New York Times bestselling author SQuire Rushnell and his wife Louise DuArt share 21 brand-new and 9 classic true-life stories of extraordinary “Godwinks” at Christmastime, proving that what some thought was “coincidence” wasn't coincidence at all, but a supernatural “hotline” from God.
Think back to when you were a kid and someone you loved gave you a little wink across the dining room table, like Mom or Dad or Grandma. You didn't say, “What do you mean by that?” You knew. It meant: “Hey kid, I'm proud of you.” That's what a Godwink is: a message of reassurance from above, directly to you, out of seven billion people on the planet, saying “Hey kid...I have you on my mind right now. I love you. You’re never alone.”
A Godwink can be an unexpected connection to someone you love, a mysterious pathway to a life-changing opportunity, unanticipated income out of the blue, or an answered prayer that makes you say “wow”! Godwinks let you know that God is always extending you a tangible connection to Him, like a firm handrail on dark, wobbly stairs.
Now, just in time for the holiday season, comes Godwinks Christmas Stories, a collection of astonishing true-life stories centered around Christmas that demonstrate how God has shown Himself in the lives of others. He’ll do the same for you. Husband and wife authors SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt remind you that Godwinks are like wondrous gifts left on your doorstep. Their aim with this book is to help you open the door and open your gifts of hope and encouragement.
Godwink Christmas Stories INTRODUCTION Imagine that you have just opened the door to this book. And you are awaiting wondrous gifts that will enrich your life!
With the joy you once felt as a child, arising with wide-eyed delight on Christmas morning, every Godwink story on the following pages is a beautifully wrapped gift, just for you.
Think of it. Out of seven billion people on the planet, a Godwink is a direct, person-to-person message of hope and encouragement.
We believe that as the following true-life stories unfold they will trigger memories of your own Godwinks, extraordinary things that have happened to you; things you perhaps wondered about and maybe even dismissed as too unbelievable to believe.
Now you can believe them. This book proves that Godwinks happen to everyone. They are universal—crossing every border, every religion—because, as the ancient scriptures tell us,1 a tiny bit of faith the size of a mustard seed is all you need to begin developing your vision to see your Godwinks. And once you see them, the more you’ll see them, all around you, every day.
As you are drawn into the lives of the people who lived the thirty amazing stories in this book, you’ll imagine you’re alongside them as their Godwinks are revealed, as if you were in the middle of a minimovie with a surprise ending.
You’ll sense you’re with Sandy, a beleaguered pre- Christmas mother, rushing through a supermarket, as she realizes the joy of an incredible gift of kindness. You’ll be in a children’s hospital at Christmas with the actress Roma Downey as she opens her gift of purpose—her job for God. You’ll take a romantic journey with Brooke, who’s uncertain that she’ll ever find Prince Charming, and you’ll be next to her as she discovers the gift of reassurance that’s awaiting her, like a scene from It’s a Wonderful Life.
Looking on expectantly and lovingly is the Giver of every good gift; your Creator, who personally wrapped your presents and put them under the tree. He’s saying, “Go ahead . . . open them! They may change your life forever!”
—SQuire and Louise
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Note: Most of the stories in this book are brand-new. A few are “classics,” previously published, now rewritten and updated. The latter are marked with this symbol:
SQuire Rushnell is a popular speaker and New York Times bestselling author who has coined the term “Godwink,” now in mainstream usage. Within more than one million books in print, SQuire’s Godwink stories are a popular monthly feature on the NBC Today Show. He has also appeared on several national television programs including Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends and CBS Sunday Morning. As a veteran ABC Television Network executive, he led Good Morning America to the number one spot and oversaw the acclaimed Schoolhouse Rock! series and the ABC Afterschool Specials. Programs under his direction have captured more than seventy-five Emmy Awards.
Louise DuArt costarred with Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in sold-out performances for fifteen seasons. Clean and funny, Louise executes fast-paced conversations between herself and Bart Simpson, Judge Judy, Barbra Streisand, Hillary Clinton, and dozens more. She was a popular Women of Faith speaker and has coauthored three books with her husband, SQuire. She hosted a popular daily talk show on the ABC Family channel for eight seasons, Living the Life, and has starred in various Broadway productions, garnering rave reviews.