On February 11, 2005, Mike Blaylock was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and given very little hope for survival. Exactly one year to the day, after eleven months of chemotherapy and major surgery, he walked out of the hospital with no signs of cancer. An Unexpected Journey is his miraculous story of faith, courage and endurance.
Following Jesus is a journey none of the people in this book ever expected to take. Why did they?What difference did it make?The book you’re holding is dangerous. If you read it, you’ll see that God is still active in saving even the most unexpected people: An atheist woman who viewed Christians as “idiots.” A married couple high in the leadership ranks of the Mormon church. An African-American man who became a Black Muslim out of hatred for white Christians. You’ll be amazed, moved, and encouraged as you read their compelling stories and the stories of nine others who made The Unexpected Journey from non-Christian beliefs to faith in Jesus Christ. You’ll rediscover the power of the gospel. You might even be emboldened to tell others about Christ yourself.Unexpected journeys beyond• Mormonism• Judaism• Hinduism• Atheism• Jehovah’s Witness• Agnosticism• Wiccan Paganism• Buddhism• Unitarianism• Astrology• Islam• Satanism
Some of us experience things in our lives that we didn't expect to ever go through. We look for those words to express how we feel and never find them. In this book, I believe that you will find them through a poem or a passage you might read. We experience pain, bullying, heartache, loss, betrayal, and so much more even as adults, and in this book, I pray that you find words that will help you heal. This book will make you cry and even wonder, "What is my pain birthing forth in my life?" My unexpected journey in life would birth forth this book. This book will inspire some readers to tell their story. Some readers will find the courage to keep living and I hope those that are just existing decide to live again. You shall survive the wilderness. A road is being formed. If God be for you, who is it that can be against you? It's working for your good. For those that do not like it, then it's not for you in this season. This is a must read book for 2018.
Head down the road to Emma's house. You'll quickly get caught up in the vibrant story of her family. Emma always dreamed of escaping her dominant father. She finally left her family to live a life of happiness beyond compare with her handsome husband, the powerful warrior Arthur. But one day, Emma found herself disoriented, as if an earthquake was shaking the ground beneath her feet. The people around her became unrecognizable and everyone turned against her for the crime she had committed--giving birth to twin girls, Alice and Rose. Soon, destiny gave her a second chance at happiness when her twin sons, Albert and Fred, were born. But Emma's life was still a roller coaster, and what if it broke down forever? She realized eventually that trouble is unavoidable while misery is optional. When fate gave Emma the chance to be her own commander, she held the reins of power tightly till the last moment of her life. Even though life's thunder and lightning struck Emma and her family over and over without mercy, she built her own dynasty and trained her sons to be the pillars of it. Meanwhile, Emma's granddaughter Mary--that little baby no one expected would live--succeeded against all odds and grew up to be her grandmother's undeclared treasure.
An idle, frustrated old coconut falls from the tree into the stream and travels through a rough journey. Along the unexpected journey, it suffers injuries, but it encounters situations worse than its own. Its destiny is unknown, but its destination continues where the river runs in its channel. The worst part of its life begins when it gets stuck in the mud. The river's rough journey teaches it to endure hardship and appreciate being alive when it comes to rest involuntarily. It experiences physical development until its old self totally disappears. Then it becomes a coconut tree, a new creation. This time its existence serves a greater purpose because it brings joy to the whole village. Anyone could be that coconut, travelling through different stages of life's journey, experiencing temporary setbacks, and discovering a purpose at the end of the unexpected journey.
MY UNEXPECTED JOURNEY [Beating the Odds to Become a Walking Miracle] By Pastor G. Lee McClanathan Every person deals with "unexpected journeys". They are never welcome, they just show up. Such journeys can include the following issues: health, finances, relationships, employment, retirement, grief, church. Pastor Lee's unexpected journey was a health issue (stroke, heart attack, seizures, auto-immune disorder). He was not expected to live, but did. It meant loss of career, and the beginning of a "new normal". In the process he developed a winning strategy. He says he had to make some choices... "Would I GIVE UP or GROW UP?; Be BITTER or BETTER?; Choose to be a WHINER or a WINNER?" He believes that if he and most of the Bible characters we meet in God's Word can beat the odds... then we can do it too. Lee desires to be a "difference-maker", believing "God isn't finished with him yet". Friend, just as God has a unique purpose and plan for Lee, He has a plan and purpose for you! So with eyes wide open... trust God for your "unexpected journeys". When you're down and out for the ten count, He can RAISE YOU UP, because our God is an AWESOME GOD! You too can find victory even while walking in the valley of the shadow of death.
