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I Saw Him in Your Eyes

Ace Collins
I Saw Him in Your Eyes
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I Saw Him in Your Eyes

Ace Collins

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This collection of moving stories reveals the power of ordinary people to shape the lives of others in unexpected, sometimes astonishing ways. Bestselling author Ace Collins presents the inspiring recollections of some of America's best-loved leaders. These uplifting personal accounts reveal the life-changing impact of a simple kind act, of a good word spoken at the right time, of an everyday life whose unassuming character makes all the difference in someone else's world. A young woman on a harrowing mission encounters her greatest inspiration during her most fearful time through a humble, seemingly helpless stranger. Today, her organization brings hope to thousands across the world. Mired in a life of addiction, a young man meets three amazing people at key times on his journey to recovery. Today, this award-winning singer and songwriter touches the hearts of thousands through his music. These and other real-life stories will encourage you, uplift you, and fill you with gratitude fo

- Publisher Twenty ordinary people who touched the lives of leaders in entertainment, business, and Christian outreach - Who had the most profound impact on your faith? - Who was the person whose actions and words best reflected the Lord to you? - Who was the individual who, when you looked into their eyes, you saw the love of Jesus staring back at you? We often look up to celebrated Christians for their leadership, talents, achievements, and faith. But for each of these prominent people there is someone else, someone behind the scenes whose life profoundly impacted their faith. This book spotlights twenty people of everyday stature who were the catalysts that jump-started the faiths of well-known Christians who have gone on to touch many lives for Christ. In I Saw Him in Your Eyes,we get to know some of America's best-known Christian leaders in a new way as they discuss the person instrumental in encouraging their faith and changing their focus forever. These persona reflections and memories reveal the incredible impact of a single Christian's life and witness. The book not only shares stories of faith, accomplishment, and success, but it inspires us all in the knowledge that no Christian action is small. The results of our faithfulness and witness can reach around the world and touch millions of lives for Christ.

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About "I Saw Him in Your Eyes"

This collection of moving stories reveals the power of ordinary people to shape the lives of others in unexpected, sometimes astonishing ways. Bestselling author Ace Collins presents the inspiring recollections of some of America's best-loved leaders. These uplifting personal accounts reveal the life-changing impact of a simple kind act, of a good word spoken at the right time, of an everyday life whose unassuming character makes all the difference in someone else's world. A young woman on a harrowing mission encounters her greatest inspiration during her most fearful time through a humble, seemingly helpless stranger. Today, her organization brings hope to thousands across the world. Mired in a life of addiction, a young man meets three amazing people at key times on his journey to recovery. Today, this award-winning singer and songwriter touches the hearts of thousands through his music. These and other real-life stories will encourage you, uplift you, and fill you with gratitude fo
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Twenty ordinary people who touched the lives of leaders in entertainment, business, and Christian outreach - Who had the most profound impact on your faith? - Who was the person whose actions and words best reflected the Lord to you? - Who was the individual who, when you looked into their eyes, you saw the love of Jesus staring back at you? We often look up to celebrated Christians for their leadership, talents, achievements, and faith. But for each of these prominent people there is someone else, someone behind the scenes whose life profoundly impacted their faith. This book spotlights twenty people of everyday stature who were the catalysts that jump-started the faiths of well-known Christians who have gone on to touch many lives for Christ. In I Saw Him in Your Eyes,we get to know some of America's best-known Christian leaders in a new way as they discuss the person instrumental in encouraging their faith and changing their focus forever. These persona reflections and memories reveal the incredible impact of a single Christian's life and witness. The book not only shares stories of faith, accomplishment, and success, but it inspires us all in the knowledge that no Christian action is small. The results of our faithfulness and witness can reach around the world and touch millions of lives for Christ.
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Meet the Author

