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Donna Chapman Gilbert lives in Carrollton, Texas, and has worked for much too long to admit at a downtown Dallas law firm. Faced with a boring two-hour commute to the office every day, she began to write while riding the bus. (Thanks for the opportunity, Dallas Area Rapid Transit!) Donna spends way too much time on Facebook and devising ways to get out of housework. Fortunately, her handsome husband’s super power is doing laundry, or her family would never have clean clothes. Donna and her husband Laundry Man have two grown sons, one a professional performer and the other a sweet, intelligent, non-verbal soul who has taught her much about God’s grace. She co-founded the North Texas Chapter of Families for Effective Autism Treatment. Donna sings in her church choir and loves to quilt, garden, and of course, read.
on Oct. 14, 2016 :
My first introduction to Lula and Harmon Schmelzenbach was in the spring of 2008. My friend, Donna Gilbert, was driving to California with me. She had brought along few chapters of the first draft of Swazi Sunrise. As the miles rolled by, she read of this young couple who, through God's providence met, fell in love, and married. Those few pages intrigued me, and I continued to follow the progress of the book. I was so excited to read the finished product. It was even better than I could have imagined. This book is an excellent representation of the life of two people who dedicated their lives to God's work. Though their journey was filled with many obstacles that worked to keep them from following God's mission, they stayed the course and led hundreds of people in the Swaziland region to know the Lord.
Ms. Gilbert uses her writing skills to take the actual history of the Harmon and Lula Schmelzenbach and weave it in to a story of love, perseverance, and commitment to God, to each other, and to the many lost people of Swaziland. As you read Swazi Sunrise, you will find yourself praying for God to provide ways for Harmon to preach the Word of His love for everyone because the book actually transports you back to the time when Harmon and Lula are working side by side to spread God's Word. I highly recommend that you add Swazi Sunrise to your reading library.
(reviewed the day of purchase)