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
Psst! I've got FREE taste treats of the novel ready for YOU! DOWNLOAD the first 3 chapters as an
eBOOK in beautiful colours, or read the first 8 chapters on this site, if you have time to stay a while. Start READING HERE!
OR, you can subscribe to a daily series of installments by email until you have read the 8 Chapter Sampler:
A Book I can Highly Recommend
the secret of receiving what you need from God
by Jim Cymbala
published by Zondervan
Jim Cymbala admits that he is a pastor without formal theological training, yet he heads up a
large and flourishing church in inner city New York, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, which reaches out to
the poor and needy in very practical and spiritual ways.
He has already written some excellent books, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; Fresh
Power; The Life God Blesses; and The Church God Blesses. All are from a humble
perspective, telling stories of miracles and good things happening at their church, and explaining
how others may have the same from God.
In this book, Breakthrough Prayer, Cymbala tells the stories of a number of people who have
come to Brooklyn Tabernacle, and how they came to the point where they reached breakthrough prayer -
breaking through the sin and bondage they were under, to come to victory and transformation in
Christ Jesus. Each story highlights a different aspect of prayer that gets answered.
It is too hard to pick a favourite passage, but perhaps the part that still rings clearly in my mind
is the second last chapter on joy. Cymbala says that hardly anyone ever asks God for the joy He has
promised to give. I found myself saying, "Yes, Lord! That's what I want to start asking for more
There was a time, just after I'd moved home to look after my ailing parents, that I found myself sad
and weepy all the time. I realized I was grieving all the things I'd given up of my independent and
social life far away, and that butting into Mom's strong will was taking a toll on me. I remember
praying one day in the car, "Lord, I'll know I've been healed of all this grieving and sadness when
I find myself singing for joy without meaning to." A long time has passed, but those days do happen
now. So with an extra effort to ask for that joy from the Lord, I think it can become a regular and
permanent part of my character.
But Jim Cymbala is right. All these spiritual victories and blessings can only be had by praying for
"We need to discern," Cymbala says on page 195, "whether the Lord is saying one of four things;
At certain times
His treatment of how God answers these things is very helpful. In fact, knowing when God applies
these answers can save us a lot of pitfalls, and foolishly praying for things we already know God's
This is just a 236 page soft cover book, but it would pay to read it more than once so you can get
all the encouragement and spiritual help out of it. One reading is not enough!
Back to index of Reviews
Ruthe's Secret Roses available
in softcover! Purchase it at
BookLocker.com and it will be in the mail to you within 48 hours!
Read it Right NOW!
In the Garden
Tips & Solutions
Song Search at ChristianBook.com
Anything you know well (ie. your book?) can be digitalized! Sell it! Yes, we'll answer your Questions