ABOUT AUTHOR: Nancy Herriman abandoned a career in Engineering to chase around two small children and take up the pen. She hasn’t looked back. The Irish Healer is her debut novel. When she is not writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on cable TV or singing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day. You can learn more at her website, www.nancyherriman.com, where you will also find a link to the opening chapter of The Irish Healer and a book trailer.
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ABOUT THE BOOK: The Irish Healer:
Acquitted of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal and vows to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities—or God’s mercy. When a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, though, she is forced to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Together, they will have to face their darkest fears...and learn what it means to have real faith.
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The Irish Healer opens with the heroine, Rachel Dunne, fleeing scandal and leaving the only home she’s ever known--Carlow, Ireland--for a new life in London.
In what situation have you found yourself needing to start over? Rachel relies on her inner strength and the support of her cousin to try to cope with the upheaval in her life. What or who (besides God) did you rely on to cope?
A major theme of The Irish Healer is handling doubt in the face of adversity. Both the hero, Dr. James Edmunds, and Rachel struggle with their faith as they are forced to confront disease, death, and their own personal wounds during the 1832 cholera epidemic.
Most of us have encountered difficulties, such as illness or the loss of a job or other misfortune, in our lives. Do you have a favorite Bible verse or prayer you turn to when experiencing hardship or loss?
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So glad you've found a new support group to help.
My favorite verse when facing adversity is Phillipians 4:6-7. It really does fill me with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
i did have to start over. left my husband and child til i could win my child in court which i did a week later. then i moved into my mothers den with my child til a few months later i could afford my own apt.
It is so hard to start over but it sounds as if you're on your way.
Question 1. After 17 years in a marriage of infidelity and mental abuse, I got a divorce. After going through a divorce with my parents, I never thought it would happen to me. Three things sustained me ... Faith, Family and Friends. Then, the Lord sent me a friend who later proposed. We will celebrate 20 years of marriage in November. There is life after divorce! I am truly blessed! Thank you for the opportunity to win a book by a new author for me. I share my books with my 91-year-old mother-in-law and church friends. God Bless! (P.S. Jeremiah 29:11 is a wonderful promise!!)
Congratulations! God is good, indeed!
I found myself starting over when my husband and I moved our family to a new town. We became involved in a local church and were welcomed right into their midst. This was at a very crucial time in my marriage, as we were having serious problems and at a place neither of us could see our way through. I was at the end my abilities to make it work, and my husband was stuck also. We felt isolated with little hope. As we got to know some of the people in the church family, along came mentors and friends that became just like real family members to us. People who stepped in as grandparent figures to our children, and as counselors and mediators for my husband and I. In times of extreme trial, those people stepped in and lovingly but firmly set us straight when we strayed. We went on beach vacations and the guys went fishing, we spend Fourth of July together and homeschooled our kids cooperatively. It was a nurturing, inclusive community. We spent eight years with these people before God called us back. This special place and time with was a priceless gift from God, who placed us there at just the right moment to save our marriage and family from being broken apart. God used relationships with people to help us cope and face our trials, as well as our faith in him to see us through. My favorite scripture during this time was Proverbs 3:4-6. I had to trust in The Lord, not myself and lean on Him, not my husband. And he helped us to walk on the right pathway.
I don't know what I'd do without my church family. They've truly helped me through my personal difficulties.
I had lived in NY for my whole life. The rest of my immediate family lived in FL. I had to move from my various apartments for a variety of reasons, drugs, unwanted advances, thief and the lastest was the husband of a neighborhood friend that brought home a threesome porn movie. I wasn't a christian yet and this was the last straw. I was out of there. I decided to live near my family in Fl. and within three mo. God got a hold of my heart and the rest is history.
Blessings to you, Sandra, that you have found your feet on a good path.
My family moved a lot when I was a child. First my dad was in the Navy, and then my parents served under a mission organization. The longest I lived in any one place was 4 1/2 years. Then when we married, I joined my husband at a Bible Camp where he had already served for 8 years, and we remained there 11 more years. We were in on the birth of a multi-racial church, in the South, in the 70s. It was a big deal, and the church was truly family. I felt rooted for the first time in my life. We moved from there to a smaller town, to help my aging in-laws. My husband had to change careers (camps aren't very transportable!), and I left my "family" to help my relatives, who either did not have or did not talk about a personal relationship with the Lord.
Concerned that my husband and children adjust well, I concentrated all my attention on their needs. In a very short time I slid into a depression that only lifted when I got involved in Bible Study Fellowship. Three ladies from my new 2 1/2 times larger church were in my BSF small group. As I got to know them, and as I intentionally studied and applied the Word of God, the depression left.
A verse I now share with young mothers facing a move is Ex. 33:14, "My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." God used both His Word and His people to remind me He had not stayed behind in our old town or our old church.
Aren't you glad He is omnipresent?