Some of these memories where places that I didn't care to rehash, such as being raised in a single parent home where I longed for my dad's love, acceptance, and attention, but discovered he would never be the father I had hoped for. Other troubling area's that I was forced to walk through were my diagnosis with fibromyalgia and the pharmaceutical interactions that spiraled my life out of control.
In order to write this memoir, I needed to go back in time and allow myself to feel the strong emotions when I was consumed in darkness. A harrowing time when I hit rock bottom and couldn't find my way out of the thick dark cloud of despair and hopelessness.
This book wasn't written easily or without sweat and tears. It has been a season of growth, healing, and restoration for me in which I've taken back control over my body and mind. The result is that I discovered my story matters, your story matters, and God can use our painful past to give our hurting world a powerful message of hope.
Yesterday, a box of my books arrived and I was doing a happy dance in celebration! After the hard work, energy, prayers, distractions, frustrations, disappointments, obstacles, and effort it took to complete this book as well as prepare it for self-publication has made it all worthwhile.
You see, for my entire life I've had a dream to become an author. Although it may have taken me 50 years to reach this goal, I'm thrilled that my deepest dream has become a reality.
I pray my memoir will provide you encouragement, deeper faith, and the ability to never lose sight of hope. May it spur you onward to run the race God has set before you and to not stop, until the Lord completes His work in you.
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