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Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit

David Phillips on Blue Sky

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“The recently published novel, Blue Sky communicates powerfully on at least five levels. Unlike many books, this novel set in Spokane, Washington, grows on you after reading it, somewhat like curry after a fine Indian meal.

First, The novel narrates the activities of an almost typical Christian family in the USA. Mother and father, three teens and a younger child, work their way through about five months of the school year. At each turn of the page, the drama grows. However, unlike most families, the suffering grows worse. Thankfully, the family members grow closer together.

Second, the unifying theme centers around forgiveness. There’s lots to forgive in this novel and not everyone ends up acting the way you as the reader might expect.

Third, prayer is a powerful, unseen force for good and the reader reluctantly puts the book down wondering if prayer could be a greater reality in his/her life.

Fourth, various family roles are played out with unexpected consequences. Different kinds of families display differing degrees of love, hatred, indifference and rejection. The book doesn’t end the way you might expect. You as a reader want to replay the story as you answer several very usual questions about family dynamics.

And amazingly, the novel even enters eternity, if ever so briefly. The authors have a great love for the spiritual nature of a person undergoing suffering, even to the point of hearing Jesus Christ speaking peace into the life of a person struggling through deep issues.

I read the book at one sitting, taking my Saturday afternoon to delve into the life of a family who will stay with me a long time. I encourage you to do the same thing. Read this book. Appreciate the care with which the authors share what must be a summary of many years of pastoral care. And wish, along with me, for a sequel to complete the unfinished stories that still stick in your mind.”

David Phillips

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https://amzn.to/2EKlID3 (paperback)

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Author: edhird

I was the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C for 31 years, from 1987 to 2018. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials For the past 31 years, I have been privileged to write over 400 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Uganda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Ontario. My book For Better, For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship, coauthored with Janice Hird, can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Better-Worse-Discovering-lasting-relationship/dp/0978202236/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1535555614&sr=8-1 My sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook). Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form. Nook gives a sample of the book to read online: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus' healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a copy of the prequel book 'Battle for the Soul of Canada', please send a $18.50 cheque to 'Ed Hird', 102-15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD. For more info, please click on www3.telus.net/st_simons/nsnews030.html

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