NEHA ANNA THOMAS

THE FATHER’S HEART – Neha Anna Thomas

A father’s heart you were given, when we entered into the world one day

A heart to give, a heart to love, and a heart to pray

Years have passed, but the heart has remained beating

Beating for the ones in your care until this day

Your father’s heart has followed us, all the years of our life

Followed us in our ups and downs, even through our strife

This heart has known our joys and pains, even known our fears

This beating heart has gone the distance, running the race with pride and might

Your father’s heart has aged today, but continues to beat as if it were yesterday

Beating in rhythm with our little hearts, in your care to watch over and pray With so much beating and so much toiling, who will watch over the father’s heart?

Who will nurture, and nurse and heal the father’s heart today?

A father’s heart you were given, when we entered into the world one day

A heart to give, a heart to love, and a heart to pray

This heart is not man-made, nor was it purchased or self-taught

But this heart was endowed to you, by the One with the greatest Father’s Heart

This Father’s Heart is like no other

This Father’s Heart loved even before it was loved

This Father’s Heart blessed you many years ago, with your own father’s heart

So would you take your precious gifted heart, and beat in rhythm with the Father’s Heart today

Beat in love, joy, and hope, and also in purity, peace, and prayer

So that your father’s heart will not grow weary, or tired and faint, will all of life’s many cares

But grow in power and strength and might, always and forever watched over by our heavenly Father’s Heart

© Neha Anna Thomas

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ON A COASTAL BREEZE – Suzanne Woods Fisher

“On A Coastal Breeze” by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a stunning novel about forgiveness, redemption and second chances that will passionately pull at your heartstrings to bring out the music within.

When Paul Grayson settled on Three Sisters Island, Madison, his second daughter never dreamt that her life would change so dramatically. When the new Pastor Richard O’ Shea, an avid parachutist who loves skydiving, floats down from the sky onto the island, he creates quite a stir. It was only when Madison heard his full name that a bell rang in her mind. As far as Maddie was concerned, Pastor Ricky O’Shea should remain a distant, suppressed, if-not-forgotten memory, not an adventurous skydiver.

Pastor Ricky O’Shea looked exactly as Maddie remembered, dark eyes, a strong, vibrant, dynamic personality, courageous and fearless. But Maddie was older and wiser. Enough of the old turbulent past. Time to grow up and move on.

Ricky was completely comfortable with himself. He fervently hoped Maddie wished him well in his new role as pastor. Over eight years had passed. Time to forgive and forget. Today heralded a brand new start. A clean breeze cleansed Maddie’s mind, giving her a fresh start with God’s healing power.

Maddie tried to understand God’s plan for her. She must let the Lord turn her weakness into strength. God’s guidance and wisdom were her strength and confidence. Only what God thought of her ultimately mattered. Maddie prayed that the Lord would fill her with His wisdom, healing and hope.

And so, when Rick finally proposed, Maddie sensed that God had prepared her to love Rick wholeheartedly with a lasting, mature love. More than that, Maddie knew that if she trusted God with her life and Rick’s, she was safe. And so, Maddie said yes, to God and to Rick, confidently trusting that their story would end well in God’s hands.

As this lovely story caught hold of my heartstrings, I just had to explain the heart of the story to prospective readers, to urge you to get your own copy to treasure always.

Miriam Jacob

NEHA ANNA THOMAS

TODAY IS THE START OF SOMETHING NEW – Neha Anna Thomas

Take a breath, look around you now
Watch your step, don’t lose your head in the crowd
Today is the start of something new
Hold your hands, move ahead in love,
Help each other, build one another up
Today is the start of something new

In a world, where hope is dim,
In a world, where love grows cold
May you all be a beacon of light
Look to the Father up above
The source of hope, joy, and love
And for ever He will lead you through

Say a prayer , for the ones you love
Lift their burdens, to the Lord above
Today, is the start of something new
Build a home where love abounds
Give away all your fears and doubts
Today is the start of something new….

Chorus

When the road gets tough don’t fear
There’s a Lord who is ever so near,
And He’ll give you grace, when strength can’t be found
When the trials pass at last
Don’t let go of heavens hands
May your steps be steady in the way of the Lord

© Neha Anna Thomas

NEHA ANNA THOMAS

SO IN THIS MOMENT – Neha Anna Thomas

Father God, though I may not understand
Everything I am going through
I just want to thank You
You hold my hand,
Shepherd me through feary storms
Show me what is right from wrong
I just want to thank You

So in this moment I sing
A song of praise to my King
Lord, I worship You
So let us open our hearts
And raise up our hands
To the One who deserves all the praise

Thank you Lord, for what You have done
Thank You, Lord for what You are going to do
Thank You, Lord for your Son
Thank You, Lord, for this life anew

Father God, every day You’re teaching me
Showing me what life can be
I just want to thank You
I may not know all the plans You have for me
But I know that You love me
So I just want to thank You

So in this moment….

© Neha Anna Thomas

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STARFISH PIER – Irene Hannon

Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon is book six in the Hope Harbor series. It is a contemporary romance genre, in which two seemingly incompatible young people do their level best to search for common ground to build a relationship on, as they strive to discover a deeper connection with God and each other – only to find that genuine, God-given love dispels the horrifying darkness, to light up the way to a faith-inspired future, filled with bright hope and brilliant promise.

This realistic, true-to-life story addresses the most controversial and persistently difficult to answer questions faced by a travailing humanity. This story also highlights the forgiveness and second chances offered by our compassionate and understanding God.

With elements of faith nicely interwoven into the flawless story line, Hannon’s multifaceted story of redemption, mercy and hope focuses on how asking God’s forgiveness and forgiving oneself is just as important for healing as forgiveness from others.

Starfish Pier is a heartwarming story of emotional restoration and peace, where hearts heal with God’s forgiving grace….. and love blooms, against all odds, in all its fullness. I highly recommend it to readers who wish to find true fulfillment in a story of the highest standards, embodying true Christian values.

Miriam Jacob

ANNA ELIAS

DR. ANNA ELIAS – Personal Testimony

DR. ANNA ELIAS

It is my prayer that all those who read my testimony will be redeemed by the precious blood of my Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ and be healed in spirit ,soul and body by the stripes of Jesus on the cross on Calvary,Lamb of God,without blemish and without spot, slain from the foundation of the world and by the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

– Dr. Anna Elias.

