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By Renee Splichal Larson,Jennifer Agee,Norma Cook Everist

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti buried Renee Splichal Larson in concrete rubble, killing her husband and leaving her a widow at age 27. Surviving merely to be beaten through loss and trauma, she questioned if existence was once nonetheless attainable for her. while she knowledgeable to develop into a pastor, her religion in a loving God was once shaken and battered via the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and took the lives of many thousands.

This is Renee's relocating tale of affection, grief, survival, and new existence. it really is an account of the lives of 3 youth, their adventure of the demanding situations, good looks, and hospitality of Haiti, and the tumult that overthrew all they held dear.

After years of fight and therapeutic, aided by means of notable indicators of the affection and presence of God, Renee deals us an intimate examine her younger romance, her adventure of the earthquake, and the adventure that undefined. such a lot of all, she pronounces her hard-won witness: that during Christ, love and lifestyles triumph over death.

"Renee Splichal Larson presents us with a narrative of desire in A Witness. it's a relocating, heartfelt tale that needed to be advised. It brings with it the visceral longings of lifestyles within the face of dying, reduction amid depression, gentle in darkness. Any who've ever recognized soreness or loss can take advantage of her tale. She issues us to where that introduced which means while every thing appeared misplaced: the foot of the cross."
--Paul E. Hoffman, writer, Faith Forming Faith

"A Witness testifies to the burning depth of affection that knew the richness and fullness of countless possibilities--shared laughter, lifestyles, love of God, ministry, and music--and to like that understands a quaking earth, shattered structures, and the crushing finitude of the demise of many Haitians and Splichal Larson's younger husband, Ben. Her sorrow embraces the fullness of resurrection desire and passionate new existence. Splichal Larson witnesses to like that's more desirable than death."
--Evon O. Flesberg, Assistant Professor of the perform of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling, Vanderbilt college

"Theodicy and martyrdom! Theodicy: Why do undesirable issues take place to reliable people--each priceless one killed by way of the earthquake, together with a tender guy with a good looking soul named Ben? Martyrdom: Witness to Jesus Christ--not in simple terms in demise, yet in residing by way of skinny prayer and fragile desire in God's promise past all theodicy!
--Craig L. Nessan, educational Dean, Wartburg Theological Seminary

"Renee has written a gorgeous ebook that bursts with existence while it faces tragedy and loss of life. It shines with desire although it passes via heartbreak. She is profoundly beneficiant to percentage her lifestyles with us like this on those pages. you will cry together with her, but in addition smile frequently. As Renee invitations you to witness what she has witnessed, you can be encouraged on your religion, your love, and your life."
--Kent Annan, Co-Director of Haiti companions; writer, Slow country Coming

Renee Splichal Larson is a pastor within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States. Born and raised in North Dakota, Renee is a graduate of Concordia university, Moorhead, Minnesota, and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. She is married to Jonathan Splichal Larson, who's additionally a pastor within the ELCA, and their son is termed Gabriel. Renee and Jon are either survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. A Witness is Renee's first book.

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