SPRINGFIELD, MO--Ada Brownell, a retired newspaper reporter and Springfield inspirational author, will sign her books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday, June 8, at Christian Publishers Outlet, National and Republic Rd.
Brownell’s book, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, is featured in The Pentecostal Evangel’s June 2 “Reading for Spiritual Health” edition. The magazine, published by the Assemblies of God, exerpted with permission, a portion of the chapter, “A Love Message.”
In the book Brownell shares how losing a daughter to cancer tested her faith, but also how being a medical reporter helped strengthen it. She cites evidence she believes shows we’re more than a physical body. For instance, weight gain and loss; cell death and regeneration; and the surgical removal of body parts and transplanting of vital organs, such as the heart.
She also dives into the spiritual, discussing the mysteries surrounding the change from mortal to immortal; where we go when our body dies; resurrection; and what she believes the Redeemed will do in heaven.
The book is written for support groups, religion classes, people with chronic or terminal illness, individuals who fear death or are curious about it, the grieving, and those who give them counsel. Questions and answers for each chapter make the book suitable for a Bible study text.
Brownell has written for Christian publications since age 15 and worked most of her career as a journalist at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo., where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, Mo., in her retirement she continues to free lance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. She is critique group leader for Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Her first novel, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, was released Jan. 15, 2013. A non-fiction book, Confessions of a Pentecostal, published by the Assemblies of God’s Gospel Publishing House in 1978, is out- of-print but released in 2012 for Kindle. Her next book expected to be available this summer, is a self-help book, “Imagine the Future You.”