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Shelley Hitz is an award-winning and international best-selling author. However, she gives all the glory to God for what He is doing through her life. As she likes to say, “God is the author, I am simply the pen.” Shelley has been ministering alongside her husband, CJ, since 1998 and her main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements.
She is also the co-owner of BodyandSoulPublishing.com where she shares free Christian books on her blog, owner of Self-Publishing-Coach.com where she helps authors get published and noticed and co-founder of CrossReads.com where Christian readers and authors meet.
The main reason Shelley writes and publishes Christian books is to share her testimony, use the gift of teaching God has given her and bring glory to God. Ironically, she never dreamed of being a published author and English was one of her worst subjects in school growing up. However, God is now using her weaknesses for His strength to impact many for eternity (2 Corinthians 12:9). She is humbled and amazed that He chooses to use her and her life goal is to keep her eyes fixed on Christ, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). Shelley’s openness and vulnerability as she shares her own story of hope and healing through her books will inspire and encourage you.
on April 19, 2013 :
I got this book through the member-giveaway program, but maybe I didn't read the description very carefully or misread it somehow, either way, the book wasn't what I had expected. I had expected more of a focus on pratical advice; though the stories are examples of how forgiveness has helped people move on with their lives, it doesn't really say much about how we can achieve this forgiveness.
Also, it was way too Christian for my taste. Again, maybe I just didn't read the description very well, but the book is really focused on Christian faith and has very little to offer for people who are less religious.
All in all, it was a disappointment for me and I didn't like it at all. However, if you are a very religious Christian, it might be a good book for you and might give you some stories to support you.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 30, 2012 :
As Christians we are instructed to forgive others. "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:14-15 NIV Sometimes this is hard to do, or I find it so at times. Unshackled and Free: True Stories of Forgiveness compiled by CJ & Shelley Hitz is a delightful collection of inspirational stories about forgiveness. Read others stories and how they have dealt with forgiving who has wronged them. There are some heartbreaking stories included here, that they still managed to find it in their heart to forgive. I highly recommend this eBook to anyone that has a hard time with forgiveness.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
This is a delightful collection of inspirational stories about forgiveness. I appreciate the honesty and openness of the authors; it’s easy to relate and feel encouraged because these stories feature “real” people dealing with “real” struggles. As one writer puts it: “Unforgiveness as a Christian is not an option, despite our feelings. Forgiving her was an act of my will, even if my heart did not feel it.” This is an important piece of wisdom to meditate on, no matter what the circumstances are. This book is a perfect way to start or end your day.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)