Cecile’s Christmas Miracle by Ruth L. Snyder

Ceciles Christmas Miracle

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About the Book

Cecile, a young nurse, leaves a promising relationship and all the comforts of home when she answers the call to be a missionary in Africa. But harsh conditions, homesickness, and threats from the government, make her wonder if she really did the right thing. Meanwhile, back in Alberta, her former beau, Colin, hears what he thinks is God’s voice asking him to give up his new medical practice and follow Cecile to the mission field. It would take a miracle for everything to fall into place in order for him to go. Cecile needs a few miracles as well, since her clinic is about to be shut down. God is in the miracle business, however, especially at Christmas. With a touch of sweet romance running through it, Cecile’s Christmas Miracle is primarily a story about trusting God.
 

Book Excerpt

Living in the desert at Christmas time is so depressing, twenty-two-year-old Cecile thought. She sat cross-legged in a Bushman hut made of a semi-circle of branches tied together and then covered with tufts of bushveld grass. She pasted a smile on her face. Cecile still had her quiet time every morning, but lately the Bible seemed dry and unappetizing, like cold cereal with no milk. Time to get in the spirit of the season, she told herself. Her hostess, Naisa, chattered on, oblivious to Cecile’s inner turmoil. Cecile swatted at the flies that plagued her. If she tried hard enough, perhaps she could imagine their continual cacophony as an exuberant chorus of Christmas carolers she wished she were hearing. Bugs Cecile had never seen in North America scurried across the dirt floor, vying for the crumbs and other residue left behind by humans. Living and working here was nothing like she had imagined it. In many ways, Cecile felt like she’d been plunked into the middle of a movie set for The Gods Must be Crazy. The calendar said 2002, but these people lived like the early settlers in North America. To top it all off, she was hearing rumors about the government relocating Bushmen and closing clinics. Something to do with a major discovery of diamonds in the area. Maybe Dad was right. Maybe I should just pack up, go home, and leave these people to fight their own battles.

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About the Author

Ruth L. Snyder was privileged to spend the first 10 years of her life in southern Africa where her parents served as missionaries. From there her family moved to Canada, settling in Three Hills, Alberta. Ruth enjoyed her years as a “staff kid” at Prairie and is grateful for the biblical grounding she received there. She now resides close to Glendon (the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada) with her husband and five young children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. She is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. Ruth currently serves as the President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

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