Julie's book is saga of a Norfolk family's life
By Sandie Shirley
2010: The twists and turns of a modern-day family saga had Norfolk Christian Julie Prentice reaching for her pen. Three years later her fascinating biography has made its debut.
“On Earth as it is in Heaven has not been written by me, but by God’s spirit within me,” says the former business-woman turned author who saw her book launched on December 5 at her church, Norwich Family Life Centre.
Her gripping account also tells of the unique dreams and visions that have ushered her into a different world of angels and eternity as she has understood God’s mandate for loving others. “I have enjoyed every minute of writing this. My desire is to help others and inspire them with hopes and dreams for a greater future like God has given me. I firmly believe that with God, we can all have the desires of our heart,” says Julie from Taverham, near Norwich.
Over the years she has fought rejection, pain, financial hardship, fear and bitterness. But today, at 52, she feels she has the life she always wanted with a loving husband, two teenage children and a purpose she could only have dreamed about.
Julie has defied the obstacles to spearhead life from a desk clerk to a successful manager in the cosmetics industry with over 150 consultants. She also worked at pubs, clubs and London’s cosmopolitan markets to make the repayments on her first home 27 years ago.
Her book details the challenges, heartaches and joys and tells how her faith turnaround changed her from a tough career woman. “God met me where I was during a crisis that I could not solve. He replaced my heart of stone with one of flesh. As he tackled long-standing emotional issues, he gave me my life back. Until that time five years ago, it was as if I wore a plastic mackintosh to protect myself from the outside world,” said Julie who now helps with church Alpha courses, works with the elderly and supports her husband’s construction business.
“At school I always wanted to be a writer but although the teachers recognised my talent it seemed impossible. It is amazing what you can do when you take a step of faith when you have a mission from God,” says Julie who is fast finishing a second book that promises another piece of heaven on earth.
Julie is proposing to take her book on the road as a visiting speaker at churches and women’s events. For information and copies of the book contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
. On Earth as it is In Heaven (Barratt Ministries Publications, 8.99) is also available from NFLC, Mason Road, Norwich Christian Resource Centre and Maxims Tea Room and Gift Shop, Lenwade.