Saturday, August 30, 2014

Where Eagles Soar - A Glimpse







Where Eagles Soar is finally available for readers! For those of you who haven't gotten a copy yet, I'd like to give you a glimpse of what you'll find inside the cover. 










Chapter One
Page One


     My people were story tellers. My dad was a story teller. And I’m a story teller too. But more than that, I am a truth teller. I know about life and death, hope and desperation, riches and bankruptcy. A bankruptcy of the soul, and the beauty of God and his truth—how it shines when it is held up alongside the twisted, ugly lies of the Evil One.
      Sometimes the way we begin our life has little to do with where we end up or who we become along the way.
      And sometimes it has everything to do with it.
      There are people in this world who walk around all scarred up inside—angry and never able to find their way. But for some, scars make them stronger and show them a better way to live.
      I’m one of those. And I want to tell you my story.
      Most of my life I lived in a muddle of love and brutality, raging inside. Mama was good and kind and her life was one of sacrifice. Daddy didn’t know how to love. He only knew how to get what he wanted. And no one had better ever get in his way, not even family.     
     Living with ruthlessness can turn a person sour, like milk left out in the heat too long. That was me. But I learned I could be better, only it took a great God, a lot of years, and a miracle to show me the way. 

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Where Eagles Soar is a true story. I want you to meet Lily ... to know her, and so I wrote this tale as if she is sitting across the table from you and telling you about her life.

I hope you'll get a copy of this powerful tale. It could change ... everything.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Where to buy the book: 

http://amzn.to/1qKh2ME
http://bit.ly/1t3ZPkZ https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/465968 http://bonnieleon.com/html/books.html

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quiet Moments With God - Out of a Pit



Today was rough, and I was up during the night, troubled. I decided to spend time in God's Word, a place where he often meets with me. I took my Bible and went out on my deck and sat down. With darkness all around I read, while boisterous crickets serenaded me. I knew the Lord was all I needed, I longed to tuck myself in close to him, beneath his arms where I'd feel his presence, his peace and am reminded how much he loves and cares for me.

I started reading in Psalm 40. The first three verses say this, "I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the  mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord."

What a precious verses. My eyes felt the sting of tears. All I needed to do was reach out and take his hand.

     I needed him and ...
          he turned to me and heard my cry. (Wow, he heard me)
          He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire. (Free of the mire weighing me down)
          He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me.(My father walks alongside a toddler and helps.)
          He gave me a new song to sing. I will praise him.(Precious, merciful Lord. Praise you!)

     Many will see what he has done and they will trust in the Lord.

Do you live in a dark place? Have you lived in such a place? You don't have to possess enough strength to lift yourself out of that place of despair. Reach out to the Lord and he will take your hand, pull you up, and set you on solid ground, then watch over you there. You never have to be alone - never forsaken.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie



   

Friday, August 15, 2014

Life in 100 words or less - No Worries






Do you worry? 

As a teenager I put off school work, then I stressed about it. If I’d done what the teacher asked I’d have had a lot fewer stomach aches and better grades. I still put things off, only now my Heavenly Father is the one asking.

This morning I read about Mary at a wedding in Cana. She was worried about the wine. When she tells Jesus, he’s unconcerned. Mary went to the servants and said, "Do whatever he tells you."

How much simpler life would be if we did what he told us.

No worries. 

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Journey - Where Eagles Soar



Sometimes life makes no sense and we can only trust in God's greater purposes. That is where we begin with Where Eagles Soar.

Discovering this incredible story, writing it, and finally publishing the tale has been a long and difficult journey. It's also been gratifying and enriching.

A local woman, I'll call Lily, contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in writing her life's story. I was in the middle of a series and couldn't take on another project and had to decline. Lily called me a couple of times the following year, but I was committed to other projects then, as well. 

And then we met.

I was doing a local book-signing and Lily stopped in. I liked her right away. I could tell she was the real deal. She told me a little about her life and I couldn't stop the tears. I knew in my heart that I was supposed to write her story.

