From the opening paragraph of the introduction, I was captivated by the words of author Danise Jurado. She demonstrates our need for God, and His gentle and compassionate heart for those who are hurting.
She shares her experience of coming to God, recognizing her need for all that He has to offer. “It’s my favorite place,” she says, “because I am safe here. In the arms of unconditional love…”
These powerful words speak directly to my heart. For much of my life, I have struggled with feeling unsafe. The promise of safety in the loving arms of my Savior touched something within, sparking hope for discovering deeper levels of healing and freedom.
Jurado offers biblical insight and practical advice about learning to live the abundant life. Topics such as forgiveness, restoration, breaking free, and living fulfilled are explored in a way that breathes new life into familiar themes. As I read, I was continually struck by fresh insights, or brought to tears by a renewed understanding of God’s wonderful plans “to prosper [me] and not to harm [me],…to give [me] hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Fulfilled is authentic. Jurado truthfully acknowledges that the process of learning to live the life God promised can be painful and difficult. “Restoration is often an up and down process” she shares, “…a few steps forward in faith only to fall again”. These words are true to my experience, validating the struggles I have faced in my journey toward healing.
Jurado’s willingness to be real, assures me that I am not alone – that setbacks are a normal part of the restoration process. Her words encourage me to persevere. As she shares God’s faithfulness in her own journey, I realize that I, too, can trust in His promises and His love. There is a renewed sense of anticipation within me that the abundant life is within reach – a gift to be accepted and enjoyed!
It’s difficult to feel complete when your life is filled with broken pieces. God mends the shattered fragments through the beautiful and sometimes painful process of restoration.
~ Danise Jurado, Fulfilled
Although I have never met the author, it is as if she has peered deeply within my soul, and discovered the deep hurts that are hidden inside. There is a profound sense of being seen and understood. Of being known. Beyond sensing that the author understands, there is a deeper realization that God, the author of Life, sees and understands. That He knows, and cares deeply.
Jurado speaks with the powerful voice of experience. She openly shares her journey of walking through dark and difficult times, and describes the biblical path that led her to the fulfilled life. Her insight is further enriched through years of working as a counselor. Her pastoral heart shines through the pages of Fulfilled as she addresses difficult topics with gentleness and sensitivity.
How desperately this message is needed in our culture. We live in a world full of broken people, in need of Father’s healing touch. Jurado does a masterful job of sharing the truths that hurting people need to know. She weaves the gospel message beautifully into the larger narrative, and shares God’s amazing plan to redeem us, and restore our brokenness for good and for His glory. What a wonderful resource!
A vital book. Truly insightful. A must read for anyone who wants to find freedom and hope, and discover the life of abundance that has been promised to each of us.
May God richly bless you, sweet friend, as you embark on the exciting journey toward a life Fulfilled,
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Danise Jurado is donating 50% of the proceeds from Fulfilled to The Dream Center – an organization that walks alongside people as they face issues ranging from addictions and abuse, to homelessness and poverty. They provide practical supports, while also pointing people to the hope and love that is found in Christ Jesus.