Monday, January 30, 2017

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose Kindle Edition

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dancing through the Storms 365 Day Devotional: Surviving the Loss of a Child


Hi everyone,

As many of you know I lost my beautiful butterfly girl Ashley to AIDS in 2013. I am currently working on a devotional to help grieving parents like myself.. 'Dancing through the Storms 365 Devotional: Surviving the Loss of a Child' takes you on a daily journey of healing and hope.

I want to share January & February devotionals with anyone who needs healing and hope. Just email me @ anngrayelliott1960@gmail.com or contact me through FB. Hugs.

Blessings.

Debra

Thursday, January 19, 2017

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose available on Amazon Kindle

Saturday, January 14, 2017

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose eBook Release

 New Harbor Press, January 2017
       ISBN:
9781386914235


It's here. You can download my eBook for only $7.99.


On November 4th, 1977 at the age of 16 my life changed forever. In August of 1977 I met a man who was 10 year older than me. He was into drugs and got me hooked. My mother was an alcoholic and did not care what I did, so I moved in with this guy, got hooked on drugs, and got pregnant. Part of my story is blurry, but I remember somehow I wound up back with my mom who lost custody of me and I was forced into a group home and was forced to have an abortion at 9 weeks pregnant. This book is not about my abortion, but how God took me out of ashes into beauty. It's about women who are struggling with guilt after an abortion. it's about women who are struggling within themselves with any type of pain or grief of the past.

Blurb:

Every day of every second a woman has an abortion. Every day of every second a woman has to live with the emotional turmoil of her decision. Forty years ago at the age of sixteen Debra had an abortion changing her forever. 

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose brings an emotionally charred women out of the pits of fire, through the ashes into the beauty of purpose. With the direction of God, hurting women weather through the painful journeys, become women of spiritual beauty, find God's purpose, and learn to live again.


My hope is this book will help other hurting women who have struggled or are struggling with grief or anger of post-abortion.

You can purchase a copy at the following websites. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A New Devotional in the Works

Many of you know my story. Just after Mothers Day 2013 I lost by youngest daughter to an AIDS related illness. What most of you do not know is that I struggled to get out of the darkness after her death. I felt hopeless and dead. It took me several years to get past my torment. I have shared my story in several anthologies, but I also wanted to create a devotional for other grieving parents.

Dancing through the Storms 365 Day Devotional: Surviving the Loss of a Child takes you on a daily journey of healing and hope.



The book should be released in March or April.

Here is a sample:

January

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV


Time is supposed to heal all wounds. When you lose a child, time stands still. It cannot be turned back or erased. The wounds of pain cannot heal. When I lost my daughter on Memorial Day 2013, it was my worst nightmare. I wanted to hide away from the world, I even contemplated suicide. My baby girl was gone. My wounds of pain cut too deep to heal. I was broken. It is in the brokenness of loss, that the Lord wants us to renew our souls and hearts.


January brings change and new beginnings. We have thirty-one days of time to be born with renewed hope, time to plant restored faith, time to heal old wounds, time to build new attitudes, time to laugh again, time to dance in the rain, time to scatter the stones of anger, time to embrace loss, time to search within our soul, time to throw away our sorrow, time to mend our hurt, time to speak with love, time to love ourselves, and a time for peace.


During the month of January, take time to renew your soul and heal your heart. Each devotional this month guides you through a spiritual renewal to find peace and heal the wounds of losing your child. Take time to meditate on the words and let the Lord be your strength and solace.



Pray:
Lord, my wounds of pain cut my soul and heart into tiny shards that cannot heal. Give me strength to renew my soul and heal my heart. With your guidance Lord, I will get through the pain and let time heal my wounds of losing my child. Amen.



My prayer for you, as it is with me; is that the Lord heals your broken soul and revives your hurting heart.

 Blessings,

Debra

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Exciting News! 'From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose' soon will become a reality.


It has taken me forty years to write or even talk about my abortion. November 4th is a date that is forever etched into my soul. When I sat down and started blogging about my abortion and how the Lord took my broken spirit and brought me out of the ashes of pity into the beauty of purpose, I had no idea my words would go beyond my blog.

