Sunday, November 14, 2010
This nonfiction book is my first published work. I do not foresee writing fiction.
What would you like our readers to know about you personally?
I feel God has a claim on my life and I attempt to live my life accordingly. I view God’s call very seriously. I served in ministry alongside my husband for 25 years, and ours was very much a “we” ministry until his death in 1996. In 2000, I identified my personal call to ministry, and began that faith walk by completing college, and then a master’s degree from seminary.
I find contentment realizing God arranged my life just perfectly.
My ministry today is mentoring and training leaders, teaching, and participating in various aspects of ministry to women. For the last seven years I serve on a state leadership team for ministry to/for women. My passion is to pass along what God gives me.
Tell us about your family.
My first husband was Dick Onarecker. We married young and were parents of two by age 20. After a few years, Dick became a Christian, and God called him to ministry. He and I were married almost 34 years, and ministered together for 25 years, when he suddenly died of a massive heart attack.
Our two children are grown now, and bless our family with my five grandchildren, all of whom are believers in Jesus.
Dick’s death in 1996 was completely life changing for me: life, as I knew it, was suddenly unfamiliar and foreign. I experienced complicated grief in losing my husband and also my pastor of 25 years, our ministry, and the open door of leadership I was accustomed to.
Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Ideas but not books, per se.
What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love to garden, hike, and spend time with my family. My children and their families live in Virginia and California, and I’m in Texas, so time to be with them is precious.
Why did you write the featured book?
I wanted people to know more about God’s miracle on the bridge, for sometimes people focus on the outcome of a miracle and never look close to see the details that preceded it. In this case, people had no other way of knowing all God did preceding the answered-prayer, miracle on the bridge. I feel He orchestrated our life to put Dick and me on the bridge on a certain day, exact time, etc.
Millions of people around the world know the Onarecker name, because every time Don Piper speaks, or someone reads his book, 90-Minutes in Heaven, my name, and Dick’s name is part of his story. 90-Minutes in Heaven is a New York Times bestseller, translated into over 37 languages, so people know the story of God’s miracle. Now, they have opportunity to read the companion book, the back-story.
As I reflected on my life, and how Dick and I happened to arrive on the bridge in proximity to Don, I was astonished to see how exact the details of our life were. Every decision we made for years were steps along the path that brought us to the bridge where Dick prayed for Don.
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
My book is an example of what God does in the life of ordinary people. My journey is not unique, for each person’s life is a significant journey. We don’t have to find purpose—God gives us that: our purpose is in the obedience to His claim on our life, and by choosing His paths.
I think more people would grasp their significance if they saw life through God’s perspective, for then, life becomes an awesome adventure. If God cares enough to count every hair on your head, then you can trust Him with the details of your life.
Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
My book, Divine Appointment: Our Journey to the Bridge, has a facebook page. I invite everyone to join as a fan, or contact me through my website, http://www.anitaonareckerwood.com/.
The book is available from my publisher, Lucid Books, http://www.lucidbooks.net/, or online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Thank you, Anita, for the interesting interview.
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