Description : "Roxanne's heartfelt experience reminds us of the sacred experience we all share." Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of YOU: The Owner's Manual Beautifully drawn stories of hope, healing, and courage illuminate the unexpected blessings that lie beyond the hurdles in life. When Roxanne Black was only fifteen years old, she was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease. As a teenager with a rare and potentially life- threatening illness, Roxanne yearned to connect firsthand with others who knew what she was experiencing. So she made the decision to turn her diagnosis into something positive. Working out of her hospital bedroom, she founded Friends' Health Connection, which is now a nationwide community that matches people with similar health conditions for friendship and mutual support. Unexpected Blessings brings to life Roxanne's moving personal story, as well as the wisdom and lessons of courage she has learned over the years from famous leaders and celebrities, as well as everyday heroes standing strong against adversity. We meet Sara, an eight-year-old mature beyond her years, who is struggling with AIDS and the loss of her mother, and Ruby, a chronically ill woman whose devoted husband eases her pain. We experience Roxanne's poignant encounter with Christopher Reeve before his death, and also see unbelievable kindness and acts of love-family members offering transplant organs to save loved ones, strangers supporting one another through crisis, and more. These powerful stories and reflections weave together a rich tapestry of hope, comfort, and inspiration, and serve as reminders of the incredible resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming challenge. In this gorgeously written book, Roxanne Black reminds us of the courage we all possess.
Description : Unexpected Blessings helps special-needs families move past the pain and confusion of their circumstances and slowly, firmly face the future with hope. Speaking honestly about struggles that accompany a variety of disabilities, Sandra Peoples shows readers how to · let go of false beliefs that hold them back · work through the cycles of grief · focus on self-care and healthy routines · understand disability based on what the Bible says · rebuild a strong faith foundation · create support systems for themselves and others Filled with real-life stories and hard-earned wisdom, this book shines a light on the possibilities and blessings that come when parents see their new purpose in life--which was God's purpose for them all along.
Description : The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers delves into the life of Emma Harte--the original Woman of Substance--and the ambitious, passionate, and volatile women of the next generations. Evan, Tessa, Linnet, and India: four remarkable women. Three generations of Hartes. One indomitable family whose loyalty binds them together and whose enemies want to tear them apart. Evan Hughes, Emma's American great-granddaughter, is trying to integrate into the powerful Harte family. She is caught between her estranged parents, her new family, and her new love. But a dangerous enemy hovers in the background. Tessa Longden, Evan's cousin, is battling her husband for custody of their daughter, Adele. When Adele suddenly goes missing, Tessa is forced to seek help from her half-sister Linnet-a woman who has been her rival all their lives. Linnet, the most brilliant businesswoman of the four great-granddaughters, is desperately trying to show that she is the natural heir to her mother, Paula. But her glittering future at the helm of the vast Harte empire means many sacrifices, perhaps even the loss of her sister's fragile trust. And India Standish, the traditionalist in the family, falls in love with a famous British artist from a working-class background. Madly in love, India is determined to marry him, no matter what her family thinks. It is Evan who finds new perspective about her own life from the revelations in letters that Emma wrote to Evan's grandmother decades ago. But they may come too late.... As conflict and danger swirl around the Harte women, someone is pulling the strings to make sure none of them finds happiness. Who among them will rise to the challenges as only a true Harte can do? This latest dramatic story in the ongoing saga of an extraordinary family dynasty is full of love, passion, jealousy, and ambition. It is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her inimitable best.
Description : In Unexpected Blessings in the Midst of my Pain, Betty shares with you her life?s experiences at work, retirement and with physical pain. Follow her story as she recounts her life?s experiences after losing her job of 28 years, at age 58 remarrying after being divorced 18 years. Moving from Chicago to Canton OH and founding a social service agency. Accompany her as she was stricken with Occipital Neuralgia (a migraine-type headache), spending months without a clear diagnosis and without relief. Witness how she learned to put her faith in God and take charge of her own medical care and found a way out without medication.