Six years later, those blog posts are now a 60, 000 word, twenty-three chapter book that will soon become a reality . I am overwhelmed that the Lord chose me to share my words and His word with other broken women.

"From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose' blurb:
Every day of every second a woman has an abortion. Forty years ago at the age of sixteen I had an abortion which changed my life forever. Every day of every second a woman has to live with the emotional turmoil of her decision.
From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose brings an emotionally charred women out of the pits of fire, through the ashes into the beauty of purpose. With the direction of God, hurting women can get through the painful journeys, become women of spiritual beauty, find God's purpose, and learn to live again.

Although my book 'From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose was written to help post abortion women, it is also was written to help the hurting woman, heal the broken woman, and harbor the lost woman. it was written to help the woman who is consumed with pity find the beauty of purpose.

Look for updates in the coming months.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

'Out of Darkness into Daylight' is going to be published in Grief Diaries: Poetry & Prose and More

More exciting news to share. Another story I wrote about my daughter Michelle 'Out of Darkness into Daylight' is going to be published in Grief Diaries: Poetry & Prose and More to be released December 1st. I will post more details as I am updated.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Art of People Book Review

Disclosure: "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."


Have you ever wondered how to get everything you want? I know I do! With Dave Kerpen's book The Art of People you have access to 53 easy to use tips that provide a plan of action for you to get everything you want.

Learning people skills isn't easy to master, but Dave shows you the what and how  of everything you need to get everything you need.

If you are struggling with people skills or just want a refresher course, pick up your copy.

You can find more about the book on the Art of People website. Take a quiz, buy the book, visit the blog.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Book Review: I Like Giving by Brad Formsma

Disclosure: "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

Brad Formsma intends to change your attitude in I Like Giving. Most people grumble or moan when they have to give and have an attitude of greed instead of generosity. 

When you choose to live a generous life you start to change and so does the world around you. Something incredible happens when giving becomes our idea and not out of a duty or obligation. When you move from awareness to action, miracles happen. As you make giving a lifestyle, you'll realize you're not only loving life more, you're also creating a more generous world - a better world for all of us.

This book opened my eyes to how giving back is so important to not only myself, but the person on the receiving end. 

I Like Giving is more than just a book about giving, it is a book about how we all should live! Filled with many wonderful and uplifting stories of giving, by the end of the book, you will stop grumbling and like giving with an open mind and heart.
Generous
Inspire
Vison
Encouragement

To learn more about the book or purchase a copy to inspire yourself and other's check out these websites:



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Blog tour: ‘A Thankful Heart’ and Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from Cedar Fort in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are my own

Have you ever been down a road and got lost? Most of us have and sometimes that is how life is. We start traveling down an unknown path and lose our way when we have no directions. David A. Christensen's book A Thankful Heart: 31 Teachings to Recognize Blessings in Your Life gives the right directions to stay on track and not lose your way. Life is not easy and we all get lost along the way, but when we have the right directions, life is much easier to navigate.  A Thankful Heart: 31 Teachings to Recognize Blessings in Your Life is filled with 31 ways to get you back on the right path. Christensen ends each mini lesson with a self-examination for greater gratitude, scriptures, and a parting thought. The book gives you an opportunity to examine your life and where you are going. 

If you feel you are lost and cannot find your way back, pick up a copy of David A. Christensen's book A Thankful Heart: 31 Teachings to Recognize Blessings in Your Life and change your life in 31 days.

About the author:
David A. Christensen has taught missionary preparation and Book of Mormon classes for over thirty years. His testimony and enthusiasm for the restored gospel was shared with missionaries and members in the Chile Santiago North Mission where he served as president, and again in Central America when he was president of the Guatemala Missionary Training Center. He counts his children and grandchildren as his most important converts, and his best friend and wife, Deena Bond Christensen, his eternal companion. David Christensen's website is: http://author.davidachristensen.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Instagram @david.a.christensen.