Can a health scare change a person’s heart? New novel, Matthew’s Journey, explores the possibility

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FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Research shows that traumatic events can have generational consequences. In a study by the University of Zurich,* researchers discovered that not only can extreme events affect those directly involved, but they can also impact the health and behavior of their children, and even grandchildren.

So if physical and psychological changes can be passed down through the generations, might the same be true of a family’s spiritual health?

“Lord,” Matthew whispered, “I don’t know what’s happening, but I know You are with me always—in whatever is happening.”

Author Vernal Lind takes readers on a generational deep dive into the lives of the Anderson Family in his book series, Beyond Those Hills, and its latest installment, Matthew’s Journey. When the family history of heart trouble catches up to him in a brush with death, Matthew is forced to reevaluate work, anxiety, and his purpose in God’s plan.

But the closer he looks, the more convinced he becomes that his family’s history could be repeating itself. Despite a strong thread of faith through the generations, a decades-old deception left deep wounds, and Matthew now faces the same from his own brother. How will he manage to care for his family, uncover what he suspects is a plot to destroy the family business, and follow his doctor’s orders to avoid all stress? Matthew’s Journey takes him down a difficult road in search of a victorious future for himself and his children.

Lind’s message is ultimately one of hope. “The Lord speaks to us during these times,” he conveys through one of his characters. “He redirects us. He shows the way.”

For readers who appreciate the struggles and triumphs of the Christian life, Matthew’s Journey will not disappoint.

* https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140413135953.htm

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vernal Lind grew up on a farm in beautiful west-central Minnesota, where he attended school in a one-room country schoolhouse. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in education, English, and language arts at St. Cloud State University. After teaching English for thirty-six years, Vernal retired and returned to his home area of Battle Lake, where he is active in church and the community. He is single but remains closely connected to his family. He is the author of seven historical novels and has received the “Writer of the Year” award from Write to Publish. A number of his articles and stories have appeared in magazines such as Grit, Lifewise, Teachers of Vision, Connections, and several anthologies.

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Can a health scare change a person’s heart? New novel, Matthew’s Journey, explores the possibility

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