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Four Given Paperback – August 23, 2013
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"A person really has to read this to the end to see how all the pieces fit together...Beautiful story! High stars!"
Kara McKenzie - Author of A Gate Called Beautiful
"Four Given is a work of art-anointed by our Creator for certain! Well worth your time, regardless of if you are a Christian or not."
Stacey Louiso - Writing Down Life
"Both ingenuous and easy to follow... Thank you so much for the empowering read."
Kenneth Edward Lim - Author of The North Korean
"What drew me in were the Hebrew letters on the cover...I loved the story and couldn't put the book down...I thoroughly enjoyed your book and would recommend it to anyone who is a Christian or who is seeking Christ."
Lisa Vanderbilt - LVC Ministries
"This really is a roller-coaster ride of emotions."
Richard Ankers - Author of The Snow Lily
"Enjoy the journey and you'll never look at stones in your pocket the same way again."
"It read so like real life it was as though I was there with you, going through all the highs and lows together. Greatly crafted work. High stars. Well done."
Brian Chambers - Author of Mary's Magic Muffins
"I have enjoyed reading this. I honestly couldn't stop."
Elizabeth Kathleen - Author of If Children are Cheaper by the Dozen, Can I Get a Discount on Six?
"Well constructed and engaging story with a compelling narrative, bright theme and interesting characters. Highly starred."
Clive Radford - Author of Doghouse Blues
From the Author
My story started on a beach, a strange place for a journey to begin, but nothing compared to where it would lead me!
Near the end of a relaxing vacation I was walking by myself towards the beach showers. As I walked I was thinking about my life. Something is wrong! My life is all about what I want, what I do, what I feel. Where's God? I suddenly felt empty, like it was all "me" and no "Jesus". I was so shallow. So self obsessed. And so I asked him, "Lord, how do I let go of me and take in more of you? Please Lord, help me! I want to let go! I want to be filled with you."
However, rather than an answer I got a question back - "How do you let go?"
What do you mean 'How do you let go?'" And so for a while I pondered his question, "How do you let go?"
"Of course! It's obvious," I replied, "If you have to let go something you have to open your hand."
What does it mean to open your hand?" he asked.
"I suppose an open hand is a hand that gives," I replied. "Must my journey to you begin with giving?"
"Of course!" It suddenly hit me. "Is not giving the defining act of love? 'God so loved the world that he GAVE his only son...' And then like a flash God's holy name leapt into my mind, and I looked and saw and was stunned. There at the very start of His name is the smallest of all Hebrew letters, the letter Yod (י). The very name of God, which defines Him, begins with an open hand, with the ultimate demonstration of love, with giving.
Is it a message to us, a journey we should take? I could feel the overwhelming sense of God's presence wash over me, as I stood there lost in my communion with him. There was a discovery, a journey that God was calling me on.
However as quick as the excitement arose so too did my doubt. Was this really a path God was revealing to me or was it just the vain imaginations of my mind? "Maybe I am just imagining hearing him, imagining his answers. It's all in my mind. Maybe...." At that exact moment my thoughts were interrupted by a voice.
"Excuse me," she said. I turned around to find one of the girls who had been showering talking to me. "What are you thinking about?" I was blown away. Why would a complete stranger ask me what I am thinking about? How did she even know I was thinking anything and not just staring at the sea? Startled, I stammered, "Umm, I was thinking about...about a path. A path to God." And before I knew it I was sharing everything with her, a complete stranger. I was giving voice, my voice to the silent conversation in my heart.
She listened intently, and then smiling said, "Wow. That's deep, very deep." And with that she turned and walked off leaving me with my doubt washed away. For no sooner had doubt crept in that God had spoken, than God made me give voice to what I had heard, with my very own mouth. No sooner had doubt crept in than a complete stranger would say about someone despairing in his shallowness, "That's deep, very deep." And so began my journey, and my calling to write this story, and the beginning of many more miracles.
As someone who loves a good mystery, especially a real one, you can imagine how mind blowing it was for me to discover a mystery so important, so divine, so life changing, hidden within the very name of God! This is not some cleverly constructed fiction, something we read, enjoy and put aside. This is a map, a journey, a vital path for every single human being, encoded in the holy letters of God's name. A journey that begins with a small open hand but that ends in a place called Eternity.
I invite you to join me on my journey to discover the very mystery of Godliness and life eternal in the most startling of ways. A journey that will leave you changed...forever.
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The pace of this story moves it along very smoothly. You have just the right amount of dialogue, action and descriptions. I like the mixture of fiction and non-fiction aspect. If half of this is true of your life, God sure got you to a low point to get his attention. I loved when you was on the rocks and the verse came to you, which was fitting.
I think the symbolism and ties with nature in the spiritual meeting with Jesus had such deep meaning. The white rock was a beautiful gift to show the importance of the opening of the hand. Dana seems to naturally understand this concept. It was so touching to see the sunbird in the old woman's painting. I like how this story shows the steps of faith Malo has to take along the way to really know Jesus. The picture of Jesus making balloon shapes for the children, while your MC is so busy trying to figure everything out is precious, the second lesson he needs to know.
A person really has to read this to the end to see how all the pieces fit together. What an amazing gift Randall gave in the end and how wonderful Jesus is to show you and yours the love he has for us and how we can share that love. Beautiful story! High stars!
I had no idea what to expect upon opening the virtual cover of Four Given by Malo Bel. What I found, from the first paragraph, compelled me forth until the very last syllable. In fact when I read the last line, I kept trying to scroll the page to find more text! But alas, every good book concludes and most good authors, know where and how to end it. Mr. Bel, did this well.I read Four Given in one sitting, despite having a few qualms with it, which were probably (hopefully) ebook, formatting issues such as missing or forgotten quotes, omitted words and the lack of page numbers. But otherwise, I was hooked! (I would have rated it with 5 stars if not for the errors.)
Mr. Bel's ability to spin this tale was astonishing. I am going to say this out loud because I have experienced it and because I believe a lot of my audience consists of fellow Christians: this work was an anointing. The story resonates something very special on a spiritual level. I found that prospect, exciting!
Vibrant isn't a strong enough word to describe the illustrations depicted of the main character's experiences of meeting and walking with Yesh (who is actually...well, Yesh is a good clue as to who...). His descriptive allusions of place, whether real or in Bel's mind, were vivid yet tranquil; joyful yet full of parables, as Yesh put Bel to the test, so to speak, in order to teach him the important lessons needed, in order to further his scope and walk toward a God centered life.
At first, I was unable to decipher if this work is fiction or non-fiction and perhaps it is meant to be as such. No matter the genre, the plot twists and outcomes are cryptic, gripping and the ending, unexpected yet realistic. There is a truth in the emotional portrayals playing out, from betrayal to forgiveness to understanding, hence all roads leading to God. The book reads so well, so quickly that it was like a film reel for me, with the action leading from scene to scene.
To not give away much more, I shall stop with this statement: Malo Bel, whomever you are, I pray you're anointed fingers keep tapping away at the keyboard and that God keeps moving stories through you, for years to come. You have gained a fan...and I'm probably not alone! Kudos, sir!
Most recent customer reviews
Would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you need to learn to let GO.