Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spoken from the Heart: Journey from Fear to Faith by Cheri Swalwell

Back Cover Blurb:
When faced with difficulties in life or exciting new adventures, we each have a choice. Will you step out in faith or cower in fear?

Life can be scary.  Sometimes, through no fault of our own, we’re forced to deal with unemployment, a devastating health diagnosis, broken relationships, financial difficulties, or…sometimes we feel God leading us in a new direction.  It can be exciting, but also scary when we think about the uncertainties and whether or not we heard God’s voice correctly.

Whatever you or someone you love is facing right now, know you have a choice. You can either walk forward with faith in your Heavenly Father and His promise to protect His children, or you can hold back in fear. Join me on my personal journey from living in fear to walking in faith. My journey isn’t over, but I offer encouragement to those who are struggling to take the first step, those who have been walking for a while, or those who are ready to give up. The God I serve is a personal God who lovingly takes care of His children even in the midst of the struggles they are walking through. Think of me as your walking partner on your path as you receive encouragement from my journey.

Read an Excerpt:

I’ve lived life in fear for as long as I can remember. However, it wasn’t until I was older that I realized the feelings I experienced regularly weren’t “normal” and I could live a more abundant life if I walked in faith…God’s peace. Last June God allowed my family to take a journey to truly help me learn how to break the fear cycle and live in faith. This book is a testimony to that journey.

Put Your Foot in the River 

“God said to Joshua, “This very day I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all Israel. They’ll see for themselves that I’m with you in the same way that I was with Moses. You will command the priests who are carrying the Chest of the Covenant: ‘When you come to the edge of the Jordan’s waters, stand there on the river bank.’” · Joshua 3:7-8 (The Message)

One of the important things I’ve come to realize when taking a journey from fear to faith is that no matter how much God prepares me ahead of time and no matter how many reassurances He provides, there will come a time when I have to make a choice. I either stand on the water’s edge and observe or I take the leap of faith and step into the river, expecting God to do great and mighty things.

I love the story of the Israelites in the desert. As a child, I used to hate that story. It was a story all about the desert, heat, too much sand, and a bunch of complaining people. When I read about the Israelites spending forty years in the desert, I always said I would never be like them. I wouldn’t complain against God if He gave me manna or quail, and was willing to lead me around with a cloud by day and fire by night. What was wrong with the Israelites? Why the negative attitudes 24/7?

Sadly, the older I get, the more I realize how much like the Israelites I am. Before I started this journey, I didn’t mind obeying God, but I wanted a backup plan in case something went wrong. I wanted assurance it would all be okay before I dipped my toe in the water to see if it was too cold.

But, really, is that true faith? I’m finding through this journey it isn’t really an act of faith on my part if there is a plan B. When I jump in with both feet, trusting God is going to catch me, and knowing if He doesn’t I will fall, that, in my opinion, is faith. To jump without having first heard God’s voice isn’t faith either. It’s only faith when God has whispered His will on my heart and I have chosen to obey, despite the fear I feel.

I find for myself that even though God will prepare me ahead of time, even though He will provide assurances for me while I’m starting out more afraid than faithful, there will still come a time when I have to choose to put my foot in the water and step out, knowing if God doesn’t show up, most likely I will fall. I’ve found for myself that’s one of the scariest, yet most rewarding, parts of the journey. Just as I want my children to trust me when I tell · them to do something, I truly believe it pleases God when we trust Him enough to step into the river and wait for Him to do amazing things.

What about you? Are you willing to put your foot in the river God is calling you to or are you still living in fear, waiting for plan B to arrive? Having done both in my life, I want to encourage you. If God has called you to the river bank, you don’t need to worry. Go ahead, stick your foot in. Better yet, jump in. God’s got you!

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Author Bio

Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, and writer, in that order. She has the privilege to write regularly for Book Fun Magazine and LIFE TO THE FULLEST. Cheri is also a contributing author for the book, 31 Devotions for Writers.

Her book series, Spoken from the Heart, is available through Amazon and Deeper Shopping in eBook and paperback form.  To read one of her many articles on life from a Christian perspective, visit her blog at: She loves to interact with her readers, so send her an email at You can “like” her on Facebook below:

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CHERI is giving away a copy of Spoken from the Heart. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. 

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Taylor Bowen said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

squiresj said...

I have not read any of her books. Sure would love to win and read it and review it.
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Susan P said...

This sounds like a good one for me. Thanks for sharing with us!
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