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Women of the Secret Place

Book Review: “Women of the Secret Place” by Trinisa Pitts

Earlier this year, I posted that I published my first book, Women of the Secret Place (Ambassador International).


The book reviews keep coming in. Another of my readers, Trinisa Pitts, purchased a copy of the book. Here is what she had to say about it:


I just finished reading Women of the Secret Place.  I must say this is an excellent, excellent book to rediscover the reason why GOD is the almighty.  The stories in this book give the reader insights as to why Jesus is the truth and the light.


My life related to a lot of the personal moments experienced with the authors of this book.  I found myself smiling at some, and others brought tears to my eyes.  The flow of the book kept you wanting to continue to the next page, to the next story, to the next closet door that was being opened.  I was curious to see what the next story was going to be about.


I recommend this book to other readers who do not know the power of GOD.  He will never leave you nor forsake you, and this book gives you all the reasons to keep on keeping on. FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.


I loved all of the stories of this book, but if I had to chose which one more represented my life it would be: “YOU WOULD WAIT TOO.”





I am so excited to hear how this book blessed you, Trinisa. I hope you will read it again and again.


Visit my book page for more information on Women of the Secret Place and to purchase your own copy.




Book Review: “Women of the Secret Place” by Lisa Wulf

Earlier this year, I posted that I published my first book, Women of the Secret Place (Ambassador International).


I also had a contest in which several readers each won a copy of Women of the Secret Place. One of my readers and contest winners, Lisa Wulf, had this to say about the book:


Within the ordinary minutes of a woman’s life are found extraordinary examples of courage, faith, love and strength. The authors of Women of the Secret Place poignantly depict stories of family heartache, life transitions, illness and pain. Yet God’s love is reflected in new beginnings, joyous memories and the celebration of life itself. Each devotional in this captivating collection truly does remind us that His mercy endures forever.

I am so excited to hear how this book is blessing others. Thank you, Lisa, for your wonderful feedback.


Visit my book page for more information on Women of the Secret Place and to purchase your own copy.




January 2012 Book Giveaway Winners

I’ve enjoyed reading your comments this month, and I want to thank each of you who participated in the contest.


We had quite a few entries into the January 2012 book giveaway. I was so excited to go back through all of the comments. I assigned each comment a number and entered the numbers into a random number generator.  Four readers were selected–each to win a signed copy of Women of the Secret Place, a collection of inspirational stories and personal moments with God.



And the winners are…

April W.

Kellie R.

Lisa W.

Kathy D.


Congratulations to each of you! I will send you a direct message with additional information. I hope you will each benefit from the words written in this book and that you will encourage others to purchase it as well.


Here is an excerpt from the book:




There is a place, a secret place where women find refuge from the daily stresses of life, those besetting troubles that often leave us perplexed and wondering, “Why, Lord?” Women who resort to the quiet sanctuary of the “secret place” find the strength to move forward, to meet the challenges of the day with courage and confidence. We understand that this place belongs to God alone. He beckons us to come closer to Him, to find all that we need, all that is truly important, all that is meaningful to our happiness in life.


In this private and secluded place, we discover the value in our experiences—good and bad. We see things as they really are; not disguised, neither distorted by our human reasoning. When the veil is lifted during our visits to this solitary place, we see Him more clearly—a God of love and compassion who shows us ourselves. It is in those moments alone with God that we see Him as He is; merciful, ready to forgive, an amazing Deliverer sharing our daily life.


The stories, devotional excerpts, and personal experiences on the following pages are the reflections of my own experiences and those of other women who abide under the shadow of the Almighty, who wish to share what they have learned in the beautiful sanctuary of the Most High. Some stories will make you laugh, some may touch a cord of sadness and compassion, and still others will spark a searching; a desire to discover your own secret place with God. This is our prayer.


Ruth Carmichael Ellinger


To Order the Book 
If you would like to order a copy of Women of the Secret Place, you can do so via PayPal.



You can also purchase the book through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.



Once again, thank you so much for your support of this ministry. God is already opening so many doors for me this year, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store.


Blessings and big hugs,


Ever watch a flower bloom?

Today it is my pleasure and honor to have my husband, Luis Tarango, as guest blogger. Luis is a talented writer with a wonderful imagination–I’m jealous! Luis also has a unique ability to see things in a different way. As Luis observed flowers in our living room just a few days ago, he remembered our word for the year, “Growth.” He told me about his observations and sat down to write, “Ever watched a flower bloom?” Enjoy and be blessed!



