Being With God – THE REV DEREK LIGHTBOURNE. PASTOR, MENTOR AND FRIEND.
Ruth Hammond is a listener, listening to God, and from this conveys profound spiritual truths of the faith. She writes with prayerful and pastoral sensitivity ‘from the heart’ of her own experiences, yet the reader will surely identify with her experiences of life.
Soft Whispers – Julia Martin – The Christian Writer Magazine.
The origins of this unusual book began when Ruth was woken from sleep one night by a soft voice calling her to get up and write. She recounts: ‘Words flew into my mind. Pictures filled my imagination. Insights into the depths of emotional hurts that people were carrying entered the core of my being.’
The writings kept coming, but for many years Ruth’s collection remained unpublished until the sudden death of her son prompted her to re-visit her writings and share them with those who needed comfort and the assurance of God’s love.
Ruth’s collection of 66 inspirational writings covers topics such as sorrow, grief, fear, temptation, forgiveness, worship and fellowship. Some are in poetic form. There are prayers and spiritual musings, while other pieces involve a stream of intimate conversations with God, where God does much of the talking. Each piece of writing is super-imposed on coloured pages which makes the book attractive and easy to read.
I recommend this beautiful hard covered book for mature Christians who need encouragement for life’s journey. It deserves to be placed on a coffee table or beside one’s bedside for regular referral, and to be shared with those going through the storms of life.
As Ruth concludes: ‘It is when we extend Him a heartfelt invitation to be a part of our innermost being that His loving peace and strength gently diffuses our soul.’
Being With God – THE VERY REV’D PETER BECK. DEAN OF TARANAKI/PIRIHI MATAMUA O TARANAKI.
This is a beautiful personal reflection of Ruth’s journey into a deeper understanding and experience of God. With gentle simplicity, as she shares the thoughts of her heart, her wisdom ‘rings bells’ of understanding, and prompts us into graceful reflection on our own relationship with the God who is Love.
Being With God – JUSTIN ST. VINCENT. PRESIDENT OF NZ CHRISTIAN WRITERS.
Ruth Hammond has developed another God-inspired book to bring inspiration and hope. These intimate insights and poetic writings share a remarkable depth as she reflects on her own spiritual experiences. ‘Being with God …’ will encourage and uplift readers in their own God conversations, and ultimately act as a spiritual signpost that points us all to Jesus.
Being With God – CAROL LINFOOT FOY.
ONCE AGAIN GOD SPEAKS to the author of this book, as she responds faithfully and eagerly to the ‘nudges’ God gives, when He wants her to write more of her life experiences.
She understands that she has a specific role to play, just as we all have in this life. It is in the seeking and discovering of this role that she fulfils the destiny He had always and forever laid out for her. There is so much to explore in searching this book.
Phrases such as “silence that talks” and “reality is now is forever” and finally the thought that “people have only discovered a small amount of God’s creation … there is so much more”, are encouraging and exciting. She finally shares her understanding that, “the baseline of our existence is ‘at-one-ment’ with God and our time here is to discover this.”
Soft Whispers – Carol Linfoot-Foy.
I purchased this attractive book Soft Whispers…Small Shouts…Deep Waters almost a year ago, after hearing a moving testimony from the author. I have read it frequently as an addition to my personal quiet time, often on a daily basis. I have also found myself using it when I have had a need to speak to God and cannot quite find the words. I will search through the index to find a title that matches my mood or need, and read it, sometimes out loud, but knowing that God hears those words as a reflection of my need of Him. Sometimes we have unwelcome and painful circumstances in our life journey. Sometimes we just feel we want to praise Him. Sometimes we want to share with others. Sometimes we just want to “be” in His presence. This gentle, pale blue and pink book answers all those needs. I thank the author for allowing God to put her own sad and difficult journey into words that will bring courage and a sense of peace to others who are treading an equally painful pathway.
Being With God – THE REV. ELIZ RICHARDS, RETIRED PRISON CHAPLAIN.
The essence of this new book … is an “Intimacy between Ruth and her Lord”. Her words inspire and quicken the Holy Spirit within, recalling moments of intimacy with Him. This is a book compelling the reader to be totally involved until ‘put down’. It is a book of blessing to experience.
Soft Whispers – Ann.
‘Messages for the heart and soul, packaged beautifully by the writer, devoted with Love by the Author. God’s unique thumb print in every line, reaching me here (said pointing to my heart).
Soft Whispers – Judy Pascoe.
This is a book you will re-read time and time again if you wish to be inspired, renewed, loved and filled with joy. Ruth’s inspirational writing comes from a deeply personal time in her life and to share this with us is a gift. To begin, the book tells of how it all began and each writing is infused with hope and the strength of the wisdom God has for us all. This book is beautifully presented and would make a special gift for anyone. Hopefully this is the first of more writings by Ruth to come. Quote: “The message He brings to you is one of deep love, Enfolding, encircling as the wings of a dove.”
Soft Whispers – Joan Rangeley.
This is a beautiful book. The writings are words and whispers speaking of God’s love, encouraging, comforting and healing. It is a book to dip into, to find words which will uplift your spirit, which speak of peace, which give quiet encouragement. They are words of love and of blessing. Thank you, Ruth for sharing them.
Soft Whispers – Ryan.
Reading the Soft Whispers book has been a journey. I felt “light as a feather” after reading it through, and had to go back through to the writings as they’re immensely layered. Layered with truth, sorrow, love, encouragement, hope, hard times, embrace, future, the list it goes on… It’s great to have by your bed or gift to someone for any occasion–truly! Thank you Ruth for getting these inspired writings out. They
mean a lot.