweet soul as Gwen today!! 🙂

    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Jan

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    Thank you, John, for this spotlight. I deeply appreciate your and everyone’s kind remarks. RRBC support is extraordinary, and when friends such as you and Jan, Mae and John F are involved…it moves into the awesomeness. Thank you very much. I am still in shock! 🙂

    1. You are so welcome. 🙂

  5. I wish more people would utilize groups like these. The suggestions are usually worth the read.

    1. It is a good group. You should join.

  6. Hello Gwen,
    It is a pleasure to meet you. Your life story shows me you have strength and power. You are an overcoming woman.
    Now I have to purchase your book so I can get to know you better.
    Thanks, John, for introducing Gwen.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Pat. Aleichem shalom

    2. Gwen Plano · ·

      Thank you so much, Pat. I’d love to get to know you better as well. Blessings….

  7. Life stories teach. Good to hear the past is past. 🙂

  8. John, this was awesome! Thanks so much for supporting our dear, sweet Gwen!!!

    1. My pleasure. 🙂

  9. Wonderful stuff for Gwen, John! 😀

    1. Thanks, Jan. 🙂

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