Description : Unexpected Blessings tells the story of W. E. Winfrey in a series of life lessons learned throughout an eventful journey of more than seventy years. Harsh winters, World War II shortages resulting in rationing of such items as shoes, sugar, and fuel provide a platform for his early years. Gardening and the raising of animals for food were more than hobbies. Hard work and the necessity to save were lessons learned at an early age. Winfrey relates a significant number of close encounters that demonstrated Gods hand in events. None of these is more evident than the miracle of his surviving the repair of a torn aorta and replacement of a ruptured heart valve. Follow Winfrey through twenty-five years of prison ministry, forty-two years in Gideon work, and more than fourteen years of historical and archeological work in Hanover County.
Description : God invites us to enter into a world of thankfulness at every moment in our lives, even in the hard times—perhaps especially then. Come and discover a spirituality of gratitude with pastor and bestselling Korean author Joshua Choonmin Kang in these fifty-two short chapters that can be read in weekly sabbath reflection or daily devotional use.
Description : Here are forty slices of one woman and ’s life that will fill your heart with hope and encourage you to look for the blessings God has for you everyday. Each essay is like a snapshot of Ellie and ’s life and —part of her journey of discovery. Every observation holds a lesson on life, love, and faith. Sitting down with this book is like chatting on the phone with a friend who trusts you enough to tell you what she really thinks. And what does Ellie think? From blond women to bumper stickers, bonbons to lice, God is precisely where we are so sure He cannot be. He is in our midst and —in the ordinary events of our lives. Come in, sit down, and see for yourself. God wants to show you unexpected blessings in your everyday life! Ellie Lofarotouches hearts and funny bones at conferences, seminars, and women and ’s retreats throughout the United States. With wit and wisdom she explores everyday situations and reveals God and ’s love and grace. She and her husband Frank live in Northern Virginia with their three children, Paris, Jordan, and Capri.
Description : When it comes to our connection with God, we dread "dry seasons," when we feel far from our life-sustaining Creator and redeemer. We want to dwell in lush valleys, not wander in trackless deserts. And yet, during the first three centuries of the church, many men and women purposefully moved into deserts to seek God. They understood something that we have missed: a desert is not a place of vast nothingness, but a place where we can truly experience God's provision, restoration, and intimacy. Through Scripture and personal stories of her own times of waiting and struggle, Allison Allen offers a fresh perspective for women who dare to believe that God is doing something of eternal value in their dry seasons. She shows how God can use these times in our lives to reveal himself to us, to give us rest, to get our attention, to show us our strength, to experience his blessings, and more. Any woman who has been feeling spiritually sapped will welcome this refreshing message of hope.
Description : An Instant New York Times Bestseller Roma Downey—best known as the beloved angel on the TV show Touched by an Angel—has created a beautiful book filled with encouragement and hope, assuring us of God’s comforting presence in our lives. Ever since she was a little girl, Roma has seen butterflies as a reminder of God’s presence. They have appeared to her in moments when she needed encouragement and reminded her she is not alone. In this deeply personal book, Roma shares stories from her life, alongside quotes, poems, scripture, and artwork that she prays will uplift you as they have her. Each grace-filled chapter of this beautiful full-color book covers topics such as courage, strength, gratitude, love, and kindness. Reminiscent of the message of her popular television series, Touched by an Angel, this book’s central theme is that there is a God, He loves you, and that even in your most difficult moments, He is by your side. That though you may feel alone, you are never truly alone. The subtle butterfly theme reminds us that the wonder of God’s love and kindness is sometimes reflected in the gentle whispers of his creation and that we all have the power to transform from simple caterpillars into exquisite butterflies. Written in a way that encourages you to “dip in and out” of its flowing content, this inspiring book invites you to return to its pages again and again, as life brings new challenges or you find yourself in need of new inspiration.