Friday, September 9, 2011

Mission Possible by D. L. McCarragher

Mission Possible:
Spiritual Covering 
Author: D. L. McCarragher
Publisher: Alabaster Box Publishing, Inc.
                    www.alabasterboxpublishing.com
Date of Publication: July 2009
Paperback, 80 pages    ISBN 13: 978-0-615-30357-4
Audio Book on CD   ISBN 13: 978-0-615-28584-9
Also available in Kindle format at Amazon.com and Ebook format at Smashwords

Mission Possible is a unique book in the Christian marketplace.  It addresses a subject that is often overlooked and misunderstood.  It is a candid look at Deborah's struggles and quest to reach her husband for Christ.  She became a believer seven years into her marriage, and this book is her personal testimony.  It applies Scripture and biblical principles to everyday struggles encountered within a spiritually mismatched marriage.  Mission Possible won the 2010 Readers Favorite Gold Seal Award for best Christian Non-Fiction book, and was nominated for the Christian Small Publisher’s Assoc. Book of the Year Award in 2009.




Excerpt – Chapter 1 - You’ve Embraced Christ Now What?

The spiritual skirmish had begun. Don’t underestimate the enemy. I did not fully understand spiritual warfare and would learn about that as time progressed. I began to grow in my understanding of God’s Word and how Satan opposes a couple’s holy union. I would learn about “putting on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians -19). I would learn that “standing firm” was mandatory - - not an option. My spiritual clothing was necessary for survival as “half of a saved couple”. God desires for you to become “one flesh” – at the altar and in the spirit realm. Satan can’t bear the thought of it. This is where your perseverance plays a huge part.

The enemy will mercilessly bombard you with thoughts, feelings, emotions and physical disdain for your mate. You must take every thought captive (II Corinthians 10:5) and stop looking at your mate as the enemy. Don’t let his actions and words provoke you into disobedience. 

Paul writes in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for building up, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Matthew 18:9 states, “and if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you.” So it goes with your tongue. 

Stop committing spiritual murder against your mate! Bite it off and cast it away! Don’t sin by grieving God as you curse the very person God wills to join you to, as ONE!


FROM BACK COVER:
MISSION POSSIBLE is a "must have" book for any woman who is married to a man who does not share her passion for Jesus ...

In Mission Possible you will:
- Discover how to believe with radical faith for your spouses's salvation
- Learn the secret to "staying the course" while you wait for your promise
- Find out why many women don't like to share their "secret sorrow"
- Overcome your own fears and doubts about your husband's future with God
- Join other women in the knowledge that God has a perfect plan of unity for you and your spouse

Deborah began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in 1989.  She uses her spiritual gifts of encouragement and teaching in her home church.  She is also a small business owner of over twenty years. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her book. She and her husband have one married son serving in the US Military. They reside in north Florida

Could you tell us a little about your background?

I grew up in a Navy family and moved frequently as a child.  I married my first husband right out of high school.  That marriage ended in divorce four years later. I remarried in 1982 (to my current husband) and we’ve been married for 28 years.  Seven years into our marriage, I gave my life to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

What inspired you to write this influential book?
 
I was involved with a local intercessory prayer group at the time, and was prompted by God during prayer to write down what He was conveying to me about my husband and his salvation.  It was quite literally written while inspired, and without much effort on my part.  I just typed on the computer as He led me to bible verses and topics to talk about.  I remember writing down the names of the (7) chapters during prayer time on a tablet - just looking at them afterwards in awe.  It was quite a moving experience. 

What primary advice do you have for women who are married to "non-believing" husbands?

I think the most important advice is to have faith in Who God Is and His sovereignty.  We can't "pre-package" our spouse's conversion experience, and God will always do what will bring Him the "most glory".  We also have to remember that we don't wrestle against flesh and blood.  Our spouse (if unsaved) isn't governed by God's Spirit - so we have to release them from that accountability.  We must have faith that rests in God and not in our own understanding, or by sight!


What kinds of reactions has the book generated thus far?

I have had great reaction to my little book.  Some women love it because it is not lengthy, and they can read it quickly - yet refer back to it over & over again.  One woman emailed me a testimony that she was nearly ready to leave her husband, but after reading the book, felt that God was leading her to give her marriage another try.  That was very humbling and gratifying for me.  I just want to help women see that there is an alternative to being miserable in an unequally yoked marriage.


What's the main message that you'd like readers to take away from it?

I would love readers to discover that God has a plan for each marriage that is in spiritual disunity.  It involves us, but it is always done HIS WAY!  I want readers to know that it is a process that evolves over time, that we must not put God in a box, but give Him room to move in our spouse's life.  They need to know that because we are not perfect and continue to sin, that satan will try to discourage and influence us (women) to believe that our "mission" is not possible - but with God, all things are possible!


Any final thoughts you'd like to share?

Just that I know how difficult it is to be married to a spouse who doesn't share your love and devotion to the Lord Jesus.  I, like many of my readers, get frustrated and disillusioned, but I know God has perfect timing and our best interests at heart overall.  He wants our spouses to come to a saving knowledge of Him and embrace a future together that brings glory to Him. 

How can our readers learn more about you and contact you directly?
 
They can visit my website at www.Godmissionpossible.com or email me at deb@alabasterboxpublishing.com  My paperback book is available on my website at www.Godmissionpossible.com .  I offer a reduced price and FREE Shipping. It is also available for order at any Christian bookstore, as well as through online stores such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  My ebook is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other online ebook retailers.

I also maintain an inspirational Blog at www.Godmissionpossible.blogspot.com


Deborah, thanks for a great interview.  I want to mention that readers can also connect with you on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GodMissionPossible


13 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Excellent interview most interesting to read about the book and author.

Yvonne.

Stephen Tremp said...

Its great to meet you Deborah. Best wishes with Mission Possible and keep the faith! God Bless you.

Joylene said...

Dear Susanne and Deborah, thank you for the very nice interview. This book sounds like a must-read.

Deb Hockenberry said...

Great interview about an interesting book & author!

D L McCarragher said...

Susanne - thanks so much for hosting myself and my book on your great Blog! Yvonne, Stephen, Joylene, and Deb - thanks for visiting and I appreciate your kind words of encouragement. God bless...

Susanne Drazic said...

Hello Yvonne, Stephen, Joylene, and Deb! Thank you for stopping by to learn about MISSION POSSIBLE. I hope you have all had a chance to check out Deborah's blog.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Deborah, I enjoyed hosting you and your book on my blog. Thanks for stopping by to read the comments that were left for you.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

The book sounds like one that is needed in many families. Thank you and congratulations. Best of luck to you.

J. Aday Kennedy's Brain Fart Explosion said...

I am single, but have a sister with a strong faith whose husband does not. I'll share the information with her.
Aday

Monti said...

Thanks for interviewing Deborah, Susanne! Sounds like an inspiring book. Good luck with it!

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

anthony stemke said...

Enjoyed reading the interview. Definately a useful book.
Thank You.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wonderful post! It sounds like a book that could help struggling relationships.

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