Jim Hansen, author of Hope Amid Hopelessness
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Jim sat in church and listened to the pastor's sermon and felt an overwhelming calling in his spirit that he had something that God's people needed. That afternoon he started to write his book Hope Amid Hopeless: Our Abba Father Provides a Straight Path Through Mental Illness.
His book is an inspirational story of God working in the lives of Jim and Laura Hansen as they dealt with Laura's mental illness. Jim shares how God worked in his life after Laura succumbed to her mental illness and took her own life. His seminal work is a must read for those needing strength, encouragement, love, forgiveness, mercy, and understanding during challenging times.
Jim had already published his book when he joined The Author Learning Center, but according to Jim. “it helped me understand what it took to market my book and ways to be successful at it. I learned important things such as crafting an elevator pitch, how to use social media and what it takes to write a blog, which I am launching at www.jim-hansen-hope.com.
The online webinar training also proved to be very helpful. Jim specifically cited the webinar "Three Phases of Book Marketing as extremely beneficial. "Part of me wishes I had done it before I started writing the book, but I still used some of that material in the post publishing time."
And if you are thinking of writing a book, Jim has some advice for you as well. "Expect that it will take a longer time to write your book. It is hard work, but it is worth it".
Hope Amid Hopelessness is a true story about the loving, merciful, caring, all powerful, ever present, gracious, just, sovereign, personal Abba Father (God) working in the lives of Jim and Laura Hansen. As Jim cared for Laura while she struggled with major clinical depression that later led to borderline personality disorder, he realized quickly that he could not fight this battle alone. Turning to his Abba Father, he sought understanding, knowledge, and wisdom from the only source that could truly help.
As Jim struggled with his faith, God was always there for him. He showed Jim through the Bible the path through mental illness. Although Jim's Abba Father showed him the path, he struggled following the path. You will see how God patiently reminded him time and again of the things that he had already learned.
The roller-coaster ride of Jim and Laura's life was full of surprises and twists and turns for them, but Jim realized through this experiences that his Abba Father was never surprised or changed by the quick turns. The story goes through five suicide attempts and multiple attempts to treat Laura for her different symptoms. Jim struggled with believing God's Word. During the last sixteen-plus years of questions and tragedy, Jim learned to trust God as he carefully and lovingly led Jim through the ups and downs of his life. Although many questions were answered by Jim's Abba Father, several still remain unanswered. However, Jim knows that there is an answer to all of them because his Abba Father has convinced him that the answers are in his Abba Father.
Jim's desire is to give glory to God and help those who are in a similar situation. He hopes to do that by showing others how his Abba Father aided him.
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