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I'm honored to present Danele Rotharmel's first book from her series, The time counselors chronicles. She's a wonderful author and a spiritually strong woman. Her encouraging words lift my sprits, and make me realize to always be thankful for God's grace. I know everyone reading this will be as inspired as I am.
Life is unpredictable and incredibly hurtful at times. Believe me, I know. I thought my life was completely under control, but then accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty furnace threw everything into chaos. The poison triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and I ended up quarantined in my home for seven years.
Quarantine wasn’t fun. What made it worse was that I tortured myself with questions. Why me? Why was this happening? What did I do to deserve it? Why did God allow me to be hurt? Was God even real? Was I going to die? What was going to become of me?
My questions spiraled in on themselves, and rather than finding clarity, I fell into a deep depression. The mental anguish I was feeling was incredibly painful, and so eventually, I just shut down and stopped feeling anything. I thought I was protecting myself, but in reality, I was encasing myself in a frozen prison.
I stayed in my personal winter for a long time—years, in fact. My life turned joyless and gray. It was as if the unanswered questions had buried me beneath six solid feet of earth. I wasn’t living. I was barely existing.
As days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into years, I began to see a pattern emerging in the scenery outside my window. The seasons always changed. Winter always left. Spring always came. During this time, I felt God tugging on my heart, and I began reexamining my faith in light of my illness. Slowly—almost imperceptibly—a change began to take place in my thinking. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that God is real, God is good, God is interested in every aspect of my life, Jesus must be kept in the center of my faith, and God is trustworthy in spite of tragedy.
With my faith reconciled, I began to feel God tugging on my heart in a different way. He told me to sing, and even though I didn’t feel that I had anything to sing about—I obeyed. He told me to smile, and even though my life was a wreck—I forced my lips upward into a grin. He told me to laugh, and although there was nothing funny about my situation, I would stand in the middle of my house and make myself laugh out loud at nothing in particular. What I didn’t realize was that each of these acts—singing, smiling, and laughing—were declarations of faith. Each one was predicting that my life was going to get better. And each one brought me closer to inner healing.
One day, months later, I found that I was singing not out of obedience, but simply because I felt different than I had before. When I stopped and analyzed the feeling, I realized that it was happiness. I had been so encased in my icy pain that I’d forgotten what happiness felt like. Reaching my hand to my mouth, I felt a smile—one that I hadn’t had to pin to my lips. Suddenly, I was laughing—not out of duty, but out of sheer joy.
Life is unpredictable and incredibly hurtful at times. But the beauty of life is that it always changes. Nothing stays bad forever. If your life has been shattered. If you’re so full of pain that just existing is sheer agony. If you feel that taking another breath is more effort than you can stand. Then sing. Then smile. Then laugh. Your personal spring is on the way, and when it comes, it will be incredible.
Tsunami (Book 1 of The Time Counselor Chronicles)
To stop a cruel serial killer, she must travel twenty-four years into the past…
Gil Montgomery, a cadet in the Temporal Counseling Program, can’t wait to pass her field exam and become a professional time surfer. The TEMCO program targets death-row offenders for time-based counseling while they’re children. For her exam, Gil will travel twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston before he murders his abusive babysitter, Rick Olsen. Preventing the stabbing should stop the chain of events leading to Danny’s eventual execution.
Gil’s assignment seems simple until her adviser, Dr. William Ableman, learns that Rick is a serial killer targeting Danny’s mother. If Gil stays and protects the Winstons, she might not survive. William wants the woman he loves to be pulled from the field, but if Gil fails to complete her assignment, it will unleash a Time Tsunami and destroy the timeline.
As TEMCO undergoes an emergency lockdown, and Gil’s fellow cadets try to figure out what’s happening, Gil and William learn the importance of faith and the price of true love. Everyone’s fate is resting in Gil’s hands, but does she have the strength she needs to defeat a ruthless serial killer intent on annihilating everyone in his path? Will she return from the deadly mission?
Time Tsunami is a fast-moving thriller with time travel twists that keep the reader guessing until the very last page.
Time Tsunami Purchasing Links:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/time-tsunami-danele-j-rotharmel/1123153640?ean=2940152530919
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