Extract from The Gift

Ann Nunn’s book (assisted by Liz Leach Murphy), The Gift, takes a refreshing approach to painting an honest picture of the raw realities of being a Family Carer based on my first-hand experience, and explores how my Christian faith has been my lifeline and supported me through challenging times, whilst featuring practical teaching methods that can unlock the potential of a child living with learning difficulties. We have researched the market and have not found any other publication that features the range of issues that we overcame as a family; a son with a rare disability, a husband with significant mental health issues, home teaching, poverty and homelessness.

 

Here is an extract from her book:

A Threefold Cord: A story of faith and triumph

I have faced many challenges in my life with surprising twists and turns, always with interesting outcomes. My faith is really important to me and my family, and God has been the provider of the strength I have needed at difficult times. The Lord has always been there for me. I know that Simon’s future is in His safe hands. This is not easy, but I know (beyond all doubt) that GOD IS FAITHFUL.

Support

I attend a church fellowship on Tuesday evenings (bible class) and we are “family”. We pray for each other and our concerns. This mutual support means a great deal to me.

I have also found great strength in loud singing, “songs of deliverance”. These provide comfort and reassurance during difficult times.

In my times of desperation, I discovered for real that ‘God is my refuge, strength and a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46:1), a constant support and companion. I am repeatedly helped, strengthened and comforted when I call on the name of the Lord to help.

Through believing in the Lord and believing in His promises I have felt comforted about Simon, what he can achieve and his future.

The hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus” states: ‘Take it to the Lord in prayer.’ (Hymnal.net, 2019a) and that is the best thing to do because we cannot cope on our own – but ‘What a privilege’! (Hymnal.net, 2019a).

This has given me a strength that has been invaluable, especially during times that have been very challenging when I have not been able to take the sorrows and burdens of the world upon me, but I have known who can.

By Ann Nunn

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Extract from Maid for a Purpose

Maid for a Purpose by Carol Stanley is a beautiful story about a young girl, living in the biblical age of the prophets who is captured by bandits and taken to a strange land.

Here is an extract from the book:

Chapter One – Humble Beginnings

Roza’s mother was an attractive woman in her thirtieth year.  Her former beauty was slightly faded due to her having had five children; hard work had also taken its toll.  Roza’s father was an elder in the village who spent days talking with other men about the business affairs of Thirza.  Her four brothers were aged three, five, seven and nine. Their names were Samuel, Nathan, Matthias and Benjamin.   She was the eldest and the only girl.  Second mother to the boys, she cared for them when her parents were out working; taking them to school, feeding them, trying to keep them well behaved, all a difficult task at times.  It left little time for herself, but she accepted her part in the family, as her father had instructed her to. It was the custom in Israel.      

Roza’s family loved God and tried to obey Him in their way of life. Daily prayers were said at home and the Jewish festivals observed regularly.

 The Passover was one of the main events in the village.  Once a year every home remembered the escape by their forefathers from Egypt where they had been slaves.  They had been promised a land flowing with milk and honey, God’s chosen place for them.  A lamb was cooked and eaten and a special ceremony was acted out.  There were other special times of celebration all to remember God’s goodness to the nation of Israel. 

Roza felt God close to her at all times and talked to Him as she went about her chores. She knew all the stories about her ancestors: Abraham, who was called by God to leave his country and go to the land of Canaan.  He had a son in his old age called Isaac.  God was starting to build a people who would follow Him.  Moses, how he had led the children of Israel across the Red sea to safety; David the shepherd king who had defeated the giant Goliath in his youth, and many other people who followed God and trusted Him to help them through hard times.  It made Roza feel that she too could trust God to keep her safe.  

Maid for Purpose by Carol Stanley is available now!

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