28 March 2013

Whispers of a New Dawn by Murray Pura Reviewed by Marian Baay

Whispers of a New Dawn



Reviewed by Marian Baay
5 stars~*****

In Whisper of a New Dawn Murray Pura has penned a powerful story of healing and letting go of the past.

The story is set in 1941 shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
It is great to see several of the characters we have seen before in The Wings of Morning once again. Together with Jude, Lyyndaya, Becky, and her brother Nate, we visit their Amish family in Paradise, Pennsylvania before they leave for Oahu, Hawaii.

Becky has just suffered a great loss and has vowed to never love a man again. But that proves to be impossible when she meets the handsome army pilot Christian Raven.
Just like her parents, Becky is a flight instructor. She got the assignment to teach Raven stunt flying, but Becky finds him annoying and wants nothing more than to quit with his lessons.
Aunt Ruth—always being there for Becky with a listening ear—encourages her to tell Raven what is bothering her. After Becky has told him about her loss, he also shares his story. Both need healing and must learn to let go. Soon a friendship develops that grows into something more.
Then the bombing of Pearl Harbor takes place and their lives are turned upside down. It is a time of uncertainty, devastation, and loss…

Mr. Pura has proved himself to be a gifted writer. Every time I’m reading one of his books I’m amazed at how his stories touch my heart. Pura’s stories are refreshing, passionate, and smoothly written. Whispers of a New Dawn is no exception. This book is not only a story of healing but also a tender romance that will satisfy the romantic reader. And as usual the richly detailed historical descriptions are a delight to read. This is a moving story with a good Christian message, that will keep the reader turning the pages. Highly recommended!

*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley.*


Murray's books can be purchased through Amazon, CBD, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores.
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GIVEAWAY: A book by Murray Pura - winner's choice. Answer the question to be entered in the contest. And leave your email address if we don't know you.

QUESTION: Have you ever needed God to heal a hurt from your past? Can you tell a bit about it?

161 comments:

  1. There are many books I long to read, and Murray's books are right up there, including 'Whispers of a New Dawn'... ESPECIALLY now after reading your outstanding review MARIAN!! And 'The Wings of Morning' also, which I know you also highly recommend! :)

    Unfortunately I've needed God to heal many hurts of the past due to some terrible betrayals, so God has ministered to me in this area quite a bit. And where it's not fully healed, He has provided miraculous ways to cope. I'd like to encourage people never to give up, because often God in His wisdom will work in His timing and not ours. We just need to keep our eyes lifted up..

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    1. You are so right about that, Noela. "We need to keep our eyes lifted up!"

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  2. Yes, I experienced abuse and needed healing from God. With His help, I was able to forgive. RHONDA
    nashhall@aol.com

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  3. MARIAN, what a fabulous review! Ohhh, I have so many of Murray's books I HAVE to read and I'm so behind on my reading--how will I ever catch up? The only way I suppose is for Murray to quit writing til I catch up, and we both know that's not ever going to happen! ;)

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    1. Haha! I think you're right about that--not going to happen that Murray quits writing. AND I don't want him to!! ;)

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    2. hey Diana - y'all don't want me to stop before a certain someone falls in love again in The Painted Sky, do you???

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    3. LOL, Murray! OK, you got me there...just keep right on typing away!

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  4. Many times I have needed God to forgive me, indeed, according to the Bible we need forgiveness every day. Every day for the rest of my life on earth I will need God's grace to me :)

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  5. Yes, I have..I have lost my dad at an early age, and wondered WHY..He was so young, healthy, active..It was So hard on me, he was my best friend...

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Kathy!
      Please leave your email address...

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    2. yes, that is very hard and not easily answered - I know both my kids, even at 18 and 20, fear the day they will lose their dad and often mention it - peace and healing to you, Kathy, by the grace of God

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  6. I believe I need God daily! But when my brother died I hurt to the point I almost died. I no longer wanted to live. It was a long year of my life. It was only God who bought me out of it.
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Yes, we do need him daily, Diana! Blessings.

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    2. that is so hard, Diana - love you - bless you

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  7. YES, MY SON GOT LEUKEMIA AT AGE 11 HE SUFFERED LIKE NO ONE I KNOW OF FOR 15 YEARS, HE PASSED AWAY AT AGE 25. I NEEDED God more than ever to heal the hurt, the anger, the emptyness, i needed god to heal me so i could trust him again and he did
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Praise God for healing your hurt, Shirley.

