Second book in the award-winning Faith to Live By series market copy reads:
More than ever before, most people are finding it difficult to remain optimistic about their life and their future. So much has failed--marriage, family and personal relations, the job and economic markets government, education and even the Church. In whom or what can we find the hope and personal breakthroughs we desperately need? Clearly there is no hope in our natural existence. There never has been. That is why Christ came to this earth in the first place! Endorsed by Dr. Charles H. Kraft, Dan Story, and Bob Dutko, among others.
Deb’s Dozen: Renew Your Hope! Strategies to Enable You to Surmount Life’s Challenges Joyfully!
In Renew Your Hope: Remedies for Personal Breakthroughs, Pamela Christian has truly enabled the reader to have hope—despite whatever challenges life may throw at them. If we are in Jesus Christ, we have great power to overcome—He offers us so much if we believe. This is not the “believe it and seize it” theology, but a proven application of Scriptures for living that brings hope and joy. As she succinctly writes, we must: 1) Understand, 2) Acknowledge, 3) Believe, and 4) Receive.
Through personal examples as well as stories from people who have passed through the fires of life and come through stronger, Pamela shows us that “God has done everything possible to overcome obstacles in this life.” She shows us the many deceptions that the world throws in our paths to keep us from attaining that which we desire.
Pam has written this book for those of us who have faced burdens or who have trials and tribulations now—those of us who are tired and weary and just want to give up—those who have believed in what Christ can do in our lives and have claimed His promises. She provides tools for all of us that will lead us to new perspectives and a greater faith in the God who saved us and loves us unconditionally.
Written from a sound theological perspective, Ms. Christian demonstrates that the abundant life is available to Christians here and now—not at some vague time in the future. But we do have to position ourselves for the abundant life and she shows us how to go about doing just that.
Pam says her premise for writing this book was: “Faith that moves mountains is something we can experience, if we understand how to wield effective faith. Effective faith is not Word Faith theology where a person seeks to declare what they want to occur in his or her life. Rather, effective faith is Faith Word theology, where believers learn to trust God for His promises to occur in this life!”
Pamela Christian became a Christian when she was nearly thirty years old and promptly dove into learning everything she could about the Christian life. She listened to Christian talk radio, read and listened to R.C. Sproul, A.W. Tozer, Josh McDowell, Greg Koukl, and others as well as studied apologetics through Biola University. Her first ministry service was as Teaching Director for a local Community Bible Study class (an interdenominational, international organization).
Pam says she writes to appeal to the intellect first—that too many people today are only concerned with “feeling” and not with thinking. She states, “If we don’t think about what we believe, we can easily be deceived and not know it, because that’s the nature of deception.”
Her passion is to inspire people to live in life-giving truth. Oswald Chambers has been a great inspiration in her life. After reading Chamber’s explanation of tenacious faith, she realized she has been given the gift of faith—something she prayed for without realizing what she’d have to experience to actually posses such a gift. Pam candidly shares the many trials that have served to strengthen her faith, and she has a heart of compassion to help others persevere.
She labels herself a “Conservative Charismatic” who doesn’t agree with the position of some who claim the miraculous gifts aren’t for today. She makes a compelling argument for Christians having a greater need for miraculous gifts now and in the end times. She references Christ’s declaration that believers who came after Him would do even greater miracles than He did (John 14:12).
She says, “Today in our culture many people say they only believe that what they “feel” and “see” is real—their significance and worth are tied up in feelings, yet they are starved for true reality. They really want to know God and understand who they are in Christ. They lack a proper identity in Jesus Christ—people need to realize their true worth and that they and their circumstances can change.”
Besides writing (Renew Your Hope! is the second book in the Faith to Live By series—the first was Examine Your Faith: Finding Truth in a World of Lies), Pam enjoys faith, family, friends, and fun. She has taken several gourmet cooking classes because cooking and entertaining are favorite pastimes. She and her husband, David, live in Orange County, CA; her two grown children and their families live close by.
Pamela Christian kindly gave me a copy of Renew Your Hope! Remedies for Personal Breakthroughs in exchange for my candid review.
Renew Your Hope! Remedy for Personal Breakthroughs won the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for its category, which was gratifying. However, being a Finalist in the 2015 Selah Awards was truly exciting because the indie book competed against traditional publishers. In 2015 there were between 300 and 350 submissoins, 14 different genres and 29 publishes--many well known traditional publishers.