Anne Bradshaw’s second anthology of inspiring genealogical stories recently debuted, and the title aptly foreshadows the power of these tender stories.
Guaranteed to touch readers deeply
Bradshaw has reached across oceans to collect these miraculous true-life experiences from people at all levels of genealogical experience, and the accounts she has gathered illustrate how thin the veil between mortality and the Spirit World is, how very real these post-mortal spirits are, and how badly they want to have their work done.
True Miracles With Genealogy, Volume Two, is guaranteed to touch readers deeply. But for those who’ve desired to seek out their ancestors, this book is a master class on family history that will inspire, motivate, and provide dozens of new research ideas from people who’ve successfully applied them with marvelous results.
One of greatest gifts this book brings to readers is the way it testifies to the existence and nearness of our deceased family members. True Miracles With Genealogy opens with a remarkable story of a person who, like many people, hits a dead end while searching for an ancestor. A curious suggestion is offered to the researcher encouraging him to reach for divine help in a way generally applied only to the living. The researcher makes a spiritual and mental leap in regards to the way he views his kindred dead. Suddenly he sees them as living spirits, not merely as names, and he applies the advice with remarkable conclusions. It is ideas and concepts like these that are the gems of the book. They catapult us beyond being detached descendants, expanding readers’ vision of the divine purpose of this work–to save souls and bind families.
Elder David Bednar’s talk
True Miracles With Genealogy arrives on shelves at a perfect moment, following Elder David Bednar’s October Conference talk about involving our youth in this critical, divine work. If making research personal is the key to successfully introducing youth to family history and genealogy, then the tender stories in Bradshaw’s books would provide a perfect catalyst in helping them catch the vision of who they are laboring to serve. But even in it’s simplest application, True Miracles With Genealogy will linger with readers long after the last page is turned.
About the reviewer
Laurie LC Lewis is the gifted author of the Free Men and Dreamers series, the latest of which is Volume 5, In God is our Trust. Laurie was born in Maryland, USA and loves her east coast home where she has absorbed enough history to write her epic novels with such vivid detail and accuracy. Her blog where this review is published is at laurielclewis.blogspot.com.