Grumbling Hallelujah (Caryn Rivadeneira)

Sooner or later, we all have those moments when we look around at our lives and go, “This is NOT how it was supposed to be.” In this interview, Caryn Rivadeneira talks discusses her new book, Grumble Hallelujah, which offers us specific ways to love life and live well even in the midst of disappointment.

About Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira is a writer, speaker, and founding member and managing partner of Redbud Writers Guild. She’s the author of Grumble Hallelujah: Learning to Love Life When It Lets You Down (Tyndale House, 2011) and Mama’s Got a Fake I.D.: How to Reveal the Real You Behind All that Mom (Waterbrook, 2009), as well as many, many Google pages of blog posts and magazine articles. Caryn has served as editor of Marriage Partnership, Christian Parenting Today, and Gifted for Leadership. Caryn lives outside of Chicago with her husband, three kids and one pit bull. Visit her at Find her on Facebook at ( and on Twitter at!/search/CarynRivadeneir.

Caryn’s Success Tips

Live Grumbly: Letting Go of the Life That Was “Supposed to Be”
Live Broken: Letting Go of Whatever’s Holding You Together
Live Blubbery: Letting Go of the Tough-Girl Act
Live Unstuck: Letting Go of Fear and Control
Live Mightily: Letting Go of Trepidation
Live on the Lookout: Letting Go of Your Expectations about How God Works
Live Satisfied: Letting Go of Jealousy and Constant Comparison
Live Gladly: Letting Go of Competition and the Never-Ending Quest for More
Live Mercy: Letting Go of Judgment
Live Expectantly: Letting Go of Your Presumptions
Live Dead: Letting Go of Your Own Life
Live on the Promise; Letting Go of Doubt
Live Free: Letting Go of the Chains That Hold You Down
Live Naked: Letting Go of Shame
Live Salty and Shiny: Letting Go of the Dark and the Drab

Caryn’s Favorite Quote

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” Charles Schultz

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Caryn Rivadeneira Interview


  1. says

    Caryn’s words about giving oneself permission to grieve the “losses” in our lives is well spoken. The only thing I can add that I have learned is that grieving is not something we do only once for each loss. It is developmental. We grieve certain losses, death of a loved one, divorce, loss of job/identity….over and over again. Sometimes on “anniversaries” at other times just by being reminded of our loss. What is important is that at each stage, when we grieve again….we learn and grow…so that eventually we are more and more accepting of our selves and others. Caryn’s best words came when you asked her for her “formula” her “steps” and she responded. something like “it isn’t that simple, or that easy.” It’s not. And it is repetitive, and often difficult, but worth the effort.

  2. Jory Fisher says

    Great points, Richard! Thank you! I experience “repetitive grieving” myself — especially, but not exclusively, on anniversaries.

    Caryn, such a pleasure to have you as my guest on Heart & Soul. I pray we are helping you spread your message far and wide.

    With all gratitude and no grumbling,


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