Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Don't Give In ... God Wants You to WIN!

I'm so thrilled to tell you about this delightful book - Don't Give In ... God Wants You to Win, that I'm giving away a copy (but you can't have mine!) This book is such an encouragement to us all, and one you must read.

To enter the contest, just leave a comment below, sharing with us how YOU can win in some area of your life this year! I'll draw a name next Friday (June 12th) , so be sure to leave an e-mail address if I don't already have it.

About the Book:

Popular author and conference speaker Thelma Wells inspires readers to fight the good fight of faith and win the raging wars that they battle each day as the enemy tries to steal their joy, kill their hopes and dreams, and destroy their lives. In her personable and enthusiastic style, Wells helps readers understand:

what spiritual warfare is
why they fight
who they are fighting
how to dress for the war
how to win the war
who ultimately is in control of the fight

Don’t Give In—God Wants You to Win! will cause readers to understand that the battles they fight are really not theirs. Those battles belong to the God of “Peace, be still,” who will give them the strategies and courage they need to resist Satan’s tricks.

Wells writes for anyone fighting battles over family, relationships, finances, health, broken dreams, disappointments, and just the dailyness of life that can cause so much distress and hurt. Through instruction from God’s Word and stories of modern–day as well as biblical people, Wells shows how to relinquish those troubles to the only Person who can guarantee winning strategies for life.

About the Author:

From times of singing in a dark closet to the founding of a national women’s mentoring ministry, Thelma Wells' life has been a courageous journey of faith. The name on her birth certificate read simply: Baby Girl Morris. Thelma’s mother was a severely deformed teenager with no husband and no place to go, since her own abusive mother insisted that she take the baby and leave the house. So when the baby was born, her unwed teenage mother found work as a maid cleaning “the big house” while living with her baby daughter in servants’ quarters. Eventually, the baby went to live with her great-grandparents, who called her Thelma Louise Smith and loved her dearly. They took little Thelma to church, where she learned to love the hymns and praise songs.

On those occasions when Thelma was taken to her grandparents’ home, her grandmother abused her, just as she had tormented Thelma’s mother. She was locked in a dark, smelly, insect-infested closet until just before her grandfather came home when her grandmother would bring her out of the closet, clean her up, and act as if all was well. In spite of her deep fear, little Thelma spent her time in the closet singing every hymn and praise song she could remember. She would sing herself to sleep in that closet, and the Lord received this little girl’s innocent praise and rewarded it with an abundant life of joy, protecting her from feelings of anger or bitterness.

Thelma grew up to become a trailblazer for black women, a prominent international speaker and author, and a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. As a student at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas (now the University of North Texas), she was a member of the first group of girls to integrate the school’s dormitories. She earned her Bachelor’s degree there and eventually received a Master’s of Ministry from Master’s International School of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana. In 2002 she became the school’s first black female professor.

In 1980 Thelma became the first black woman in the South to organize her own international speaking and consulting corporation. Her natural talent for public speaking and storytelling attracted the attention of the Women of Faith Tour, and in 1996 she became the first black core speaker for the organization. She has authored several books, including God Is Not Through With Me Yet, an inspiring examination of her own life experiences in which she encourages readers to “sing in the closets of their lives.” She serves as the president of The Daughters of Zion Leadership Mentoring Program, an organization she founded in 2000 (another first for a black woman). Through this ministry, “Mama T,” as she is affectionately called, has mentored over 100 spiritual daughters, received an honorary doctorate degree and was ordained into the Christian Ministry on December 16, 2008, from St. Thomas Christian College and Theological Seminary and the Association of Christian Churches in Jacksonville, Florida. She was also was named Extraordinary Woman of the Year 2008 by Mrs. Julie Clinton, Host of the Extraordinary Women Conferences an affiliate of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Thelma has been married to George Wells, her best friend, supporter, and encourager, for over 45 years. The couple lives in Dallas, Texas, and has three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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Edna said...

I hope that I can be a better Christian and trust God to get me through all my aches and pains. Also that some of my family will start to have something to do with me, I don't even get to see 2 of my grandbabies, nor my son (their dad) will not come around. Seems my depression has really turned my family off me, not to help but don't come around, so I am praying that they will see me for the person that I used to be before depression, even though I am so much better that when they got mad at me 8 years ago. I really have had to suffer and cry as this is my baby boy, my other 2 sons and 1 daughter come to see me and understand. Pray for me Please


Tracy Ruckman said...

Oh, Edna. I'm so sorry depression has a hold on you. Lord, thankyou for this precious woman. We lift Edna up to you right now and ask that you cast off those strongholds of depression and lift her out of the pit. God, we ask that you touch this family with Your healing hand - open eyes and mend hearts so relationships can be restored. Surround this family with Your love and Your peace Lord, and restore all that the enemy has taken away. Fill their hearts and homes with Your love, laughter, and joy. We give you all the glory. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Please keep us posted, Edna. You are loved.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Tracy -

I saw Thelma Wells at a Women of Faith Conference several years ago. She's a dynamic lady. Please enter me in the book drawing.

susanjreinhardt (at) gmail (dot) com

BTW, I gave you a blog award on Monday. Hope you'll pop by to pick it up.

Susan :)

Write Pathway said...

I have not heard of Thelma Wells before, but she certainly sounds like a kindred spirit. I'd love to have a copy of her book.

Stephanie Craig said...

I have had a dream to run a 5k race. Since I am a couch potato, that seems like an unlikely dream. I started the couch to 5k program and plan on running a 5k race this fall. I have already started eating better and am in better shape, an area in my life that needed work.