Personal Testimony
Dr. Anna Elias
2020

Introduction
• Born again, believing Christian [John 3:3]
• Redeemed by the precious blood of my Lord & Saviour
Jesus Christ[1 Peter 1:18,19]
• Sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise unto the day of
redemption[Ephesians 1 :13,2 Cor1;22,Eph 4;30]
• My foundation is the Word of God which I believe to be
absolutely true,eternal & unchanging[2 Tim 3:16,Ps 119:
89,128,160, Isaiah 40:8]
• The Cross is the center of my faith. I believe that Jesus
bore my iniquities & died on the cross for me & in Jesus I
have eternal life[Isaiah 53] [1 Peter 2:24]
• I stand by grace alone[Romans 5:2]
• I rejoice in the hope of glory which is Christ in me[Col 1:27]
• I await the second coming of my Lord & Saviour Jesus
Christ [1 Thess 4:14-16]
My Story of Tragedy & Triumph
• On May 11th 2013,I was diagnosed to have a high grade
malignancy
• On May 16th I had my first cycle of chemotherapy
• On May 21st I went into septic shock and was close to death
• My white blood cells [WBCs] plummeted to 200[Normal
5000 to 11,000] with no neutrophils. People normally don’t
survive if the blood counts are less than 400
• My blood pressure went down to 70/30mmHg
• My oxygen saturation reduced
• I had fever and severe diarrhoea
• I collapsed in our room,before I was taken to hospital
• I was like a country with no soldiers,no defences and an
aggressive,ruthless army invading with speed & ferocity
I was on my deathbed
• Today, I am alive and well because my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ
himself healed me
• By the Stripes of Jesus ,I am healed -Isaiah 54:4,5
• It was not an instantaneous miraculous healing. It was a gradual
overcoming the disease
• I took the treatment recommended by the doctors
• I was sustained by the Living Word of God
• I have shared below Scripture verses that strengthened me and gave me
life
Psalm 119:92 KJV
• (92) Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished
in mine affliction.
At the peak of my sickness,the Lord gave me His Word,The Rhema[God’s
word for that particular situation] Malachi 4:2
I shared it with my husband who is a pastor. He advised me to hold onto
that verse as I was shifted to the ICU
The Sun of Rrighteousness arose with Healing
in His Wings

Rhema of God’s Word
Malachi 4:2 KJV
(2) But unto you that fear my name
shall the Sun of righteousness arise
with healing in his wings; and ye
shall go forth, and grow up as calves
of the stall.
• I was in the ICU for 10 days with fever, severe
diarrhoea,septic shock hovering between life &
death
• A family of believers undertook for me. Their love
& concern for me was amazing
• They looked after me with the genuine Christ like
love and concern
• The night that I was nearly dying,they took over my
treatment,put in all the central lines,overlooked
the medication,got me a place in the ICU
• The whole night this doctor friend sat next to my
bed,prayed for me,calmed my fears & monitered
me,till I was out of danger
• I was supported by family & friends at every stage of my
illness
• My husband,Pastor Elias Joseph was by my side from the
beginning to the end. He was constantly praying for me
• My daughter Esther was with me at all the crucial times
• She used to come to the ICU & we used to have long
conversations.She encouraged me at every stage
• My husband’s parents & my parents,my sister & brother-in-
law encouraged & supported me in all possible ways
• My church members at Cochin & fellow church members at
Kothamangalam& Moovatupuzha fervently prayed for me
• My friends, far & near,my patients & all my loved ones
upheld me before the throne of grace
• I followed all the medical advice,had 6 courses of
chemotherapy & I gradually recovered.
• The treatment took 6 months.On November 1st 2013,I got
back to work at my eye hospital.
My Faith is based on
The Redemptive
Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross
and The Word of God
My Faith
I would like to explain my faith under the
following headings;
• Attributes of God
• Foundational Beliefs
• The Word of God
• The divine exchange that took place at the
cross
• Biblical Characters from whom I understood
the meaning of suffering and the Biblical
response to it
Attributes of God
Exodus 34:6 KJV
• (6) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The
LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
and abundant in goodness and truth
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 KJV
• (3) Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye
greatness unto our God.
• (4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are
judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Psalm 18:30-32 KJV
• (30) As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is
tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
• (31) For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our
God?
• (32) It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my
way perfect.

Foundational Beliefs
• I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me
• The cross is central to my faith
• He took my sin[iniquity,transgression] upon himself
Isa 53:4-6 KJV
• (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs[sicknesses], and carried our
sorrows[pains]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God,
and afflicted.
• (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
• (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one
to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us
all.
• In the redemptive death of Jesus,God has provided forgiveness
of sins and healing for me
• God’s name is Jehova Rapha –God who heals
Foundational Beliefs
I am redeemed by the precious blood of my
Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ
1Pe 1:18-19 KJV
• (18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not
redeemed with corruptible things, as silver
and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers;
• (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as
of a lamb without blemish and without spot
The Word of God
2Ti 3:16-17 KJV
• (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
• (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works.
Heb 4:12 KJV
• (12) For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than
any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul
and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.
Isa 40:8 KJV
• (8) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God
shall stand for ever.
Jesus Christ -The Living Word of God
The Bible is the written word of God
Jesus is the Living Word of God
• In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. (John 1:1 KJV)
Rev 19:11-13 KJV
• (11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness he doth judge and make war.
• (12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were
many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew,
but he himself.
• (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and
his name is called The Word of God.
The Word of God

Psa 119:159-160 KJV
• (159) Consider how I love thy precepts:
quicken me, O LORD, according to thy
lovingkindness.
• (160) Thy word is true from the beginning:
and every one of thy righteous judgments
endureth for ever.

