We were both poor Bible school students in our final year when we met.
A fun time for us was going out for coffee at Barnes & Noble and listening to CD samples of Andrea Boccelli.
The rest of that year we hung together a lot.
Little did we know then that years down the road we’d have more in common: missions, blogging, book writing. I certainly didn’t any of those three in my future; not the least of which is missions. I did everything I could at Bible school to avoid missions of any form, as if by doing so God wouldn’t have an opportunity to do something crazy like call me to be a missionary or something.
Something else we’d have in common, during the years that we lost touch, would be adversity of unusual proportion.
I Like Storms – 22 Stories of Faith – Written by Angela Holland from Pure and Simple Faith
I Like Storms – 22 Stories of Faith was birthed in such times.
The shock of learning that their youngest son had type-1 Diabetes, and the ensuing battle to keep his blood sugar levels normal.
The struggle to keep her faith strong while she now stayed home while her husband left on missions trips for weeks at a time.
The long, grueling process of adopting a baby from China.
It was in these storms and others that she learned what faith really is. Because faith isn’t just mentally deciding we believe something is true. No, it has to go much deeper, and the deeper part happens when the decision we’ve made is tested. When the faith we think we have endures the storm and comes out the other side in one piece.
And that’s what I Like Storms – 22 Stories of Faith is all about.
Angela’s journey through the storms of life and how her faith not only endured, but grew stronger because of them.
In trial and darkness, we struggle to have joy and peace. We think to ourselves, “If only God would make things better, I would serve him with joy and gladness! It would be easier for me to have joy and peace and a thankful heart!” – I Like Storms – It’s 3:00 A.M.
I Like Storms is a collection of 22 stories borrowed from Angela’s journey through adversity, and the lessons she learned as she walked through the fire and the flood.
As I read Angela’s book, I found myself nodding along, laughing, and even sometimes crying because I related so well with each story…and each lesson that was learned.
I Like Storms is a perfect devotional to use along-side your usual morning Bible Reading. It is both easy to read and challenging, as Angela’s stories draw you in to drive home a lesson of faith that begs the question, “Do I have durable faith?”
Each story compels you to ask yourself how you can walk through your storms of life with solid faith and confidence in a God who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
We are not the ones who write our own stories. Every path that He takes us on is of His choosing. Our story is written as He unfolds each step of the path for us…In faith, we declare to God, “I am in it for the long haul. I will not turn my heart from you and worship useless idols.” I Like Storms – In It for the Long Haul
Whether you are just beginning your journey of faith, are walking through adversity of unusual proportion, or are a believer with a faith that has been tested and proven durable, I Like Storms is a must-read!
The power in this book is its testimonies.
I Like Storms goes beyond the fluff of words and right down the nitty-gritty details of real life. It is a book I know I will read over and over.