Rifted Clouds -- All Three Parts
A true story of amazing faith. Bed bound in New York for over fifty years, Bella Cooke writes, “[This book] has been written in great pain ‒ how much, none can ever know ‒ and with much prayer that the blessing of God may go with it, and that it may prove a blessing to many.” This book has the three parts of Bella's Cooke's great work combined, and re-typeset in modern font. Not OCR. More
This is a true story of amazing faith. After being dropped as a baby and receiving a spinal injury in England, Bella Cooke suffers serious illness, family bereavement and what seems like nothing but loss in her married life. Bed bound and in constant pain in New York, at the age of forty she is able to write, “I have so often seen and felt that He knows so much better than I what is best for me, that I dare not take my little affairs out of His hands.”
This is not a ‘photocopy’ of the pages of the three original books. Published here in a single volume, the originals have been completely re-typeset, with sentences and paragraphs broken into shorter lengths, making for easier reading.
Bella Cooke, a much-loved mother and grandmother, sees that her lifetime in bed can be spent helping others with great needs, both spiritual and practical. Feeling no self pity, she runs a food bank from her bed, and receives several thousand visitors each year, of all ages and with all needs. She writes, “I thank my Heavenly Father for all His goodness to me in permitting me to do a little for Him, for the bodies as well as the souls of many.”
Job, in the Old Testament suffered much loss, and had unhelpful advice from his companions. Bella also suffered much loss, but unlike Job she was blessed with wise Christian friends. Also, unlike Job, she had to wait nearly fifty painful years to receive her restoration ‒ in heaven.
In 1884, a friend wrote to Bella’s daughter, Mary, “I think it a great privilege to have known your dear mother. If one were to be told the story of her life without seeing her, it would be difficult to credit it, and yet it is more wonderful than can be told. Her power and influence over children are very great, and they always enjoy going to see her and connect nothing but pleasure with her sickroom. Of her work among the poor it is unnecessary to speak, for all who know her must have heard of it. I can only say that I believe she has accomplished more than any well woman I know, in her work for the suffering and needy, while at the same time suffering intensely herself.”
Bella’s insight into suffering in all forms, and how it can be turned to blessing, makes this a truly uplifting book.
Bella Cooke writes, “[This book] has been written in great pain ‒ how much, none can ever know ‒ and with much prayer that the blessing of God may go with it, and that it may prove a blessing to many.”