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By Renee Splichal Larson,Jennifer Agee,Norma Cook Everist

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti buried Renee Splichal Larson in concrete rubble, killing her husband and leaving her a widow at age 27. Surviving merely to be crushed through loss and trauma, she puzzled if lifestyles was once nonetheless attainable for her. whilst she expert to turn into a pastor, her religion in a loving God used to be shaken and battered via the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and took the lives of many thousands.

This is Renee's relocating tale of affection, grief, survival, and new lifestyles. it's an account of the lives of 3 youth, their event of the demanding situations, good looks, and hospitality of Haiti, and the tumult that overthrew all they held dear.

After years of fight and therapeutic, aided by means of amazing symptoms of the affection and presence of God, Renee deals us an intimate examine her younger romance, her adventure of the earthquake, and the adventure that undefined. such a lot of all, she pronounces her hard-won witness: that during Christ, love and lifestyles overcome death.

"Renee Splichal Larson presents us with a narrative of desire in A Witness. it's a relocating, heartfelt tale that needed to be informed. It brings with it the visceral longings of existence within the face of dying, reduction amid melancholy, gentle in darkness. Any who've ever recognized soreness or loss can reap the benefits of her tale. She issues us to where that introduced which means whilst every thing appeared misplaced: the foot of the cross."
--Paul E. Hoffman, writer, Faith Forming Faith

"A Witness testifies to the burning depth of affection that knew the richness and fullness of endless possibilities--shared laughter, existence, love of God, ministry, and music--and to like that is familiar with a quaking earth, shattered constructions, and the crushing finitude of the dying of many Haitians and Splichal Larson's younger husband, Ben. Her sorrow embraces the fullness of resurrection wish and passionate new existence. Splichal Larson witnesses to like that's enhanced than death."
--Evon O. Flesberg, Assistant Professor of the perform of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling, Vanderbilt college

"Theodicy and martyrdom! Theodicy: Why do undesirable issues ensue to sturdy people--each important one killed by way of the earthquake, together with a tender guy with a lovely soul named Ben? Martyrdom: Witness to Jesus Christ--not merely in loss of life, yet in residing through skinny prayer and fragile wish in God's promise past all theodicy!
--Craig L. Nessan, educational Dean, Wartburg Theological Seminary

"Renee has written a stunning e-book that bursts with lifestyles while it faces tragedy and dying. It shines with wish although it passes via heartbreak. She is profoundly beneficiant to proportion her existence with us like this on those pages. you will cry together with her, but additionally smile frequently. As Renee invitations you to witness what she has witnessed, you can be encouraged on your religion, your love, and your life."
--Kent Annan, Co-Director of Haiti companions; writer, Slow state Coming

Renee Splichal Larson is a pastor within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the USA. Born and raised in North Dakota, Renee is a graduate of Concordia collage, Moorhead, Minnesota, and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. She is married to Jonathan Splichal Larson, who's additionally a pastor within the ELCA, and their son is called Gabriel. Renee and Jon are either survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. A Witness is Renee's first book.

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