I had the privilege of making Amber's acquaintance when she inquired about joining Colonial American Christian Writers group, which I moderate. She joined as a contributor to the Colonial Quills blog but has just left us and we wish her well! She's a young mom and a busy lady!
Amber, welcome to Overcoming With God. We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. It’s such an honor to be here, thank you so much!
Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help? Answer:
One of the greatest trials I’ve experienced in recent years was after the birth of my first daughter. Immediately after she was born I felt a physical change and I couldn’t explain what it was, though I knew something wasn’t right—and it was frightening. I felt empty, lost and was unable to make the kind of bond I thought I should have with my precious daughter. Insomnia kept me up all hours of the night. I had no appetite and debilitating fatigue. The conditions that held me captive made it impossible for me to leave the house—even to take a quiet walk in the sunshine.
After suffering this way for several weeks, and my symptoms becoming continually worse, I finally discovered I was suffering from extreme postpartum anxiety and depression. Even though I had found the reason for my troubles and despite the help I was receiving, the struggles only worsened and I suffered with it for nearly a year and a half! Some mornings, my mind was so clouded I couldn’t remember what I was supposed to do when I got up—all I knew was that a sweet child needed me and I felt completely incapable of doing what had to be done. Without God, I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it through such a difficult time, but He carried me—sometimes from minute to minute—helping me through the day to complete every task that was required of me until I was finally able to make a full recovery.
Through this experience I developed an unyielding testimony of the enabling power of Christ’s atonement and the grace that truly lifts each one of us in our times of need. I know that God knows each of us, and He is aware of what we are suffering—and I know from this experience that He provides a way for us to find peace, even if we are called to travel a difficult road.
Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio? Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print? Right now, my book is only available in print and Kindle. However, soon I’m hoping to be able to get an audio version. Since I’m indie publishing and have to do all this myself, it takes a bit longer than it might otherwise, but I will be sure to let you know when it finally become available in other formats!
In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation? This is an excellent question. My book deals with the values of searching for and accepting the truths God has for us. And also coping with deception from others, even when concealing the truth is for someone's benefit.