We spent hundreds of hours on this project. Lily came to my home often and we talked about her life and looked at family photos. Some days were pure joy and others were heart-wrenching, especially for Lily. It's not easy reliving some of the events in our lives.  

And now there is a book that tells Lily's amazing story. Her tale is inspiring and gut-wrenching. Lily is an incredible woman. 

I hope you'll get a copy of the book and discover a world you never dreamed of  -  Intriguing. Beautiful. Terrifying.



ABOUT THE BOOK

     In 1947 Lily Sanders moved with her family to a homestead at the edge of an Athabaskan village in the Alaskan Territory. It was an ideal location for her father, a mountain man and hunting guide. It also provided a place where the world could not see his brutality.
     Seeking her father's love and approval, Lily traipses the mountain trails at his side, learning to bring down big game and to work as a hunting guide. She runs her own trap-lines, faces down wolves and mushes her dog team in local races.
     A heartless act by her father, leaves Lily brokenhearted and strips away any thread of hope that one day he might love her. She vows to never forgive him and turns to the powerful bond of love she shares with her sweet-spirited mother and her many sisters. Together they share the adventure, beauty and heartache of their wilderness life.

Even a mother's love is not great enough to overcome a deeply rooted bitterness like Lily's. Only the love of God can set her free.


Available on ebook and soon in print version.


Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Quiet Moments With God - Amazing Love


People will always let us down.

We're just folks, weak and needy. We try to love well, but we fall short - we're imperfect, only human.

There is only One who loves perfectly, who loves always. Only One we can count on to never let us down.

My expectations of others and of myself are often unrealistic. Such expectations can leave me feeling trampled upon, disappointed, tearful and even angry. I've expected too much.

Last Sunday, I cried through most of our worship time, overwhelmed by the truth that God is the only one who will always love me - never disappoint me.

I knew that. I know that. But sometimes in the midst of my chaotic life I forget. And I set myself up for a big let down. Silly me.

I am comforted to know there is a Perfect Love.

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you."

Isiah 54:10


God offers these words of comfort. We can be certain He will always be there for us, even when we don't deserve His love, even on our worst day. He won't let us down. He will love us, anyway.


Praise to a God of mercy.


Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Life In 100 Words or Less - Middle/First Child



It’s not easy being a Middle/First - #3 of 5, fighting for a place in the family and trying not to be invisible while driven to be perfect.

I wasn’t an easy child, just ask my mom. I took glee in instigating conflicts, was determined to be me and no one else, but wished I was athletic like Bruce, smart as Craig, gifted like Myrn and gutsy as Leslie.

I didn’t know I was special.

I’m still something of an emotional muddle – a middle/first – complex, driven.  But now I see I’m unique and lovable and finely crafted by the Supreme Craftsman.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Where are you in your family's birth order?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Journey - Where Eagles Soar



I've been bursting to share this news! Where Eagles Soar is almost here! The book, a true story, releases next month. 


You don't want to miss this one.





About the Story

Where Eagles Soar is the true  story of
Lily Sanders, who in 1947 moved with her 
family to a homestead at the edge of
an Athabasken village in the Alaskan
Territory. It was an ideal location
for her father, a mountain man and
hunting guide. It also provided a place
where the world could not see his brutality.

Though trapped in her father's heartless
schemes, Lily longs for his love and
approval. Seeking it, she traipses the
mountain trails at his side, learning to
bring down big game and to work as a
hunting guide. She runs her own trap-lines,
faces down wolves and mushes her dog teams
in races, including the Iditarod.

A tragedy, initiated by her father, leaves
Lily brokenhearted and strips away any
thread of hope that one day he might love
her. She vows to never forgive him and turns
instead to the powerful bond of love she
shares with her sweet-spirited mother and
her many sisters. together they share the
adventure, beauty and heartache of 
their wilderness life.

Bitterness holds Lily in its grip, but when it
threatens to crush her she refuses to surrender
to it and reaches for the unobtainable, where
at last she finds freedom, hope and joy.


Watch for announcements. Where Eagles Soar will be available soon.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

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