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I do believe (wholeheartedly), that if you are going to endorse a product, it should be something that you must TRULY believe in. I am also a firm believer in a special four letter word that carries a lot of weight along with it:

 

HOPE 


I am NOT talking of the word HOPE generically speaking, because there is a lot of HOPE that proceeds with DOUBT out there. The dictionary describes HOPE as: 


“a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”
 

This can be a “generic” hope, often conveying doubt, often followed by the word “not,” or “so.” In both instances, there is “some” hope but followed with “some” doubt.

A very close and personal friend of mine has recently written and published a book. The book is entitled: 
 

“The Hope in Personal Apocalypse"

It is written by the spirit of an over comer and is preserved word by word within the pages for you to discover. Yet, this book is not just based on the author's life. It is about the hope that brought him through various hardships – some that are common and others that are not so common.

The author was born and has lived with forms of blindness, and that uncommon experience is the foundation for his perspective on what it means to persevere. But we all can relate to desiring a hope that is not defined as “wishful thinking.” The author learned very well what hope truly means, and he wants to provide an opportunity for you to find the hope of life that is for everyone who seeks it.

I was given the high honor to write a forward for this brilliant masterpiece. Below, is the forward that I wrote:

Foreword by Chaplain William H Schnakenberg IV

I was deeply humbled to be asked to write a short foreword for The Hope in Personal Apocalypse. The author and I met, as I would like to think, only through ‘divine intervention’ around a decade ago. Though many might consider this meeting a random event, we both felt it necessary to stay in touch. Over the years, the author and I have built a special and important relationship. I am honored and blessed to have him as a friend. He has touched me and made such a significant impact on me. I thank the Good Lord that he is in my life. 

 

Through his recent endeavor, The Hope in Personal Apocalypse, I believe he will make a similar impact on you. 

 

The book is a work of art. As you will see with each turning of the page, the author truly has a gift with words and analogies. This is a skill we non-writers can only sit back and admire. The wisdom is displayed with every keystroke. Each chapter pulled me forward, wanting more. This is a book that calls to be read in one sitting and then draws the reader to start back at the beginning, highlighter in hand. I have found myself approaching it somewhat like a devotional, reading it through twice and then using it as a reference, reviewing highlighted passages that have helped me through difficult times. Readers will want to refer to it again and again, not just this month or even this year, but over the course of a lifetime.

 

I was particularly touched by the author’s personal stories and his use of the "handicap" concept, such as in Chapter 2 where he states:

 

"In spite of these problems, I try to put my best foot forward in every situation; and I am ever thankful for this gift of sight – partial though it may be.”

 

The author may not have perfect sight, but he truly sees things that even those with 20/20 vision may not see. Reading The Hope in Personal Apocalypse feels like a personal visit with the author, one in which you are allowed to really know him. He is approachable and vulnerable, allows you to discover that, though he may seem to be handicapped from the outside, the Lord has used his handicap as a gift that lets faith move mountains. It may sound strange, but through his partial blindness, he sees the physical and spiritual world more clearly. Some may feel intimidated, fearful, even cursed by such a disability, but this author recognizes the blessing and accepts it as a source of encouragement. I think of Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, where he describes the thorn in his flesh and prays three times to have it removed.   

 

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong"

(2 Corinthians 12:9 to 10 – New English Translation).   

 

Through examples such as this, the author of The Hope in Personal Apocalypse helps us to see that we, too, can be so humble and see that His grace is enough and His power made perfect in weakness. Know that when you pick up this book, it may be the first time but it will not be the last. You will have to go back again and again to grasp all of its wisdom.  If you are ready to be encouraged, get your highlighters ready, and turn the page!    

 

In Christ's love,   

William H Schnakenberg IV 

Chaplain/Author

Pastoral Apologist

As I stated earlier how important the word “HOPE” is to me, one of my favorite Scriptures is from the sixth Chapter, verse nineteen, written to the Hebrews in the New Testament, and it states:

 
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure...”

The cover of the book captivates a picture of an anchor, along with the title, which to me, I believe is just a perfect fit! So, if you feel “hopeless”, or just need assurance of a hope that you already have, which is a reality, not just a feeling, secure, immovable, anchored in a sure foundation, just as a ship anchor holds firmly to the sea bed, I invite you to read “The Hope in Personal Apocalypse, where within each page you will soon discover a HOPE with a confident expectation, with joy, and full confidence. In other words, with this kind of HOPE, “There is no doubt about it!”

Come see how this HOPE is what helped him COPE, and how HOPE can be an anchor that can and will carry you through ALL of life’s circumstances. Mark my words, you will never look at an image of an anchor the same way after reading it. 

For more information, please check out the below website, and send him a message, saying that I sent ya!

www.jeffulrichlegacies.com

Book order information below:

https://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStore/the-hope-in-personal-apocalypse/3e0fae3d-54e9-488c-a24b-03e2f17fe051?isbn=9780692902158