This is a Christian book that tells of my desire to find a purpose and (with God )creating a spiritual path it seems that I am supposed to walk.It gives practical ways for all of us to find our purpose and what we most desire. To look at ourselves with honesty and love. My vision is to help others find their own wonderful way to Joyful Surrender!
Joyful Surrender tells of how we all need a sense of purpose and being loved.I begin the book by writing of my life and how I was able to find a sense of purpose and joy.I tell of the challenges and the wonderul times and what led me to take vows. I give three stages in which to find that purpose and having a joyful life. In the first stage we look at what we truely want. Not what society says we want. I suggest looking deep into ourselves and reflecting on the ways we have experienced God's love.Looking at the gifts God has given us. It is a reflective time. The second stage is looking at ourselves honestly but with love. I give some suggestions on seeing what might keep us from experiencing God's love.The third stage is Sister/Brother of Jesus. In this stage we look at how we can put our gifts, and insight into action.I combine my own story with practical ways for others to grow in their spiritual path.
I wrote this book with the respect of each persons unique spiritual path in mind. Not to follow mine, but to find your own path. .My hope is to draw others into t their own goodness which is inside all of us. No matter how much others affirm us or success (what society calls success)we have, unless we realize our ownn goodness and look at the things we need to change or accept about ourselves, we will never have the life that God had hoped for us.
The feedback has been wonderful!One person said you can use these stages for almost anything you want to do in life. Another person said (as she looked like she was about to cry and shaking),eveyone should read this book.One woman told me that she had also been through one of the experences I did and how much it helped her.
If you would like I have a blog that has a spiritual thought for each day. I hope it is helpful. Thank you again.
Come learn about your own goodness and the joy that is waiting you!Learn how to deal with challenges (which we all will have).I offer this book with much love and respect. Come grow in you own spiritual path!
What are the ways you have experienced God's love?There are many possibilities.Through people, nature, in prayer,in happy or challenging situations, etc.How did it make you feel?What did you learnn about God in these experiences?
Joyful Surrender is a very well written memoir about a women who spent years of her life in search of fulfilling her Spiritual Quest. Her Quest was one initiated through her own innate desire to commit to God. Cindy Tuttle shares with her readers her Spiritual Journey and what seemed to be an exhausting and almost never ending road to what she felt to be her natural path in her life. This book reaches out to its readers through inspirational and Spiritual focus which offers a new and creative way to live what Cindy Tuttle calls, "A Vowed Life" Womensselfesteem.com: Highly recommends, JOYFUL SURRENDER to all educators and people young and old as a true Spiritual resource book and most of all a bright light that will guide you through all of the negative elements that continuously work to blind your Spirituality throughout your life!
Womensselfesteem.com's Interview with Cindy Tuttle
Dorothy - Cindy...thank you for coming and sharing your time with us this evening.
Dorothy -I promise to not ask you anything to personal.
Cindy_Tuttle- Thank you for having me
Dorothy -It is our pleasure.
Dorothy -Lets begin this interview with you Cindy....sharing a little bit about Cindy...where you are from ...ect.
Cindy_Tuttle - I am from Sacramento Calif. I work with adults who have severe mental illness and I have a sister and a mother who is 95 years old.
Dorothy -When did you begin writing in your life?
Dorothy -Not necessarily this book but other writings.
Cindy_Tuttle - I started a journal about 25 years ago. Started doing poetry 10 years ago and started writing books 1 year ago.
Dorothy- So you have been on the path of actually writing your own book for a long time?
Cindy_Tuttle - Well I actually started wring Joyful, Surrender about a year ago. But wrote for my own enjoyment over 20 years ago.
Dorothy -Do you have any favorite Authors or books that you would say have influenced your life?
Cindy_Tuttle - I like Christian book by Joyce Rupp Merton and lately I have been very deep into Mother Teresa
Dorothy- I will join you in regards to Mother Teresa...she is an amazing women..one to be looked up to.
Dorothy -What inspired you to write Joyful Surrender?
Cindy_Tuttle- I wanted to share my great love and joy in following God and to help others in their own spiritual path.
Dorothy- In reading Joyful Surrender...I will say that you have achieved that goal very well.
Dorothy -About the title...JOYFUL SURRENDER..how did you come up with that?
Cindy_Tuttle -Thank you Dorothy
Cindy_Tuttle - The title seemed to say how I try to open myself totally to God. To try and surrender my life to God while at the same time trying to bring His compassion to people I meet.
Dorothy -Joyful Surrender is about you & your Spiritual Searchings....do you feel that writing this book has helped you in any way in your life?
