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by Bessie Downing
Have you ever found yourself at the end of struggle having learned a lesson that you never expected to learn? After the death of her pastor, Rev. Vensus, Isadella reflects back on her circumstances and the factors that have influenced her life. Growing up as a child in the pre-civil rights movement South, she was raised by her grandmother with close family relationships. Isadella witnessed the persecution of her people, and her family experienced one tragedy after another. Then, Isadellaís grandmother decided to move the family to Washington, D.C., where they joined a nondenominational Christian Church. The pastor of the church challenged Isadellaís personal theology time after time, and she struggled to make sense of his teachings and actions, living her life in accord with Godís will for her. It was through these challenges that Isadella learns to let herself go and let God direct her life, ultimately finding Christís peace.
Bessie Downingís In My Fatherís House is an inspiring story of a woman who, through sticking to her convictions, finds that her life isnít as far from God as she may have thought.
About the Author
A native of Georgia, Bessie Downing lives in Newnan, Georgia, with her husband. She is a retired educator, who received a bachelorís degree in art education and a masterís degree in religion from the Howard University School of Divinity. Bessie has been a member of The Links, Inc., Annapolis Chapter, Annapolis, Maryland, since 2004, and she also served on the board of directors at the Takoma Theater. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, playing the pedal harp, acting, attending Broadway performances and concerts, and painting murals in churches.
(2010, paperback, 172 pages)