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The Lighthouse of Asaph: Unforgettable Stories of Faith (Cuban Devotional Series) [Kindle Edition]

Roberto Ornan Roche , Alain Roche , José Mallén , Myriam Padron
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Some years ago I wrote a series of stories. I wrote them without thinking about publishing them, much less to share this set of stories with so many people; I only experienced that with my closest friends and some relatives.

Little by little those stories were increasing, not only in number but also concerning the amount of personal feelings and creative and fancy options that were able to get out of my own heart. Then a Pastor from the Dominican Republic, who placed on me his confidence, prayers and support, encouraged me to continue writing them, with the fact that they could be good to help others.

My life was full of sadness. I could see people everywhere receiving apparently undeserved miracles, but my miracle seemed to be completely impossible, without understanding that a miracle was also happening to me. The sort of facts that I was waiting for, events of the past thought to be dead that could revive again in the present, never really happened, but outstanding things did, so I could change my life and see many other good things.

Then, one day I gathered all those stories into a book which I entitled "The Lighthouse of Asaph", because I like lighthouses a lot, and the name of Asaph due to a man of the Bible who was sad and discouraged. That biblical name had been engraved on my mind when one night one of the young people of my church came to visit me accompanied by others. He wanted to encourage me spiritually and used an illustration based on Asaph. I used to visit lighthouses of Cuba and made reports for pleasure; and as the lighthouses are generally associated with the guide of Jesus for us, I made the decision to use that allegory.

Every year, when arriving the terrible and threatening hurricanes of the Caribbean, I lose sleep and the happiness, fearing that the strong winds could pull up the trees that my father planted almost forty years ago; some of them are already rootless, but there are still many in foot and this fact is one of the best memories that I have of him. Many times my mother and I were praying next to the door while the wind blew irresistibly outdoors. When I think of something like that, I also imagine that our faith can be considered as trees which are looked after by other people, new ones can be planted as renovated reasons and good actions and ideals to be fed, comparable with lovely kept seeds of those old demolished trees. A new way to rescue the faith from the mean of the pain that exists around us may be thought as well.

Many times my memories and thoughts transformed into dry leaves, then they were gathered as ashes, but one day, miraculously, all those ideals began to hold testimonies, varied texts and memories that could be good for others to begin again. It was not a simply personal game of learning how to use words but of reviving myself when using them.

Essays:

1. Foreword
2. The Perfect Story (Published by In Touch Magazine, Dr. Charles Stanley Ministries)
3. A Special Feeling
4. Rejecting Job
5. Jesus
6. The Hug of David
7. Dinning with The Lord
8. The Drafts of Samson
9. Sand in my Eyes
10. A Red Sea for a Lifetime
11. Simply the Best
12. The Friendship's Secret
13. The Miracle of the Time
14. The Last Sheep
15. The Trains of Life
16. The Lighthouse of Asaph
17. The Wheel of Life
18. The Only Play
19. My Helmsman
20. Abandoned Baggage
21. The Mountain
22. My Place
23. Life of Promises: an Eternal Blessing
24. Unexpectedly
25. The Christian Runner
26. Elim was on Sight
27. A Vessel Forever
28. The Man That Ate Poppies
29. Let us Start Living from His Love!
30. Restoration
31. Roofs
32. What God Makes...
33. A Prayer for a Wound
34. The Evil Chef
35. The Blind Angel
*From Cuba: God bless you all!

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About the Author

Roberto Ornan Roche, a Christian writer from Cuba, is an internationally recognized author with stories published in English and Spanish. His book, The Lighthouse of Asaph, is a story collection capturing the emotions and longings of a Cuban heart. The stories were written in an attempt to reconcile the author’s life of faith with a society that discourages it. Born out of fear and sadness, sadness from praying for dreams that were never realized. The Lighthouse of Asaph is a book to encourage you and help you find meaning in your circumstances.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Faith Builder August 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Roberto Ornan Roche's book "The Lighthouse of Asaph: Unforgettable Christian Reflections" is a collection of beautifully written devotionals/essays on the joys and struggles of daily Christian life. It is a very deep and thought provoking book that will touch the core of your soul. I found the book to be both encouraging and inspiring.

There are some issues with the translation from the author's Spanish language to English. This should not be a deterrent in buying and reading the book. The depth and honesty found in the stories more than overcome these translation issues. This book is a faith builder.

I recommend "The Lighthouse of Asaph: Unforgettable Christian Reflections" by Roberto Ornan Roche.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Poem in Prose May 24, 2012
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I enjoy reading work by Roberto Ornan Roche. This is the second of his books that I have read. Each time his masterful prose, beautiful in translation, probably transporting in Spanish, reminds me of the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, another Spanish writer whose work I only know in translation. Roche has the same skill with words, but a much more hopeful message.
Americans don't often get the chance to read work by Cuban writers, and when that happens, we don't expect Christians. We all know that Cuba is a Marxist country, but what we don't know so well is that Christians live and worship and write and serve God with their gifts in Cuba, despite all the pressure to sit down and shut up.
Each meditation in this book is profound and thought-provoking. In some instances the English-speaking reader may need to reread context to sort out the translator's choices, but the flow of the writing is powerful enough to carry the reader through those rough spots.
Christians from anywhere will appreciate the depth of faith expressed in this book. It belongs on your bedside table for daily inspiration.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lighthouse of Asaph April 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Lighthouse of Asaph by Roberto Ornan Roche is a compilation of essays that will take the reader to heights and depths that many hesitate to go. I appreciated his raw honesty. Roberto shares his journey, of living as a Christian in a country that does not make it easy to keep the faith. Living that faith publically in Cuba and pursuing growth in his faith is difficult, for mentors and teachers are few. Often feeling alone in his pursuit of God, he keeps on trusting. I felt honored to walk with him for a time as I read his words. He encouraged me to persevere in my own discipleship.

