Author: Elva Anson
Publisher: Emidra Publishing
Format: Soft Cover
Publication Date: Oct. 2017
BISAC: Family and Relationships
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.
She packs in stories from every phase of her life and she really captures life in the Central Valley. You also sense her delight and excitement when she moves to San Diego and experiences freedom at Sea Ranch in Northern CA.
This is a story about an amazing woman who found love, a teaching career, counseling profession, as well as an unshakable faith and inner peace—in spite of living during tumultuous times World War 2 and Korean War. Her humility, humor and resilience are truly remarkable and life affirming. She ends with practical aphorisms but her narrative is not pedantic or preachy, just real and honest.
— Elisabeth Kersten
The one other aspect of this book that readers will find very interesting are the descriptions of an ordinary Californian life through the decades. Even though I grew up in California, my view of life in California in the 30s, 40s and 50s focused mostly around Hollywood. I have some sense of the lives of famous people, but it was fascinating to follow the life of someone who in many ways—teacher, mother, author—is like me. I highly recommend this thoughtful—and thought provoking—memoir. — Elisabeth Stitt
The one other aspect of this book that readers will find very interesting are the descriptions of an ordinary Californian life through the decades. Even though I grew up in California, my view of life in California in the 30s, 40s and 50s focused mostly around Hollywood. I have some sense of the lives of famous people, but it was fascinating to follow the life of someone who in many ways—teacher, mother, author—is like me. I highly recommend this thoughtful—and thought provoking—memoir.
— Elisabeth Stitt