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    2. Shirley, this is so painful to read - I am so glad there is healing in your heart but what a hard journey - bless your heart

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    3. SHIRLEY, I can't even imagine--this brings tears to my eyes. Sending hugs your way. So glad God has brought healing!

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  8. "Have you ever needed God to heal a hurt from your past? Can you tell a bit about it?"
    My mother died a month before I was six years old. All through my life I longed for her and thought how my life would have been different if she had lived. Then... twenty-six years later, for the first time I read Psalm 139 and it completely answered my question all those years. The Lord was with me all those times and He saw me.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. That was beautiful to see, Kathleen! Bless you.

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    2. Psalm 139 is beautiful and I love hearing how God used it to heal your wounded heart - all life to you in Christ, Kathleen

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    3. Wow, that is a testimony, KATHLEEN! I wonder what it will be like for you to be reunited with your mom in heaven. Hugs!

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  9. So excited to read this book!! Shirley Culpepper bluebell5071@yahoo.com

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    1. Shirley, please answer the question for a chance to win.

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    2. all the best with this contest Shirley

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  10. I still have not read any of Murray's novels, and I am ashamed to admitting! Forgiveness? Right now I am going through a bad time in one of my relationships, and am leaning heavily on God. Healing is happening, as He is showing me the way!
    Thanks for the chance to win

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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    1. I hope you will read one of Murray's books real soon! Blessings.

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    2. and may the healing continue Marianne - life to you

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    3. Keep trusting and staying in the Word, MARIANNE! And keep leaning on the Lord. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. This is a wonderful review, Marian! I'm eager to read this one and Wings along with it.
    I think every Christian has needed to depend on God to heal a deep hurt. I lost someone very close to me a few years ago. The pain of that grief is still with me, but God has helped me remember the beautiful parts of our relationship. And He reminds me often that this wonderful man is now in Heaven, free of pain and trouble.
    Joy Ross Davis

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    1. I know you will enjoy this book, Joy. It's good to remember the beautiful things!

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    2. ah, Joy, bless bless and bless your heart

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  12. Yes, I have had many hurts in the past, when I needed God. The one that stands out is when my dear Mom died, any oldest sister, who canived my Mom at 95 years of age, to change her will, and leave the whole house to here. I lived with my Mother and took care of her, for over sixty years, and had money in that house. I was told that I was on the property without permission, and was given 10 days to get out. Ten months later, my sister passed, and her daughter, who did absolutely nothing, got everything. Gauthierb72@yahoo.com.

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    1. that is very very hard - let us pray about all this with you - it was an injustice

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    2. Some people are swayed by the devil into his schemes. I pray the Lord brings healing and provision and double compensation to you for this travesty. How hurtful. I wish I could say I can't understand such people but I've seen this myself. Hugs!

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  13. Would be interesting to read this story, I was born in 1941...I am sure all have had something in their lives that needed God's forgiveness and help in getting through...Mine was when my first marriage was so turbulent living with an alcoholic, I divorced him after 10 yrs-remarried and then divorced him again 10 yrs later..I tried desperately to make the marriage work and sometimes things just are not meant to be, we were better friends later then we were while married...I know that God helped me get through these 20 plus years of my life...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Thanks for sharing with us, Paula.

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    2. thank you for your honesty - I wish we could allow more honesty like this in our churches - all life in Christ to you Paula

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  14. I have needed God to heal many hurts from my past. It took years and God to open my eyes when my husband of 25 years left me for another woman and divorced me. It took God to heal the pain and abuse that was there through much of those 25 years, yet I felt I was damaged goods and couldn't leave this relationship because who would want me? Surely nobody. God told me he wanted me, he healed me and he brought a wonderful Godly man into my life. We have been married 9+ years now.

    And so I am reminded as tears stream down my cheeks the POWER OF THE CROSS. God sent his only Son to die a horrible death on the cross for my sins and your sins. Have we thanked Him today for His Son's sacrifice?

    I would love to win a copy of Whisper of a New Dawn. I enjoyed your review of this book Marian. You have made Murray proud!

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Judy. I'm so happy you have found a Godly man and are happy with him now. God be praised!

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    2. such honesty - such heart - all healing in Christ's name to you Judy

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    3. JUDY, I am so glad God brought you a good man for husband. Thank you for the reminder. Thank you God for Your Son's sacrifice for all of us! This coming weekend is a celebration of what Jesus did for us.

