Surrender to God it brings a life of peace

Surrender to God

Why would I surrender to God? Life is for living, enjoying and experiencing its riches. As a young adult, the world called me to seek adventure. I wanted excitement, so I took every opportunity to find it. By the time my 23rd birthday came along God had put a stop to my galivanting around and pointed to the door that I had to push open. In that surrender to God, I found peace and another episode began.

For me, that surrender to God was not easy; I had many faults and traits that needed ironing out. I didn’t go willingly like a lamb to the slaughter. In fact, anyone but me would have been preferable. Being a “Maria” (from The Sound of Music) just made me laugh. You want me to be a what? Father, you have to be kidding, you’ve got the wrong person here. But God is not crazy, just poetic.

So without further ado, let me introduce “Into a Silent World” by Carmina Edwards – below is my review of her book.

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My penny’s worth

This book follows on from “A door cracked open” and concentrates on Amy’s journey towards convent life.

Anything is possible

The determination of this young lady to follow her calling is very apparent in the book. At times, her solutions to particular situations are way over the top, almost unbelievable. But it makes for funny reading.

What I liked

One of the main points for me has to be how God blesses Amy. It might be a job or a person who appears at just the right moment to help her move onto the next stage of her journey. God’s will, however, regardless of Amy’s interference works for the better, even if Amy can’t see it at the time.

Surrender to God

I was incredulous at Amy’s stubborn nature in refusing to listen to the “wise” counsel of older mentors who understood the life of a nun. But if Amy had, there might not have been a book to write about her adventures.

Doubting oneself

Amy is quite a vulnerable person and her comments “what have I done now” or “I must be in trouble” causes her anguish and anxiety in even the safest of places.

What I struggled with

The book itself is an easy read. However, the repetitive and sometimes simplistic dialogue did hamper the reading experience for me and made some scenes drag. Others might not find it so.

Who might like this book?

The book is a biography of a young woman desiring to follow her new found faith in a convent. Therefore, if you are inquisitive about the religious life or what goes on behind closed doors in a Catholic Monastery that follows the rule of silence, this story will give you a little insight.  Can a woman who loves interacting with people live a life of silence?

Thank you, Carmina for your book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Book

 

Title: Into a Silent WorldSurrender to God Margaret Kazmierczak's review of Into a Slient World by Carmina Edwards

Author: Carmina Edwards

Genre: Biography, Memoir

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Following Amy’s adventures in A Door Cracked Open, she heads into a world which will test her faith and perseverance to the limit. Instead of settling into a simple, safe and unchanging life like she imagined, Amy is strongly drawn to a vocation with even higher requirements, prompting her to plan some seemingly impossible missions in order to reach her goal.

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About the Author

Carmina Edwards author of Into a Silent WorldI am a mother of two wonderful grown-up children and currently living in the UK, after living in Sweden for three years where I wrote my first book, “A Door Cracked Open.” I was blessed to be able to spend six months in USA before returning to the UK, my home country, to work with my editor in California on the edits of this book and visit friends.

I am an avid reader and linguist, having also spent some years living in France and have been fortunate enough to have taught Swedish and French over twenty-five years and translate for businesses and manuscripts in both languages. Being unemployed the past few years has led to me becoming homeless. However, I never give up hope. As I try to portray in my books, God has always had His hand on me. Once again, He has stepped in right at the last minute. I now have a new job in Sweden and will be moving back there. Because I feel passionate about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them.

Guest Post from Carmina Edwards

“Into a Silent World” follows on from Amy’s story in “A Door Cracked Open.”

With a new beginning ahead of her, a long-standing dream about to be realized, she was unprepared for the events which were about to unfold over the next two years.

Why would God send her to this place of “absolute conviction” and allow her to remain there for that long if He never meant for her to be there? Amy struggles to understand and seeks His will, but determined that it was His plan, she persevered in order for her dream to be fulfilled.

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Giveaway

https://www.amazon.com/Into-Silent-World-Cracked-Open/dp/099701802X/

To celebrate her tour, Carmina is giving away

Grand Prize:

Paperback copies of A Door Cracked Open & Into a Silent World

1st – 3rd place:

Ebook copy of A Door Cracked Open!!

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When trusting God is the only way forward

Trusting God

Trusting God or trusting others – I started making decisions for myself from an early age. My older brothers had built a wooden go-cart and talked to me about the thrill of freewheeling. With no brakes and only a piece of rope tied to the front wheels to steer the crude mode of transport, we found the biggest hill to try it out. “You coming?” they asked.

At four I loved excitement and decided to join my two brothers.  We jumped in and headed downwards on the road. All went well, the rush of wind blowing my golden locks all over the place. I squealed with delight, totally unaware of the danger.

Back in 1962, the roads were not as congested as they are today. You could count a number of cars on one hand that drove up and down that hill in a day.

Hurtling at breakneck speed, my brother saw a car turning right across our decent, with no breaks he swerved the go-cart to the left and hit the curb to avoid the car. I flew out and ended up slamming my head against a garden brick wall cutting open my head. I appeared to be the only one hurt.

Dragging the damaged cart, we walked back home. My brother carried me on his back all the way.

When we arrived, my parents were horrified to see my bloodstained face and quickly took me to the local hospital where I received stitches and a telling off.

Once home with the shouting finished, and the punishment dealt out, my father told me never to trust my brothers again. My mother, on the other hand, said that I must trust God in all things and that it was He who had kept me from a more severe fate.

My parents were opposites, one believed and the other didn’t just like Lydia’s parents. Read my penny’s worth further down of an incredible woman called Lydia whose trust in God led her to the truth.

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About the Book:

 

Name of book: LydiaLydia Cover

Author: Diana Wallis Taylor

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first-century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.

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My penny’s worthBook review for Lydia - When trusting God is the only way forward

Lydia has a great love for Adonai, a gift from her mother who is Jewish. Her father, on the other hand, worships the Roman Gods, so conflict is very much part of Lydia’s life. What I like about this book based on the woman of Philippi is the inner struggle that Lydia and her mother face. They are under the rule of husband and father, as this is a time when women obeyed men in all things. However, their hearts cannot be ruled in such a way. In their belief is their freedom – trusting God rather than household Gods to show them the way.

After the battle between father and son which culminates in Lydia taking on a role usually fulfilled by a man, she thrives and prospers, but her accomplishment has to be kept hidden. However, as the plot unravels, Lydia realizes that all is not down to her talent but a more significant hand guiding her to a higher future.

This period history is fascinating as it is just after Jesus rose from the dead. The author gives meat to the bones of the life Lydia may have lived.

I felt the excitement of Lydia hearing about Jesus from Paul and watched her grow strong after their encounters.

Sometimes the dialogue duplicated itself as Lydia retold her story, something that could have been hinted at rather than going over it all again. Apart from that I enjoyed this book and journeying with Lydia as she lived through turbulent and uncertain times.

Lydia trusted her abilities but trusting God became her source of comfort and strength and opened doors to a mention in the bible. She must have been one remarkable woman.

If you like biblical fiction then in mho you may like this book for its gutsy depiction of a brave and strong woman determined to succeed in a man’s world.

Thank you, Diana Wallis Taylor, for writing Lydia.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Author:

Diana Wallis Taylor is best known for her DianaWTaylorRedcreative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, MarthaJourney to the WellMary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

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Giveaway

 

f26ca0e1-f700-4e7a-b1a1-f5bdad6c49ebIn honor of her tour, Diana is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!

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