Set Fire to the Rain…

Set Fire to the Rain is a therapeutic letter featured in Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace. It was written three years after the addressee, Peewee, died. The letter represents the tiers and nuances of love and forgiveness that entangles and confuses interactions between an abuser and the abused.

Introduction: Wonder-Filled Living

The introduction to Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace outlines how wonderful humans are even during our lowest to ordinary moments. The African Augustine of Hippo, remembered as Saint Augustine, pondered that people travel the world to experience wonder yet pass by themselves without wondering at all. We become used to ourselves, used to our lives, our surroundings, our situations. We begin to think we are common, that there’s nothing special about us, indeed that our very basic days are as good as life gets.

Preface: A Note About Desert of Solitude

Preface: A Note About Desert of Solitude
Two common pieces of feedback received for My God and Me, the first book about my faith journey, was (1) the material was dense and (2) frequent pauses were needed to reflect on what was shared. As a result, I’ve taken great care to make the pages of Desert of Solitude more welcoming to read by adding breaks and transitions in the form of poems, notes, songs and sermons.

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Mary Rivera

“This is a wonderful unique look into one persons life journey. As every one’s life should be, however, it is PACKED with uncondescending wisdom & self assurance. You want to know what happens next to the protagonist however, at the same time you find yourself reflecting on your own life experiences. The scriptures & words of wisdom added help give breaks & understanding in the journey (and also for own meditation) I found this book so extremely enriching I highly recommend it to anyone!….Gender , race, age or status play no part in being able grasp this fabulous individuals life’s journey! I also found it to be humorous and light as well as a weighty dose of reality! A book 2 is a must and definitely looking forward to it!”

Mary Rivera

Rhonda P. Fulford

“Great Job LaShawnda!”, as always I’m sooo proud of you. I know that our GOD is very pleased with you, and may you be blessed in ways that you can’t even imagine.

Your friend in Christ

-Rhonda .P. Fulford

Jacquie Booth

LaShawnda – Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m sitting here in tears now reading this because I didn’t know how to express how I was feeling. Reading this has touched me very deeply. Yep – I too need love and shouldn’t be ashamed to admit it. It is definitely time for me to also “fold up my petals” in a few places. BUT GOD is good and is clearly asking me to pay attention to some of the wonderful new, nurturing and giving people he has placed in my life. God Bless you for sharing of yourself and your experiences so openly. I continue to be blessed by your writing. Peace & Blessings your way – ~jax.

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