Tuesday, November 5, 2013

God's Grace and Blessings by Mesu Andrews

After the last ACFW Conference, I had to write a fan letter to a favorite author of mine, Mesu Andrews. Like me, Mesu has chronic health issues, so I told her how much it meant to meet her. Her response to me was so inspiring, I asked if I could share it with you. Here it is, reprinted with her permission. ~ Angie

I love to hear about God's triumphs in other people's lives. And believe me...I see your life as a triumph because you haven't given up. It would be so much easier to give up. I know. Those days when you wake up and want to pull the covers over your head and just stay there... But you don't. You get out of that bed, and you walk around the back yard, and you don't fall down, and you take another step, and you keep going to the doctors, who look at you like you're crazy. Ugh. I know. And you don't give up. It's grace. God's grace. All of it. What a blessing to hear another story confirming His work in another life like my own struggle. I hate that you're going through it, but I love that He's bringing you through it--triumphantly, on your knees. ;)

Continue in the direction He leads, dear one. That's all I can say. I must confess I laughed when you wrote, "...you're a successful author." How odd to think of myself that way! Ha! I still have so much to learn and struggle with the same insecure whispers that have always tried to rob me of God's best. Perhaps "success" for me will come when I can finally rest in Him fully. No more struggling or striving to do more, be more, live better. Perhaps that's when our healing really comes. ;)

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About Mesu Andrews
Mesu Andrews’ deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for her readers. She and her husband, Roy, enjoyed fourteen years of pastoral ministry before moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue the next step in God’s calling. They enjoy visiting their two married daughters and a growing tribe of grandkids. Their Rottweiler-pitbull, Bouzer, snuggles at Mesu’s feet while she writes, and both enjoy the cozy warmth of a fire on rainy Northwest days. Mesu loves movies, waterfalls, and travel.

Biblical fiction is her favorite genre to read and write. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell, 2011), won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year in the Debut Author Category. Love’s Sacred Song (Revell, 2012), the Song of Solomon story, received a 4 ½ star rating from RT Reviews. And Love in a Broken Vessel (Revell), the story of Hosea and Gomer, is available now and received a 4 ½ star TOP PICK rating from RT Reviews. The Shadow of Jezebel is scheduled for release in March 2014.

Love In a Broken Vessel
While unfaithful Israel breaks God’s heart, Gomer’s broken spirit tests Hosea’s faith—an epic journey of intimacy, rejection, and betrayal.

Deserted by those who love her and betrayed by the gods she once worshiped, Gomer lives a bitter existence…until one day her childhood friend reappears—Hosea. But is it too late for Gomer? Is her heart too broken to capture even a drop of love? While unfaithful Israel breaks God’s heart, Gomer’s broken spirit tests Hosea’s faith. Can the two find faith in Yahweh’s power to love?

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/embed/nI5Cav_ApPI?rel=0

8 comments:

  1. Wow, Mesu, you've been through a lot and so many things that aren't explainable. I know fibromyalgia is something many people go through, but you've dealt with a lot more. I'm so happy to see your faith has helped you through this time and God has given you a gift to share with others. I love the cover and your new book title. God continue to bless you and your writing. :)

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    1. Oh, Diane, thanks so much for your comment! You're so right, Mesu is such an inspiration because she hasn't let chronic illness keep her from using her gift.

      Thanks for visiting with us today!

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    2. Hi Diane!
      Thanks so much for stopping by, and you're very perceptive. It has been the "unexplainable" that's been the hardest to deal with, but knowing God has an explanation is my greatest comfort. The Creator, the One who knit me together knows what's broken. I rest in that. ;)

      Blessings on you!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this, Angie, and for the encouragement, Mesu! You're both women of courage and strength as you persevere. What a testimony!

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    1. You're welcome, Annette. Mesu's email just spoke to my heart and encouraged me so much, I wanted to share.

      Thank you so much, sweet friend!

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    2. Hey, sweet friend Annette!
      I was thrilled when Angie asked to share our little email chat on the blog, and I'd forgotten you and she were "cohorts"! Fun to see you here!

      Blessings, dear one!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra, and thanks for taking the time to comment. Blessings on you!

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