Saturday, December 30, 2017

WHAT PRAYER CAN DO - Ada Brownell - One Free Book

Welcome back, Ada. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I began writing in my teens as a ministry, and spent more than 30 years teaching youth classes. I’ve always been an idea person, and that helped me work with young people and gave me direction in my writing. It was my top talent when I became a newspaper reporter. I found important news stories everywhere, as well as interesting features.

 Now as I’m writing the third novel in my Peaches and Dreams series, I dig for ideas to complicate the lead character’s life, which is how I plot. I only hope I can get him or her out of the mess I create.

Knowing the Lord personally gives me joy beyond any idea I dream up, however.

Tell us about your family.
My husband of 64 years, L.C. is romantic, a great helper, and the father of our five talented children. They are Gary, well known for his talents in a technical aspects of a church, and he’s designed church stages featured in magazines. Gwen, involved in healthcare, is working on her doctorate in nursing. Jaron is a computer software designer and works part-time as a worship leader. Jeanette is the #2 person in human resources at a steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado, and the wife of a pastor who now is a hospice chaplain. Our oldest daughter, Carolyn, a great pianist with perfect pitch passed away at age 31 from cancer. She worked with youth in a California church.

We have a group of talented grandchildren, as well. I thank God for family.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
My first, published by the Assemblies of God, was Confessions of a Pentecostal. Later, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal; Imagine the Future You; and Facts, Faith and Propaganda. I have three novels: Joe the Dreamer, The Castle and the Catapult, The Lady Fugitive, and Peach Blossom Rancher.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I’m working on the third book in the Peaches and Dreams series. It’s tentatively title Ritah, but that probably will be changed.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love singing in groups, playing the piano, playing board games, and I used to play tennis.

Why did you write the featured book.
My brand is “Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement” and that’s the reason I wrote all my books. What Prayer Can Do is a compilation of 55 articles of the more than 100 articles I’ve had published in The Pentecostal Evangel. The book is filled with testimonies of answers to prayer among people I’ve known and interviewed. Some I ghost wrote under the other person’s byline so the stories could be told in first person.

What do you want the reader to take away from What Prayer Can Do?
I want the reader to believe God exists and He rewards those who diligently seek Him (see Hebrews 11:6).

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
People’s testimonies I wrote in this book still bless me. The healed child admitted to a children’s institution with hydrocephalus (water on the brain where the head grows faster than the body) communicates with us yet today, many years after her miracle when their pastor visited, prayed for the child and the workers call the parents (our close friends) to come and get their baby because she suddenly was normal. The doctor wrote “absolute miracle” across her records after comparing X-rays of the brain before and after.

Please give us the first page or two from the book.
A strong wind propelled a raging brush fire up the side of Grand Mesa near Cedaredge, Colorado, leaving only blackness and ashes where it passed.

Suddenly the billowing smoke and hungry flames came into view of a mother and three children who were alone in a white two-story house.

The roaring mass of flames raced directly toward the home. The father had gone to help fight the fire, which began near Cedaredge. He had no idea the wind would take the fire to his family—now stranded without a car or any other means of escape.

Inside the house the mother and children ran to the bedroom, took the Bible, and read the 91st Psalm. Then they knelt and prayed fervently, but only briefly. They went back to the living room and watched the fire, now almost upon them.

Suddenly they saw the flames turn away from them as the direction of the wind changed. Their prayer had reached God, and He had answered!

This true experience is one of several miraculous answers to prayer experienced by persons who attend the First Assembly in Lakewood, Colorado.

Recently I was asked to speak to the youth meeting at our church, so I decided to talk about “What Prayer Can Do.” While meditating and praying for the service, I felt I should let people in our church tell from their own experience what prayer can do.

So I began asking individuals to help me. My only problem was choosing which miraculous answer to prayer to use! I found so many examples of the power of prayer that I couldn’t use half of them.

One woman said she uttered a simple prayer as their family’s truck, loaded with apples, rolled over the side of a mountain. Her three children rode on top of the apple boxes under a tarp. After she scrambled out of the truck which was crushed by the huge boulders, she began calling her children’s names.

“Tim? Are you all right?”

“Yes,” a voice answered from beneath the boxes.


“Here!” he answered.


“Here, Mom!”

The entire family escaped uninjured.

“Sometime let me tell how the Lord made an empty fuel barrel keep the house warm for a week,” she added.

A deacon told how God stopped the rain so he could work on a road construction project. The deacon had five small children to feed and needed all the work he could get. If it rained, he couldn’t work.

One day he noticed big black clouds rolling toward the road construction area. He prayed the Lord would let him keep working.

It was the deacon’s job to send supplies to the men on a paving machine. For three days the rain followed close behind the paving machine, but it never rained where the men worked. Occasionally the showers came right up to where they were, but then would go back again.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Amazon Ada Brownell author page:
Amazon hadn’t added What Prayer Can Do to the page yet. You can get the book, paperback or for Kindle, at

Thank you, Ada, for sharing this book with us. I love to hear about the wonderful things God has done for other Christians.

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Ada Brownell, author said...

Thanks, Lena, for inviting me to be your guest! I love sharing the stories that are in this new book. I wrote them first for the magazine, and decided these miracles are too good not to share.

Dianna said...

My mother loves to read stories like this. She is not a Christian, so I always hope that they will move her heart! I will have to find a copy for her!

Melanie Backus said...

I firmly believe the power of prayer is great. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity. Melanie Backus, TX

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I am also a firm believer in the power of prayer. This sounds like a very inspiring book. Thanks for sharing.
Happy New Year!
Connie from KY

Library Lady said...

My husband is alive today because of prayer. He broke his neck 7 years ago. The doctor said that, "by all rights, your husband should be dead or paralyzed". God wasn't through with him yet. He is proof that God is still doing miracles today.
Janet E.

Danielle H. said...

I believe in the power of prayer and am always seeking to recognize when my prayers are answered. I would love to read this inspiring book. Danielle from Michigan.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Amen, Janet! I've discovered people in almost every church have miracles to share becaust God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Deanna, keep praying and believing and you['ll see your mother accept the Lord as Savior. There are several amazing conversion stories in the book. I pray for your mother now, and hope you can get her a book.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Connie, Believing is a big part of praying. Take note when you pray and God answers. So many times we pray and when God answers we forget about it. I talked to a woman from our church in Fruita, Colo., whose brother was healed of diabetes. She and her sister had requested prayer in many churches, and then when the boy went to the doctor he no longer had diabetes. I called her maybe 20 years later to see whether he ever had trouble with diabetes again. The woman gasped and said, "I haven't even though of that in years. God certainly healed him, he is married and has children and has never had diabetes symptoms again. She said from that day she was going to remember to thank God for the miracle.

Too many of us are like the Children of Israel. We walk through the sea on dry land, and then when another problems comes up, we say, "Where are you God?

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

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Vivian Furbay said...

What awesome testimonies of God's answer to prayer. My husband is alive today because his sister and her church prayed for him years ago before he got saved. God is awesome! Vivian Furbay of CO

Ada Brownell, author said...

Sharon, you're entered! God bless you for reading about my writing.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Vivian, I rejoice you for your answered prayer! I'm native Coloradan who moved to Missouri about 12 years ago, and it's interesting it's about 10 degrees warmer here than in Colorado today!

Natalya Lakhno said...

The Power of Prayer is amazing!!!!
Natalya Lakhno from Citrus Heights, CA