Overtaken by Love ~ Shirley Shumaker

“It was a Holy Spirit-led operation.  I’d sit and write, and if the Holy Spirit wasn’t speaking to me in my heart, I’d quit for a few days. A book gradually developed.”

Shirley Shumaker

Xulon Press, 2012

Sometimes it’s the back-story that compels a reader to select a particular book.  When I read Emily Hedges interview with Shirley Shumaker (Sun Sailor, “New Brighton woman’s book describes her journey with God”, June 21, 2012) I immediately wanted to read Shirley’s story and get to know her better.  In the interview, Shirley describes the day she was thrown into the arms of God – the day in 1964 when her husband left her and their children promising that if ‘things didn’t work out’ he would come back.  In the years that followed, Shirley found that trusting in God to provide brought everything she needed at just the right time.  Writing is her connection to God.  She said, “It was a Holy Spirit-led operation.  I’d sit and write, and if the Holy Spirit wasn’t speaking to me in my heart, I’d quit for a few days. A book gradually developed.”

She describes the book not as a “how to” book:
    It’s a story of redemption. We are living cells in the body of Christ; living     stones in His temple; lights in the world and living epistles for all to read. May the Holy Spirit sprinkle the diamond dust of revelation throughout; heavenly fragments that will cling to the fingers which turn the pages while He quickens the heart and confirms His unconditional, unwavering love toward every son and daughter.
Reading this book is like putting on new glasses – suddenly, God’s grace is clearer and faith awakens refreshed.
Excerpts shared via Xulon Press and Sun Sailor, June 21, 2012


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