J. Philip Wogaman offers candid reflections on his service as Senior Minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., an unexpected journey that he began at the age of sixty following a full career as an ethics professor. Wogaman chronicles the tasks he faced as a new pastor, tasks with which every pastor deals--effective and faithful preaching, balancing pastoral and prophetic roles, presenting the church to the pubic media, dealing with prominent church members, and addressing stewardship. He also discusses the challenges of succeeding a long-loved pastor who departed under a cloud, the responsibilities of pastoring to a president, and his efforts to balance the roles of a pastor against such a dramatic backdrop. Identifying his own successes and mistakes, Wogaman provides fresh insights on parish ministry that are sure to become guideposts for all pastors.
DescriptionAn extremely honest and open account of a man who had been successful academically, and in his career, who has suffered with depression and Bi-Polar disorder. The book describes how he suffered from depression as a result of a number of things happening to him, including partial loss of sight in one eye. The book then covers the events leading up to being admitted to 3 different psychiatric hospitals during which time he was diagnosed as having Bi-Polar disorder. This started with him needing to be driven home from work, then getting assaulted in a hotel and getting treatment in the accident and emergency department of the local hospital, being detained by the police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, undergoing a crisis team assessment, before finally being admitted to the 1st of the 3 psychiatric hospitals. The book is a vivid record of the journey undertaken, as a result of the various verbal and graphical material produced along the way, prior to being an in-patient, whilst an in-patient and after being discharged from hospital. About the AuthorStan James is 40 and lives in Wiltshire with this wife and 3 children. Stan was diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder (manic depression) in January 2010. Stan has a Ph.D. in engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and is a private pilot. At this point in his career, he has worked for 3 different organizations, 1 academic and 2 industrial. Stan has written this book to help him reflect on the difficult journey that he has undertaken and to help him come to terms with the diagnosis of Bi-Polar disorder and the implications it will have on the rest of his life. Also to hopefully help other people affected by Bi-Polar disorder by recognition of a possible journey of a sufferer.
AV2 Fiction Readalong by Weigl brings you timeless tales of mystery, suspense, adventure, and the lessons learned while growing up. These celebrated children’s stories are sure to entertain and educate while captivating even the most reluctant readers. Log on to www.av2books.com, and enter the unique book code found on page 2 of this book to unlock an extra dimension to these beloved tales. Hear the story come to life as you read along in your own book.
For the weary dementia or Alzheimer's caregiver If you are a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, you carry a heavy load. On top of having to watch someone you love suffer, you are probably losing sleep, growing frustrated, and struggling with loneliness or even depression. With little to no help and no time for a break, this unrelenting stress is hard to carry. Whether that’s you or someone you know, the caregiver needs care, too. Grace for the Unexpected Journey: A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Caregivers provides that support. Each daily devotion: Is short, ideal for demanding schedules Reflects on a relevant Scripture passage Features a relatable caregiving story Offers a key Scripture for meditation Debbie Barr is a speaker, health educator, and the author of multiple books, including Keeping Love Alive As Memory Fades (coauthored with New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman). As a health educator with a deep concern and compassion for dementia caregivers, she saw their need for faith-based encouragement. With compassion and understanding she uses Scriptures to address their practical hardships and spiritual concerns. When the struggles seem insurmountable, this devotional offers strength. When stress floods in, it points to peace. And when darkness falls, it illuminates hope. Caregivers walk a long, difficult road. This devotional gives grace for their journey.
The Unexpected Journey of Caring is a practical guide to finding personal meaning in the 21st century care experience. Readers are invited to actively reclaim and remake how they think of themselves, their care situation, and their capacities to provide care for their loved one and themselves.
Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide has been produced in collaboration with the filmmakers who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel into breathtaking three-dimensional life.