Ever watch a flower bloom?

By Luis B. Tarango


Ever watch a flower bloom?


Why would I ask such a thing? What is so special about a flower blooming–other than flowers are pretty and sometimes smell good?


Seriously, ever watch a flower bloom?


It takes just a few days. Progressively, the plant begins to bud. Slowly, ever so slowly, the bud opens. The bud blooms into something…well, something spectacular.


Have you ever watched a flower bloom?


God in all His infinite wisdom, the Great Artist, has given the flower one shot at putting forth its best effort, one shot at showing the world what it is capable of.


Never to bloom again, the single bud opens to reveal the wonderful abundance of beauty it contains inside.


Knowing that it has only one chance at stardom, the young bud doesn’t waste time worrying about its past. It does not ever say…

  • “I can’t do this; it’s too hard.”
  • “I don’t like this vase I’m in.”
  • “Maybe if He had planted me right in the first place.”
  • “This garden does not suit me.”
  • “I’m just going to die when I am done–why bother?”


With only one chance, the bud releases perfection upon the earth. It comes forth with such stunning beauty–never once with the worry of what tomorrow is going to bring. In this brief moment, it gives maximum effort!


From the palette of a genius, the colors leap out exalting praise and perfuming the air with such sweet aromas. It’s as if the rest of creation pauses to take notice of this magnificent symphony of eye-pleasing splendor. Without complaints, worries, doubts, fears or excuses… the transformation from bud to flower is complete.



Slowly the stem curves, and the dry petals begin to take their place one by one on the ground. With every trace of life gone from its body, nothing more left to give, it rests peacefully. Given only one chance to shine, it did so with the utmost exertion.


Have you ever seen a flower bloom?




Come alongside…Are you taking advantage of your one chance to bloom? How? If not, what can you do to change that? What first step can you take? How can you share this post with someone who is not blooming?


(Remember… January is book giveaway month. The more you comment below, the more chances you have to win a copy of my new book, Women of the Secret Place.)

The Story of My Life

Last week, my husband and I took a day trip over to Sarasota for the Ringling Museum. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. Mr. and Mrs. Ringling–yes, I’m talking about the circus folks–purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in the early 1900s and built a home there. Well, it’s really a mansion, and oh what a mansion!


The Ringlings loved art, and they built an impressive art collection over the years.



As my husband and I walked the 21-gallery art museum, we saw scenes of people’s lives.

  • Biblical.
  • Historical.
  • Fictional.
  • Everyday people.



Each painting or tapestry was distinct. But all told a story.

  • A snapshot in time.
  • A turning point  in someone’s life.
  • A story of the person’s life.




I got to wondering–as I often do… What’s the story of my life? If an artist wanted to tell others about me, what would he paint, draw, sculpt, or weave? I just couldn’t shake that thought as I took in each of the paintings throughout the day.


What is the story of your life? Think about it. What would you want an artist to portray about you?


My husband and I talked about this on our way home. I’ll share my story, and he’ll share his in the comments. But I wanted to start us off with my painting, my tapestry, my story.


I see a house–my house. The scene outside is rather dark, and as you approach the house, it is warmly lit. People–adults and kids alike–are walking up to the house worn and weary. Some are looking behind them as they run to my home. Others are leaving the house. They’re smiling, standing tall, healthy.


You can look inside the house through the front windows and see people–lots of them– sitting all around the front room. On the sofa, on the floor, on chairs. They’re huddled together, blankets over each person’s shoulders. There is some activity in and out of the other rooms, but the central focus is on the front room. All face in one direction–toward a cozy plantation chair in the corner. I am sitting on that chair reading to them from the Bible. Other books are on my lap. My eyebrows are raised, and I have smile on my face, as I lean in to tell them what appears to be good news.


The title of the painting is, “The Comfort Station.” (I actually have a sign in my house today.) The subtitle is, “Comforting others with the comfort she received from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).”


That’s how I would like to be remembered. That is the story of my life.


Come alongside… What is the story of your life? Share it with us. Invite your friends to share their stories. 


(Remember… January is book giveaway month. The more you comment below, the more chances you have to win a copy of my new book, Women of the Secret Place.)


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