“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.
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….
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Imprint: Revell. Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Pub. Date: Oct 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”’
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.
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!