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    4. I forgot to leave my email address: judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. God has been so good to me,I don't know where to start.I guess you could say i was a very unhappy marriage for about 38 yrs. we had 5 children and I wanted them raised in a two parent home which for me or them didn't make that much difference.I didn't have the courage to walk out and never look back until i had already been married for that long.It took God to give me that courage.Also my oldest son,cut his kidney in half and was in intensive care for 5 days before they operated on him because he had a bloodclot on each have and they thought he had ruptured his spleen as well.that time he was in the hospital 22 days.I stayed with him all but one day.Again that same son at about age 18 or 19,was in a horrible,someone else was driving and he was injured so bad the doctors didn't think he would make it through the night.He broke his jaw on both sides,cut his uretha in half and broke his pelvic bone in 5 different,and had a head concussion.He was in the hospital for 3 months.During that time in the hospital with him,a friend brought up to Emory hospital my middle daughter and we had to leave that hospital and go to another where she was dignoised with Eplipsey.I had to stay there with her for a week and then back to Emory with my son who was in traction at the time.Thank The Lord ,I have never lost a child i think because I have had a lot to deal with but I know of people who have lost children and I am so blessed.I thought I was going to lose my son twice but God and people's prayers brought us through it all including my daughter.I'm happier now than I have ever been because The God that brought me through all of these things.Back then ,I didn't really know Him as my Savior but now I do.These experiences have me a better person and has built my character.God's love is unconditional and I am so blessed today.

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    1. what incredible honesty and heart in your writing Linda - what beauty in your faith - Christ in you the hope of glory

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    2. Thanks for telling your story. It's so beautiful that God was already working in your life before you accepted Him as your Savior.
      You forgot to leave your email address, but I know how to contact you on facebook.
      So CARRIE please enter Linda in the contest.

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    3. Wow, what a testimony. I could not resist coming over and reading these comments and commenting back. I have to think Marian's awesome post and Murray's heart for others has combined with our upcoming celebration of our Saviour's sacrifice and is stirring people to share from their heart. PTL! I hope this helps others, too! So glad God saved your son, LINDA!

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  16. Wow! too many, I have 7 children, my husband left us after 27 years of marriage, filed for divorce 4 years later and took the 4 under age. Being a homemaker, I had no money and no legal help to fight. The divorce was final day after 32 anniversary. He kept my children from me for 6 years, I missed of their lives. I didn't even have the phone for a long time. I never hated him, I left that in God's hands and cried and prayed for them all the time. I saw them for the first time Nov of 2011, Than February 15th 2012, day after my youngest turned 14, my 15 year old son called and said he wanted to live with me. Than the next my daughter was also coming too. I flew them out February 18th. In July of 2012 my husband took the money out of his retirement to pay cash for a new home for them. We moved in took a trip to Hawaii, than they went to visit their dad for 12 days before school started. The day before their return , I received a phone call saying thy were staying there, my life was crushed again after only 7 months of having them and they only got to spend 17 days in this house. I wasn't told why, until just last week my daughter hadn't even spoke to me at all. Just now has become friends with me on facebook. I don't understand and I still hurt so bad over this happening again. I have 2 rooms of their new bedroom furniture they picked out that I look at everyday and shed many tears. I look at everyday I only make it because I have never let go of God's hand. Do I hate him, No, he's in God's hands. But I hurt, I'm healing thru helping someone right now that I don't know. A boy on facebook who has never seem his father, God lead me to find. He didn't even know he had a 16 year old son. They are both my friends now, guess I'm the middle person helping them get to know each other, we all 3 message everyday to each other. Hopefully they will meet soon. I can't wait to meet them both. It's private right now and I can't share it, But God his doing a work and I'm glad to be a part of it. It's healing me. Yvonne

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    1. Yvonne, I thank you for this - what courage to bear it and bring it to us - love you and bless you

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    2. Thank you for sharing, Yvonne. We just talked on facebook and I have your email address, so you are entered. Hope you win. :) All the best and blessings!

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    3. I pray God will bring about complete reconciliation, YVONNE.

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  17. Marian, thank you so much for such a heartfelt review - bless you, my dear

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    1. Thanks for writing great stories, Murray. You know how I feel about that. :)

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  18. Thank you, both Murray and Marian. I told someone the other day I have cried for so long, I think sometimes the day my life is over will be when the last tear is shed. I Thank God for everything. Love to you both and May God Bless you.

