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Diamonds In My Pockets
Finding Treasure In Dark Places
by Julie hewitt
Julie Hewitt, from N. Ireland, is a young writer whose dreams of going to university and of travelling the world were thwarted by the sudden onset of M.E. (Chronic fatigue syndrome). There were tantalising periods of remission, but for many years Julie was imprisoned by her illness, unable to venture out of her room, out of her parents' house or even into the garden.
Yet her spiritual life was not one of imprisonment. To the contrary, in her darkest grieving moments she felt God's presence especially in the jewels of the Bible, which she named 'diamonds' as such jewels are found only in darkness.
Each chapter of this account of her progression through years of M.E. gives the reader chance to reflect on each particular diamond' - one verse or a few verses of the Bible.
This book enlightened me on two accounts: firstly giving me a greater understanding of the effects of M.E. and sympathy for such sufferers, and secondly a realisation that although God is 'a present help in trouble' this does not mean the certainty of instant cure, but rather an assurance of his loving and encompassing everlasting arms.
This short, compelling book may well be a diamond in itself, giving light and hope to those struggling with pain or grief, or for whom the going is tough.
Reviewer: Margaret Walker (01/08/15)