Ace Collins

Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs Of Christmas, Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Texas, he continues to publish several new titles each year, most recently Farraday Road. He has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight, along with appearances on CNN and MSNBC.
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Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Introduction 9
  • 1. The Power Of Unknown Prayers 11
  • Nancy Coen
  • 2. Faith Knows No Limits 19
  • Elizabeth Swank And Ron Ballard
  • 3. A Father's Example 29
  • Pat Boone
  • 4. Living By Faith While Playing By The Rules 39
  • Bobby Bowden
  • 5. All She Needed And More 49
  • Karen Kingsbury
  • 6. Happy Trails Even When Times Are Tough 57
  • Dale Evans Rogers
  • 7. A Servant's Heart 67
  • John Cathcart
  • 8. Giving Others What Mother Couldn't Have 75
  • Truett Cathy
  • 9. A Big Man's Strong Example 83
  • Charlie Daniels
  • 10. The Importance Of The Word 93
  • Jerry Burden
  • 11. Hope Is Always Just Around The Corner 101
  • James Scott Bell
  • 12. A Helping Hand At The End Of A Long Walk 109
  • Denise Davis
  • 13. The Power Of A Single Prayer 117
  • Fern Nichols
  • 14. You Can Go Home Again 125
  • Larry Gatlin
  • 15. A Blind Date With God 137
  • Richard Stearns
  • 16. I Keep My Eyes On You 145
  • Cynthia Clawson
  • 17. Seeing Freedom Behind Bars 155
  • Terri Blackstock
  • 18. The Grace In A Mother's Eyes 165
  • Don Reid
  • 19. Off The Beaten Path 173
  • Crystal Bowman
  • 20. The Wright Way 181
  • Woody Wright

