This week Virelle shares with us a book excerpt from the memoir she is generously offering as a Book Giveaway (see below), as well as thoughts on what drives her life forward.
Have you had your own shares of rough spots in life? How did you get through it all? Come share with Virelle. She'd enjoy hearing from you ♥
Virelle's Special Book Giveaway:
Virelle is generously offering 1 copy of her non-fiction book THE BEST LIFE AIN'T EASY, BUT IT'S WORTH IT to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, August 3rd. For ease, please leave your email address within the body of your comment. Thanks!
Unraveling the Layers of Life:
Writer Shares Importance of Transparency and Authenticity in Life's Journey
Despite our best intentions for a happy and fulfilling life, life seldom turns out the way we once imagined. In her new memoir, The Best Life Ain’t Easy, But It’s Worth It (Moody Publishers), Virelle Kidder candidly reflects on a life filled with bumpy disappointments, hard choices and a deep commitment to her faith and family. Readers will connect with her stories as a young girl losing her father, talking to God as she played in the woods, grappled with a loving but controlling widow-mother, and hungered for the truth about life.
For a sneak peek at Virelle's book:
God’s Love Drives My Life Every Day by Virelle Kidder
Shortly after returning from teaching at a writers’ conference, I was in a deep sleep one night when I sensed God talking to me, nudging me awake in the middle of the night.
“Virelle,” He said, “I thought you’d like to know how you really got your name, because you were wrong, you know.”
“My name, Lord? But I know how I got my name. My mother told me, and she wouldn’t lie. ” Hadn’t I just offered my standard explanation it to a group of friends at the conference? I’d been spelling and explaining my strange name all my life when my parents put their names together, Virginia and Russell. When I was twelve, my mother added an “e” because everyone called me “virile,” something that never failed to make people laugh, although I never thought it funny at all.
“That may be what your parents thought, Virelle, but actually I named you. I just told them what I wanted.”
“You named me, Lord?”
“Yes, I named you because I love you. I’ve always loved you, since before you were born, you’ve been mine.”
And for the next twenty minutes or so, as tears rolled onto my pillow, God spoke His Word with my name inserted to tell me how He loved me.
“I’ve loved you with an everlasting love, Virelle. I formed you in your mother’s womb, I know every hair on your head, planned every day in your life. I saw your tears as a child and saved them in a bottle. I have betrothed you to me forever. You are my bride, my beautiful one. There is no flaw in you. I loved you so much, I gave me Son to redeem you.”
I can’t recall all God said, but I’ll never forget what He meant.
Until that night, nearly thirty years after receiving Christ as my Savior, I’d always known God loved me as He loved all His children, and I was the least of them. But never since have I felt so loved by God, so permanently loved and fully redeemed, so chosen and cherished. He has always had my heart, but now He had every molecule in my body, every breath, every moment.
Virelle Kidder is a full-time writer and conference speaker. She has hosted her own daily radio talk show in New York's capital district. Virelle has a deep passion for providing women with relevant, accessible, spiritual materials. She served for many years as contributing writer for Today's Christian Woman and is presently a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer's Guild. Virelle is the author of five books in addition to her current title and resides with her husband, Steve, in Florida.
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Blog: Off the Cuff http://www.virellekidder.blogspot.com