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 in basic terms to be crushed by means of loss and trauma, she puzzled if lifestyles was once nonetheless attainable for her. whilst she informed to turn into a pastor, her religion in a loving God used to be shaken and battered by means of 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 truly is an account of the lives of 3 adolescents, their event 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 via striking symptoms 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 publicizes her hard-won witness: that during Christ, love and lifestyles triumph over death.

"Renee Splichal Larson offers us with a narrative of wish 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 demise, reduction amid depression, gentle in darkness. Any who've ever identified soreness or loss can reap the benefits of her tale. She issues us to where that introduced which means whilst 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 endless possibilities--shared laughter, existence, love of God, ministry, and music--and to like that is aware a quaking earth, shattered structures, and the crushing finitude of the loss of life 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 superior than death."
--Evon O. Flesberg, Assistant Professor of the perform of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling, Vanderbilt collage

"Theodicy and martyrdom! Theodicy: Why do undesirable issues occur to solid people--each priceless one killed via the earthquake, together with a tender guy with a fantastic soul named Ben? Martyrdom: Witness to Jesus Christ--not purely in death, yet in residing via skinny prayer and fragile wish 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 dying. 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 along with her, but additionally smile frequently. As Renee invitations you to witness what she has witnessed, you may 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 USA. Born and raised in North Dakota, Renee is a graduate of Concordia collage, 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 called Gabriel. Renee and Jon are either survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. A Witness is Renee's first book.

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