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Don't Be Afraid of the Storm
by Lynn Jeffcott   

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Publisher:  Word Wrangler Publishing ISBN-10:  1586300903 Type: 


Copyright:  Mar 1 2001

Word Wrangler Publishing

Don't Be Afraid of the Storm is a collection of true stories dedicated to brave and weary souls who face illness, tragedy and hard times. The book is not merely a collection of inspirational anecdotes. On the contrary, the stories (some of them over 100 years old) carry a warm blend of truth, because they are family stories, from the heart and soul of people the author knows best.

Although the stories are about the strange and unknown, they are told by ordinary people who wish to share their remarkable experiences to give comfort to those who need to know that we never walk alone. Even through life's darkest moments.

I dove to the bottom of the lake, my belly brushing sand. I propelled forward, forging through the rungs straight on. Unfortunately, there was more room going through at an angle. The ladder's narrow, unyielding slats hopelessly imprisoned my upper body. Big mistake, big mistake, I said over and over in my mind.

I pushed and clawed at the sides of the ladder. I am going to die, I thought. At that moment, I distinctly heard a man's voice--a stern yet comforting voice. His words were clear: "Stop kicking NOW," the voice instructed. "Slowly let air out and turn your body. Keep calm," it said.

Although my lungs were on fire, I felt strangely peaceful as I followed the orders. I exhaled and my diaphram grew smaller, allowing me room to turn my body and gain the space I needed. I swallowed water on the way up and broke the surface under the pier sputtering and coughing but happy to be breathing air. I didn't think about what might have happened if I had been trapped under water just a few seconds more ...You would think that having your life saved by a disembodied voice, an ethereal being, would be the most glorious and shining moment of your life. But it was 1958, and I was just a child. My naivete' gave me an unconditional acceptance of everything. It never occurred to me how extraordinary my rescue was. And like any child, I discovered truths every day as part of the growing process. I had just discovered another: On God's green earth, even the impossible is possible.

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Review by Lisa's Book Review
Lynn Jeffcott tells beautiful stories of inspirational value. These spiritual events have happened to herself, her family and friends. Lynn hopes writing these true stories will help comfort you through trying times. She has three different sections of this book. The first one, Miracles of Heavenly Presence, presents stories of heavenly entities, anecdotes of spirits trying to let a loved one know that they are around. In one, a heavenly being lets a son know that his mother has had a close call with death. The second section of the book is Miracles of Help From Above. These stories come alive with tales of spirits helping in times of need. One story that stands out happened to Lynn's husband when he was a teenager. While he and a friend are driving recklessly on a dark road with their car lights off, he suddenly yells, for no apparent reason, to stop the car. When the boys put the lights back on, they are teetering precariously on the edge of a cliff. What made them stop the car? Her husband later recalls that a voice in his head called out a warning. And what made them not fall to their deaths? Some things just aren't explainable. The third and final section is Other Miracles. In one story, a grandmother is "told" about a loved one's passing through a music box. This box hasn't been played in years. It suddenly plays on its own, and afterward she gets a call about her sister-in-law who has just passed away. When it plays music again the next day, she receives another call, telling her that her brother has also passed on. To read these stories, you need to have an open mind. You cannot be a skeptic and think there is an explanation for every goings-on. If you just sit back and relax, you will enjoy this wonderful book.

Review by Ivy Quill Reviews
Don't Be Afraid of the Storm is a compilation of ethereal happenings that Ms. Jeffcott has documented in the hopes of bringing comfort to all that have lost a loved one. Some of us would call these tales of the paranormal, and so they are. But they are still true and unusual stories to help survivors through those rough adjustment times, and to let them know they are not alone. The book is presented in three sections. Section One is about visitations from the ghosts of people who have passed over. Some very interesting happenings are recorded here. Section Two holds stories of how unseen entities have saved the lives of people who were facing certain death, until the angels intervened. Many good stories. Section Three lists other miracles that are Heaven-sent. For some uplifting accounts of contact from the other side, there are enough here to convince you that you are not alone. We all have our guardian angel. Ms. Jeffcott has related these stories in a manner well written, leaving one knowing that someone or something is always looking out for us. She relates the stories in a straightforward, unembellished, straight-from-the-heart fashion. So if miracles and a touch of the paranormal are to your liking, this book will not disappoint you. Very uplifting reading.

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