About This Book
Everyone's faith story is different. People of all faiths share their personal experiences in this inspiring collection of amazing stories about the number of ways people discover, or rediscover, their faith — whether it's Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other religion. These inspirational and powerful stories will touch the hearts and souls of readers.
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Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan M. Heim
God’s presence can seem far away when you’re dealing with illness, economic difficulty, relationship issues, addictions, or other challenges. But renewing your faith can bring you comfort and help you to better withstand the hardships of life. You may be able to re-discover your faith in a house of worship or the Bible, but many of the contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan M. Heim, uncovered signs of God’s love in more unexpected ways:
Welcome "faith-full" friends. When Nancy Hoag first met her new friend, Betty, while trying to sell her cosmetics, she resisted Betty’s efforts to bring her troubles to God. But Betty’s caring actions and empathy for her friend led Nancy to the realization that Betty’s efforts were truly a reflection of God’s love in action. Her faith restored, Nancy knew that Betty had "been God’s handmaiden, and through her He had made it clear that He is always with us."
Spend time in nature. Heather Zuber-Harshman was heartbroken when her boyfriend broke up with her. She knew she’d never get through her loss without "some hardcore help from God." She immersed herself in His Word and spent time in prayer, but it wasn’t until she took a solo ten-day camping trip that she began to feel God healing her. "God appeared in the sounds of the forest, the burning of the coals, and the cool air that settled around me," she said. Since that time, she has taken several more trips by herself to rekindle her faith.
Look for a sign. When David A. Wollin’s neighbor committed suicide, David was filled with remorse. Why hadn’t he been a better friend? Why didn’t he get to know Ben better? When someone mentioned that Ben would get upset when David’s leaves blew into his yard, David looked skyward and offered up a silent apology to Ben in the hope that he would hear. Just then, David felt something brush across his chest. He reached into his breast pocket and found near the bottom of the pocket … a leaf. David saw it as a message from Ben: "All is forgiven."
Help others in need. Stephen Rusiniak really didn’t want to go to Appalachia when his church announced a mission trip to the region. He was content to help the volunteers get ready. But when a last-minute replacement was needed, Stephen found himself 700 miles from home. He felt deep satisfaction that he was able to improve living conditions for many families, but his real "God moment" — when he truly understood his purpose for going to Appalachia and felt God’s presence — came with a gust of wind after returning home. A flood of memories from the trip came rushing back, and Stephen knew that God had been with him in Appalachia — and remained with him in his own back yard.
Look for angels in disguise. Jeffrey A. Schmatz’s son, Jeremy, was struggling to recover after the removal of a serious brain tumor when Charlie Daniels, singer of Jeremy’s favorite song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," invited Jeremy to one of his concerts in response to a letter from Jeffrey. The famous fiddler spoke privately with Jeremy before the show and gave him a signed violin bow. "That concert was when Jeremy moved from being a brain tumor victim to a brain tumor fighter," Jeffrey writes. "That night, because of the kindness and consideration of a stranger from Tennessee who simply took the time to care, Jeremy finally chose to fight." God had sent "a fiddle-playing angel in cowboy boots!"