Psa 119:89 KJV
• (89) For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled
in heaven.
Sustained by the Word of God
Psa 119:92 KJV
• (92) Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have
perished in mine affliction.
Psa 119:114 KJV
• (114) Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy
word.
• Psa 119:11 KJV
• (11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
against thee.
• Psa 119:71 KJV
• (71) It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might
learn thy statutes.
• Psa 119:75 KJV
• (75) I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that
thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Word of God on Healing
Exo 15:26 KJV
• (26) And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of
the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his
sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all
his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee,
which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD
that healeth thee.
Isa 53:4-5 KJV
• (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs[sicknesses], and carried
our sorrows[pain]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted.
• (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Mat 8:16-17 KJV
• (16) When the even was come, they brought unto him
many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out
the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
• (17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our
infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
1Pe 2:24 KJV
• (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on
the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Pro 4:20-22 KJV
• (20) My son, attend to my words; incline thine
ear unto my sayings.
• (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes;
keep them in the midst of thine heart.
• (22) For they are life unto those that find
them, and health to all their flesh.
Psa 107:20 KJV
• (20) He sent his word, and healed them, and
delivered them from their destructions.
The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross.
• The entire message of the gospel revolves around one
unique historical event: the sacrificial death of Jesus on
the cross.
• Concerning this the writer of Hebrews says: “For by one
offering [sacrifice] He [Jesus] has perfected forever
those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).
• Two powerful expressions are combined: “perfected”
and “forever.”
• Together, they depict a sacrifice which comprehends
every need of the entire human race.
• Furthermore, its effects extend throughout time and on
into eternity.
Every Human Need is met at the Cross
• By a single, sovereign act, God brought
together all the need and all the suffering of
humanity in one climactic moment of time –
The Death of Jesus on the Cross.
• The most complete account of what was
accomplished at the cross was given through
the Prophet Isaiah, 700 years before it
actually took place.
• In Isaiah 53:10–11 the prophet depicts a
“righteous Servant” whose soul was to be
offered to God as a sin offering
Man’s Iniquity, God’s Remedy
• The divine purpose accomplished by His sacrifice is
summed up in Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone
astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
• Here is the basic, universal problem of all humanity:
we have turned, each of us, to our own way.
• The Hebrew word that sums this up is avon, here
translated “iniquity.”
• Perhaps the closest equivalent in contemporary
English would be “rebellion”—not against man, but
against God.
Jesus endured all the evil consequences of that
iniquity.
• In its biblical use, avon describes not merely iniquity but
also the punishment, or the evil consequences, that
iniquity brings in its trail
• Jesus Himself was not guilty of any sin. In Isaiah 53:9 the
prophet says, “He had done no violence, nor was any
deceit in His mouth.”
• But in verse 6 he says, “The LORD has laid on Him the
iniquity [avon] of us all.”
• Not merely was Jesus identified with our iniquity, He also
endured all the evil consequences of that iniquity.
• Like the scapegoat that had prefigured Him, He carried
them away, so that they might never return again upon
us.
The Cross – Meaning and Purpose
Here is the true meaning and purpose of the cross.
• On it a divinely ordained exchange took place.
• First, Jesus endured in our place all the evil consequences
that were due by divine justice to our iniquity.
• Now, in exchange, God offers us all the good that was due
to the sinless obedience of Jesus.
• Stated more briefly, the evil due to us ,came upon Jesus,
that, in return, the good due to Jesus, might be offered to us.
• God is able to offer this to us without compromising His
own eternal justice, because Jesus has already endured on
our behalf all the just punishment due to our iniquities.
• All of this proceeds solely out of the grace of God
Taken from ‘The
Divine Exchange’ by
Derek Prince
The Divine Exchange at the Cross
• The Divine Exchange Hebrews 10:14; Philippians 4:19
• Punished – Forgiven Isaiah 53:5,6, Romans 5:1, 1 John 1 :9
• Wounded – Healed Isaiah 53:4,5, 1 Peter 2:24, Mathew
8:16,17
• Made Sin – Righteous 2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53:10,11,12
• Death – Life – Hebrews 2:9,Isaiah 53:12,Romans 6:23,Ezekiel
18:4,James 1:5
• Poverty – Abundance 2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 9:8
• Shame – Glory Hebrews 12:2
• Rejection – Acceptance Matthew 27:46, Ephesians 1:5–6
• Curse – Blessing Galatians 3:13–14, Deuteronomy 21: 22,23
The Divine Exchange
Life of 4 people –their apparent tragedy &
triumph helped me to understand the
meaning of suffering,the right response to
suffering and to understand that God is
sovereign over our lives
• Jesus Christ
• Joseph
• Job
• Daniel ,Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego
Jesus Christ
Isa 53:4-6 KJV
• (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried
our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
• (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon him; and
with his stripes we are healed.
• (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the LORD
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:10-12 KJV
• (10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put
him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering
for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
• (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant
justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
• (12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the
great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and
he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare
the sin of many, and made intercession for the
transgressors.
Philippians 2:6-9 KJV
• (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it
not robbery to be equal with God:
• (7) But made himself of no reputation, and
took upon him the form of a servant, and was
made in the likeness of men:
• (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself, and became obedient unto
death, even the death of the cross.
• (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted
him, and given him a name which is above
every name:
Heb 2:10-11 KJV
• (10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all
things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their
salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 10:4-9 KJV
• (4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take
away sins.
• (5) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and
offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
• (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
• (7) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,)
to do thy will, O God.
• (8) Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and
offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are
offered by the law;
• (9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first,
that he may establish the second.
Joseph – Genesis 37- 50
Gen 37:28 KJV
• (28) Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew
and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the
Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought
Joseph into Egypt.
• Gen 39:9 KJV
• (9) There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept
back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how
then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
• Gen 39:20 KJV
• (20) And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a
place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in
the prison.
Gen 40:2 KJV
• (2) And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the
butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
• Gen 40:5 KJV
• (5) And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in
one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the
butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
Gen 40:14-15 KJV
• (14) But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I
pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring
me out of this house:
• (15) For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews:
and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the
dungeon.
Gen 40:23 KJV
• (23) Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat
him.
• Joseph was in prison from age 17 to age 30.

Gen 45:7-9 KJV
• (7) And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity
in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
• (8) So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and
he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his
house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Gen 49:22-26 KJV
• (22) Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run
over the wall:
• (23) The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
• (24) But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong
by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone
of Israel:)
• (25) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who
shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth
under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
• (26) The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my
progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head
of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Gen 50:20-21 KJV
• (20) But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to
bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
• (21) Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he
comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Job – Response to Suffering
Job 1:1 KJV
• (1) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was
perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:12 KJV
• (12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;
only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the
presence of the LORD.
Job 1:16 KJV
• (16) While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of
God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants,
and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:20-22 KJV
• (20) Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down
upon the ground, and worshipped,
• (21) And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return
thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name
of the LORD.
• (22) In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Job 13:15-16 KJV
• (15) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine
own ways before him.
• (16) He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before
him.
Job 19:25-26 KJV
• (25) For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the
latter day upon the earth:
• (26) And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh
shall I see God:
Job 23:10 KJV
• (10) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall
come forth as gold.
Job 42:5-6 KJV
• (5) I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now
mine eye seeth thee.
• (6) Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:10 KJV
• (10) And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed
for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he
had before.
Job 42:12-13 KJV
• (12) So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his
beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six
thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand
she asses.
• (13) He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Daniel ,Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego
Daniel 6:22 KJV
• (22) My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths,
that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency
was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no
hurt.
Dan 3:23-29 KJV
• (23) And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
• (24) Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in
haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast
three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and
said unto the king, True, O king.
• (25) He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in
the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the
fourth is like the Son of God.
Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego
• (26) Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery
furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye
servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
• (27) And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors,
being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had
no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats
changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
• (28) Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and
delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s
word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship
any god, except their own God.
• (29) Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language,
which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a
dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
Word of God – Suffering
Refining Process
Malachi 3:3 KJV
• (3) And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify
the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer
unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Psalm 66:10-12 KJV
• (10) For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
• (11) Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our
loins.
• (12) Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire
and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
Isaiah 1:25 KJV
• (25) And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross,
and take away all thy tin:
Perfected through suffering
James 1:2-4 KJV
• (2) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
• (3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
• (4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and
entire, wanting nothing.
Rom 5:3-4 KJV
• (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience;
• (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
1Pe 1:7 KJV
• (7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold
that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise
and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1Pe 4:12-13 KJV
• (12) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
• (13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that,
when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 5:10 KJV
• (10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by
Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect,
stablish, strengthen, settle you.
2Co 4:16-18 KJV
• (16) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
• (17) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
• (18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal.
The Lord carries & protects us in our trials
Isa 43:2 KJV
•(2) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through
the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the
fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Isa 63:9 KJV
•(9) In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence
saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them,
and carried them all the days of old.
Deu 32:10-12 KJV
•(10) He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he
led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
•(11) As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young,
spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
•(12) So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god
with him.

I believe in a God who can turn
A tragedy into a triumph
A curse into a blessing
Sorrow into joy
A blunder into a blessing
The cross was a tragedy in human terms,the innocent
Son of God,falsely accused,went through an unjust
trial and finally crucified on a cross between two
thieves
But
God turned that event into the greatest triumph
Salvation for mankind & overcoming the evil one
Justified ,Sanctified& Glorified
When I believed in the Lord Jesus as my Lord & Saviour,I was
justified
• Rom 5:1 KJV
• (1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
When I go through trials I am being sanctified
• 1Co 6:11 KJV
• (11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
by the Spirit of our God.
When I die,I will be glorified
• Rom 8:30 KJV
• (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and
whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified,
them he also glorified.
Triumph in Christ
2Co 2:14 KJV
• (14) Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to
triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his
knowledge by us in every place.
Rom 8:35-37 KJV
• (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword?
• (36) As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
• (37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.
Through this trial,our family was sanctified. Each
one of us were drawn closer to the Lord.
We could counsel people going through similar
trials
Blessings
The Lord brought our son –in –law Sam into our lives.
He is God’s chosen gift to us
Sam & Esther were married on June 27th 2015
It will be one year in a few days
Sam is a committed believing Christian
He is a rich blessing to our daughter Esther & to us
Post Script 2020
• I had shared this personal testimony between
2013 and 2016 in our churches
• It has been seven years after my trial with cancer in
2013
• By the Lord’s abundant grace,I am in good health
• I am able to fulfil my responsibilities to my
family,my job as an ophthalmologist and my church
• Sam and Esther were blessed with a baby
daughter in February 2018.
• Tabitha Shalom Sam, our granddaughter is a
delight and a rich blessing to our family
The Lord’s Promises, Psalm -128:4-6

• Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed
that feareth the LORD. (Psa 128:4 KJV)
• The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and
thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the
days of thy life. (Psa 128:5 KJV)
• Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children,
and peace upon Israel. (Psa 128:6 KJV)
Psalm 103 – Forget not all his benefits
A Psalm of David.Psalm 103:1-5
• Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me,
bless his holy name. (Psa 103:1 KJV)
• Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his
benefits: (Psa 103:2 KJV)
• Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all
thy diseases; (Psa 103:3 KJV)
• Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who
crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender
mercies; (Psa 103:4 KJV)
• Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that
thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psa 103:5 KJV)
God’s one all sufficient solution
• God has not provided many different solutions
for the multitudinous problems of mankind.
• Instead, He offers us one all sufficient solution
which is His answer to every problem.
• We may come from many different
backgrounds, each of us burdened with our
own special need
• But to receive God’s solution we must all
make our way to the same place—the cross of
Jesus.
Jehova Rapha
God who heals.

  • Dr. Anna Elias

BARBOUR PUBLISHING, OLIVIA NEWPORT

WHEN I MEET YOU – Olivia Newport

In “When I Meet You” by Olivia Newport, a father-daughter genealogy team link present to past on family trees, as they try to unravel the mystery hidden in a century-old abandoned trunk. Olivia Newport charmingly draws readers into the story and keeps them glued to the fascinating storyline. It is very well-written, with likeable characters. It holds our rapt attention from start to finish. Olivia brings the characters to life in the carefully-crafted pages of this fascinating book. It’s a wonderful read! I highly recommend it to all avid readers of Olivia Newport’s beautiful books.

Miriam Jacob
REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP

THE HAPPY CAMPER – Melody Carlson

The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson is a clean, sweet, contemporary romance, written in true Hallmark style, about transition, family relationships and dealing with the innumerable challenges of every day life.

With her uplifting anecdotes and faith boosting stories, Melody Carlson weaves simple joys into the storyline, with her character development, by putting characters in life-changing circumstances, and in healing relationships.

Home is where the heart heals. Dillon finds peace and satisfaction as a happy camper. She finds joy in simple things like working in her grandmother’s garden and fixing up a vintage camper.

The Happy Camper is a delightful story of finding love in the most usual places. It is a light and cute chicklit romance, with well-written characters, about family love and forgiveness. I highly recommend this delightfully engaging, entertaining story, with adorable characters and portraying realistic situations.

Miriam Jacob

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OUT OF THE EMBERS – Amanda Cabot

Out Of The Embers by Amanda Cabot is an inspirational historical romance. It is an intriguing mystery, skillfully woven into a sweet romance.

A decade after the brutal murder of her parents, Evelyn Radcliffe’s only refuge, the orphanage has burned to the ground. Only she and a young girl escape to safety. Fearing this to be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country, with her young friend, taking refuge at the home of Wyatt Clark, a single, rugged horse rancher. Will he hold the key to her future—and her past?

With trouble blowing hard on her heels, Evelyn is at first a distraction, and later a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants to kill her? And will his own plans get in the way?

Suspenseful and romantic, Out of the Embers invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, in the wild West, filled with noble men and strong women.

Evelyn deals with the “Watcher” with fear, cautiousness and courage. The plot twist with the “Watcher” was so incredibly done.

This is an excellent read. I recommend it highly.

Miriam Jacob

BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP, JILL EILEEN SMITH, REVELL

STAR OF PERSIA – Jill Eileen Smith

“Star of Persia, Esther’s Story” by Jill Eileen Smith is the exotic, out-of-this-world, true-to-life tale of how the simple, lovely orphan girl, Esther became the beautiful, honored and revered battle queen of Persia. Caught in the throes of the bitter intrigue and murky strife of palace politics, Esther finds herself in an impossible, catch 22 situation, one in which she can either risk her life or consign herself and her people to the fiery flames of annihilation.

With her impeccable flair for research and her imaginative, conversational, story-telling style, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, drama queen of Persia.

Here in this book, you will meet real people with flaws and foibles, whose palpable emotions tug at your heartstrings, in this passionate story of the Bible’s greatest Jewish heroine.

Jill Eileen Smith weaves together richly crafted descriptions, well-researched historical detail, and merges them together in biblical stories with a fresh, new perspective.

I highly recommend this book to all who wish to make Queen Esther’s story come alive to readers of today. I was captivated and spellbound as I read it, line by line, page by page. I couldn’t put the book down until I reached the end. Great reading!

Miriam Jacob

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THE LAND BENEATH US – Sarah Sundin

The Land Beneath Us, by Sarah Sundin, the third book in the Sunrise at Normandy series, is an unusual love story. Just before D-Day, Pvt. Clay Paxton, training with the Army Rangers, has a recurring dream of his death on the battlefield. Clay meets and likes the extremely polite, courteous and gracious Leah Jones. She works at an orphanage library, being an orphan herself. She was ruthlessly abandoned by her adoptive family. When Clay saves Leah’s life, the bond between them deepens significantly, although it is not love at first sight. They get married in a marriage of convenience, with the option to divorce, before Clay goes to Europe on battle deputation. Their relationship strengthens through their letters. Clay and Leah are the perfect embodiment of selfless courage, determination and fortitude, as they find hope in forgiveness and life in healing. When Clay returns from the battlefield, they decide to save their marriage, as they love each other. Sarah Sundin develops the blossoming relationship between the two main characters, Clay and Leah, in a profound and perceptive way. I highly recommend this book to all who wish to get a deeper understanding of what it means to triumph against all odds.
REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP, SUZANNE WOODS FISHER

TWO STEPS FORWARD – Susanne Woods Fisher


“Two Steps Forward” by Susanne Woods Fisher is a story filled with unique relationships, ranging from a wide gamut of family secrets and past mistakes to searching for forgiveness. The main characters are strong-minded and realistic, laced with determination and fortitude. Susan Woods Fisher is a unique voice for the Amish community. Her sensitive, true-to-life stories are well balanced, with a lot of heart, humor and faith.
“Two Steps Forward” by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third and final book in the ‘Deacon Family’ series. Jimmy Fisher is back, broke and bereft in Stoney Ridge, having coasted through the vicissitudes of life, as long and as well as he could, purely on the strength of his charming good looks and deep-set dimples, which had always stood him in good stead, until one day, much to his chagrin, they didn’t!
Jimmy’s dazzling smile had absolutely no effect on Sylvie Schrock King, the violet-eyed, vivacious beauty, who offered him a job at her farm, to keep herself and her son Joey afloat. Hiring Jimmy, the son of her neighbour and nemesis, Edith Fisher Lapp, would only serve to fan the fiery flames of Edith’s rancorous rage. However, Sylvie, desperate for help, has no other option. Jimmy has a heart for horses, unlike any other. While Jimmy’s dazzling smile and endearing ways win Sylvie’s heart, Edith schemes to claim her land. Has Sylvie made a terrible mistake in hiring Jimmy? Is it too late to outrun, outwit and outfox the fox? And who exactly is the wily fox?
Writing with warm wit and charm, Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying tale to wrap up ‘Deacon’s family series, with this extraordinary twist to the typical Amish tale. Humanitarian issues of abandonment and compassionate virtues of commitment, forgiveness, and helping the helpless weave their way through this heartwarming tale. I highly recommend “Two Steps Forward” to all who wish to identify with the warmth and love of Amish family life in their own unique communities.
CHRISSY SIGGEE, SKOOBEBOOKS

