Everyone’s life is unique, because we are all born with different strengths and weaknesses.
I wrote this book for people who wonder around God, trying to understand the Bible’s message to people living in the twentieth century. God never changes, but the world does. God’s message doesn’t change, but writers who wrote His message lived in different times and cultures. During the eighty-five years I have lived, changes have accelerated. Interestingly, God’s message has become more transparent while people have become more indifferent or uninformed. Hopefully, readers will bring open minds and hearts to wondering around God.
Papa’s and Mama’s families belonged to the Methodist church.
Shortly after moving to Modesto, California, some members of the family became interested in going to Bethel Church. Papa and Mama met in that church. The Assembly of God church was begun by people who believed in salvation through Jesus Christ and empowerment through Holy Spirit baptism. Early in the nineteenth century during the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles, many people experienced the Holy Spirit baptism. Evangelistic meetings spread the charismatic movement bringing together people from all denominations. Their message was not welcomed in established churches.
Mama started keeping diaries in 1937.
She saved all of my letters and cards. I have the letters written to me by my husband over the years. I kept diaries while attending Central Bible Institute and Seminary and during our two plus years living in Germany. I also kept journals of special events and dreams. These writings made my work easier and more accurate. I have put quotations from Mama’s diaries and my daughters’ stories in italics. I used the real names of people I wanted to honor for their positive impact on my life. Others have fictional names or initials.
We are all privileged to live in the twentieth Century.
We have a choice. We can choose to believe in a God of love or be caught in a swift current of hatred, decadence, indifference, and destruction. Thousands of years ago God warned people not to eat of the tree of life. Today, that message has meaning.
No matter how old or young you are, my advice is the same. You have a body, a mind, and a soul. Feed them all. Never think you know, I hope my story will give you more to think about. Wondering around God brings purpose. Remember. The Bible is not God. It is, without question, the greatest miracle in the world. Check it out.