Our faith often carries us through the hardest times of our lives, but what if the hard times cause you to lose faith? Everyone’s “faith story” is different. In the book, people of Christian and Jewish faiths share their personal stories about this life-changing and powerful event, providing inspiration and encouragement to readers.
Below are a few excerpts from the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith:
Ginny Dubose was terrified of raising her newborn baby, Danny, alone after her husband left her. She planned to leave Danny with her parents and take her own life. On the day of her plan, a coworker’s simple question changed her mind: how would Ginny’s parents explain to Danny why both of his parents left him? She realized that what she thought was a noble act was actually selfish. That night she prayed for help to raise her child. She was overcome with peace and knew she was going to be fine. The next day Ginny thanked her coworker for what he said, only to find out he hadn’t actually been at work that day. “But God had been,” Ginny says. “He had known the only words that could save me and my son.”
The 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith, celebrate moments when our faith brings us through life’s critical moments. After losing her family in a tragic car accident, Patrick P. Stafford’s daughter-in-law found herself angry with God and completely dependent on pills to function in everday life. One night she was walking alone when she heard a voice telling her not to be afraid and that nothing would harm her if she believed. She saw a man walking sinisterly toward her, and although she was afraid, she stood her ground just as the voice had told her, and prayed. The man passed her with no harm! She was kept safe that night, and the experience restored her faith in God as well. “Since that night, I talk to God often, for I have learned how to pray. Every moment of my life, I am grateful to God for the opportunity He gave me to love Him,” she writes. “He saved my life, He saved my sanity, and ultimately He saved my soul.”
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