Cindy_Tuttle - It has helped me alot. It made me reflect on the things I reflected on as I developed my vows and looking back at my life and how God was and is so involved.
Dorothy -When did you first begin to realize that your commitment to Serve God was so necessary? Some say they saw a sign...was it like that for you?
Cindy_Tuttle - I don't think I saw a sign. It was more of a strong deep urging is me. Something I just couldn't ignore.
Dorothy -What part did the disabled people you mention in your book play in awakening your won awareness in your search?
Cindy_Tuttle - Alot.They helped me see that our cultures views of success and happiness were so different than the people I try and help have. For some of them it was being able to hold a spoon and eat something.
Dorothy -It is truly amazing how everyone views what is important in life. It only takes a shortcoming or disability to realize the real gifts we have.
Cindy_Tuttle -I agree.
Dorothy -What does it mean to you, 'To Follow Jesus'?
Cindy_Tuttle - It means to let the love I have received from Jesus be given to others. To empty myself in a sense so that Jesus can become alive in me in some small way. To let His love be born every day. If that makes any sense?
Dorothy -That makes complete sense.
Dorothy- Was there a difficult part in telling your story and if so...what was it?
Cindy_Tuttle - I wondered if I should tell about the teen ager who was going to kill me. That was such a big event in my life and kind of personal. But after I thought about it I thought that it was the only way I could tell what God has done for me.I wondered if I was trying to make myself a big deal or something.
Dorothy- I do not look at it that way at all. I look at it as more of a divine intervention. It may just be the catalyst that put you on your course of seeking Spirituality.
Dorothy -It is part of who you are and how you came to be.
Cindy_Tuttle -It was.
Dorothy -Is there any one who you would consider played a strong part in making your book possible?
Cindy_Tuttle - I would say the person that helped me work through the abuse and my spiritual adviser.
Dorothy -You mentioned earlier in the interview that it took you one year to write Joyful Surrender...did you run into any roadblocks on the way?
Cindy_Tuttle - Well- the only road block I can remember is getting the grammar right. That isn't my strong suit.
Dorothy -Well if that is the toughest part...I will say that someone was definitely watching over you!
Dorothy -Have you done any traveling in order to promote Joyful Surrender?
Cindy_Tuttle - No. I wouldn't mind doing that though.
Dorothy- Are you planning another book anytime soon?
Cindy_Tuttle- Yes. I am working with Paulist Press on a book called Every Day with Mother Teresa. I also have two children books that I am trying g to find a publisher for and I am working on a book where I use parts of psalm 27 to help us live with courage and hope.
Dorothy -Very nice to hear...I look forward to reviewing those for you.
Dorothy -Last question for you Cindy & by the way you have been fantastic....Is there a message that you hope your readers will grasp from your story?
Cindy_Tuttle -Yes. I guess it would be that I believe everyone has a purpose and goodness and my hope is my readers know how loved they are.
Dorothy- I want to take a minute more to thank Cindy Tuttle for being here tonight ...now I will sit back and allow you very patient ladies to share a few thoughts of your won! Thank you and God Bless you Cindy Tuttle!
Cindy_Tuttle -Thank you Dorothy
Dorothy -You are most welcome.
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Reader Reviews for "Joyful Surrender"
|Reviewed by Richard Arrington
|I have found inspirational words in every work that has come from the hands of Cindy Tuttle. This book will inspire hope in those seeking joy during life's dark clouds. We never know how many people we inspire as we travel life's road, but we know those who are inspirational. Cindy Tuttle is one of those people who bring hope.
R. Region Arrington,
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|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|Cindy your words are an inspiration, keep writing and be blessed
In Christs Love
|Reviewed by Dorothy Lafrinere
|Joyful Surrender is a very well written memoir about a women who spent years of her life in search of fulfilling her Spiritual Quest. Her Quest was one initiated through her own innate desire to commit to God. Cindy Tuttle shares with her readers her Spiritual Journey and what seemed to be an exhausting and almost never ending road to what she felt to be her natural path in her life. This book reaches out to its readers through inspirational and Spiritual focus which offers a new and creative way to live what Cindy Tuttle calls, "A Vowed Life" Womensselfesteem.com: Highly recommends, JOYFUL SURRENDER to all educators and people young and old as a true Spiritual resource book and most of all a bright light that will guide you through all of the negative elements that continuously work to blind your Spirituality throughout your life!
|Reviewed by John Domino
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I pray your book does well.
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Both are about prison ministry.
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Yours in Christ,