I hit the bottom of the pit on January 27, 1992. . . . I felt as though I had hit bottom, the lowest point I have ever been in my life, as though I couldn’t go any lower.  That was it.  I couldn’t take it anymore. The decision was made, so I put the gun in the car that night without my wife noticing and went to bed.

The next morning when I got up, I felt no better. . . . I headed for a secluded place that I had in mind. After parking the car at approximately 11:35 a.m., I took out the gun and put the barrel under my chin. As I had my finger on the trigger, it was as if could hear a voice say, “Go ahead and do it. You have never done anything right in your life anyway.” But then a cry for help came out of me, like no other cry before, as I asked God’s forgiveness.

My cry to God did not keep me from pulling the trigger, but as I now know from God’s Word, the Bible, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Joel 2:32; Romans 10: 13).  By a miracle I was alive and knew this was not the way to handle my problems.  In that split second, God kept the bullet from killing me. I staggered out of the car and fell to the ground.  When I lay on my side, I could breathe, but when I rolled onto my back, I was drowning in my own blood.

As I look back, God seemed to be saying, “Do you want to live or die?” I rolled onto my side.  I wanted to live.  It was almost immediately that God sent me help.  What a forgiving and merciful God we have.
 
You can order this 90-page book about Stewart’s experiences for $9.99 at amazon.com or through Xulon Press at 866-909-2665.

 

 

by Becky Rumney
 
 
This inspirational memoir of a marriage will bring you a nice balance of truth and humor required to make a marriage work through unforseeen tragedy. The combination of a deep faith in God and a sense of humor gives you the courage to go on one day at a time. 
 
Becky Rumney writes:
 
 
I believe marriage partners all over the world are thrown in to the category of caregiver to their spouse unexpectantly.  I’m a firm believer if you are truly committed to the vows you take on your wedding day and have a faith in God, you will persevere.

In this book, Becky walks us through the journey that began in1997 with a motorcycle accident.  After 24 years of marriage, her husband, Ron, sustained a brain injury.

At the end of the last chapter, Becky concludes:

We now learn to take each day as it comes.  On particularly bad days, we pray for help and guidance.  You cannot do it alone; you need the help of God.  We pray for patience and understanding.

I truly believe marriage is a path on your journey in life.  There will be ruts and potholes along the way.  Too many people see the Detour sign and decide to avoid the challenge and hassle on the bumpy ride.  However, if you stay the course and go through the “bumps” and patch and repair your path along the way, you will be a stronger and wiser person in the end.

You will find the path just needed to be resurfaced, but it is still a good solid road!  Don’t be so quick to take the detour!  What is the reward in that?
 
 
You can order this 114-page book for $15 by clicking here:   Trafford Publishing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 by Judy Sprik with Ron Sprik


On March 16, 1987, at the age of seventeen, Nola Sprik suffered severe head injury in a car accident.  At first, her family and friends hoped and prayed for her survival.  Then they watched and waited, wondering if she would ever respond to them again.

In this biographical account, Nola’s mother, Judy, writes of her family’s journey with Nola through a lengthy coma and rehabilitation.  It is a testimony of God’s guidance along an unforeseen path, his grace to see through difficulties, and his hope to journey on.  Included are letters from Nola’s siblings, poems, and two chapters by Nola’s father, Ron.  

This book first came into Judy’s thoughts in 1989 after reading books of individuals who survived serious brain injury, with amazing comebacks.  Those stories brought her the hope that someday Nola’s life would be back to normal or near normal and they would be able to write such a book about her.

By 1993 Nola was by no means back to normal, so the idea of writing a book did not appear to be what they would be privileged to do.  Yet there had been so many little miracles, so many answers to prayers, and so many evidences of God’s faithfulness along their journey with Nola, it seemed appropriate to share those in writing.

Their prayer is that this book will bring encouragement to the reader.
 
In chapter 27, “Nola’s Hope,” Judy writes the following.


If you ask Nola what she is thankful for, her response is “For life!”  That quality of life may be questioned by some, but certainly not by her, as evidenced in her smile and exuberant spirit.  Her dependency on others for care teaches us continually about our dependency on God’s care.  Her contentment teaches us the importance of taking “one day at a time.”

Nola will tell you that her favorite song is “Amazing Grace” and a favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)....

Whether it’s straining to reach a high note on the AMEN of the doxology at our worship service, or singing and answering questions at her weekly Friendship Bible Class, Nola is enthusiastically involved.  Recently a lady commented to me after a worship service, “Nola makes us want to sing!”

Would we wish our experience with Nola’s disability on anyone else?  No.  Would we exchange it for anything else?  Never.  We don’t think Nola would either.
 
 You can purchase the 157-page book by sending a check for $12.00 to

Ron Sprik
3513 Las Vegas Dr. NE
Belmont, MI 49306