||November 19, 2007
Barnes & Noble.com
The overwhelming and frightening situation at hand may actually be a profound opportunity.
The power of God's grace to win over misconceptions and false social stigmas is thematic in Stephanie Sawyer's newest book IMPRINTS. Insight gained through harsh situations is reflected in thoughtful consideration through first hand testimonies. Sawyer gives account of God acting in her life to break boundaries. Harsh situations are overcome through firsthand encounters with God's grace. Fear and misconceptions are shattered. Stigmas of social spectrums fall. God's Spirit is released to live and reign. This inspiration will cause every reader to ponder the regular social interaction understood in their every day life.
Set of questions suitable for Sunday School lessons and discussion available from the author upon request. Scripture focus included for spiritual growth. Topics included: partiality, redemption, substance abuse, judgment, compassion, gifts from God, positive attitude, broken relationships.
My stories are simple testimonies geared around what the Lord, my precious Jesus, drove into me when I was at my weakest and most vulnerable. I simply had to take the courage to own certain truths that I did not want to look at, truths that often were hurtful, but that eventually set me free. His grace allowed me to do so with loving arms wrapped around me usually in the form of precious people brought into my life who were so gentle with me. And in this, He did His work. (From the Prologue)
A gift of hope to everyone who reads it.....
Stories That Solicit a Response
By Stephanie S. Sawyer
100 pages at 16.95 paperback
P.O. Box 151
Frederick MD 21705
Stephanie Sawyer is an accomplished writer and musician, an advocate for people dealing with seizure disorders, and a committed Christian. Five years have passed since her first book, Facing Me, was published. In that first book, she shared honestly her struggles with seizure disorder with a goal of helping others. Imprints documents the Lord’s victory in her shattered life. These are vignettes of her journey through stark circumstances, told in this writer’s honest and erudite style.
Despite financial downturns, public seizures, fractured relationships, a failing marriage, and disappointments, Sawyer’s indomitable spirit survives. The appearance of a loving Lord Jesus saves her from a destructive life spiraling out of control. Unexpected gifts of compassion from friends and strangers brighten her darkest days. In her lowest hours, God sends who and what she needs. Sawyer considers these human gifts from God to be kindly angels, diamonds of light sent to illuminate her path to wholeness. An empathetic pastor gently eases her back into the Christian community she deserted out of despair. A wise mentor dispenses support and advice in generous measure. Discerning strangers provide kindness and concern in troubled moments.
These are stories of Christ’s healing grace, told by a woman who has struggled and failed but finally emerged victorious. The message throughout is that Jesus can help us overcome any trial if we open our hearts to him as Ms. Sawyer did. She shares her story without self pity or recriminations. The result is heart warming and encouraging to any reader who has ever grappled with illness, rejection, sorrow, or failure. Imprints is Ms. Sawyer’s gift to us all and highly recommended.
Review by Laurel Johnson
Stephanie Sawyer's life is proof that if one enters into deep and honest relationship with God, and has the courage to live with an open heart, that heart is going to be changed! It won't always be fun, it won't always look pretty, but it will always result in new life, a view through new eyes, and another step toward wholeness. Going to the mat with the living God is not for sissies. But after each round, the bell sounds with joy! I commend Ms. Sawyer for her honest, vulnerable, lay-it-all-out-there style.
- J. Troy
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