Ada Brownell Interview

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I am delighted to have Ada Brownell with us today at The Borrowed Book. Ada is a retired newspaper reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado and now is a free lance writer who lives in Missouri. She has had 250 articles and stories published in Christian publications. Her latest book, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal is available at amazon.com. You can find out more about Ada at her website or at her blog.

Welcome, Ada. I understand you have a new non-fiction book that just released. Tell us the name and give us a short blurb about it.

The title of the book is Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal.

Do you know you are more than a physical body? Evidence shows our body is constantly dying and being renewed cell by cell and about every seven years ojur body is totally rebuilt-even our bones. We start as an egg about the size of a dust mite, yet we were the same person in the womb we are today. We may lose limbs, gain and lose weight, have vital organs removed and mechanical or transplanted parts inserted, and we're still the same person. Inside us is LIFE, and a soul and spirit which were designed by God for eternal life.

What influenced you to write a book about life after death?

We lost our 31-year-old daughter to an aggressive form of lymphoma. Suddenly I needed to know if I believed what I thought I did about heaven and the eternal. Using my contacts as a medical newspaper reporter and my familiarity with the Bible, I researched everything I could find and picked experts' brains. I underlined every scripture in the New Testament that had to do with eternal life. But it took me years to complete the book.

In your personal experience of losing a loved one, how did God comfort you?

He is the Comforter and peace is a fruit of the Spirit. I had amazing peace and comfort much of the time, but still the grieving process can be excruciating. God in His mercy allowed me to travel the road through grief a few steps at a time. He didn't dump it all on me at once. I believe we are designed so that physically we have a measure of shock and we don't feel the pain as deeply as we would without it. But then the Lord takes our hand and leads us safely through the jagged painful places. He promised to never leave us or forsake us-and He doesn't. It helps to stay in God's Word and spend lots of time on our knees. We also can lean on loved ones and soak in the Lord's presence when we're in His house.

What do you want readers to take away from Swallowed by LIFE?
  • Those who don't know the Lord: Amazement at the evidence we have that we're more than a body.
  • Individuals who fear death or are curious about it: Faith they can trust Jesus to keep His words from John 11:26 that whoever believes in Him will never die.
  • For religion classes: Deeper faith and a desire to tell others.
  • For grief or cancer support groups: comfort
  • People with chronic or terminal illness: Certainty that this life is just the beginning
  • Thos who counsel the terminally ill and grieving: That they testify God still does miracles and heals. But I hope they share the physical evidence we have for eternal life, and point out the reason Jesus came to earth was to do something about death. Jesus is the Redeemer promised in Genesis 3:15 right after Adam and Eve sinned. God warned the first couple if they ate the forbidden fruit, they would die. There in God's garden, they became mortals. Their flesh would be subject to illness and dying, and it would affect every person born thereafter.
Where can readers purchase your book?

It can be purchased at Amazon, and it should be in some retail outlets soon.

What are you working on now?

I have a Christian historical novel, The Belle from Peachville, and hope to get an agent or publisher soon. I also have a teen novel, Terror Blasters being considered by a publisher. I also write for Christian publications and do op-ed pieces now and then for newspapers.

What message about life after death would you like to leave with our readers?

John 3:16 says it all: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

That's a wonderful verse to leave with our readers today. It's been a pleasure having you on The Borrowed Book, Ada. We wish you much success in your writing journey.

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