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This book is a collection of my visions of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother Mary and the Apostles. They read like factual short stories that make the New Testament come alive and they helped to strengthen my faith.
The visions began about ten years ago. In all honesty they were more like very precise dreams. It was as if I was watching a movie with an all-star cast of Oscar winners. They always came at night when I retired to bed. In reality I rarely dream and I never remember them when I do.
When I awoke the first time I thought maybe I had been watching something on television. But it was more realistic than any movie I had seen. I felt I was actually there in each scene with these New Testament figures and I could recall every second. And so because I was a writer…I wrote. I wrote what I witnessed.
I carefully wrote down what I experienced in my sleep if I was indeed asleep. The very first vision or dream I experienced was of Mary visiting Nero in Rome attempting to gain the release of the Apostle Peter. I had always assumed that Mary had passed away long before Peter’s imprisonment, but we don’t actually know. Maybe this vision was as it actually happened?
As I finished and reread the scene it was exactly what I witnessed, felt and believed. Even the names of the soldiers like Stephan and Barcus just popped up from out of the blue.
One month later I experienced another vision and the next month, yet another. The three visions together were actually three parts to one story which began with Jesus on the cross and ended with Peter’s crucifixion.
It seemed to be a realistic snapshot of what life was like for Christians in the early church: The drama, the excitement, the miracles and the joy of spreading the Good News. This became my novella, Acts Untold. (Available as an eBook everywhere)
It could be I have an over-active brain, though some have told me just the opposite, or it could be that I was meant to share these visions with the world in hopes it may help to strengthen the faith of those facing challenges. I can’t say, but I do know it strengthened my faith and I hope someone in need may happen upon this little eBook at a time they need to read it. I pray God blesses you and your family.
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Here is a sample
“I know it is not much of a dwelling but it is all I have to offer.” The old man said. “The animals do provide warmth though…so…so there is that advantage.”
Joseph smiled and nodded respectfully. “Yes, there is that advantage. We are grateful.” He left the dwelling and walked back to the donkeys. One packed with clothing, food, pots and pans. The other carried the world’s most precious cargo, the Blessed Virgin and the Son of God.
“Well…” Joseph began speaking to Mary but couldn’t find the proper words. “You will be happy to know that we are staying at the warmest dwelling in Bethlehem.”
“Thank you my husband, we knew you would not let us down.” Mary sweetly cooed.
Joseph led the donkeys to the entrance of a cave with a wide opening. Once inside the various animals in the wooden stalls seemed extremely curious, straining their necks to see their new roommates.
As her husband unloaded the donkeys Mary placed fresh hay in the manger, fluffing and arranging it just so. Once satisfied, she placed a large warm blanket over the hay and formed a soft depression with her hands.
Finished with his task Joseph placed his hand on Mary’s shoulder.
“I’m sorry that this was the only place I could find Mary. I hope you are not too disappointed in me.” He hung his head and sighed a sigh that begged forgiveness.
Mary rose to her feet and lifted his chin up off his chest with her hand.
“Joseph…this place is perfect. Do you understand? Perfect!” She said softly. Joseph nodded.
“And my it’s so warm and cozy, just as you promised.” She giggled and ran her fingers through his hair, which made him join her in laughter.
“My husband, this is like a royal palace. We have these beautiful creatures around us to serve as our royal sentries.” Joseph smiled.
Twenty-four hours later a King was born in this palace. All the royal guards knelt respectfully in awe. Even they knew that the world, the universe had just changed forever and nothing would ever be the same.