GLIMPSES OF HIS GLORY – Chrissy Siggee


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In her majestic poetry, Chrissy Siggee weaves a glorious tapestry of beauty, as she selflessly strives to become a woman after God’s own heart. She is passionately devoted to God, with a heart that abides in God’s Word, fervently committed to prayer and the spontaneous sacrifice of praise. Chrissy is blessed with a heart that serves, submits, loves and overflows, a soul deeply committed to creating order from chaos, a mind strengthened by spiritual growth and enriched by joy in the Lord and in the strength of His might. In all things, great and small, Chrissy shows that she cares, encourages, seeks first things first and follows ardently after God’s heart, searching, seeking and finding with all her strength and determination.

Chrissy made the most important decision in her life when she chose with her whole heart to live each day for God. She loves God, worships Him, walks with Him, serves Him, and eagerly looks forward to being with Him in eternity. Chrissy enjoys true inner peace and joy as she selflessly nurtures a heart of singleminded devotion to God, who is Number One in Chrissy’s life, the priority above all priorities, the love above all loves. Chrissy passionately yearns for the things of God, to be God’s woman, to love Him fervently with her whole heart, soul and mind. She made a soul-satisfying decision to love God and follow after Him with her whole heart, each and every day, for as long as she lives. For Chrissy, every day counts when she is devoted to God, for God is divine love, and it is heaven on earth to be in His presence, the awesome and glorious presence of God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Being a woman after God’s own heart, Chrissy is fully preocccupied with one thing at all times – God and His service. While she fulfills her God-given responsibilities, she also gives the highest priority to do the one and only thing that matters most – worshipping God. Chrissy is fully conscious that nothing can take the place of time spent in God’s presence, an act that subsequently fuels and focuses all future acts of spirit-filled service, quality time spent in eternal pursuits that ultimately reaps its own rewards. Chrissy spends each new day breathing in God’s freshness and walking in His truth, keeping close to God through His Word, drawing on its rich source of eternal, life-changing value. As she stands in His righteousness, and kneels in His presence, she takes in the most radiant glimpses of His glory, and the dazzling beauty she finds there is transformed into her poetry.

In “Glimpses of His Glory”, Chrissy has slipped yet another priceless pearl onto her strand, winning the most magnificent prize that awaits a woman after God’s own heart. She has dedicated her book to the Glory of God and His majestic creation “for He is worthy to be praised.” Chrissy glimpses God’s glory and sees God’s beauty in the universe all around her. To her there is nothing more beautiful than God’s creation. She feels that it is as much a part of her as the Saviour Himself. Chrissy is reaping her reward for living life God’s way – and the blessings that come with it are immeasurably, unspeakably and indescribably beautiful. To God be all the glory.

Chrissy Siggee has spent many fulfilling and satisfying years in children and youth ministries. She also devoted a lot of her time to pastoral care and counselling to people with special needs. “Out of the Shadows – Jenna’s Secret” is the fruit of Chrissy’s efforts to help teens with eating disorders. “It is the story of a girl who, at the brink of going too far, learns from her mistakes and from seeing those who crossed the line.” Chrissy has a deep-rooted passion to help others through her own remarkable experiences and pastoral care training. She is an avid poet and short fiction writer of international stature, who has gained worldwide recognition through numerous writing organisations across the globe.

© Miriam Jacob
HARVEST HOUSE PUBLISHERS

ANCHORED IN JESUS – Johnny Hunt

“Anchored in Jesus” by Johnny Hunt teaches us to hold on to truth in a drifting world. It shows us how to have a living relationship with Christ – the key to growing strong in faith as believers. Jesus calls us to trust and draw near to Him. He wants us to know Him and be known by Him. As we study the character of Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross for us, He enables us to reflect His image more closely and bear the fruits of the Spirit. As we anchor ourselves in Jesus, He transforms us into His likeness. I highly recommend this inspiring book for all believers who desire to draw close to Jesus and be conformed into His image.
JENNY L. DONNELLY, REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP

STILL – Jenny L. Donnelly

In “Still,” Jenny L. Donnelly helps us to still our souls and discover God’s life-giving rest at any time, in any place, and under any conditions. This beautiful perspective of rest powers our very identity, is the essence of our creativity, roots all our relationships and crowns everything in life.

Embraced by God’s love daily, Jenny exhorts us to stay rooted in rest, as we abide in Christ, to experience His life. Rest is a reset, to set our priorities right and reconcile ourselves to who we are and whose we are. Rest is rooted in God’s love. We learn to still our souls, even in chaos, to find God’s comforting presence, divine power, amazing grace and heartwarming love.

Jenny equips and empowers women to live and lead biblical truth. We understand the soul-satisfying beauty of resting in God. Our greatest battles are won by finding peace with God. Jenny sounds a bugle for this world, reverberating the hope and resurrection of Christ.

“Still” gives us rest in life’s crazy twists and turns. Penned with astounding grace and candor, in Jenny’s unique style, it provides powerful spiritual principles to fulfil our God-given assignments. As one of the most life-changing, faith-based books, I highly recommend it to all believers who wish to find rest in the midst of chaos.

Miriam Jacob

REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP

AN UNCOMMON WOMAN – Laura Frantz

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“An Uncommon Woman” by Laura Frantz is a historical romance depicting American history set in the time period between the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Laura Frantz transports readers to the picturesque, danger-fraught Western mountain frontier, with sensory-rich descriptions and intricate historical details that bring the past to life.

The novel is richly peopled with resilient and compelling characters, each one of them being forces to be reckoned with in their own right. Tessa Swan, unflinchingly honest, frank and plainspoken, with a quicksilver smile and lilting laugh, is famed for her unadorned decency and a bone-deep beauty, with startlingly hued, marbled, violet-blue eyes, and hair “as black as moonless midnight.”

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is a war hero who wins the heart of Tessa Swan, with his thoughtful resonant voice and kind, compassionate demeanor. This inspiring novel depicts “those rare times when your spirit is knit together with another’s, and you love them like your own soul.” I highly recommend this book to all who like Laura Frantz’s historical romances.

Miriam Jacob

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SHE LAUGHS – Carolanne Miljavac

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In “She Laughs” by Carolanne Miljavac, humor keeps us focused on what really matters, by rubbing off all our corners, dusting the cobwebs away. Laughter lifts us up. It is truly the best medicine. The ability to laugh is a gift of God. It helps us to lift up our faith and conquer fear. Laughter, the gift of a profound sense of humor, helps us to endure the hardest days. It helps us to persevere against all odds, even when everything is against us. Laughter gives us beauty when we are ashen and gray. “She laughs without fear of the future.” There is always hope for us at the end of the tunnel, as long as humor knocks at the door of our hearts, requesting to be allowed in.

