Carol makes you feel as though you are on the journey with her
I’d been keen to meet Carol Alexander for a while. She’d been writing some of the most popular posts on the Beauty for Ashes blog, in spite of the fact that she’s a very busy woman. She’s a preacher, she’s a college dean, and I’d heard others talk highly of her and her husband, Paul. I was lucky enough to be able to have breakfast with both Carol and Paul in May this year, and it was then that she gave me a copy of her newly released memoir, Wild Hope.
I have always enjoyed memoirs—people lead such fascinating and unexpected lives—and this one did not disappoint. What made it particularly interesting for me was that she grew up in Johannesburg and has served the Lord from a young age. I love to read of stories of God’s dealings with others, and God has certainly had His hand on Carol.
Carol tells some amazing stories of God’s faithfulness to her: How her sister was miraculously saved from drowning as a child; how God spared her son’s life after a devastating motor accident (she blogged about it here, although she goes into far more detail in the book); how God provided for her needs great and small (many stories); how God clearly led her and Paul to take over the principalship of Trinity Bible College in North Dakota (awe-inspiring story), and so very many more.
I found the thread of God’s love and blessing in her life, both moving and inspiring. It is the type of writing that encourages you to look for God’s guidance and blessing in your own life. If you read this book, you will be amazed at what God can do with a life fully committed to Him, and challenged to look for God’s guidance and grace in your own life and ministry.
There is a Reflection at the end of each chapter that can be applied to your own life, and the book has many photos from Carol’s life. I highly recommend this book!
From the back cover:
In this compelling memoir, Carol Alexander draws you into each of her experiences from her childhood in South Africa, her sister’s near drowning, challenging experiences in England and Africa, her son’s close brush with death, and her joyous arrival in North Dakota.
She will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Her heartbreaking pain from some of the unexpected events that shattered her world spill out on the pages challenging you to a deeper faith. Her gritty determination and refusal to become bitter or give up will infuse you with the same wild hope that permeates her life.
Carol’s writings are honest, and transparent, encouraging you to reflect on your own journey and to open your heart and life to a God who is at work through each and every season of life.
Win a copy of Wild Hope—here’s how:
- We have 2 paperback copies and 3 eBooks to give away.
- All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post. How easy is that!
- Competition available to South African residents only.
Where you can buy the book
- From Carol’s WestBow Publishers: eBook $3.99 or Paperback $17.95
- From Amazon: Kindle $5.99 or Paperback $17.95
Watch the trailer for Wild Hope