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  19. What a wonderful review -- sounds very interesting. I needed God's love, and support, when my son Gary was killed in a work accident at age 26. I never had the chance to tell him goodbye. When my daughter Michelle(my only remaining child) was diagnosed with breast cancer when her son was 18 mo old, I needed Him again --more than ever. I couldn't bear the thought of losing another child. While Michelle has many ongoing medical problems, she is still here with us and Jacob has his mommy. I thank God every day for my daughter and also for watching over my son who is now in His care. Thank you, meashy@verizon.net

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    1. What a hurt to loose a son! Thank God Michelle is still with you and her son. Thanks for sharing your story, Mary Ellen. Blessings!

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    2. hi Mary Ellen - such heartbreak - such healing - bless you

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  20. Yes, I have leaned on the Lord to help me with so much. At a young age I was raped, and became preg. None of that was easy to deal with..but to top it off I was also the Pastor's daughter. A lot of gossip, hurt, heartache etc. I went through a few years of depression as well. But the Lord was completely faithful. He didn't leave me for a minute. Even if I didn't feel Him...I know He was there.
    Now I have a 15 yr old son that is the joy of my life. I cannot have
    any more children...and God sure has blessed me with my son. He turned a bad situation around for His glory.
    I have had many other hurts and the biggest lesson the Lord has taught me has been forgiveness. Forgiveness is not for the other person (persons) but for myself. When you let go of the hurt and heartache, and begin to pray for the others and ask the Lord to help you to forgive them...it is amazing to see what God can do. And you feel so much better.
    There is nothing like the love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of God.
    Praying for all of these hurts and heartaches....and don't give up...God will never give up on you and oh, He loves you so very much!
    Sunydey26 at aol dot com

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    1. Johnette, this is beautiful and painful at the same time - beautiful because of your courage and faith in sharing it, painful because of all you have gone through - bless you in your choice to forgive

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    2. Thank you for your touching testimony and courage, Johnette! Blessings.

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    3. JOHNETTE, there is an expression about people going to the church, which should be like a hospital to those wounded, only to be turned out or turned over to the undertaker instead. So many stories of hurts inflicted by the church. God bless you!

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  21. I know that we always need God to help and forgive us. I know God has been there for me many a time. I was dating a young man who I thought I would be with the rest of me life, but one day he just walked away. I thought would never stop breaking. God knew what was best and healed my heart. He brought the most wonderful man into my life. We have now been married 45 yrs and they have been just wonderful. I thank God for this man everyday.
    Diane
    dian429@yahoo.com

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    1. bless you for sharing so honestly

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  22. Yes. I went on a missions trip to Papua New Guinea, where I became sick with food poisoning and endured painful interpersonal team conflict. I had malaria for six months after returning. It took a long time for God to heal me of my resentment toward Him and the others who hurt me. But He has, praise God! katie.morford@om.org.

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    1. thank you for your courage in sharing this - who knows who your testimony may help? your honesty is a blessing - I am so grateful to hear of your healing Katie

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  23. Yes I suffered from a rough childhood for many years and I completely stressed myself out over it day after day. A few years ago I prayed that God would help me move on in my life. He has and I am glad that I got over that bad phase of my life. I couldn't have done it without him!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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    1. I am glad you have healing Megan and I ma glad you shared this with others - bless you

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  24. Yes, I have had some hurts through my life, but none I care to talk about online. Some were extended family problems and definitely needed His love to get me through the many deaths in my family. And, now my youngest brother has cancer on his face. I did need GOD's help to help me deal with it as He always is, was there with his love to help me through it all. He is a great GOD we serve, Don't know how people who don't know Him make it through life. I wish everyone could come to know Him and accept His love. God bless each of you.
    I would love to win this book of Murray's Thanks for having him as your guest, and Thanks Murray for showing up. to go with the ones I have. Maxie OWG , the best!

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    1. thank you for your honesty and your faith, Maxie - God hold you through all the hard days

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    2. Glad to see you stop by, Maxie. You are a faithful follower of all our posts. It's so great that you always show your love and faith in God through your posts. Bless you!

