I never dreamed that the loss of my husband’s job and the ensuing problems we encountered would lead to so much good. When Tim announced that he was no longer employed—two weeks before Christmas in 2008—our world immediately unraveled. Christmas was the first victim; we purchased no tree or fresh wreath for the door, the gifts we’d planned to buy remained in the stores, and the celebratory Christmas Day dinner was conspicuous for the foods that didn’t appear on our table.
We set the thermostat lower than usual in the midst of a cold, snowy Pennsylvania winter. A crackling fire in our large center-of-the-house fireplace struggled to heat our family room while blankets that were usually kept folded across the foot of our beds enfolded us and warmed what the flames could not.
We limited our electric usage. The oven was only used twice a week, cooking several days worth of meals at a time. A surplus of candles and my grandmother’s old oil lamp illuminated our rooms. Cozy, yes—but a nightly reminder of our fragile financial situation.
Tim and I prayed hard. Staggering fears consumed us each day while sleep-robbing anxiety kept us awake at night. Our cash dwindled to the point where only a four-day supply of money stood between us and desperation. God’s plan for us appeared to hold only heartbreak and disaster.
Or did it?
Unending hardships drove us to God and taught us that He shines brightest in the deep valleys of our life. Trapped in a tunnel of darkness, it is invariably light that leads a person to safety.
Looking back on those terrible days, I now clearly see how God’s plan for our future unfolded as He used our trials to prepare my husband, son, daughter, and me for a life that serves Him.
After Tim was given a new job and we purchased another house, people began to ask me what we did to successfully get through nearly two years of unemployment. A publisher heard my story and asked me to write a book detailing my family’s experiences as a way to provide hope and encouragement to others. God’s Provision in Tough Times is the result. It was always part of God’s plan.
I thought this book would only appeal to people experiencing unemployment or financial despair, but to my surprise, God’s Provision is helping people in all kinds of situations strengthen their faith! The Kindle version of “God’s Provision in Tough Times” has been in the top 100 best-selling e-books in the relationship category on Amazon.com.
During our darkest days when our future appeared hopeless, I could never have imagined that God’s plan was to use our suffering to draw others close to Him.
No matter what you’re going through, no matter how hopeless your situation appears, or how depressed you feel, know this: God has a very good plan for you if you will seek Him and make Him the center of your life.
It’s time for a Book Giveaway Contest!
I’m giving away 3 Kindle copies and 2 autographed paperback copies of God’s Provision in Tough Times in this book giveaway contest which will end on Friday, August 9, 2013. The winners will be announced on Friday afternoon on Soar With Eagles.
To enter a chance to win a copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times, you must : 1) Be a subscriber of Soar With Eagles, and 2) Leave a comment. Make sure you state which book version you’d like to receive if you are one of the 5 contest winners.
Do you have a friend who would like a copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times? Ask them to subscribe to Soar With Eagles now and enter the book giveaway by leaving a comment.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9a (NIV)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Have you purchased a copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times yet?
Today, Amazon.com is running a SALE on the Kindle version of my book! That’s right! For today, you can purchase unlimited Kindle copies for $1.00 each. If you are an Amazon Prime Member, the Kindle version is FREE for today!
Do you know that you can purchase copies of God’s Provision in Tough Times in both the paperback and Kindle versions and give them to others as gifts?
Amazon.com makes gift-giving easy.
For paperback, simply select the number of copies you wish to purchase, and then click “Add to Cart.” In the “Shipping Instructions,” enter your gift recipient’s name and shipping address.
For the Kindle version, click on “Kindle Edition,” then on the right, click “Give as a Gift.” You will need to provide the recipent’s email address.
It’s that easy to give someone a copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times!
Thank you, dear friends, for your wonderful support of my new book. All of our writers and I are deeply grateful to you, and pray that the book blesses you.
If you’ve already read God’s Provision in Tough Times, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked it. And don’t forget to post a review of it on Amazon.com!
Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV)
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Now, without further ado, the two winners are: SUE HORVAT and PAMELA SNOWDEN!
I will need your home addresses so that I can mail your books to you. Please go to the top of this page, click on “Contact Me,” and provide your name and address. Once I receive your information, I’ll mail your copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times to you.
I wish everyone who entered the contest could have won today’s book giveway. But you can still get a copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times by clicking here on Amazon.com and ordering one at today’s sale price.
My co-author is La-Tan Roland Murphy, and our awesome contributing writers are: Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin.
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The book giveaway contest for God’s Provision in Tough Times ends tomorrow, Friday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m. I’ll be giving away two free copies of the book, and will announce the winners on Soar With Eagles at the end of the contest.
In order to enter the book giveaway contest you must do two things: 1) be a subscriber to Soar With Eagles, and 2) leave a brief comment.
If you have friends who are going through adverstiy who would be interested in God’s Provision in Tough Times, please encourage them to enter the book giveaway contest.
Thank you to those who have subscribed to SWE and left comments! I am so touched by your response, and pray that God’s Provision in Tough Times will touch your heart.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
It’s official! God’s Provision in Tough Times has released on Amazon.com and is ready for ordering!
Like you, I cannot wait to get my copy of it! Yes, even the author has to wait to get their copy!
To celebrate the release of this God-ordained book, I am giving away two free copies of God’s Provision in Tough Times! All you need to do to enter the book giveaway is to: 1) be a subscriber to Soar With Eagles if you are not already, and 2) leave a comment.
You may begin leaving comments now! The drawing for the two winners of the God’s Provision in Tough Times Book Giveaway will be held on Friday, June 28 at 1:00 p.m., and the two winners’ names will be announced on Soar With Eagles on Friday at that time.
If you enjoy the book, please consider leaving a favorable comment on Amazon.com. The more favorable comments the book receives, the higher the visibility Amazon will provide it on their website. Also, please tell others about God’s Provision in Tough Times.
A little information about God’s Provision in Tough Times for you:
Cynthia Howerter and co-author La-Tan Roland Murphy have both experienced God’s provision in tough times. Along with 15 guest writers, they candidly share their own personal stories of unemployment, underemployment, and financial despair.
You will find encouragement and hope as you read each story. Many of these writers lost their income, savings, homes, and health insurance. Some found themselves on public assistance while others faced homelessness. Their faith and trust in God was refined and strengthened as He provided a successful path through their difficulties.
Each writer’s personal story demonstrates the power of God who knows exactly what you are going through and who promises to care for those who put their faith and trust in Him.
God’s Provision in Tough Times includes personal accounts by guest writers Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin.
It is the sincere hope of La-Tan, our 15 contributing writers, and myself that God will use this book to touch the hearts of many people and draw them close to Him.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!