Welford Street Miracles is based on something you know something about. Something you experienced through the sense of life, of actual living, and that always makes for the best kind of writing. Its simplicity, its honesty in telling is evident not only in the lines but between the lines, and that’s when writing is at its best. You believe the miracle, and believing it you begin to see the characters and feel for them and hope for them spiritually. Into this group of people we have a main character. The prime subject wrought with a medical problem, brainwashed in his spiritual hierarchy, and skilled in the business world, whose struggles and accomplishments come to the forefront and whose encounter with a stranger ends in the greatest miracle of all.
"How many times has something happened to you or your family that could only be explained as the work of God or an angel? True stories of neighbors about a stranger's visit acquire that explanation. Born on Welford Street in Port Arthur, Texas, Richard grows up learning life lessons from neighbors who were visited in the 1930s. He is brainwashed into believing that the president of a Christian-oriented insurance company is second to God. He becomes the company's top producer, even though he is secretly being treated for a cancer that is scheduled to take his life. Will he learn that a false idol should not be thought of as God-like? Join author R. Merial Martin and Richard as he works to create a financial legacy for his children before the cancer takes hold. Watch as past miracles on Welford Street influence his life's work. Walk with Richard and witness the greatest Welford Street Miracle."
I was amazed with the arrival of the stranger, I cried when the selfishness of man prevailed, I was angry at the conditions you/he had to live in and the struggles and sacrifices that you all endured.
More importantly I admired the man who took the truths of God’s word and applied them to his life. The man who desired to please the Lord and do what was right, not seeing the evil of men's hearts but wanting to believe the best about a person.
I'm amazed that you allowed The Lord to use you as His instrument to bring justice and peace to the situation. I'm happy that you had the strength and courage to obey The Lord,,,,,"obedience is better than sacrifice" right?
In the end, I found myself wanting to visit Welford Street. I wanted to meet the people who once live there because I felt like I knew them somehow, they reminded me of some of the people who were in my neighborhood growing up. I feel like I don't really know my neighbors now, and I miss the sense of community and the relationships you develop with people living near each other for a very long time. It made me homesick.
Also, I longed for the stranger,,,,,Christ; your story reminded me of how near he really is,,,,,and how privileged I am to know Him, to have a relationship with Him. I can call on Christ whenever I need Him and He always comes,.but your story reminds us that He comes looking for us even when we are not looking for Him. He wants to bless us and help us more than we know or understand!!!! I believe in Miracles ,,,,but my faith in them has gotten stronger after reading your story!!!!
"Great Book" This book was so good I couldn't put it down. I could readily relate to the events and people in this book. I grew up and was raised two blocks from the martin family in the 900 block of Welford Street. I personally knew some of the people he told of in the book. It brought back a lot of memories. I was raised by my grandparents and remember when they got rid of the old "ice box" and got a new refrigerator. The West Side was the center of my universe. It was safe and close knit community. The book also renewed my faith and belief in "Guardian Angels". Good work Richard Martin! By Tom W. from Seattle, Washington
“…I enjoyed Welford Street Miracles so much, I even had a few tears. Praise the Lord!!!I am so fortunate to have met you, Richard. I will have to tell you how you and the Lord have blessed me. So I ordered the ebook version. Your ebook, "Welford Street Miracles" arrived yesterday, so I read the complete book. As usual, tears came. I hope you will get a good response by the readers. I'm sure that anyone reading it, will have tears which indicates a good response. Virgil Jorgensen, family friend, Studio City, CA
NY LIBRARIAN REVIEW
"...I started reading your latest and am completely enmeshed in your journey. How cathartic it must have been to see your path in life in your own words. So far I have been enlightened in a way I could never have imagined. Richard…Your family, YOU, your path in life – all extraordinary. Your susceptibility, under trying circumstances, and how you overcame the distinct negativity is so profound. Because you made reference to verses in the bible, I recalled this – In his sermon on the mount (Matthew 7:15), Jesus warns: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. When you are awakened and take hold of your life – a Shakespearian quote: Thee, Ill chase hence, thou wolf in sheep’s array. (King Henry the 6th).Your book was a revelation! …"Helen Beslity, Librarian, Port Washington, NY"