poems on longing and love and serving a wonderful God
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Who I Am
Hi! I'm Joanna Alonzo.
Welcome to my little nook on the worldwide web. I’m a writer and an ambitious dreamer, who believes that God can make even the craziest dreams come true. I like to say that I’m a walking paradox and a voyaging homebody. I am a contradiction in so many ways, and I believe a lot of people are. I believe that every individual has a story to tell, and that each of these stories deserves a chance to be heard. If I ever meet you in person, I’d love to have a coffee and listen to your story. If we don’t have a chance to do that though, I hope you reach out anyway. I’d love to get to know you.
What People are Saying About My Books
Beautifully written, definitely a page turner. This book left me inspired and blessed. The characters have unique stories of their own and blends well in the plot. When you finally think you got it figured out, there are twists and turns that leave you wanting to know more, hence finish reading the book in one sitting. Filled with mystery, the story touches the soul and spirit albeit fictional. As you read, you begin to wonder, "What does true beauty mean?" and slowly begin to say to yourself, "Wow, this person is just like me!". Don't be surprised and reach out for that tissue paper, this book can be a tear jerker!
Allow yourself to get lost and found in their story - from the elegant and haughty Brendan Keefe to the downcast simple girl, Calysta, and the mysterious "Belle", you will hopefully find beauty in ashes.
Wow finally a devotional putting to words the cry of every woman's heart for her Heavenly Father, her maker. I was fascinated from the first page as this is a unique powerful approach calling women to seek Gods face, to take a step of faith towards God to answer the longing of our deepest part.
Loved the chapter format, each chapter begins by putting the reader in the shoes of this allegorical woman who yearns for God. The reader gets to see through her eyes what this journey might look like. Then in a section called "Manna" the author shares some key verses that are highlighted in that day's story followed from some commentary by the author on how this applies to our lives. With the story followed by the authors reflection, I felt as if the author and I were friends sitting down reading the book together and we would occasionally pause for discussion and reflection. Very powerful format. And each chapter is just the right size for a daily reading. Even though once you start reading, it will be hard to only read a chapter a day, you will find yourself wanting to read more.
This book is like the pilgrims progress but for the Christian describing our journey in bite sized pieces. All the challenges that life brings are way are encountered by this traveler: doubt, temptation, valleys, wilderness experiences, fiery trials, times of waiting, and loneliness. Yet in each challenge words of truth ring out to encourage and calm. The same truths that we need to tune into when we face these types of life challenges. Additionally, we battle with the same weapons this woman used: the Word of God, prayer, worship, praise and thanksgiving.
This book would be a good gift to give other Christian woman in your life to challenge and encourage them. As I was both encouraged in my faith walk, challenged to remember how far God has brought me, while keeping moving forward in faith through the times of my wilderness journey, keeping my eyes on Him that I seek. Get your copy today and prepare to journey with this unnamed woman in the wilderness who seeks the lover of her soul. You will not regret it.