Sunday, November 14, 2010

DIVINE APPOINTMENT - Anita Onarecker Wood - Free Book

Welcome to my blog, Anita. You are writing nonfiction. Do you also write fiction?

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.

I really worked to find MY new normal. I have since remarried a wonderful man, Ed Wood, who now is my biggest cheerleader and prayer supporter.

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,

The book is available from my publisher, Lucid Books,, or online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Thank you, Anita, for the interesting interview.
Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. New information: Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. I’m trying to get a good idea of where the people live who leave comments on my blog. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 6 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Cindy W. said...

I live in the Northeast corner of Indiana. I would love to be entered into your giveaway for Divine Appointment. Thank you for the opportunity.

Cindy W. =o)


Angela said...

Love the interview!! Thanks for sharing. I am from Houston, Tx.

~Angela SabbaticalScapes

Lourdes said...

Please enter me thank you. I live in Long Island, NY.


Linda Kish said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

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Jan Cline said...

It's so true that we often get so excited about our miracle that we forget to examine the working of it and all the things we were supposed to learn or glean from the experience.
Blessings for your book.
Please enter me.

apple blossom said...

please include me thanks

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Edwina said...

I live in Newnan GA. I would love to read "Divine Appointment." Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Edwina said...

I live in Newnan GA. I would love to read "Divine Appointment." Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Kristen said...

I read, "90 Minutes in Heaven" and would love to be entered in the giveaway for this companion book. I live near Austin, TX.

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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Nancye said...

Ooops! Forgot to mention I'm from Kentucky!

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I would love to be entered to win your book! Thanks....

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Coolestmommy said...

I'm so glad you decided to tell this story. I would love to read it.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com
I live in the midwest

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. I live near the Twin Cities.

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Anita said...

Hello readers and those entered to win a book! Thank you for your interest and comments. I continue to be amazed with all God is "about" in my life, and am eager to share it with you. I know He wants us to know: your life counts! Thanks, Anita

Donnella Looger said...

I met Anita yesterday and felt an immediate connection. I cannot wait to read her book and plan to order it tonight.

I'm from Red Rock, Texas (in the beautiful Lost Pines of Bastrop County, near Austin)

Anita said...

So interesting to see where readers live, and the interest expressed about my book. I hope you do read it, and comment on my facebook page. Invite you there! Anita

Charlotte Kay said...

Greetings from Ohio, the Buckeye State:)
Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Many Blessings!

Dianne P. said...

Sounds like a great read. I'm in SE Missouri.