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  25. Oh, I can't let you folks get into my head and psyche me out with my hurts, my forgiveness or lack of it, and other things that have hurt me that I have simply tucked away trying not to think or dwell on. But I will share one thing. I lost my older brother to suicide when he was 33 and I was 28. I got a "cold call" to let me know - but they tried to call when my husband would be home. He wasn't. Some of the rest of the day is fuzzy, some em-brazened on my mind and heart. The hurt that I felt and still feel is NOTHING compared to that which my parents experienced. So when I recall that incident and how it impacted me and my family for over 40 years, I think of how it hurt my parents, the devastation they experience and the second-guessing all of us went through. Then I realize that without Christ in our hearts none of us could have made it through it with the grace and composure we were able to show the world. For surely "Christ is all I need, all, all, I need."

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    1. Vera, thank you for your courage in sharing this - you never know who it may help - I too lost a family member to suicide - and only he of the Cross who bled to death could help me - no suffering Savior no help for my suffering or yours - Christ be with you, my dear

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  26. I was assaulted in 2000. The assailant attacked another woman and then a 12-year-old before he was convicted. It took four and a half years for my trial to occur. The assailant was offered of plea bargain where he would not serve any time. He merely would have to register as a sex offender. Luckily he didn't take that offer and will be spending at least 30 years in prison. God was there to help me through this time and help me to make it through two trials. He was also there when I fell apart psychologically and carried me through the criminal trial process.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your difficult experience with us, Carol. May the Lord be with you always.

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  27. There are things in my past that I have had to let God deal with for me some it has taken over 30 years to let go of. Once I was able to start forgiving others 1st then the healing started, but until I had started to forgive myself I was unable to move forward. I don't feel comfortable going into details but know God is good and has started me forward with a future I never thought I would have.
    Thank you Lord...

    hmmbailey@live.ca

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  28. I've had many instances of pain and hurt in my life. The worst happened when I was 6 years old. My mother married and a step-father entered my home. He had no idea how to handle three girls -- my two older sisters and me. He became very abusive toward us and I lived many years in fear of this man. Finally, he became a Christian and the violence began to lessen. Unfortunately, it never stopped completely. I was eager to leave the home to go to college. It was my chance to escape the fear and pain.

    I have been happily married for 38 years. My childhood is a distant past which I try to forget as often as possible!

    Thank you,

    Sue Rohrer
    lvsue@aol.com

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  29. I am so sorry for those that had to suffer over the years and glad that God was there for them, an he will always be there. Things haven't been that easy for me either but I have over the years started to forgive an have made up my mind that I have the way with God in my life things will be better from now on.I talk to God all the time with him in my life things should go right. I have books in my life and reading about the Amish has been the biggest help to me.
    I hope that I am chosen to win a book of Murray they are really interesting so will hope that I might be chosen an if not I will be very happy for those that do. thank you for this chance Karen at khsmith97217@yahoo.com

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    1. It's so good to read how reading Amish stories has helped you, Karen. I wish you lots of luck in the drawing.

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  30. The Lord healed me from the affects of childhood abuse. He did it through forgiveness. I remember as a newly saved Christian, lying in my bed one night feeling the Holy Spirit walk into my bedroom. I felt His presence so strongly and He simply said "Forgive". God didn't have to tell me what He meant I simply knew. I started to pray, "Lord, I don't know how to forgive them. I want to forgive them but you will have to help me because I can't do it without your help. I want to forgive them but also to pray for them and to love them as you love them Lord." I remember when I said those words literally feeling shackles fall from my wrists and a weight lift from off of me. I felt light and I felt free for the first time in my life. Forgiving my abusers did not lessen or take away from what was done to me. It did not absolve those who were guilty of hurting me. It set ME free and opened the door for my healing and deliverance from the effects and bondage created by the abuse. From that moment forward I was no longer a victim but was given the victory. Thank you Jesus.

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    1. Carrie, I don't know if you can delete my other reply or not but I accidentally posted the following link to Crystal Ortmann's post instead of to my own. Thank you :) Let's try this again:

      For anyone who might be interested, here is a link to a short story that tells part of my testimony:

      http://winter-roseblooms.blogspot.com/2008/11/winter-rose-my-testimony.html

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    3. Louise, thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony with us. It never tires to read the great work God is doing in people's life. Blessings to you this Good Friday.