This is a translation from Spanish to English--Some may be frustrated with the English translation. In places there was some trouble with idiom, but I did not find it a big enough problem to cause me to lay the book aside. I would recommend this little book to any serious Christian.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual January 3, 2013
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Very inspiring! Hope to read more books from Roberto Ornan, I did also download the spanish version. God Bless. ...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Centers My Soul April 25, 2013
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I downloaded The Lighthouse of Asaph several days before I found myself stuck somewhere with a long period of waiting. I opened my Kindle on my phone and began to read ... and felt as though the sweetest of words had found my heart. The agony of waiting lifted. I had found the reason God had delayed my day, just so I could find time to read. Now, I save the words for those moments, which come too often, when I can open my Kindle and read words that center my soul and remind me of God's goodness. And of people, like me, who long to walk with Him for eternity.

Eva Marie Everson
Author
Reflections of God's Holy Land: A Personal Journey Through Israel
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Pleasures from Cuba July 8, 2012
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I knew nothing about the church in Cuba. Now that I have met Roberto, in the pages of his book, I know a little.

This is a collection of about three dozen short and simple devotionals, a reflection of the author's faith and an expression of his love of the Lord.

The best are those that tell a story about life in Cuba today.

In "The Man That Ate Poppies" the author is at a bus station when he meets an elderly man carrying a flag with the motto "Cuba for Christ." They share a taxi ride, and along the way the man, while talking about the Bible, starts eating poppies, which he believes to be good for his health.

In "Roofs" we meet a woman who belongs to the author's church. She suffers kidney problems and requires regular dialysis. Yet "her faith remains" and "she smiles at me without sorrow."

Though it would have been good to have more such stories about the people of Cuba, this remains a lovely - and loving - collection of messages that will surely touch the heart of any Christian reader.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special January 9, 2013
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A wonderful read. The author's depth of faith is evident in these touching devotional stories. Knowing that he has grown up in a totalitarian regime that persecutes Christians, makes Roberto's messages all the more thought provoking. Check out my video review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING REFLECTIONS August 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Life is meant to be shared and it always pleases me when a person decides to share not only their strength, success and victories but also their weaknesses, failures and losses. This is exactly what Roberto Ornan Roche did in his book, The Lighthouse of Asaph: Unforgettable Christian Reflections. I relate with this writings because I have also experienced failures and success in my Christian journey.

The Lighthouse of Asaph is a compilation of short stories creatively and beautifully written. It offers true and practical reflections of the Christian life and the Christian community. Every page contains relevant insights for the walk of the redeemed. The greatness and love of God are portrayed in a practical and sometimes amusing way. There is no doubt that you will feel loved and wanted by God after reading this book. As you dive further into the book you will be inspired and propelled to move forward with the journey of life despite the discomforts of the road.

If you enjoy reading inspirational short stories, this book is for you. You can also buy this book as a gift for someone who feels like their lives are not making any advancement and needs some uplifting. If you have a friend or you know someone you want to remind that God cares about them and sees their struggles, get them this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent encouragment
Read this book if you would like to feel encouraged. Roberto makes you feel at home, while he shares his innermost thoughts and reflections. A very good read.
Published 16 hours ago by Chris M. Hibbard
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth...
I became friends with Roberto a long time ago by Internet. Have a very high opinion on his walk with God. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alba m Parra
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cover - sensitive reflections.
From the start of the beautiful and original cover to the very end of the book, this able and very gifted author leaves us reflecting on his God given work. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eliza E.
5.0 out of 5 stars From an Open Heart
These writings are very inspirational and heart-touching. Because the author is not trying to impress, he is able to speak in an open and honest manner, with no pretenses.
Published 9 months ago by K. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Heart Warming
The author has a God given ability to express his feelings and perspective of life in a way that we can all relate. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lilia Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Treat
Every night I reached for this book before I went to bed and I absolutely enjoyed it. It is the icing on a cake; truly sweet and filling to the spirit. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sabrina C Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars The. Lighthouse
Very hard to focus,on. Maybe something lost in the translation. Felt very much like a interspersed sermon. The stories, sermons, didn't connect except for being religious.
Published 11 months ago by sdbmshad
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Cultural Cage
The older I get the more conscious I become of the cage of culture which is the western English-speaking world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gramercy
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Roberto Ornan Roche, a Christian writer from Cuba, is an internationally recognized author with stories published in English and Spanish. His book, A Lighthouse of Asaph, is a story collection capturing the emotions and longings of a Cuban heart. The stories were written in an attempt to reconcile the author's life of faith with a society that discourages it. Born out of fear and sadness, sadness from praying for dreams that were never realized, A Lighthouse of Asaph is a book to encourage you and help you find meaning in your circumstances.

In 1995 he won a prize for his text "Sand in my Eyes." Starting from the 2004 his texts have been published in national magazines of different Christian denominations in Cuba, such as the case of the titles "Jesús", "One Vessel Forever", "Sand in my Eyes" and "The Perfect Story". In 2009, the author has the purpose of making his stories well-known internationally, just like "The Perfect Story", his English version, is being published and printed in U.S. by In Touch Magazine (more than a million copies and translated to several languages), also in Living Stones News and the new publication in Spanish "Piedras Vivas"

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