- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: PublishAmerica (July 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606103164
- ISBN-13: 978-1606103166
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,867,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Highly recommends, JOYFUL SURRENDER to all educators and people young and old as a true Spiritual resource book and most of all a bright light that will guide you through all of the negative elements that continuously work to blind your Spirituality throughout your life!
Interview with Cindy Tuttle. Womensselfesteem.com's chat-room (D's Bistro).. Sun Nov 02 .... 2008
Dorothy - Cindy...thank you for coming and sharing your time with us this evening.
Dorothy - I promise to not ask you anything to personal.
Cindy_Tuttle - Thank you for having me.
Dorothy -It is our pleasure.
Dorothy -Lets begin this interview with you Cindy....sharing a little bit about Cindy...where you are from ...ect.
Cindy_Tuttle - I am from Sacramento Calif. I work with adults who have severe mental illness and I have a sister and a mother who is 95 years old.
Dorothy -When did you begin writing in your life?
Dorothy -Not necessarily this book but other writings.
Cindy_Tuttle - I started a journal about 25 years ago. Started doing poetry 10 years ago and started writing books 1 year ago.
Dorothy -So you have been on the path of actually writing your own book for a long time?
Cindy_Tuttle - Well I actually started wring Joyful, Surrender about a year ago. But wrote for my own enjoyment over 20 years ago.
Dorothy -Do you have any favorite Authors or books that you would say have influenced your life?
Cindy_Tuttle - I like Christian book by Joyce Rupp Merton and lately I have been very deep into Mother Teresa
Dorothy -I will join you in regards to Mother Teresa...she is an amazing women..one to be looked up to.
Dorothy -What inspired you to write Joyful Surrender?
Cindy_Tuttle - I wanted to share my great love and joy in following God and to help others in their own spiritual path.
Dorothy- In reading Joyful Surrender...I will say that you have achieved that goal very well.
Dorothy -About the title...JOYFUL SURRENDER..how did you come up with that?
Cindy_Tuttle - Thank you Dorothy
Cindy_Tuttle - The title seemed to say how I try to open myself totally to God. To try and surrender my life to God while at the same time trying to bring His compassion to people I meet.
Dorothy- Joyful Surrender is about you & your Spiritual Searchings....do you feel that writing this book has helped you in any way in your life?
Cindy_Tuttle - It has helped me a lot. It made me reflect on the things I reflected on as I developed my vows and looking back at my life and how God was and is so involved.
Dorothy -When did you first begin to realize that your commitment to Serve God was so necessary? Some say they saw a sign...was it like that for you?
Cindy_Tuttle- I don't think I saw a sign. It was more of a strong deep urging is me. Something I just couldn't ignore.
Dorothy -What part did the disabled people you mention in your book play in awakening your won awareness in your search?
Cindy_Tuttle - A lot.They helped me see that our cultures views of success and happiness were so different than the people I try and help have. For some of them it was being able to hold a spoon and eat something.
Dorothy -It is truly amazing how everyone views what is important in life. It only takes a shortcoming or disability to realize the real gifts we have.
Cindy_Tuttle - I agree.
Dorothy -What does it mean to you, 'To Follow Jesus'?
Cindy_Tuttle - It means to let the love I have received from Jesus be given to others. To empty myself in a sense so that Jesus can become alive in me in some small way. To let His love be born every day. If that makes any sense.
Dorothy -That makes complete sense.
Dorothy -Was there a difficult part in telling your story and if so...what was it?
Cindy_Tuttle - I wondered if I should tell about the teen ager who was going to kill me. That was such a big event in my life and kind of personal. But after I thought about it I thought that it was the only way I could tell what God has done for me.I wondered if I was trying to make myself a big deal or something.
Dorothy -I do not look at it that way at all. I look at it as more of a divine intervention. It may just be the catalyst that put you on your course of seeking Spirituality.
Dorothy -It is part of who you are and how you came to be.
Cindy_Tuttle - It was.
Dorothy -Is there any one who you would consider played a strong part in making your book possible?
Cindy_Tuttle - I would say the person that helped me work through the abuse and my spiritual adviser.
Dorothy -You mentioned earlier in the interview that it took you one year to write Joyful Surrender...did you run into any roadblocks on the way?
Cindy_Tuttle - Well- the only road block I can remember is getting the grammar right. That isn't my strong suit.
Dorothy- Well if that is the toughest part...I will say that someone was definitely watching over you!
Dorothy -Have you done any traveling in order to promote Joyful Surrender?
Cindy_Tuttle - No. I wouldn't mind doing that though.
Dorothy -Are you planning another book anytime soon?
Cindy_Tuttle - Yes. I am working with Paulist Press on a book called Every Day with Mother Teresa. I also have two children books that I am trying g to find a publisher for and I am working on a book where I use parts of psalm 27 to help us live with courage and hope.
Dorothy -Very nice to hear...I look forward to reviewing those for you.
Dorothy-Last question for you Cindy & by the way you have been fantastic....Is there a message that you hope your readers will grasp from your story?
Cindy_Tuttle - Yes. I guess it would be that I believe everyone has a purpose and goodness and my hope is my readers know how loved they are.
Dorothy -I want to take a minute more to thank Cindy Tuttle for being here tonight ...now I will sit back and allow you very patient ladies to share a few thoughts of your won! Thank you and God Bless you Cindy Tuttle!
Cindy_Tuttle- Thank you Dorothy
Dorothy -You are most welcome.