Laughter fills us with a beautiful sense of esteem and self-worth. It makes us feel good about ourselves, and in spite of ourselves. The lady who laughs is dignified and victorious, empowered to succeed, against all the odds aligned against her. Laughter fills us with faith and shows fear the door. Faith keeps our hearts rooted in the truth that God is good all the time. A lady who laughs is at peace, even with an unknown future before her. She does not need to know the whys and wherefores. The gift of laughter is precious. Cherish it like a priceless jewel. Laughter embues us with hope. It gives hope a voice and speaks life into our spirits. Faith, laughter, humor and hope go hand in hand. Laughter fills us with hope and joy for the future God plans for us.

Losing her little niece to cancer taught Carolanne to surrender to God, and in doing so, she found herself and God. Carolanne’s authentic life reflects beauty for ashes. She pulls heartstrings with love and laughter. Her life’s purpose is to spread love and joy, honestly and truthfully. I highly recommend “She Laughs” for all those who opt to choose faith over fear.

© Miriam Jacob

LAURA JAKA, MOUNTAIN ARBOR PRESS

WILLED IN HIS GRACE – Laura Jaka

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In her life’s journey, beautifully told in “Willed in His Grace” Laura Jaka, having experienced challenging times navigating the treacherous sea of life, has now come full circle, to a place of completeness and fulfillment in her life. Laura has finally learnt to be still, in a place of rest, knowing that in the final outcome, all things work together for her good and God’s glory, as expressed in Romans 8:28. One of the greatest lessons of life Laura has learnt is that in the final analysis, all that really matters is love and family.

Laura was most profoundly influenced by her grandmother, Daisy Susanna Wellington, whose sheer tenacity, remarkable resilience, compassionate love and selfless sacrifice inspired and transformed Laura’s life, teaching her priceless values and sterling morals to govern her life by. Her grandmother obeyed her calling to serve, as a selfless steward to many, although she herself had absolutely nothing to give. Though financially deprived, she was obedient to her calling with the precious little she had, serving her family with love, compassion, dignity and honor. “She loved as only she could,” a truly phenomenal lady of sterling qualities, who had eyes to see only the good in people and never distinguished between their class or social status in society.

God’s gift of unconditional love allows Laura to live her life “willed in His grace.” All Laura’s trials, tribulations and triumphs, coupled with God’s amazing miracles and favors, have shaped her into the stunning personality she is today. In this revealing book,  Laura uncovers the roads she travelled and the successes achieved, to lead her to where she is today. Laura has an intuitive mind, that adapts to everything. She has the deep-rooted courage to reach deep down inside herself and express hidden, underlying feelings at the heart’s core of her soul. Laura’s passion in life is to serve others in whatever capacity she may do so. She wants to make a difference in the lives of those in dire need of support and care. I highly recommend this awesome book for all those who wish to make a profound impact upon society, in whatever way they can, to make this world a better place for those less fortunate.

Miriam Jacob 

 

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THE ROLL OF THE DRUMS – Jan Drexler

Imprint: Revell. Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781493419364
Pub. Date: Oct 2019
Price: $15.99

In “The Roll of the Drums,” Jan Drexler has produced a rare masterpiece of genuine Amish family life, combined with true Christian faith and exemplary values of decency and decorum, set in the backdrop of war and its fiery aftermath. Jan combines intensive historical research with true-to-life characters, to create a memorable story of the sweetness of true love, flourishing against all odds, amidst the conflict, sorrow and trauma of battle. The true values of honest faith, love of family and hard-won freedom of the gentle Amish community are painfully tested in the excruciating crucible of war. Lives and hearts are disrupted by the roll of the drums. This haunting and beautifully woven love story of Gideon and Ruby, surrounded by Gideon’s children, captures the mind and nourishes the soul, keeping readers spellbound, as Jan Drexler graphically portrays the heroic struggles of fiery faith, aspiring hope and selfless love in families, communities and churches. I strongly recommend this inspiring, enlightening and engaging book to all who wish to know about the true and honorable values of family life in Amish communities.

Miriam Jacob

REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP

WORDS OF COMFORT FOR WOMEN – Carolyn Larsen

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Imprint: Revell.  Publisher: Baker Publishing Group. Date of Publication: October 2019. ISBN: 9781493419517. Price: $4.99


“Words of Comfort for Women” by Carolyn Larsen is an inspiring compilation of 90 unique pick-me-up devotionals, combined with Scripture verses to give you a special lift in an otherwise difficult day. What do you do on days that are topsy-turvy, when nothing goes as planned and everything goes wrong? There is only one thing to do – reach out to the One who promises to comfort us amidst the turbulent stresses and strains of life. Come to Jesus Christ. Start your day with God. Allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of God’s reassuring promises and His divine presence in your life during challenging times when nothing makes sense. I highly recommend “Words of Comfort for Women” to all who desperately need God’s comfort and strength in their lives. Look no further. God’s comfort is right here in the reassuring pages of Carolyn Larsen’s book.

Miriam Jacob 

REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP

WORDS OF HOPE FOR WOMEN – Carolyn Larsen

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Imprint: Revell. Publisher: Baker Publishing Group. Date of Publication: October 2019. ISBN: 9781493419500. Price: $4.99


In “Words of Hope for Women,” Carolyn Larsen presents 90 short-to-the-point devotionals to illuminate God’s priceless, reassuring promises and shows us how to apply them to our lives, by reaching out to the One who promises divine comfort and consolation amidst life’s distressing trials. Carolyn’s scripture verses are skillfully illustrated  with  bright humor and poignant tenderness, giving you a positive perspective on life and the world around you. Instead of worrying about our distressing circumstances, we can learn to live with a sense of purpose, trusting God to guide us through to victory. No matter what each day holds, the direction our days take is ultimately shaped by our own attitude. Faced with trials and tribulations, we easily become discouraged, seeing only the pitiful past and the innumerable challenges of the present, oblivious to the hope for the future. But God, not being limited by the constraints and confines of time, works all things out for our good and His glory. God has a divine plan and a supernatural purpose for everything in our lives, and He can be trusted to keep His promises. I highly recommend this inspiring book to all who wish to have a rich, devotional faith and a personal relationship with the King of Kings.

Miriam Jacob 

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BREATHE AGAIN – Niki Hardy

BREATHE AGAIN by Niki Hardy is a book designed to teach us one precious lesson – how to breathe again while gasping for air, when the turmoil, travail and turbulence of life threatens to submerge us. God is the breath of life and He is the One who helps us to breathe again, through all the stresses and strains of life, up the hills of hope and down the valleys of despair, until we reach the everlasting, eternal bliss of heaven. Come and breathe again with Niki Hardy in the pages of this book, that inspires you to just take a deep breath and breathe again, as you begin life again, on its altered scale.

Miriam Jacob

 

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OBEDIENCE OVER HUSTLE – Malinda Fuller

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In “Obedience over Hustle,” Malinda Fuller describes the surrender of the striving heart to obey God. Malinda heard God’s voice, quiet and unassuming, bold, gentle, firm and tender, speaking directly to her heart. All he said was, “Will you obey Me? Am I not your Provider.” As she wrestled with those questions, Malinda had a choice to make. She would trust God to provide for her. She would “confront the Hustle” and “choose Obedience.”

We must not manipulate God’s plan and fast track His agenda to attain our dreams. We should aim to obey God and do whatever He asks of us. Our only aim must be to love Him, serve Him and help to build His Kingdom. We will go wherever He leads us. We will choose Obedience over Hustle. Let us choose God’s way only, not ours. The hustling heart always strives for something more and is never satisfied with anything. Hustling ruthlessly chases after a goal at any cost. 