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    4. this is astrong and important testimony - thank you Louise

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  31. My past has been filled with hurts and abuse. For so many years I thought God was angry with me and I could never please Him. It seemed everytime I finished with one crisis, another cropped up. I felt alone, always on the outside looking in, even in Christian circles. There was rejection, desertion, emotional abuse, constant threats of desertion by the ones I loved most, physical pain which incapacitated me for years and kept me isolated and alone, and terror. All of these drove me to dig deeper in my Bible. Even after I became a Christian, I still felt a failure, was plagued by fear, doubt, shame, insecurity and rejection. Through those long years, I lived as a "step-child" in the family of God, never truly fitting in. Yet, my love for the Lord continued, in spite of the fact that I felt I never measured up. He was so very faithful (and still is) and has brought me to a place of belonging, of being convinced He loves me unconditionally, of healing for very deep hurts, which in turn caused me to write my book "From a Cry of Anguish to a Shout of Praise!" By being honest about my own hurts, I pray many will gain hope and joy as they give their lives and their problems over to Him.

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    1. Sounds a bit familiar. It also took me a long time to feel that I really belonged to God's family. What you wrote in the last line did the trick for me. To give all my problems and fears, etc. to the Lord...and leave it there. I'm so blessed and feel so loved.
      Thanks for sharing, Crystal!

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    2. thank you for the honesty of your heart and the grace of God you've shared here

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  32. I still have a need of trying to forgive a very abusive ex husband. He drank a lot and would get very mean. Beatings almost weekly for me and he also abused our two very young daughters in ways that it hard for me to talk about even after all this time. At that time you had to know about and turn the person in within so many years. It was too late when I finally found out. So he got away with it, never spent any time in jail and didn't have to register as a sex offender. There are times when I think I have forgiven and then there are times I still struggle with it. I blame myself for not knowing and protecting them from him. To this day he still thinks he did not do any harm to them. But he did and will one day have to answer for it to the Lord. I thank the lord that we don't have to be around him very often.

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    1. Oh, what a hurt, Juanita. Praying for your struggles. Blessings!

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    2. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY JUANITA - HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE

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      seraphinangel7@aol.com
      Thanks Juanita Cook

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  33. I don't know that I've had a hurt from the past that God needed to heal. I'm so thankful for that.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  34. Lovely review, Marian! Can't wait to read this great book.

    A couple of years ago I really struggled to forgive a couple in our church who had cruelly spread rumors about our entire family, it got so bad to the point where it was hard to go to church without feeling judged. But as time passed God really helped our family recover from that episode and forgive them.

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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    1. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT TESTIMONY - I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HURT BY OTHER FAMILIES SPREADING RUMORS AT CHURCH ABOUT THEM - THANK U FOR SHARING

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    2. It really is God's work when we can forgive people that hurt us. So glad you shared, Faye!

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  35. I think that we all have suffered some kind of hurt in our lives. However, not everyone seeks got for healing ~~I have suffered many hurts in my life. I think the most significant hurts are that of mistrust and lies. I always say, the truth always comes out. I know it is by our nature that we fall to sin. However, not everyone recognizes it. The shattered trust that I have experienced over the year has caused me to turn to Jesus each and every day for healing. I pray each and everyday for forgiveness of those who have hurt me and pray that I also forgive them. Forgiveness is the key to healing. That is why Christ died for us.
    Blessings,
    Kristin J keithkrisjager(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. THANK YOU FOR THOSE GOOD WORDS KRISTIN

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  37. Yes, God has healed me from past hurts and I've also forgiven myself.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. that's excellent to hear - life to you today

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    2. That could have been my words, Janet. God is SO good!

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  38. I have prayed for a healing for DH for 12 years from his mental illness and for God to heal my heart from past hurts and saddness. God works on me daily in many areas and I am still praying for a healing. I love learning history from Murrays eyes, it makes it interesting and more real to me. Thank you for the giveaway and for the prayers of my brother and my sisters.
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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  39. i know yours is a hard journey - life to you linda marie

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    1. Blessings and healing to you, Linda Marie!

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  40. Oh have I ever, My mother passed away almost 2 years ago this coming July from a very long hard battle with Colon Cancer. I took care of her every step of her fight and moved her into my home and then had to watch her take her last breath. I mother praised God to the very end and prayed and thanked Him for her Healing. I had to thank Him also when she passed because she was then at that moment healed and it took me a little while to understand that.
    Loved the review and hopeing I win, would love to read....
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    Gina Farley Cromer

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    1. what a blessed testimony - thank you Gina - a sweet end to Good Friday to you

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    2. It's a blessing that you were able to see/understand that, Gina.

