The advertising executive who lost
his job and family in a single day; the 32 year old man dying of lung
cancer whose only joy in life now is the cancer stick that put him
there; the young single mother who fears she will never again find
true love; and the daughter who blames herself for her mother's death:
They all have one thing in common. They are searching for peace at
Christmas time. Vicki Julian will pull at your heartstrings as each
person unexpectedly finds the peace they are seeking.
"Vicki's stories will
touch your heart and transport you into a renewed realization
of God's unconditional love and mercy for each of us." ---Tom
Mach, J.D. Coffin Award Winning Author of Sissy!; All Parts
Together; and The Uni Verse
"New young, talented
lady writer earns well-deserved blurb!" --- Bil Keane, creator
of The Family Circus
This author has quickly
captured the attention of her reader with stories that anyone
can relate to, Christian and non-Christian alike, universal
yet original narratives of life experiences that are much
too commonplace in today’s society. They seemed almost
unsolvable until divine intervention stepped in.
Joann Williams, Past President,
Kansas Authors Club
Ode to Joy
At church one
Sunday, one of the passages read was from Hebrews 10:24, “Let
us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds.”
(NRS version). Hearing it was akin to a light bulb going on
in my head that later spawned this book.
As a Stephen Minister, I search for ways to be
of service to others so it was a simple matter to write from a Christian
perspective as it relates to the Bible. Because the Bible is our guide
to living in accordance with God’s word, basing this book upon it
can help Christians live their lives in more actionable ways. (Matthew
5:16). For those who want to know about specific Biblical wisdom contained
in this book, scripture is duly noted and the passage quoted in the Addendum.
I suspect most readers will discover, as I did, that every positive thought
or action I believed was originally mine could be found in scripture.
In writing this book, I solicited ideas from many
different sources; from family, friends, business acquaintances, other
authors, printed and electronic news, and fellow worshipers. While most
everyone does something positive, it wasn't always easy to get others
to talk about their good deeds. No one wants to sound boastful, but by
sharing ideas, we can encourage one another. And that is exactly the goal
of this book. (Hebrews 10:24)
What I’ve also learned along the way is,
in the end, it is not who you are, what you do, or what you have that
matters. It's how you positively impact the lives of others. Attendance
at many memorial services can attest to that as truth. (Luke 12:15).
With the most simple things, we can make a difference.
And while it may not always be at the forefront of the evening news, there
are many examples of good deeds; celebrities sponsoring a particular cause,
everyday people who do extraordinary things on make-a-difference days,
individuals or groups who have instituted some remarkable on-going activities,
and those who respond with generosity and kindness when disasters strike
at home and world wide. But this book isn't about those deeds, although
some of them are included. It's about what you and I can do each day (John
14:12). As you read this book, I hope that it will be an inspiration to
you, not only to follow, but to find your own opportunities to make this
world a little better place.
the success of Vicki Julian's book, Christmas a Season for Angels, this
sequel tells the stories of God's people in need throughout the year.
The heartfelt struggle of a young man's battle with a deadly disease,
a mother's frantic attempts to obtain medicine for her child, a desperate
act by an immigrant causes pain for his family, a wife anguishes over
the fate of her comatose agnostic husband, and a gay man disowned by
his family seeks reconciliation. All pray for God's intervention and
receive the most unexpected and heartwarming answers as only Vicki Julian
can tell it.
I just finished reading
your second book and really liked it. I was surprised to
see so many ‘life lessons ‘ in one short book.
I hope the readers pick up on the value this brings to our
thoughts and deeds. Whenever we think life is tough, all
we need to do is look outside of the 4 walls that hold us
to see that we have it made! You bring that to the forefront
in this book. Good Job! - Eloise G.
couldn't stop reading it!" - Cheryl O.
have such a God given talent for expressing feelings. You
do have a talent to make others feel through the written
word – Karen H
to let you know that I recieved your book Saturday and read
the whole thing Sunday. I enjoyed the book very much. I
must admit that I cried a lot. – Kathy P
stories! - Lesta K