Higher Living Christian Church Minister Velma Shanks’ book “From Rejection to Rejoicing,” was written to inspire people to seek the face of God for emotional healing.
JONESBORO — A Southern Crescent minister has written a message of hope and healing for people who desire to move past the hurt and pain in their lives.
Velma Shanks is a minister at Higher Living Christian Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Andre Landers. The church has two locations, one in Clayton County located at 2450 Mount Zion Parkway in Jonesboro, and in Henry County, located at 2455 Mount Carmel Road in Hampton.
Shanks said she compiled her experience of restoration in her book “From Rejection to Rejoicing.”
“The book is about my journey to wholeness,” she said. “I talk about how God delivered me from the spirit of rejection and how I gained victory.”
Shanks said the book stemmed from one of the workshops she taught during a 2000 singles conference in San Diego. The minister said she was teaching on overcoming rejection when suddenly she witnessed an outpouring of emotions from about 30 of her female students.
“Halfway through the class, I looked out and saw tears flowing, right in the middle of my teaching,” Shanks said. “The Lord had me to stop and begin to pray and minister. God did a great deliverance that day and I never did finish my teaching.”
The minister acknowledged she was astonished by the response of the overcoming rejection workshop.
“When I got home that evening, I was on my knees praying and thanking God for what He had done in the class that day,” she said. “The Lord spoke to me and said, ‘If you put what you are trying to teach in the workshop in book form, the same deliverance I brought that day, I will bring to everyone that reads it, and from that day I began writing the book. The words just flowed as I wrote.”
She said a pivotal moment came when she wrote about being “in the refiner’s fire,” — a Biblical reference for going through a severe test, the way gold is purified.
“That was the hardest chapter for me to write because it required me to be transparent and candid about what happened in my life,” she continued. “But, writing the book is how God healed me from my experiences. It was all a part of the process.”
Shanks admitted not even she knew how powerful her message of becoming complete in Christ would affect people.
“It is an awesome book,” said McDonough resident Maureen Taylor. “It gave me direction about holding on and waiting on God, even after you have been through a struggle. The book is excellent, because it was written from her heart. God kept her in the fiery furnace to give her a revelation that is able to bless others. Had she not gone through what she went through, she would not have been able to give a testimony of the goodness of God.”
Shanks said her goal is to do more conferences, seminars and workshops in the near future.
“I would like to bring women together and create an atmosphere for healing and deliverance,” she added.
Shanks’ book is available at barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and inkwaterbooks.com.