God calls us to listen to His voice, obey Him, follow His leading and yield to Him. Let us choose Obedience in the tiniest details and in the grandest plans. We must be satisfied with God and His plans for us. Obedience to God is a daily decision to obey Him. It is a way of thinking, a lifestyle.  God wants us to partner with Him. Life acquires meaning when we work with God to achieve His purposes. God honors us when we work with Him. We must try on God for everything and depend on Him for favorable outcomes. God wants our partnership with Him to make His name great and point people to Christ. Say yes to God, give up the hustle and step into obedient living. I recommend this book to all who love God, desire to obey Him at any cost and who want God’s will to reign supreme in their lives.

Miriam Jacob 

 

 

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CHRONIC HEALING – Courtney Cohen

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In “Chronic Healing,” Courtney Cohen masterfully weaves a tapestry of sound biblical wisdom into her spirited fight against chronic disease. Endowed with indomitable courage and determination,  Courtney bravely confronts difficult, life-challenging questions looming large in her life, as her doubts and fears resonate clearly with our own. The answers Courtney finds in her persistent quest for healing are soothing to the soul. This book is born out of Courtney’s mature walk with Christ the Healer, who is her All-in-All. “Chronic Healing” captures the essence of experiencing true freedom in the midst of battling chronic disease. It imparts wisdom and insight to all who face trials and tribulations. Faithful, fearless, strong and resilient, Courtney has a strong calling of God upon her life and a deep passion for Christ and His cause. I strongly recommend this book to all who want healing in their lives, in body, mind, soul and spirit. Come and receive Christ the Savior, in all His fullness. Get to know Christ the Healer, as Courtney has. Your life will never be the same, when you experience a touch from Christ, the Healer of hearts and souls.

Miriam Jacob

 

 

BARBOUR PUBLISHING, SHILOH RUN PRESS

IN THE CRADLE LIES – Olivia Newport

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Barbour Publishing, Shiloh Run Press. Pub. Date: 01 November 2019. ISBN: 9781683229957. Price: $12.99


“In the Cradle Lies” by Olivia Newport, is the second book in the Tree of Life” series. An investigative Father-Daughter Team try to link family histories,  present to past, on family trees. Tucker, on a solo ski vacation, spends his wealth indiscriminately. A fearless skier, he is determined to conquer an overgrown slope, a dangerous and risky run, hitherto unattempted for decades past. Genealogist Jillian explores Tucker’s family tree to try to reconcile his charming nature with his reckless resolve. Meanwhile Jillian’s father, Nolan tries to lure Tucker into giving him ski lessons, to make him open up about the suspicious circumstances revolving around his grandfather’s life in the 1930s. The secret of Tucker’s seemingly perfect family history may lie concealed in a sealed envelope Tucker refuses to part with. When Tucker’s fiancee turns up unannounced, and Tucker himself cannot be found, everyone realizes that he must be trying to ski the dangerous and perilous run, alone in a snowstorm. Time is running out for Tucker and soon it may be too late. This book inspires us to explore family trees and celebrate unforgettable family stories that connect us with our own unique family histories. It also takes us on amazing faith journeys that help us to discover what actually lies at the heart of our faith.

Miriam Jacob 

Courtney Cohen, NOW FOUND PUBLISHING

THE SACRED SHADOW – Courtney Cohen

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In “The Sacred Shadow” by Courtney Cohen,  we eagerly enter into the daily mysteries of God’s Kingdom, as God Himself communicates spiritual truths to His people, eternal secrets and sacred mysteries,  hidden in the shadows, to be found by all who seek them. A great light shines on a solid reality, casting a shadow, to represent a solid truth. Courtney leads us to this solid truth and the Great Light behind it, as she draws back the veil that limits our natural senses, to reveal Christ in our daily lives. Everything around us points to a deeper truth, a clearer revelation of reality.  In a fresh, truthful perspective,  Courtney shows us how Science, no enemy of God, discovers God’s creation.

“The Sacred Shadow” takes us on a spiritual journey of discovery,  from Adam’s fall to God’s redemptive plan for mankind, focusing on the Light of Christ as our only source of salvation. God whispers to us in His Word and reigns in an unseen Kingdom. We live as eternity-dwellers in God’s Kingdom. This is our only true reality. This world is actually a glimpse of another world, God’s Kingdom, the spiritual world,  eternity,  which Courtney calls “the realer real.” Explore the exquisite mysteries of God’s Kingdom and the nearness of His Presence. Perceive the present reality in its truest sense, as God makes Himself clearly known, though we squint against His light, being unused to its dazzling brightness. The longer we bask in the sunlight of God’s glory, the clearer we perceive the grandeur of His kingdom.

The Church is the bride of Christ, our heavenly Bridegroom, with whom the bride lives in His Kingdom. This world is like a shadow, reminding us of a greater, realer substance,  the Kingdom. God created the shadow to bear witness to the substance, this world, to show us what the Kingdom looks like. Yet we often live only in the shadow, despite God’s invitation into His substance. Let us press into the sacred shadow and through it, into God and His Kingdom, to find Him here and now. Turn on God’s light to see a clearer reflection of reality. The realest real is only seen face-to-face. Come and taste God’s love, as you see Him, in the Spirit-filled pages of “The Sacred Shadow.”

Our senses-oriented life is the shadow. The physical realm is a shadow of the spiritual realm. God uses the physical realm to teach us about Him. Let us press past the shadow of our physical lives to where God calls His bride, the Church, to join Him in the real spiritual world, the realer real, here on earth. The physical realm of this world is the shadow. The spiritual realm of God’s Kingdom is the substance. God reveals His Kingdom to us through earth’s realities. We must grasp the reality of God’s Kingdom beyond the shadow of this world. “These are a shadow of the things to come,  but the substance belongs to  Christ” – (Colossians 2:17). That substance is God’s Kingdom. Christ is the Bridegroom, with authority over His Kingdom, which exists in us, the Church, when we surrender our lives to God. Christ’s light reveals His Kingdom to us in the spiritual realm. When we open our eyes to God’s light, His Presence fills our lives to illuminate the substance, God’s Kingdom, as the greatest reality, the realest real, of all realities. 

Miriam Jacob

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Always We Begin Again – Leanna Tankersley

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“Always We Begin Again,” a challenging, inspiring and thought-provoking quote by St. Benedict, is the rich source of inspiration for the title of Leanna Tankersley’s book, appropriately subtitled “Stepping into the Next, New Moment.” This is a soulful and sacred invitation to anchor you to your true identity. A tender, powerful book, with a unique blend of candid honesty and expectant, soul-refreshing hope, it is an inspirational treasury of hope, filled with grace, that invites us to rest, renew and refresh ourselves, as we step into the next, new moment of each new day. It’s a challenge but one worth taking. I encourage you to read this life-transforming book.

Miriam Jacob

 

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Finding Lady Enderly – Joanna Davidson Politano

“Finding Lady Enderly” by award-winning author, Joanna Davidson Politano is a splendid, endearing tale of whimsy, intrigue, danger and love, that cleverly captures the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary, humdrum, day-to-day lives, highlighting random acts of kindness, compassion and care.