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  41. I won't go into details, still very private, but yes, yes, yes.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  42. This book sounds wonderful! I had a hard time with some bullies in school and needed God's help to forgive. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Bullying is awful. Bless you, Veronica.

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    2. blessings and life to you Veronica & I'm glad you survived the bullying - this world never seems to get away from bullying no matter how much teaching there is against it

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  43. Yes, I have needed God's help to heal me of wrong done to me by my ex-husband. Sharma Darby rdarby@roadrunner.com

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Sharma. God's grace to you.

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    2. Christ be with you Sharma - his life in you forever

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  44. yes I needed help to forgive and move on when I was 12 I was molested and then when my daughter was raped at 12 and one of her friends was killed. I needed God's help to overcoming depression
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net

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    1. that is hard - very hard - bless you Debbie

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    2. So sorry to hear that, Debbie. Blessings!

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  45. Going to try my luck again lol i sure do want to be a winner, to bad we all cant be, his books a re great
    jcisforme@aol.com

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  46. thanks Shirley - all the best with this contest!

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  47. Oh yes. I have been hurt many times in my past. I think the one I will share is the hurt my brother put me through. He decided many years ago that he didn't want to be a part of our family any more and I haven't seen him in many years, When he was around he did very hurtful things but God is helping get past the hurt :)

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. a hard story - bless your healing and may he come to life one day in Christ

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    2. That is very hard, Amada. Blessings and healing to you.

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  48. Have you ever needed God to heal a hurt from your past? Yes on a stillborn. Yes my parents not wanting to be part of my life anymore. My husband hurting with words during his men a pause he was going through.( Tell me i was not a mother and never was, and to go look it up what a mother is) This one killed me inside for 3 years. I am now at peace with it. God has help me to forgive my husband and my parents for the hurt they have given me. God his their with me when any hurt comes upon me on a day. I was hurt when i felt he was helping the one's hurting me to hurt me more with their words. Jbernadt1@windstream.com God Bless you all :)

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    1. and bless you - what courage in sharing such pain - may your healing be deep and complete

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    2. Blessings and healing to you.

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  49. Have you ever needed God to heal a part in your pass?? yes I have . I was married before and was hurt deeply when we parted.. I could not understand why at the time .. I said i would never marry again and now I am married to a wonderful man and don't know how I would have made it without him and my Lord. I can see now why things turned out like they did. Thank you.
    Elizabeth
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. what a wonderful testimony to share this Easter weekend - thank you Elizabeth

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  50. Yes, I have. After surviving domestic abuse in my past, I swore off men. Said I'd never marry again. Soon after, I met a man at church. We'll soon be celebrating our 32nd anniversary. DAnderson955(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I'm so happy that you found a good man, Deborah. Blessings!

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  51. WOW, so many huge hurts! I have been very fortunate to not experience a lot of hurt in my life. Yes, my father died a couple years ago, and I have also lost some other dear people in my life, but nothing that gave me the hurts I read about above--I thank the Lord for being with me all these years and blessing me with a good life. Probably my most difficult was when my daughters went through some times of rebelliousness, but God was with me through it all.
    I would love to win one of Murray's books--so far I have oly read his 1st installment of the one with my dear friend Diana and her OWG friends in it, and I can't wait for more. Why do we have to wait so long, Murray? ;-)
    Vicki OWG
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. After reading all those hurts mentioned above, I'm grateful that I haven't experienced anything like that, either. But it was good to read all the testimonies and to see how God always helps His children through their most difficult times.
      I'm going to do the drawing now, so you were just in time to be entered. I wish you luck, Vicki.

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  52. It would be such a pleasure to win your newest book will hope I am lucky to win
    thank you karen
    khsmith97217@yaho.com

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  53. And the winner is...Marianne Barkman!! Congrats!

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  54. Murray Pura offered to give away 4 extra copies of Whispers of a New Dawn!

    These are the names of the extra winners:
    Shirley Blanchard
    Johnette Ferguson
    Sue Rohrer
    Diane

    Congrats to the winners!

    Thank you Murray for graciously offering extra copies! Many blessings to you, my friend!

    And I'd like to thank everyone for sharing such deep feelings with us this week. May the Lord bless you!!

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    1. congrats to all - three days of such honest and heartfelt comments - they all really touched my soul - bless you all forever and Christ be in your healing

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