A little dog revived with rain, a desperate woman comforted by warm arms, an intimate look at Mary Magdalene's thoughts the morning Christ arose, a woman's unselfish desire, are a few of the stories in this volume about living the Christian life. They illustrate some extraordinary paradigm breaks and parallels in living as Christ would have His Bride live. Sometimes everyday living creates a fog over our spiritual enlightenment, dulling our understanding and even our relationship with God. Other times we get entangled in worries and cares of the world. Christ's light will guide us to clear thinking, and He will burn off that fog just like sunshine. This is a collection of stories and studies of how to make Christ ruler of your heart, allowing the Son to dissipate the fog of trials and troubles that invade our lives on a daily basis.
Gina grew up in Monroe, Louisiana and studied journalism in college there, but took a thirty year detour to raise two beautiful daughters in Baton Rouge, LA; then went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas; the same college her mother attended. Then she earned her Master’s from Spring Arbor University. Since 1972 she has taught Sunday School and Discipleship Training because God gifted her with the motivational spiritual gifts of encourager and teacher. She helped several non-profits in their start-ups, and organized help for abused children in the court system.
She is a professional editor. Gina has edited for several publications including her home town newspaper, and she writes a weekly column for LiveAsIf.org.
Gina is also a professional illustrator since 1972. She illustrates and designs book covers and children's books. Check out her website for numerous examples. http://ginaburgessediting.com
She is a professional book reviewer for several Christian publishers as well as other traditional publishers.
“I love using my God-given talent to shine a light in a dark world. I am absolutely committed to bringing God glory with my writing,” she professes
Refreshment in Refuge, by Gina Burgess is a devotional with meat on it’s bones. The book
contains 40 readings, some with short stories followed by practical
application, some that share personal lessons learned. The theology
is sound and the lessons are enlightening and uplifting. If you are
interested in refreshing and strengthening your walk with God, this book
can help. Charlene Amsden - Goodreads reviewer
Want a beautiful way to start or end your day? Get this book and simply read a chapter or two from it as you awaken or lay down to rest. Also, it would be a great book to carry close to you when you have a time to invest in your spiritual growth.
It transcends time. One chapter will have you back in the heart of a scripture based story as if you were inside the mind of the person as they witness the events unfolding before them. Then Gina brings you to a modern day struggle with the same flair for “putting you there.”
Below are a few key relevant points concerning Gina’s book.
Gina reminds us that God is mightier than our feelings and mightier than our fears. She creates a freshness of the truth, “that in Him is our greatest hope, for He most assuredly keeps His promises.” She states, and brings to life throughout her book, “one thing I have learned during my years with my beloved Lord God – there is no faith where there is no hope.” Her chapter – “Come Rejoice With Me” Won the Editors Choice Award, October 2010, Fiction Writers Platform. It seems that her book was written with women in mind but as a man, I found it enjoyable and insightful. Gina repeats a mantra throughout her book, which is summed up in her words, “Our greatest lessons are learned in the storms of life so that our greatest purpose can be fulfilled on the other side of the storm.”She also reminds us, “. . . that Satan has no power except that which God allows, or that which we give. Knowing this we are forewarned and forearmed against an evil foe.”This book is a winner! The only sticking point I had with it was that, as a man, I struggled to identify with some of the issues Gina addresses. James Bars, Author of Insider Thought Trading
Refreshment In Refuge will do just that, it will refresh your spirit and remind you of God's unwavering love.A
compilation of short stories, from the authors own life experiences
make this book very easy to relate to.You can easily feel the authors
emotions as she shares her inspirational and uplifting stories of faith...a chapter titled 10 things a christian must know, and eleven things one cannot live without, that I have found myself referring to several times
even after finishing the book. I think because of the straightforward,
clear way this book is presented it would be perfect for Bible study
groups, but individuals would also find it a useful study tool as well. I
feel like it would also make a great gift for anyone who needs a little
encouragement or spiritual "refreshing" in their life. Brenda C. - book reviewer
Gina Burgess is a woman who has a heart for Christ. She has experienced a great deal of pain in her life, but after reading Refreshment in
Refuge it is easy to see that she has also experienced a great deal of
joy and grace in the Lord. In this book, Gina has put her life
experiences and her observations on paper in an open an honest way and
shows us through Scripture how she has been able to heal and she shows
us the things that God has shown her that have brought her comfort. C. Kendall - Vine Voice