Beaver Falls, PA (PRWEB) October 11, 2011
“Have you ever wondered if life is fair or questioned why a loving God allows pain and suffering? Does the power of God seem out of reach?” These are the questions that author Gladys Blews Wilson asks in her new book “Standing in the Gap” (published by WestBow Press).
Through “Standing in the Gap," which reads like narrative fiction, the author presents the steps through which God led her into a deeper walk of faith.
“I enjoyed volunteer work in a large church and it was through this church that God brought four troubled children into our lives,” Wilson recalls. “I reluctantly became involved when my husband, Frank, felt led by God to help them. This thrust me into a growing personal relationship with their mother.”
Wilson admits she had negative feelings toward the woman who neglected her children, but through a Billy Graham Crusade, she was able to overcome her reluctance to witness to her about God’s saving grace through Christ.
“My father abandoned my mother and me and I had worked to distance myself from the kind of life Nancy represented,” Wilson says. “But God knew the role he had planned for me and during the years between 1969 and 1972 he showed me His heart for the children of the poor and led my husband and me to accept His call to serve them.”
Life became an emotional roller coaster stabilized by mentors God sent to help her learn the secrets of being grafted into the vine of Christ’s life until her passion to do His will became her first priority. Youth Guidance Director Ernie Frederick, Evangelist John Guest, parish priest James Woods and retired missionary Dr. James Cummings set out guideposts on the Wilson family’s spiritual journey. Through each of these men, God revealed new insights into the way they could be part of God’s plan to bring about unity among His followers. In addition, Wilson began to discover answers to the questions she had about the father she never knew.
“I kept a detailed journal of the direct answers to prayer we experienced with the hope others will be inspired to follow the biblical steps that changed our lives. I began to understand the way God had been ‘standing in the gap’ for my absent father all my life.”
“For they (our earthly fathers) disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.” (Hebrews 12:10)
About the Author
Gladys Blews Wilson earned a B.A. in 1977, which led to a career as a staff writer for the “Beaver/Allegheny Times.” Her first book, “The House on McCully Street,” recounts stories of life-changing miracles. She and her husband, Frank, who have four adult children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, have completed the Reclaiming the Mind Theology Program and many courses offered by the Ligonier Valley Study Center. Their children are active church members who follow in their footsteps through short-term mission trips and involvement in social justice issues in their various communities.
WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, the world’s premier Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI)—the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press will be evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit westbowpress.com or call 866-928-1240.