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Resurrection Year Paperback – 28 May 2013
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About the Author
Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. His books include the award-winning Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life, and the three-volume series Open House: Sheridan Voysey in Conversation. He is married to Merrynand lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom.
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While stories of God's incredible miracles in giving babies to those for whom it was medically impossible are important and hugely faith-building, stories like this are equally vital.
'Resurrection Year' is a book about the courage of a couple daring to dream again, of Sheridan daring to give up his flourishing career in order to let his wife pursue a new dream, of them both leaving behind all they had ever known and starting a new life on the other side of the world.
It's a book about choosing to continue to trust God and walk with him even when the way ahead is not clear. It's an honest book, and therefore a painful one in places, and in its honesty it doesn't really give any answers, because there aren't really any.
As Tolstoy noted in the opening line of Anna Karenina, "...each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Each person's valley is unique. The troubles I go through will never be the same as yours, and so the answers we find, the quiet whispers and the newly opened doors we receive from God will never be the same either. But just as it builds faith to hear the miracle stories, it also builds faith - of the persevering kind, not the triumphalistic kind - to hear the stories of God's faithfulness through the storms.
'Resurrection Year' is a sad but beautiful story, beautifully written.
As I read I felt myself travelling with them, I could feel their pain share in their questions and search for God in all of this. My conditioned thought processes were challenged with regards to how I view God and what I think about the suffering people go through. There are no easy answers and no understanding of why these things happen, but the sense that God works to heal and restore, to turn the wilderness into a redemptive place, is evident throughout this book. I found it thought provoking, moving and a real privilege to read. Thank you for being so painfully honest and vulnerable I am sure this book will be a comfort and blessing to many. Sheridan is a very gifted writer and I look forward to reading his next book, maybe now he will get to finish and publish 'More than this'! Thank you for writing it. Margaret Calvert
The other key aspect of the book is the action that the author took in response to his wife's desire to move abroad in order to recover from the blighting of their hopes for a family. So many men would have said 'but my dear, I have a career; this is asking too much'. Instead, the author offered up his successful career as broadcaster, writer, and speaker for his wife's sake: a true modelling of the instruction given by St Paul in Ephesians 5:25, which is so much preached and so little practised. It is no surprise that Sheridan Voysey has been greatly blessed after making such a self-offering.
I'm glad this is not a narrowly sectarian book. The background is quite Evangelical, but the author finds beauty and spiritual inspiration in Catholic churches as well as in Protestant strongholds.
Any blemishes in the book are small. For example, no one outside Australasia knows what a spruiker is!
After seeing this quote from the book on a twitter feed, and facing my own broken dream, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book.
I have just read this book in a day. My husband and I are trying to come to terms with our infertility, so the topic was always going to strike a chord with me. However, the feelings, thoughts and emotions described so well by Sheridan, mirrored our own in so many ways, I was astounded. It was comforting to know we are not the only ones to feel the way we do.
Sheridan reports a conversation with Adrian Plass where the following is said: "Out of your suffering will come ways to minister to people in ways you otherwise never could". I certainly feel that this book has achieved this and I know I appreciated the honesty and openness.
I hadn't heard of Sheridan Voysey before but do wish him all the best for his future in the UK, and am sure his writing will bring hope to others struggling with broken dreams.
A very moving story. The author had bared his soul here.
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