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This is no run-of-the-mill, cheesy inspirational book. Even the most cynical reader will find the introduction, in which Bottke describes her husband's transformation from a loving man into a wife-beating brute who almost killed her, gripping. She then describes the equally dramatic way God transformed her life. The essays that follow are just as moving, if not always quite as gut-wrenching. Candace Carteen's loving contribution describes her father's struggle with Parastremmatic Dwarfism and her own struggle to love and accept him. In "The Nativity Scene at Easter," Cindy Appel offers a simple meditation on the connections between Easter and Christmas. Susan Fahncke shares a snapshot of her husband signing "I love you" to his deaf baby son. Chapter Four, "Angels Among Us," offers four essays about seeing God's messengers in ordinary folks. This is not a book to read through in one sitting the bite-sized chapters should be savored one or two at a time, like chocolates from a sampler. Readers will enjoy this volume and eagerly await not just future anthologies by the same editors, but essays and devotions by the dozens of contributors they will discover here. Christians will want to pass this book along to their nonbelieving friends, and they will want to keep a copy for themselves.

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About the Author

Allison Gappa Bottke has worked, over the past two decades, as a professional fund-raiser for non-profit organizations and as a freelance writer. Many readers may also recognize her as one of the country's first full-figure fashion models. Allison makes her home in southern Minnesota where she and her entrepreneurial husband live on a twenty-eight acre farm.
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Product Details

  • Series: God Allows U-Turns
  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Promise Press (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586603000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586603007
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing, Speaking or as God's delivery girl, Delores lives life passionately and humorously revealing dynamic hope and confidence found in the heritage of our personal God. She writes from Racine, WI. Is a CLASS graduate, and has published hundreds of stories, devotionals and articles. As columnist, writer and teacher. Delores is represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. Contact her at website/blog Be The Miracle at http://deloresliesner.com or email delores7faith@yahoo.com. Supporting Fullness of Life Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ - providing treatment funding for children with life-threatening illness.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2002
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I purchased your book GOD ALLOWS U TURNS last summer and my God, has it blessed my life. I was struggling with sin When I went to my local Christian book store I saw the book sitting there and the title just spoke to me. I had to buy it, but ironically I was buying it for someone else instead of myself. Well, I started to read it and realized I need this book more than the person I'm buying it for. Praise God for the revelation because reading the numerous stories of hope, love, forgiveness and peace made an impact on me. The realness by which so many of the people wrote their stories has blessed me and kept me encouraged. It has showed me that "real" people who are Believers still struggle with doing the will of the Lord but that God through his Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us back to the path of righteousness if we breakdown and come to him and "want" to change. I could write more, but I won't.
One of the stories made me cry! She and I have the same upbringing and like her I have struggled most of my life with understanding what true love is. Because I was not nurtured or shown real love by my parents it's always been difficult for me to understand and experience God's love. When I was younger I made friends with people I should not have been with and ended up marrying someone who does not love me. Yet, reading Tammera's story helped me to experience God's love for me and see that God has understood all my life this struggle and that he has been waiting and filling in the voids in my life that were not filled in when I was a child. So, please tell her thank you for having the courage and for allowing God to use her story and life to bless me. I never knew anyone else out there struggled with understanding and experiencing true love.
Tracy D.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. DuBois on September 5, 2001
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When I read the new book, God Allows U-Turns, Volume One, I was both moved by the stories and impressed with the quality of writing found in this inspiring collection. The introduction, written by the founder of this new series, Allison Gappa Bottke, was particularly touching in its raw honesty and beauty. It's difficult to pick out a favorite story. They are all wonderfully different yet carry the same, uplifting message of hope and healing. This is a book that anyone could relate to in that it clearly shows our humanism and our weaknesses while providing a good dose of hope for all. I look forward with great anticipation to future volumes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LaRose Karr on September 7, 2001
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God Allows U-Turns is a book that you must read carefully to process and savor the messages inside. The stories are written from the heart by ordinary people who have words of hope, encouragement and healing through sometimes very painful situations. In the midst of each story, God speaks, He moves. This is not a book that you will easily forget. You will experience the awesome power of God as he reached down and saved a young man's life in the story "River Ride." Each story will touch your heart, mind and soul.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2002
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God Allows U-Turns are the most amazing books I have ever read. Currently I have read volumes 1 & 2. These stories are so down to earth, they are truly real. Stories about everyday people overcoming tremendous obstacles. It's about hope and healing. Stories that make your eyes water and your heart smile. Each story is like a sip of sunlight which leaves you thirsty for more. I wasn't able to put them down. I am eagerly awaiting volume 3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shepard on September 5, 2001
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I found this book to be very refreshing and inspirational. It is always encouraging to hear and read of stories about real people, and their real life struggles regarding faith issues, and see how God comes, in so many unique ways to show His comfort, guidance, and reality in our lives. I feel i got to know so many people thriugh this book, and i thank every participating author who shared their experience. I surely look forward to reading the additional upcoming volumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2001
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God Allows U-Turns is a compilation of spiritual short stories which provide incredible inspiration. The book is divided into sections with topics of faith and healing. Each section is filled with a variety of true stories which will motivate you and challenge you to live a better life. The stories will remain within your heart long after you have put the book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hope Marston on September 5, 2001
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Move over CHICKEN SOUP. Your spotlight is about to be shared with GOD ALLOWS U-TURNS. This group of more than 100 true stories focuses on timeless themes, like love, forgiveness, salvation, grace, and healing. The stories range from 500 to 2500 words and they were selected from more than 1600 submissions. The book was spawned by the author's desire to share the story of her personal victory over abuse, divorce and abortion. The focus of the selections is on overcoming obstacles by turning to the Lord for help and to the Bible for direction.
The stories are well written, the topics are common place, and the experiences tug at one's heartstrings. Pastors will find them useful to illustrate sermon points.
Given the success of the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL books and the desperate need for an encouraging word from a biblical perspective, this new series is bound to move to the top of the reading charts.
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