To inspire and encourage you Betty Barkman wrote these heart touching stories for her own sake first; but she's sharing them with her readers for a purpose - to help bring hope, healing and encouragement into their lives. It is possible; she knows. The very real people in these true stories triumphed over challenges and endured heart-rending losses. Sometimes they reached beyond their own anguish to bless others; sometimes they found joy in the midst of their tears. Sometimes their prayers were answered quickly, other times not. But one thing remained certain - they were on a journey from earth to heaven and God was faithful. He saw them safely through every crisis. Are you struggling with disillusionment, loneliness or regrets? With poverty, illness, or death in the family? Or a root of bitterness that has sprung up in your heart? Open this book and discover it for yourself; there is a pathway out of the darkness and into the sunlight. For the believer there always is, and it's padded generously by the grace of God. Betty Barkman is a fan of true stories, and loves to write them creatively. This is her sixth book; she's also a freelance writer for magazines. She and her husband Leonard (who has been a pastor for years) live in a cozy cottage-style home in a grove of majestic oaks on the upper banks of Joubert Creek in south-eastern Manitoba.