There is this awesome thing that my spirit does …
Back up a bit …
I’m a music person. I LOVE music! Every now and then there’s a song whistling in my head, except when I have my head concentrated on work or some other activity. But even with methodical things like cooking etc, there’s likely to be a song, still.
Being that my choice of music is Christian, I find it very uplifting. Like books, some songs I discover are so timely in my life I know it’s not a coincidence. I’ve learned new things, being reminded of the beautiful old, and encouraged/strengthened, simply by paying attention to the lyrics of a song.
But there are those days when I’m so down—days when I wonder if things will work out, and I start to entertain doubts, and then turn to God with questions. I’m even too hurt to want to listen to any “Biblical” reasoning that He sends into my spirit, much less entertain any “music in the air’.
But there is this thing that my spirit does … when moments like this arise—every time. I first noticed it some time ago, and discovered it’s a trend. When my heart is so clogged with hurt that I won’t hear God, my spirit, which is the part of me that’s born again, starts to sing on the inside. I first hear the song in my heart, and then the lyrics and melody play on my lips. Somewhere in the middle, I suddenly catch myself, and even discover that I’m more joyful than I was before the song began. When I check, I ALWAYS find that the lyrics are the very message I needed to hear that day and that moment, to be uplifted. It amazes me, and always makes me smile. God, indeed, knows how to break our fall—how to catch us when we fall. I guess with this, He’s teaching and, constantly reminding me that His Strength, which comes from His Word, is the source of my joy. Nothing else is. How great is that!
Friends, it’s with utmost joy and gratitude to God that I announce this: To Die Once is now available in paperback! Take a look at the art work by Lena Goldfinch. Isn’t it wonderful? I, certainly, am pleased!
To Die Once is available as an ebook for $4.62 (USD) on most sites!
About the Book
Two men, one woman, a rosebush …
… a terrible past, an uncertain future
Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything she believes.
Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most.
Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer.
Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not?
From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his.
Then he is gone.
Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.
Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions.
Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?
… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.
Praise for To Die Once
“A little mystery, a bit of intrigue, a lot of romance. To Die Once is a Christian romance with real characters facing deep issues. The emotional writing is truly heart-felt. This is Ms. Uyeh’s debut novel and thankfully, this won’t be the last.” — K. Victoria Chase, Bestselling author of From Across The Divide, Virginia Justice, Raphael: volume 1, Santiago Brothers book series.
“Miranda Uyeh has penned a novel full of heart. To Die Once is a story alternately thorny and tender that tackles the various forms of love – romance, friendship, and faith – in unique settings and situations. Often surprising, consistently intriguing, Uyeh’s debut is a bold start to her blossoming writing career.” — Amber Stokes, Author of “The Heart’s Spring” Series
“A fun inspirational romance read” — Rektok Ross, Bestselling YA Romance author of Prodigal
“To Die Once was both breathtakingly romantic and heartrendingly sad at points. As a reader and fellow author, I was thoroughly amazed at Miranda’s abilty to so eloquently describe such a beautiful, mystery-filled story and leave the reader with the constant reminder of hope for a pleasant ending.” — Heather Manning, Bestselling Author of Historical Romance, Swept To Sea.
This is a story centered on God’s healing power of grace and mercy. People like Jennifer, Rodrigo (and Stefano), and Chidi exist in our world today, hurting from the choices and the mistakes they’d made in the past, and seeking redemption/solace in any way possible, even from vices like alcohol. If you find yourself in such a position, or you know someone drowning in pain, please, let them know that God’s arms are wide-open to receive and heal anyone who will earnestly come to Him. He says in His Word in Heb. 4:16 that we can come boldly before the throne of grace to seek grace and mercy for when we need it. Do not lose hope that you can be healed and fully restored. There is no sin that God can’t forgive, and there’s no one He’ll turn away. Come to Him today and receive your healing!
Posts include what I call ‘Pieces of a Page’ excerpt, little gifts to introduce the characters to readers are available. The “pieces” were randomly picked, as I believe it to be more fun that way! Follow the links to read each piece here, here, and here.
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