Our Southern Breeze: We Once Were Lost . . . But Now Were Found
Great story about God and Redemption
If you read Ã¢ÂÂSame Kind of Different As MeÃ¢ÂÂ by Ron Hall, you will love Ã¢ÂÂOur Southern BreezeÃ¢ÂÂ written by Daphene Jones, Deborah HallÃ¢ÂÂs twin sister. As you will recall, Debbie was instrumental in changing the life of Denver Moore, a homeless man, and the lives of so many others. She died of cancer in 2000.
Daphene and DeborahÃ¢ÂÂs story is a story of how God uses people and circumstances to bring about dramatic changes in the lives of His people. From the very beginning, Jones captures your heart as she discloses difficult truths about her life and herself. She opens herself up and reveals the dirtiness of life and the messes we all sometimes find ourselves in when we take wrong turns and make wrong choices. She, like most of us, finds that coming to terms with our failures, repenting of our sins and following GodÃ¢ÂÂs path for us can be a remarkable journey best travelled with those that we love.
This story is as much about God as it is about two sisters who struggled through childhood, wavered through adulthood and eventually became instruments of GodÃ¢ÂÂs purpose. It tells of a sisterÃ¢ÂÂs struggle to please others and anotherÃ¢ÂÂs struggle to change the lives of those around her. Even when she was sick with cancer, Deborah never stopped being the light in the darkness for thousands of people.
Today, 12 years after her death, she is still changing lives for Christ. This book is a testimony of faith, GodÃ¢ÂÂs faithfulness and His ever-present help in times of trouble. Let Jones show you how God made a difference in her life and how He can make a difference in yours, too.
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August 15, 2012
Our Southern Breeze
Our Southern Breeze
by Daphne Jones with Andrea Taylor
Our Southern Breeze is an amazing story of heartaches, failures, sickness, deaths and triumphs.
The first quarter (approximately) of the book deals with the early childhood of Daphne and her twin, Deborah, along with their older sister, Gretchen. The last three quarters of the book chronicle her life and how she came to feel "her" southern breeze. Deborah's story of hope will resonate with everyone.
Daphne and her twin, Deborah, experienced heartbreaking abuse at the hands of their father while growing up. Even though Daphne treads delicately and lightly through the abuse she and her twin suffered throughout their childhood, she still paints a harrowingly chilling and horrendous picture. Their older sister, Gretchen, was the "princess," while the twins suffered from their father's demons. Because of this, and secrets they couldn't even admit to themselves, they were all three estranged as adults.
Deborah invited Daphne to a Christian conference held in 1990 that became a life changer for both sisters. While there they were approached by a person who told them they would soon encounter their summer breeze from God. The story then unfolds with God's goodness and kindness over each twin's life.
As you follow their inspirational journey, you sometimes forget it is a true story, as you are so drawn into Daphne and Deborah's lives. Albeit the paths for each sister were very dissimilar, you can see God's hand over their entire journey.
You will be uplifted, brought to tears, to your knees and left in awe of God's mighty power. Any reader can be stirred and moved by Daphne's account of her and her twin's lives. However, some images in the beginning may be distressful for abuse victims.
I hadn't read Same Kind of Different As Me, a book which chronicles parts of Deborah's life. Because I was deeply touched on many, many levels by Our Southern Breeze, I'm looking forward to reading it, too. Our Southern Breeze is a story that won't soon leave your heart. Give yourself plenty of time to read and digest this book.
June 18, 2012