Today I’m thrilled to welcome Yvonne Anderson as she shares the story behind “Dancing on Stones”. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.
It was a chilly morning in early 2002, probably February. I had never had the desire to write, but the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, “You need to write a book.”
Where did that come from? “I must be misunderstanding what You’re trying to tell me, Lord.”
“You need to write a book.”
“That’s crazy. I don’t know what to write.”
But all my arguments met with a quiet insistence. “You need to write a book.”
“What do I write?”
“It doesn’t matter. You’ll figure it out.”
And thus began a long, often-agonizing adventure during which I learned an enormous amount about the nuts and bolts of crafting a story, navigating the publishing world, and eventually, self-publishing.
Now, spin with me around to the other side of the globe. It was early in 2002, probably February. Edith, a woman almost exactly my own age, heard the Holy Spirit whisper in her ear, “You need to write your experiences in a book. Other people need to learn these things.”
Where did that come from? “I don’t know the first thing about writing. I don’t even know how to use a computer. I must be misunderstanding what You’re trying to tell me, Lord.”
“You need to write a book.”
And thus began a long, often-agonizing endeavor that would span the next decade and a half.
Through circumstances only God could have engineered, Edith and I met online. I read a portion of her project, and it gripped me like no manuscript ever had. Edith was plainly not a writer, and the draft needed a knowledgeable hand to refine and polish it. But I felt compelled to see her story get out into the world.
We worked on it for so long it seemed it was never going to happen. But Edith and I slogged on together, growing closer to one another all the while. Though we’ve still never met personally, we have much in common and love one another like true besties.
This has been God’s project from the very beginning. It was He who led me to learn the writing business. It was He who prompted Edith to write, even waking her in the middle of the night to write, with whole paragraphs already in her mind. It was He who brought us together on the Internet.
And it is He whom I praised as I published the book in December 2018, on my 63rd birthday.
My work is done. The rest is in His hands. Oh, wait—it’s been in His hands all along! And I know He’ll get this amazing little book into the hands of many who are quietly suffering, as Edith did, feeling God doesn’t hear them.
He hears, dear friend. And He answers. I invite you to join Edith as she takes you on her incredible faith journey out of the depth of depression and into the genuine joy of the Savior.
READERS, Yvonne is offering an ebook or print giveaway to one commentor below. (paperback will only be available to readers in the US.)
About the book:
Are you suffering?
Are you depressed?
Does your heart cry, “Where are you, God? Why did You let this happen to me?”
When the author’s world suddenly crumbled and her life lay in ruins, unanswerable questions shook the foundations of her faith.
Follow in her steps on this quest for answers—satisfying answers, not mere platitudes. As you learn practical tools to help overcome depression and anxiety, her fresh insights will touch your heart and lead you to the joy of deeper intimacy with Jesus.
Dancing on Stones: A Quest for Joy by Edith Harrington (Yvonne Anderson, Editor). Published December 4, 2018 by Gannah’s Gate. Nonfiction; a memoir.
Amazon UK: print, http://amzn.eu/d/8R5WAgX
Amazon CA: print, http://a.co/d/caJt8pd
Anderson made her publishing debut in 2011 with The Story in the Stars, first in the four-book series, Gateway to Gannah. Stars was a finalist in the 2012 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards. In 2018, she launched a three-book extraterrestrial autobiography called The Four Lives of J. S. Freeman, through her own imprint (Gannah’s Gate).
She welcomes interaction with readers on the following sites:
First page of the book (the Introduction):
Pray through to victory! Name it and claim it by faith, and it is yours! These were the catch cries of my church.
I named and claimed, fasted and prayed…but nothing changed.
Why was I suffering? Why were my prayers unanswered? What was wrong with me?
Trying to reconcile my life with what my church taught drove me to the edge of mental breakdown.
This is my story.
First page of the book (Chapter 1):
A YOUNG COUPLE moved through the bustle of the after-church crush. Hand in hand, they stood beaming at my husband and me, each waiting for the other to speak first.
Finally, the young man stammered, “We’re being married, as you know. And, well, we were wondering if you two would dance during the signing of the register?” The young woman nodded enthusiastically.
Alistair asked, “Do you have a piece of music in mind?”
The young woman tipped her head. “Well, no, not exactly. But we really like that harp and flute piece you danced to during Communion last month. You two are able to express so much without words.”
Alistair and I agreed to search for a suitable piece of music. We wanted the dance to be perfect for our young friends, so we gave much thought and prayer to the choreography. The finished dance depicted a husband leading his wife to a deeper walk with Jesus. We spent hours perfecting every detail until the big day arrived. As the final notes of the performance died away and we turned to face the congregation, I saw tears in many eyes.
After the ceremony, the happy couple left the church in a shower of smiles and confetti. On the steps, an elderly lady rushed forward and grabbed my hand. “Oh, that was so beautiful. Your love for each other shone out from every movement. Oh, and at the end when Alistair lifted you high, gently lowered you, and then took your face in his hand and directed your gaze toward heaven? Well, it was just the loveliest thing. You two are such a blessing to this church.”