FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Trials and hardship are woven in the fabric of every living soul, and the past few years delivered tribulation after another. The global pandemic affected us deeply—in our own minds and within our families. For many, the darkness around us was too great to bear.* Maybe it still is.
When author Severo S. Alvarado contracted COVID, his faith reached new depths. “The pandemic certainly brought my spirituality to the surface.” During those arduous, breath-numbing nights, he reflected on the status of his trust and hope in God. Was his faith strong enough to allay the worries, fears, and uncertainty the virus was causing within him?
When pain and suffering enter the fray, managing life feels nearly impossible. Severo says, “The burning flame of our souls that brightens our days dims as the dark storms of life pound against us with powerful force. That’s how I felt as I endured the toxic poison infecting my body.” The Dark Side of COVID-19: Toxic Darkness Gives Way to the Light is his story of rising above the circumstances that shrouded every inch of his soul, mind, and body.
Through Alvarado’s suffering and pain, God could have taken his life. The unknown triggers fear and anxiety, especially when our faith is weak and we are emotionally fragile. Yet God’s purpose for our lives will transform our hearts and minds. Every experience we encounter is meant to strengthen our faith, trust, and hope in God.
For readers searching for peace, the author hopes that you will be inspired. “With all my heart I want this book to touch people’s hearts and lead them closer to God.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Mexico, Severo S. Alvarado moved to the United States in 1963. At Texas Tech, he earned a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in curriculum instruction, and a minor in bilingual education and Spanish literature. A 1983 spiritual conversion led to a deep personal relationship with his Savior and catapulted his life into service for God. A retired educator and ordained Catholic deacon, Alvarado enjoys writing about spirituality and ministers at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lubbock, Texas, where he and his wife live.