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Number of Pages: 106
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8 X 5 X 0.25 (inches)|
Author: Barbara Pye
Located in: UK
Submitted: July 11, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the author of Talitha's tale (witness) in this book and my husband, a retired non-conformist minister, is the author of Joseph's story. For several years I was privileged to be a member of a prayer team answering calls from Christians often in distress for themselves or loved ones. I have also been a Hospital Lay Chaplain and was humbled by the stories of suffering but also courage I encountered. Getting closer in understanding of our Lord has been my aim from childhood. Being married to my own Minister has been good and enabled me to share in so many good things in churches and hospitals too.
What was your motivation behind this project? Our original aim was to interest young people in the person of Jesus - we thought from 13/14 years this 'easy-read' book would bring a new understanding of the compassion, lovingkindness and courage of the nature of our Saviour to youngsters, but also, too, of course, to anyone! We aimed to set out the feelings which two of his siblings may have had about his calling and all that he did for the sick and needy and his ultimate death but the joy of his Resurrection too and its meaning for us now and for eternity.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? We sincerely hope and pray that some, even many, people will come to "see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly" in their lives. Having read this little volume will feel His dear Presence with them and know that they are loved and are unique and special, whatever their past or present circumstances - to quote Rob Bell "Love Wins!"
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I, personally was surprised to find that I came to understand Jesus in his own fears and even, may it be said, doubts, and to feel His love for humanity in all its variety and needs, as the story of Talitha's Witness flowed and unfolded! Writing this has certainly impacted myself and my husband!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Personally the older writers enabled my understanding - eg Lesley Weatherhead, William Barclay but also, amongst so many others, Philip Yancey and Rob Bell. I have enjoyed too the Russian writers - Dostoevesky, Tolstoy. I have tried to paint a little too - a tryptych of Mary's life - the Nativity, the Pieta and Christ's appearing to his mother after His resurrection. My husband's 'library' is pretty vast because of his job but one of his favourite authors is the Australian, Catholic writer Morris West and also the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer have always been a source of admiration.