The beautiful heroine, Raina, is a true vision of loveliness, with a vein of gold coursing through her veins, born with a lively, spirited imagination, noble and respectable in character though in dire financial straits. Raina wrestles with two identities – Lady Enderly’s and her own. It leads us all to ponder our own identities and who we really are at heart.
This is a classic novel of the romantic mystery of a misplaced heroine, on a compelling, spellbound journey into the world of ancestral inheritance. It explores the innocent, heartfelt loyalty of love. In a deeply-moving, dramatic story-within-a-story, full of puzzling Victorian intrigue, Joanna Davidson Politano skillfully combines the elements of romance and mystery to create a melodramatic plot twist to keep you captivated and spellbound until the loose ends of the mystery are all wrapped up. I highly recommend this awesome book by an extremely gifted and talented author.
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Miriam Jacob
TESTIMONY

The Battle God Fought – Ruth Susan George

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Published in the September issue of Ruby magazine, USA – source:https://issuu.com/ruby4women/docs/september_2019_ruby

Psalms 119:68 –

“God is good, what He does is good”

Hello, my name is Ruth Susan George. I am now in year 7 of Children’s Service. I am going to share one incident in my life where God Fought the Battle for me and my family. I still have a scar to remind of this amazing moment. But, wait I am getting ahead of myself, that battle goes like this.

Back in April 2018, my family and I, straight after my 11th birthday went to India for the Easter holidays. Unusually, this time I wasn’t very excited to go and was persuading myself to be. After landing at Cochin we had to go and visit some family members along the way and at the end we reached my father’s house late evening. Now, I had nothing to do but my father did. Dad had to go to an optician to fix glasses and since I had nothing to do I forced myself to go. I asked my mum to come with us as well. My father’s testing was taking time, so my mum wanted to test her eyes because she had been having some headaches. I also said I wanted mine checked in the hope of getting a new frame, although I started wearing one only 6 months before. When mine was tested, I couldn’t see the first letter of every row. The optician suggested to consult an Ophthalmologist. My parents booked an appointment and got it on the day before my father was leaving back to Doha.

My aunt from Ernakulam had come for that night so my father didn’t really want to go. But my mother insisted that we should. Anyway, we went to Chaithanya Hospital and it took the whole day with tests and scans. While my scanning was progressing, I saw the doctor talking seriously with my parents. At the end, the doctor wrote a letter and told us to see a Neurologist before leaving the country. We went home and I was told to go and lie down. I found my father calling the airline to change his flight. I also remember that my parents were being very soft with me after the scan.
We went to Indo-American Hospital in Vaikom for further consultation. On the way I was singing a chorus repeatedly and it was ‘On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand’. My mum asked me to stop singing as she was tensed hearing the word ‘sinking sand’. We saw the Neurologist and on his preliminary examination we were told there was nothing wrong with me. I was relieved, but then he said because of the Ophthalmologist’s letter I had to take an MRI. I was really sad and started crying. Anyway, we started taking other tests and went for lunch before taking MRI. After the MRI my mum told me to sit with my uncle while they went to meet the doctor. My mum came back and said, “Let’s go for a walk”. We went and she said, “Let’s go back slowly to Qatar”. Still I had no idea what was going on.
Next week I found myself in a hospital bed and about to have a surgery. You may ask why I was going to have a surgery, it was because I had brain tumor. Well, the night before the surgery, one of my mum’s friends Betsy aunty, from children’s service sent her a verse from the message she heard at the church and it was 2 Chronicles 20:15, ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s’. On the day of the surgery, I started singing a song ‘The enemy trembles every time cause he knows the battle is no longer mine’, which became the battle song for my parents, even though they never heard it before. After the surgery, I had some trouble to walk and had to be helped about. One morning, during prayer my mum asked me to read a Psalm. I read 126 thinking that was one of my father’s favourite. The Psalm says that nations and us will say that God has done great things for us. Later only I found my father’s favourite chapter was 128 and my parents think it was my Heavenly Father who prompted me to read this great promise. I was also told that lot of people, including Doha Children’s Service, joined the battle by praying for me.
So, this is my story and that is why I still have a scar on the back of my head. But what I learned is that, God will fight the battle for you whatever they are. So do not worry He will help you in times of troubles and is always there for you. I want to help and encourage others and that is why I think this has happened to me.
© Ruth Susan George
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102 fascinating Bible studies on the New Testament – William H. Marty

Published: April 16th 2019. Bethany House Publishers, Baker Publishing Group. ISBN:9780764232435. Price: $13.99.


“102 fascinating Bible studies on the New Testament” by William H. Marty is exclusively designed to help you to know the Word of God and the God of the Word. If you love God, a passionate love for the Word of God will be ignited in you through the inspiring pages of this book. You will gain a fresh insight and a new perspective on how to become more like Christ. The Spirit of wisdom and revelation will help you to know God better through the 102 fascinating and insightful Bible studies on the New Testament vividly detailed in this book.

PRAYERS FOR CHILDEN

A FATHER’S PRAYER

This prayer was written by General Douglas MacArthur, a hero of World War II, on behalf of his son whom he loved dearly.

‘Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know You…Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the lessons of the past. And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humour, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”’

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40 VERSES TO IGNITE YOUR FAITH – Laurie Polich Short

Bethany House Publishers, Date of Publication: April 2, 2019. ISBN: 9780764232565, Price: $13.99


40 Verses to Ignite your Faith” by Laurie Polich Short is an inspiring book of 40 exclusive Bible verses for all who seek God’s wisdom and hope. We encounter the God who breathes life into dead bones, the God who weeps and the invisible God who is visible through our eyes of faith, as we sit in the silence of God, waiting to hear from Him.

These 40 specially selected Bible verses are “the lesser known Scriptures to help us discover new angles to breathe life into our faith.” God’s amazing grace always gives us “second chances, fresh starts and new beginnings.”

Trusting God in despair requires a resilient faith that will never give up, whatever the cost. God pulls out all the stops for us to taste His love. “You are the God who sees me… I have now seen the One who sees me” – (Genesis 16:13).

These inspiring words boost and bolster our faith like nothing else. We have a God who sees us in our pain, when we are utterly alone. God is with us in our sufferings. We are never alone.  I highly recommend this book to all who desire to taste God’s love in all its fullness.

Miriam Jacob 

 

 

 

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WELL, GIRL – Jami Amerine

In “Well, Girl: An Inside-Out Journey to Wellness,” Jami Amerine invites us to join her on a vulnerable journey to start living as loved and valuable, exactly as we are. Jami candidly shares her struggles and successes to encourage us to find our wholeness in Jesus. This book is a fresh approach to tackling an age-old conflict of battling weight gain and subsequent feelings of insecurity.

God never asks us to write anything without walking us through it first. Reading this book will change your life forever, because of who you are in Jesus. Jami’s words will break you out of your shell into freedom , to understand yourself as you truly are. Understanding your inner feelings will free your outer self. In this book, Jami unravels her true self along with her readers.

Jami analyzes the heart of a woman to find out how to set her free to be her real self, fully convinced that the inside frees the outside. This book is about the struggle we all face as seekers of Christ as Jami seeks to find out the greatest barrier to true freedom. Jami knows that Jesus is the answer to all our problems, absolutely certain that only He can set us free to tread the path to perfect health, wellness and fitness.

Jami explains that we must surrender a lifelong struggle to God and ask Him to guide us to the next step. As we humble ourselves before God, we are set free and liberated. To know God, we must need Him. Our God is more than enough. He is everything to us. Ask Jesus how to achieve your God-given dreams. Wait for His answer, which will surely come, in His time. I encourage you to read this inspiring book to set you on the path to true living, as God intends for you. Happy reading!

Miriam Jacob