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Number of Pages: 424
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.86 (inches)|
Author: Auriol Sonia Morris
Located in: Greenwich, CT
Submitted: January 24, 2015
What was your motivation behind this project? I was teaching in China at the time, taking my winter break in Shanghai when felt the Lord prompt me to write a book about my journey with Him.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My hope and prayer is that readers learn would get closer to the Lord and hear Him clearly as He directs them step by step to complete their purpose here on earth.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Oh, my! Great question! The greatest impact was how the Lord would direct and lead me as I wrote. This carried over into the editing process when it was suggested that I remove a chapter that may make some people uncomfortable. However, it was important to the integrity of the work that it remain exactly as the Lord instructed me to do it. Writing the book and following it through to publishing taught me that we must obey God's leading no matter how impossible and inconvenient it may seem at the time. As I wrote the book I needed to get some help typing the manuscript. I was reluctant. This was my precious baby and not to be revealed to public. But God instructed me who I should ask and it was the last person I wanted to ask. The Lord said He she would be saved by typing the book, and I doubted it. Well, God is true to His word and I found out months after returning from China, that the young lady did in fact accept Christ as Lord and Savior. God did the "impossible", exactly as He had promised. As she typed, God was infusing and she was receiving truth in her inward parts as the seed that bore wonderful fruit once I left China. The most unlikely candidate was "good ground" for God's Word to germinate. Today, she is a dear sister in Christ to me.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Apart from the Lord Himself, Who is really my biggest influence. I love people who operate in simple faith, whom God uses mightily. I think of people like Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries in Mozambique Africa, who prayed for me several months before I headed to China. One author who comes to mind is Bill Johnson'. Specifically his book "When Heaven Invades Earth", which I read for the first time at a hostel in China. I believe God used it to spark me to write about my experiences in Him. My heroes of the faith from the modern era are Hudson Taylor, Gladys Aylward, George Mueller, Eric Liddell, who all did the will of God no matter how much it cost them. And I cannot forget Abraham, the father of our faith and other faithfuls who did God's will. These were heroes who just loved and believed God and did what He asked them to do. That's my goal, to operate in simple faith that nothing is impossible for God so that as I do His will in His way, nothing is impossible for me either. I rest on the verse that carried me to and through China: "I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I love people who write from the heart of God with spiritual insight and practical steps to walking as Jesus did. I respect those who write from their wonderful experiences in God encouraging us that they are not special but that God calls us all to an intimate place with Him. Out of that relationship comes the ability to move in the gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit. I am referring to the gifts of the Spirit as explained in 1 Corinthians 12 which includes the prophetic, healings, signs, wonders, and miracles. The supernatural life should not be an anomaly to believers in Christ, instead it should be normal. The book encourages even me when I read it today. This just reminds me that the Lord was very much involved in this process and it did not just come out of my feelings or my human spirit. Truthfully, I give the credit to God. Without Him it would still be in me and not in print. I wrote as He led me so any resulting encouragement is truly from Him. One reader told me she was about to read it again, while another told me it was like a having a "pocket mentor". I want all of my books to be "pocket mentors" to walking with Jesus.