I hope everyone made it through Halloween with getting tricked or treated. After my scare with my heart, I think I am slowly returning to normal although I am still extremely ill. I know, the blog must go on. On a serious note, I took the downtime to get much-needed rest and spent most of the weekend in bed reading. When I am ill, it doesn't mean I sleep and I can only watch so much television. This last weekend had me focusing on my faith. I questioned, "How can I be so sick?" I didn't want to move and then you know how your mind starts to question everything -- even God. Fortunately for me, I had the book Wanted by Ellis Lucas to keep me busy as his words healed my thoughts. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is suffering and for those who are struggling with their faith. This book will touch your soul. Thank you, Ellis, for sharing it with me. Now take a look at the book and then read the author's interview.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Howbeit, people are bound by so many things, but nothing more gripping than fear and confusion. It can leave us mentally exhausted, alone, and severely affect the way we relate to other people. The more we struggle with negative emotions and self-doubt, the more we allow our insecurities to call the shots. We are robbing the world of something beautiful, the men and women God created us to be. We limit our potential and hinder the Holy Spirit from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. Additionally, we prevent ourselves from becoming the men and women this world needs us to be.
So, Wanted deals with an ever-increasing epidemic of human suffering, namely people who've had their foundations pulled out from beneath them through addictions, rejection, abuse, abandonment, and suicide. Ordinary people who've been overcome by a title wave of destructive human emotions, who honestly believe they are hopeless. Others lost their way, got entangled in some addictive vice, and are either too afraid or too ashamed to ask for help, much like what I encountered during my early life.
Wanted, took two years and three potential publishing companies before we finally release it ourselves. And with the new Potter and the Clay now rewritten with two brand new chapters and eleven thousand new words, sitting here on deck and just praying for the right publishing company, I needed to make sure I found the right home for publishing WANTED, especially with the third book in this collection already and on deck as well.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the pitch-black night of suffering and adversity.” Hope is the Lord’s spiritual stimulant that turns joy to strength, while absolution through Him exonerates our conscience of guilt, bringing healing to our bruised and often severely broken hearts. God can replant, nurture, and cultivate those essential life seeds deep inside that produce both purpose and passion, the light of men which validate our sanctity, restoring meaning through the accumulation of life’s heartbreaking wounds and adorning scars.
These precious crowning jewels will in time reveal an irresistible never before seen beauty deep within our individual sanctity, like handwritten letters from God addressed to this storm-tossed ravaged world, engraved on the tablets of our hearts. Every life was created to tell a story and was designed to immortalize the culmination of that for which we all were born and created to fulfill.
“My story is one of great pain,” says Ellis, “and also great healing. Moreover, my strong belief is that suffering has been my greatest teacher through the eyes of perspective and was undoubtedly the gateway to the transformation that occurred in my life and can be for others - as God's gift not only to us as individuals, but to inspire us to INSPIRE OTHERS and INSPIRE the world!”
It was a devastating culmination to a twenty-four yearlong drug and alcohol addiction and a life so utterly ruined that even I saw no hope of ever recovering to live a normal life again. It was an egregious misconception of reality. What I've learned since, and what would have to be my greatest success in this life, is trusting in Christ and discovering how our greatest failures can also effectuate the undisclosed catalyst that empowers some of life's most unsuspecting people to accomplish some of life's most extraordinary things.
While he never envisioned becoming an author, Ellis Lucas is a natural-born storyteller nonetheless. And in an age where it feels like everyone, even the most inconsequential of public figures and celebrities, feels compelled to chronicle their life’s journey in memoir form, Ellis Lucas’s biography The Potter and the Clay and it’s highly anticipated follow up book Wanted aren’t yet another ho-hum account of a few of humanity’s shared experiences. Ellis’ story is raw, yet compelling; it reaches down to the gutter of human despair and rises to the height of divine providence. It’s a gritty, real-life story of pain and utter transformation. A riveting and transparent page-turner chronicled in the pages of his nail-biting true autobiography. A true story filled with love and betrayal, a veritable mountain of loss, and eventually, sweet redemption. The Potter and the Clay and Wanted also offers a powerful takeaway, namely that no matter how far someone feels from salvation, hope, change and, yes, even total renewal is never out of reach.
“Through everything, broken relationships, addiction, anger, rejection, spending weekends in different county jails has taught me an invaluable life lesson, namely how there is no human life beyond God’s infinite desire and enduring passion to love and to know,” Ellis shares. “There’s also no situation, pain, sin or failure beyond His desire to forgive, heal and restore if we are willing to humble ourselves in true Biblical repentance and meet God on His own terms.”
My life was so destroyed that even I had no hope of ever recovering to live a reasonably healthy life again. But while locked up for a day in the Clay County Missouri Jail, at the end of life as I knew it, Jesus Christ stretched out His mighty hand of grace made Himself known along with an astonishing revelation. God loved me and had an amazing plan for my life if I would open my heart and receive Him that day. I did, and what happened next is a message I want the whole world to hear!
“Nobody is ever without hope, Melissa!”