Excerpt

Excerpt from: I Saw Him in Your Eyes

I Saw Him in Your Eyes Copyright 2006 by Andrew Collins Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Collins, Ace I saw Him in your eyes: everyday people making extraordinary impact in the lives of Karen Kingsbury, Terri Blackstock, Bobby Bowden, Charlie Daniels, S. Truett Cathy, and more / Ace Collins. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-10: 0-310-26318-2 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-226318-0 1. Christian biography---United States. 2. Celebrities---Religious life---United States. I. Title. BR1700.3.C65 2006 277.3'082'.0922 --- dc22 {B} 2005019453 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means --- electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other --- except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America The Power of Unknown Prayers Nancy Coen Founder of Servant Ministries Nancy Coen is a wife, a mother of three, and a grandmother, yet she has the energy of a college student and the enthusiasm of a three-year-old child. First appearances would lead most to believe she is a successful businessperson. She once was, but this dynamo is now the founder and leader of Servant Ministries, an organization whose main thrust is taking the gospel into areas where believers are persecuted and even killed. Traveling 380,000 miles a year, the diminutive woman with the big smile and booming voice constantly puts her life on the line in the most dangerous places on the globe. She really lives the Great Commission each day of her life. Nancy's story is a testament to the power of prayer. It is a dramatic narrative of stubborn resistance and faithful obedience. This story shines a bright spotlight on the dedication of those who simply will not give up on people. 'As a young child I saw a lot of things that bothered me about the Christian faith,' Nancy recalled. 'I was raised in a very legalistic church. As soon as I got away from home, I turned away from the church and vehemently turned against all things that I considered Christian. I would have sooner spit in the eye of a Christian than talk to them. At that time I even actively campaigned against Christian programs and missions.' As a young wife, mother, and businesswoman, Nancy wanted no part of God. Living in Indiana, she was a member of the local social set, a country-club regular, a loud boisterous woman who loved a party and embraced a 'live for the moment' lifestyle. Though friendly and likable, she was a voice against any type of religion worming its way into her life. She didn't want to hear a prayer before a high school football game or have a local Christian youth group meet in the school. She taught her children there was no higher power and that Christianity was a fable. 'One day my daughter ran across the rural road where we lived to retrieve a ball that had landed in the yard of some folks who had just moved into our neighborhood. These were anything but my kind of people. They were poor and uneducated. They had no social skills. I didn't even like having them on the same street where I lived. 'When my daughter got into the yard, she was invited into their home. At that point I marched across the road to go get her. When the husband opened their front door, this Jesus music started coming out. And I thought, These people are not only ignorant and poverty-stricken but on top of everything else they are Christians! 'I was so upset that I would not let my daughter go back to their house again.' But the man who greeted Nancy at the door had not been put off by his neighbor's lack of respect for his family or his faith. In fact, he felt a call from God to pray for Nancy. Beginning that day, and continuing for seven years, he and his family prayed that Nancy would give her life to Jesus. They even involved their church in this practice, telling friends that this atheist would someday be used by the Lord to affect the lives of people all over the world. Anyone who knew Nancy would have scoffed at the idea of this ever happening. 'The interesting thing about this situation,' Nancy remembers, 'is that I never spoke to that man again. Three months later we left Indiana and moved to Texas. Yet I later found out through friends that he and his wife took seriously that call from God, and every day for seven years they prayed for me to be saved.' Seven years later Nancy had not changed. She was still a hard-hearted militant nonbeliever who felt the only light in the world came from either the sun, the moon, or a bulb. Yet with a family and church still praying for her, the successful businesswoman was about to find herself in a situation that nearly scared her to death. 'One day I woke up and I began to hear voices. The first one said, 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock.' Then a second voice would cry out, 'You know Jesus is dead and in the grave and never coming back.' Then a third voice popped up saying, 'I loved you so much I gave my Son for you.' ' The voices continued to war in her head all night long. At the time she believed she was going crazy. 'My mother had mental problems. She heard voices. She would cry for days on end. I now thought I was going through the same thing. I was going to be crazy like my mother. I had three small children and three successful businesses. I didn't have time for this. Finally, after several nights of this, I actually shouted down the hallway, 'I don't believe in God, I won't pray, and You can't make me!' Even at that moment I realized how funny it sounded for me, an atheist, to be telling God to get away from me.' The voices tormented Nancy for an entire week. During this time she became a basket case, exhausted, frazzled, and completely out of control. On her eighth night of not being able to sleep, she finally gave up, deciding to get on her knees. Not knowing how to pray, she simply repeated the prayers she had learned in childhood. They did nothing to ease her mental anguish. 'My prayers were not getting beyond the walls,' Nancy recalled. 'I finally confessed, 'I don't know how to pray. If You want me to pray, You are going to have to tell me how to pray.' Even though it was night and very dark, I saw a bright light right in front of me. I knew the Lord was there, and I was so scared I repented for everything I had ever done wrong in my whole life.' The next morning Nancy was a different person. The first thing she did was race to a local bookstore and buy a study Bible. For three days she constantly read the only Bible that she had ever allowed in her home. Overcome with passion to share her joy with others, she drove into the worst sections of South Texas towns and sought out prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, and homeless people. She didn't just witness to them, she brought them back to her home, cleaned them up, fed them, and allowed them to sleep there. Needless to say, it took her family awhile to understand and adjust to the new Nancy. At church and on her own, she tried to reach out to everyone she saw. Yet in time Nancy understood that this dynamic transformation must have taken place for a specific reason. Through prayer and study she came to realize she had been called to take her strength and conviction into regions of the world where Christians were persecuted.

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We admire our spiritual leaders, but what about the people that inspired them to be who they are today?  Whether or not you are familiar with the lives of the people starring in this book - e.g. Karen Kingsbury, Bobby Bowden - you will be touched and inspired by the stories of how they were touched and transformed by others' simple acts of love. 
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  • Catalogue Code 235732
  • Product Code 0310263182
  • EAN 9780310263180
  • UPC 025986263188
  • Pages 192
  • Department General Books
  • Category Inspirational
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Feb 2006
  • Dimensions 180 x 127 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.192kg

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