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Number of Pages: 388
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.88 (inches)|
Author: Valerie Forsyth
Located in: Arnprior. Ontario
Submitted: February 20, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. I have a background in nursing and landscape design. I also have a certificate in editing. With two grown children and two hearing impaired boys still living at home, I find that I have to budget my time very strictly. Any free time I get is spent studying the word of God, learning from others via u-tube, reading or gardening. I also enjoy playing competitive table games while visiting with friends and family.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was looking for a resource of this type when I started to worship with flags, and wanted them to "speak." I also wanted others to be able to understand what I was saying to God when I worshipped with them. I felt God whisper, "Why don't you write a book on this." "I don't know anything about writing a book and know very little about sign language," I answered back, totally overwhelmed at contemplating the idea. "You don't have to write it all today," came the answer. "You just need to get a start." After much prayer, research, and the help of the Holy Spirit the continual plugging away at the various parts of the book resulted in a completed book in a little over three years.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? On a personal level, I would like to see others be able to actively express their worship to God and to have them invite the presence of the Holy Spirit be in greater evidence in their lives as the glory of the Lord comes to inhabit their praises. I also would like to see praises and sign language usage be expanded to be incorporated into action choruses, drama, interpretive dance, and flagging, as well as with through personal usage in corporate gatherings.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I realized how weak and ineffective our worship often is." Faith without works is dead" became very real as I realized that God enjoys it when we demonstrate our faith and worship through actions and he comes near to fellowship with us when we do this.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Karen Kingsbury is a favorite as she writes such believable real-time material I also REALLY enjoy Joel Rosenberg's work because it is exciting, teaches so much Middle Eastern culture, biblical principles, and prophetic information all at the same time as entertaining us. My favorite artist is Shelley Vanderbyl, my very own fantastic daughter who never knew she had such talent until it was pointed out to her by a prophetic word! Her work has been purchased and distributed around the world and she is not yet 30 years old!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: My husband and I love to improve and poke around on our own little patch of heaven on a small acreage west of Ottawa. I would love to travel and tell others about all the great things God has done and is doing in our lives and the lives of others in Canada today. Invite me and I will be happy to come and tell you!