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I couldn’t remember the last time I read a book, but I finished The Apple Tree Wish cover to cover within 24 hours.
It’s the first […]
I just finished your book, The Apple Tree Wish. What an amazing story you have shared with me and others. I was moved to […]
Since Part II of the Journal contains intimate letters dealing with various issues, it always blesses me to see how different chapters of The […]
What They Say
I have so many emotions swimming in my heart since finishing your book. I loved your ‘pictures’ to explain your emotions—revolving door, bullfrogs, etc. I felt your feelings. I believe any reader would. I was impressed by your light, joyful heart, free of bitterness or rancor. As an adopted child, your story confirmed in my heart what God has told me long ago—that the biological people are not as important as the relationship. Beautifully done.Barbara Smith, Registered Nurse, Folsom, California
Your story … was not the story I imagined. … I learned that my earthly view of ‘happy’ ending (finding your biological father and thus a happy ending) is so different from God’s. It showed me that God’s version of family is based on Agape love.Shinobu Gunadi, Veterinary Technician, Irvine, California
Your story really touched me … [and] made me cry. I identified with you in the apple tree. As a child separated from my family and feeling discouraged, I would talk to the moon and spill my own heartache. It also made me smile to see a picture of God’s amazing compassion for us, His adopted children.Vivian Ferido, Church Admin Assistant, Irvine, California
As a grief share counselor for many years, I was moved by your gripping and courageous account. Reading it made me appreciate my own loving fatherdaughter relationship. I commend you for having the perseverance to let God work in your unusual situation. The emotions you expressed will undoubtedly resonate with people of all ages who have suffered painful losses through the death of loved ones or other childhood hurts. Your story will help them come to grips with their past circumstances and help them deal with their pain in an honest and biblical manner.Verdie Agee-Gilman, Grief Share Facilitator, Irvine, California