Monday, July 23, 2012

"Here I Am - Use Me, Use My Story" ~ Sheryl Holmes

Please help me welcome today's guest blogger, Sheryl Holmes.

Towdah, pronounced tow (as in the truck) + duh (as in no kidding), is a written testimony of the goodness and graciousness of God.  Towdah: A Cancer Survivor’s Song of Hope is the story that God gave me to share with those willing to read and listen.

I stand in Praise, thanking my Father for how He works.  Mysterious in His ways, He aligns His plans to unfold.  I am awed and compelled to continually say, Here I am, use me – use my story, Towdah,  for your purposes.

People “near,” have both told me and written to me saying, once they started to read, they just couldn’t put it down and had to read it all in one sitting.  A fellow worshipper said, my mother endured cancer, but died from it, and now I am able to understand on a deeper level what she must have gone through…

A woman from “afar,” wrote and relayed she was blessed by the transparency of the spiritual struggle connected to such a journey.

I am often asked, “So, how’s your book doing?”   It is a ponderous question to try and answer as an author; do I measure the answer based upon how many books have been sold?  I think not.  I must base it upon how many hearts have been softened and touched by the honesty of the testimony; and that I will never truly know.  I know only that my book is doing as well as God wants it to be doing.

He opened all the doors for me and clearly directed me and enabled me to have this work published.   I cannot believe that He would do all that if He did not have a plan for it to reach many.  My Father, God will certainly place Towdah into the right hands to promote, pass-on, read, and spread it far and wide in order to foster Praise and direct people to the one true source of Hope.  I am not concerned as to “how well” my book will do because it will do as well as it is intended to do according to the purposes of my Lord.

In the beginning, I thought to myself, Wow, I wrote a book – cool – end of story.  Now I realize it is not the end … it is just the beginning; it is the beginning of a new adventure my Father has given me.  Where He is leading me, or how far He is leading me, I have no idea.  I am just following and willing to go through the open doors!

I invite you to come visit me on my NEW website - Always a Song of Hope.

About the author: Sheryl Holmes, a daughter of the King, enjoys a loving marriage with her husband of twenty-six years. She is a devoted mother of nine, currently home educating five of her children. Sheryl serves as an active member of Dwight Chapel’s Christ Community Church, in Belchertown, Massachusetts. You can purchase Towdah: A Cancer Survivor's Song of Hope on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook or request from your favorite bookstore.

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