Have you ever been ministered to by a book? Really ministered to, as in God just swooped down and touched you mightily through the pages? I have. Many times. And what’s so amazing about it is this: the very same God who spoke this world into existence, knew before time began that I would need that word at that particular time, AND He created that author and gave her the very words to write that He knew would touch me and minister deeply to my heart. Is that not the most amazing thing? God loves us so very much! My husband and I are going through a bitter trial right now and the enemy of our souls is fighting hard. But this did not come as a surprise to God. He knew it. And He wants the best for us. But, as C.S. Lewis said, ‘We know God wants the best for us, but sometimes we wonder how much the best will hurt.’ No one who serves Christ will get a free pass on suffering. No one. We will hurt. We will be tormented by the enemy at times. We will get sick. But God loves us and He is caring for us in ways that we can’t even imagine. He is an on – time God. He will be there for you, just like He was there at the Red Sea crossing, like He was there when Joseph was in prison, when Paul and Silas were in the dark dungeon, when Daniel faced a hungry den of lions, when the three Hebrew children were thrown in the fiery furnace. He is there! And He will never leave.
God will also fight your battles with you and for you. Read 2 Chronicles sometime. Just see what God did. He told His children, ‘This is not your battle. It is mine. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.’ So the next time you face an impossible situation, look up and say, ‘God, here’s another battle. I’m so excited to see what You’re going to do!’ I dare you! Watch Him work. So , no matter how tough things get, and trust me, they will get tough because no believer is exempt, we serve a God of the impossible!
About the book that ministered to me so much:
“Ma’am, I’m not one of the bad guys.”
So says the handsome man Martha Gabler encounters near her isolated mountain cabin. Tristan Sinclair claims he’s an ATF agent working undercover. And that if she doesn’t play along as his unexpected girlfriend, they’ll both end up dead. Nursing a broken heart, Martha knows a thing or two about love that isn’t real. Still, she calls up all her faith and turns her shaky trust over to Tristan. Soon she’s hoping he’ll take on a new mission: guarding her for the rest of her life.
About the Author:
New York Times best-selling author Shirlee McCoy loves books. She loves reading them. She loves writing them. She loves sharing them with family, friends, and total strangers on airplanes and in doctors’ offices. It’s no surprise that she loves being an author. Her first book was published in 2004. Since then, she’s written more than 55 novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestsellers lists. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering as a member of Chesapeake Search Dogs – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding the lost and missing and bringing closure to their families. A former teacher, she takes pleasure in helping others pursue their writing goals and enjoys sharing her knowledge with aspiring authors.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘What do You want me to learn from this, Lord? There must be something. Some life lesson that wil hurt, but that will help my faith grow.’
I only recently discovered Shirlee McCoy’s books, but I was hooked from the very first one. She does inspirational suspense well. Her books are ‘keep you on the edge of your seat’ seriously suspenseful, full of believable characters and scenarios and the plus is a great spiritual element, which she is not afraid to include. Boldly. This one is a wonderful book, but more importantly, it ministered to me during a time I truly needed to hear the words here. In the above quote. I am on a mission to read all her books. And she has a lot. I highly recommend this author. Very much.