About The Book
About The Book
This a story based on true events. It’s about two best friends who were separated during their childhood. The spotlight then zooms in on Hadassah; during their adult reunion, she divulges the painful moments of the sexual abuse, murder and death that occurred in her life during her adolescence. It is a story about an ordinary person faced with extraordinary trauma and how she came to forgive and learned to embrace wholeness.
About The Author
Hadassah Thomas Martin is a high-spirited woman of faith who was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She trained with Precept Ministries and became a certified trainer in “How to study the Bible”. She is also an active member of the Fellowship of International Christian Word Of Faith Ministries (FICWFM). She is the founder of “Keep It Real Ministries” which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to conduct local bible studies which teach people how to continuously live in the reality of God’s Word; regardless of their experience.
Being an “at risk youth” herself, Hadassah has overcome insurmountable obstacles. She is a bright light to women who have suffered abuse and a vital assistant in producing overcomers.
She has a passion for people and teaches youth, men and woman how to fight to win!
As a true worshipper and Intercessor, she boldly believes that NOTHING is too hard for God!
In spite of the multiple challenges we face, she believes the greatness which is inside us all, can be extracted, developed and targeted to reach its designed purpose.
Her Focus: to express qualities that bring inspiration to others. Her motto is “We Always Triumph!”
Her inspiring influence, and her down to earth, “Keep It Real” style are certain to leave an indelible impression.
Interview with Author Hadassah Thomas Martin (J.E. Thomas) by Linda Fegins
What do you do when the you are betrayed by the one who is supposed to protect you from harm’s way? Author Hadassah Thomas Martin’s book Reasons for Hatred shares a story of how one can overcome great pain and obstacles to walk in peace and in love by the power of the Holy Spirit. The book has a a message of forgiveness for others and forgiveness towards ourselves. Forgiveness has the power to close painful chapters of our lives. It also has the power to allow one to be free of the past and to find a life of healing and destiny.
1) Describe yourself for our visitors.
I am recently married (2 Years). I am the mother of two amazing adults. I have three
spectacular granddaughters. I love reading, studying and teaching God’s word. I enjoy serving God’s people. I enjoy spending time in prayer and worship. Although I am not a gifted singer, I love to sing. I love to dance and I love to laugh and play. I enjoy learning. I have worked for Social Services for the past 26 years. I am excited about God and lastly what most people don’t know and probably would not believe about me is that I am really an introvert by nature.
2) How do you find time to connect with God?
When I get up, I start my day with prayer, the Word, intercession and worship. I have a place where I meet with God regularly. There have been times I have missed my appointment with God, but I always acknowledge Him first thing in the morning before I get out of bed and give Him praise. I play worship music and the Word on CD in my car and worship God while driving to work. I also talk with my heavenly Father throughout the day about any and everything.
3) What inspired you to write this book?
In ministry, I have met hundreds who have been abused or deeply hurt; they either cannot forgive or they refuse to forgive. While privately praying on their behalf, I would ask God to please deliver them as He has delivered me. Through prayer and through the encouragement of others who had heard bits and pieces of my story, I felt led to pen my experiences with the struggle of un-forgiveness.
4) Who are your favorite authors and why?? Favorite books?
I don’t feel I have favorite authors, I like so many. I do have multiple books by Smith
Wigglesworth, Kay Arthur, Dutch Sheets, Myles Munroe, John Maxwell, Watchman Nee and so many others. I also love Jane Austen.
As for favorite books; three books that immediately come to mind are: This Present Darkness (Frank Peretti), the Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis) and The Shack (William Paul Young). I predominately read spiritual and self-improvement books.
5) Tell us about your journey to publication.
I self-published and it was my first journey ever with publishing of any kind. So, being unfamiliar, it was a good learning process. There were many steps in the process, instructions to be followed and much going back and forth until things were just right. The people I worked with were very patient with my naïveté and I had to exercise patience during the process. The result was product that I created and am quite satisfied with.
6) Tell us about your current book?
My current book is a story about one woman’s personal struggle with hatred and her journey to forgiveness. The story is set around the relationship between two best friends who were separated during childhood. Upon their adult reunion, Hadassah, who is the main character, reopens the tragedies of her adolescence, divulging every painful moment and her journey to forgiveness. It is a story about how she triumphed against tremendous odds.
7) How did you come up with ideas for this book?
The ideas came from my own life experiences.
8) What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
I want readers who have been abused or mistreated to learn that they don’t have to let the pain of their past keep them stuck in time. There is a way to healthily move beyond their injuries so that they can live a wholesome life and live it to the full. I want them to witness the experiences of a person who went through hell, but who overcame; and to know they can overcome also.
9) What’s next for you?
Currently, I am working on my second book. It will be the sequel to my current book. It will also incorporate another story about how God used Hadassah in the life of her father’s murderer, which will also be based on true events. I also plan to write a book about loss and grief, and a book about how God answers prayers.
10) Where can visitors find you online?
Visitors can email me at: email@example.com; they can visit my website at:
www.hadassahinspires.com; connect with me on Facebook at: Hadassah Inspires or Twitter
11) When did you begin to realize you wanted to write?
To be truthful, it was not a realization that I wanted to write. I have always written; in journals, poetry, term papers and essays. I even wrote a screen play once. Writing was just something I did as a form of expression.
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