Thursday, February 6, 2014

But Now I See: From Hard Times to Holy Places

In December of 2013, Josh and I and our friends went to see the Mesa Temple lights.
On our way back home, Josh and I stopped at Deseret Book to look around. Correction...
   we can never go there just to "look around", we always end up buying something. This time around, Josh bought me a few audio CD's/books that were on clearance. My drive to work is about 45 minutes and my drive home is 45 minutes to an hour. I cannot tell you how nice these have been to listen to on my drive to and from work. They are so inspiring and uplifting! This CD is definitely on my favorites list. 

I'm very grateful to Kristin for sharing her life's experiences so openly to the world. She has had many challenges in her life that she has been able to overcome by finding "sacred places" and giving her life to our "Savior". I listened to it for a second time this morning and got something completely different out of it than I did the first time. I love that! It made me think about the "Holy Places" in my own life and how I could "see" more clearly.

“Trials and difficulties can, if we let them, become holy places—places where we can feel the power of the Atonement in our lives. Our struggles can be consecrated to our good and growth, and you and I can become more like Christ.” 
—Kris Belcher

About the CD
As a young wife with two small sons, Kristin Warner Belcher was stricken with radiation- induced cancer, an illness brought about by lifesaving treatment she received as an infant for bilateral retinoblastoma. She had five major surgeries within the space of just five months, which left her physically and emotionally devastated — and completely blind. During that time, she discovered moments of spiritual strengthening that became holy places in her life — places of hope and healing. In this talk, based on her book Hard Times and Holy Places, Kris shares compelling insights about finding hope and faith in the midst of heartbreak, tragedy and trials that we face in this life and how to get through them.

About the Author
Courage, perseverance, faith, and humor are the themes of Kris Belcher’s life. Left completely blind and emotionally shattered in 2003 from her second battle with cancer, Kris was unsure how to go on. She has since grown accustomed to life in the dark, but could do without the bumps and bruises that accompany blindness. Kris is contemplating full-body armor as a safety precaution. Kris grew up in northern California until she attended Brigham Young University, graduating in Therapeutic Recreation. Kris served a mission in the Kentucky Louisville Mission. She and her husband, James, have two boys, and live in Lehi, Utah. They own a flower shop, and Kris is the delivery driver—well, not really. She leaves the driving to professionals who don’t need a cane. Giving hope to others who struggle in life has been Kris’s motivation to write and speak; she has shared her story and laughed with audiences throughout the United States and Canada.

Do you listen to audio books/CD's? What are some of your favorites?
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