Ruth Marlene Friesen: Welcome!
This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
A Book I can Highly Recommend
by Roy Lessin
Published by Workman 2001 ISBN:1884009077
Forgiven is a beautiful book, not only for the gripping painting by Thomas Blackshear II, which
it studies, but also for the way the text focuses on the details, just one or two at a time, in a
The painting is one of Christ lovingly holding up a despairing young man, dressed in clothes of our
culture, who still holds the mallet and nail with which he crucified Christ.
Roy Lessin, the author, looks at details such as the darkness surrounding the figures, the guilt,
the repentance of the man, the grace Christ shows him, redemption in the blood trickling at
Jesus' feet, worship and holiness in the lilies springing up, and so on. This gives the reader a
guided study of the picture, so that one can draw out all the meaning and implications.
Blackshear's highly acclaimed work includes 28 portraits of famous black Americans commissioned by
the U.S. Postal service. Yet, he left a successful secular career in illustration to devote himself
to God's purposes.
Presently he works with the MasterPeace Collection, a division of DaySpring Cards to produce books
such as this with Roy Lessin. Let's watch then, for more of these high quality books that we can
give unashamedly to people who need to discover the message.
(Reprinted with Permission from Provident Bookfinder)
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