Surprise in Capetown Bookstore

Words that we write sometimes surprise us by traveling to places that we’ve never been.  About two weeks ago, my husband was in Capetown, South Africa and found a copy of Simply Refreshing while he was browsing in an airport bookstore.  That pleasant surprise was – and is – a tribute to the excellent Sales & Marketing skills of our friends at Christian Art Gifts. Thanks, Christian Art –  and thanks, Jim, for thinking to get a photo.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:



“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

In 1857, three men from New York City decided they were going to begin praying daily for revival.  Soon they were joined by dozens more.  In a brief period of time, more than ten thousand people came to faith in Jesus Christ.

Over eight months, that number grew to fifty-thousand and eventually the revival spread to Ireland, Scotland, England, South Africa, and India.  It became known as “The Great Awakening.”

What is it that causes God to awaken people to their sin and turn to Him in repentance and faith?  God’s hand is moved by those who humbly pray, repent, and seek Him.



Simply Refreshing, by Ellen Banks Elwell, copyright © 2008,.  Used by permission of Christian Art Gifts, RSA.  All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 USA. All rights reserved.



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2 responses to “Surprise in Capetown Bookstore

  1. Jim Elwell

    Hello m’Lady,

    It was “simply refreshing” to find your book in a Capetown bookstore. In fact, I found it in several! The only negative was that you were not there to see it with me first hand.


  2. You’re sweet, my Dear. Perhaps we’ll go there together some time . . .

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