Thursday, May 31, 2018

WHAT PRAYER CAN DO - Ada Brownell - One Free Book

Welcome back, Ada. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
Writers are ordinary people. Every once in a while I meet people awed by writers. Many of those saw my byline frequently in The Pueblo Chieftain where I worked many years as a journalist. Once I gave my library card to a young man when I checked out books. He recognized my name and was so excited to meet me.

 I’d give my credit card to a cashier and my name would be noticed, or I’d be in a check at the supermarket and the person behind me would say, “Ooh, I know you!”

 Made me think I should quit wearing dirty tennis shoes and a sweatshirt on my day off and make sure my hair wasn’t windblown.

 I write articles and books about faith, miracles, and victorious Christian living, and even though God uses me, it’s all Him. Without Jesus I am nothing.

Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have been married 65 years in October. We had five beautiful talented children (one of them in heaven), married to amazing Christian achievers. All have done some sort of Christian ministry, have great marriages, and gave us wonderful grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Our oldest son, Gary, is a media/ lighting/ electronics expert/sound engineer/ stage designer for churches. The youngest son, Jaron, is a computer software designer and church worship leader.

 The next daughter, Gwen, is near earning her doctorate in nursing, has taught nursing and works at a hospital.  She went on a summer mission to Kenya, taught Sunday school and does health screenings at church.

 Our youngest daughter, Jeanette, the wife of a hospice chaplain, works in Human Resources in a steel mill, taught Missionettes for years, and is a wonderful soloist.

We lost our oldest daughter to lymphoma at age 31 when she and her husband worked with youth and she was a church musician and office worker.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but sells now as an e-book. Originally published by the Assemblies of God in 1978, the book was listed in 2011 and many other years among 10 top recommendations on Pentecostalism by The Library Thing.

Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, a book for people with chronic or terminal illness, individuals who fear death or are curious about it, the grieving, and those who give them counsel. Great for support groups. I did the research and used what I’d learned in the Bible and by spending seven years on the medical beat to write that book after we lost our daughter to cancer. I wanted to be sure I believed what I thought I did about the eternal.

Imagine the Future You, a motivational Bible Study for youth. Ready or not, you are headed into your future. Would you like to achieve your dreams of being all you can be inside and out? Would you like to deposit good information in your brain you can spend and invest in your future? This book will help in every area of your life.

Facts, Faith and Propaganda. Everything about who we are, how we came to be, and why we are here, is settled by faith. Evolution is taught as fact only because it is so widely accepted. Although scientists claim evolution can be proved, changes in any species is still the same species. See how to separate propaganda, false science and skepticism from truth. From a writer who has interviewed educators, Bible experts, scientists, and written numerous articles about evolution, studied propaganda in college and taught the Bible and Science in churches.

 Do you have any other books in the works right now?
The first draft of the third book in my historical Peaches and Dreams fiction series, Love’s Delicate Blossom, is nearly complete.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love, table games, walking, singing in groups, and used to love swimming and tennis. I still enjoy playing active games on the Wii.
Why did you write the featured book?
You don’t hear much about how God intervenes in people’s lives today in answer to prayer. I didn’t want these amazing testimonies, published over the years in The Pentecostal Evangel, to be forgotten.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
Awe, greater faith, and encouragement.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book? Every testimony in What Prayer Can Do is true. I know these people.

Please give us the first page or two from the book.
Chapter One Excerpt: WHAT PRAYER CAN DO (The article that inspired the book).
By Ada Nicholson Brownell
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV).
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:
--Twitter: @adabrownell
--Blog: Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
--Book Fun Network

Thank you, Ada, for sharing this book with us. I love testimonies of how God answered prayers in people’s lives. Every Christian should have many of those stories. I know I do.

Readers, here are links to the book.
What Prayer Can Do: A Collection of articles written by Ada Nicholson Brownell published by THE PENTECOSTAL EVANGEL - Paperback
What Prayer Can Do: A Collection of Articles Written by Ada Nicholson Brownell Published by The Pentecostal Evangel - Kindle

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Shelia64 said...

sounds like a great book! Shelia from Mississippi

Connie said...

I always enjoy learning how God has worked in someone's life. Thank you for sharing!
Connie from KY

Emma said...

WHAT PRAYER CAN DO sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for the opportunity to win. PA.Have a good weekend.

Melanie Backus said...

The Power of prayer is great! Melanie Backus, TX

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Natalya Lakhno said...

Prayers are so important in my life! Thank you for the book and the chance to win! Blessings!
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