We can come to believe that our walk with God will only be filled with mountaintop experiences.
It is a place of suffering, where we experience difficulties at various levels and intensities – illness, tragedy, death, loss, financial troubles/mortgage/rent, unhealthy workplace, job loss, divorce, infertility, miscarriage, pandemics, single & waiting, and more.In this place called down you can feel – Isolating. Difficult. Unyielding. Helpless.
It is not always the workings of evil, Dr. Velma Bagby reminds us that in fact, God can also order for us A Place Called Down. If you enjoy books written by one of her favorite writers in this genre Max Lucado – You’ll Get Through This, then you will enjoy A Place Called Down.
In this book, Dr. Velma deviates from relationship-focused topics to bring us into her own testimony of tests, trials and tribulation, to offer insight into the low place. She describes a place which is not fun or easy, but by its very nature can be likened to a refiner’s fire. A fire so hot that it burns away all impurity and that which is not useful to God. Yet, even in the place called down, there are what Dr. Velma calls rainbow moments where God uses the kindness of others to inspire, encourage and uplift you during those down places – simply to remind you of what you already know – He is with you and He has not forgotten you.
A place called down is common for us all – the question becomes, how will you handle it and how will you come out of it? Commit as Dr. Velma did, to come out of the place called down with something: maturity, faith, strength, joy. Decide now that you will yield to God’s plan and leave with gifts that only this place can produce. Get excited because something is going to change in you through a down place: your faith level, your perspective, your preaching, your understanding, your gift, your relationship with God. God will change you in the down place and you will come out better.
Rating: 5 stars
OMG! This author really spoke to my heart. While reading this book I laughed, cried, hurt, and folded my arms. This book was a testimony from the author that really resonated with me. She stepped on my toes a couple of times too. Yes, I have been in a place called down and did have some rainbow moments. I have learned to have faith, let go and let God, and have those rainbow moments. I have realized that it is our choices that lead us to a down place. God has ordered us to sit and be still and we must surrender. When we rest it does help us to listen to what God is trying to say. I would like to thank the author for being transparent. I can’t wait to read other books by this author. I recommend this book to others who need a lift. Great read. I give this book of realness five stars.
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We can come to believe that our walk with God will only be filled with mountaintop experiences, but Dr. Velma Bagby comes to remind us that in fact, God can also order for us A Place Called Down. In her new book, Dr. Velma deviates from relationship-focused topics to bring us into her own testimony of tests, trials and tribulations, to offer insight into the low place. It is not always the workings of evil, sometimes, God allows it because He is maturing us. A place called down is not designed to be fun or easy, by its very nature it can be likened to a refiner’s fire. Afire so hot that it burns away all impurity and that which is not useful so that all that remains is the original intent of the craftsman.
A place called down is common for us all -the question becomes, what will you do in it and what will you come out of it with? Commit as Dr. Velma did, to come out of a place called down with something: maturity, faith, strength, joy. Decide now that you will leave this season with gifts that only this place can give.
About the Author
In her first Christian fiction released this month (August), published as CEO of Adoni Publishing LLC, A Place Called Down-Why Christians Suffer – Dr. Velma deviates from her relationship-focused topics to brings insight to difficulties & suffering, sharing her own testimony of tests, trials and tribulation. She reminds us it is not always the workings of evil, but God who allows it.
Armed with 46 years of successful marriage and 25 years in Christian ministry, Dr. Velma is a Certified Dating/Relationship Coach singles look to for guidance with 20+ years providing pastoral/pre-marital/marriage counseling and a member of the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors/Coaches). Her other book projects include: Your Adam Is Asleep, a real conversation about intentional dating and marriage as originally designed – a call to action for single women to embrace their value & worth, as they prepare for Mr. Right. Dr. Velma continued her relationship topic with her short story, My70’s Love Story -found in the book Back in the Day Anthology. She joins her granddaughter Kai (age 6) on her granddaughter’s first children’s book The Little Letter k and the Boring Alphabet Line.
Dr. Velma returns to her relationship-focus in her next book coming this year, If the Fish Aren’t Biting, Its Time to Change the Bait.
A sought-after speaker & minister, Dr. Velma is a retired California state Administrator of the Employment Development Department (EDD) Workforce Services, where she provided leadership to 100 staff and managers and overseeing 10 state workforce/employment centers. She is married to Pastor Bruce and the two have two daughters, son-in-law, three grandkids and dog Gracie. You can contact her at:
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