by Shirley Tracy
Are you missing out on some of God's richest blessings? Sandra Brooks,
a budding author from University Heights, responded to God's call by writing and
publishing her first mini book entitled "Obedience Will Bring the Rain." In it,
Mrs. Brooks explores the relationship between walking in obedience with the Lord and
reaping His blessings. Based on Leviticus 26, the book is small but the message powerful.
"I knew nothing about writing or publishing," says Brooks,
"but it was just like the Lord took my hand and penned this book out. From that
point, He took me step by step."
The purpose of the book is to remind Gods people of the
importance of obeying Him. Sandra Brooks is a wife and mother who understands first hand
the truths about which she writes. In 1981, God answered her cry for help, delivering her
from the bondage of alcoholism. She was involved in AA for a couple of years, but knew she
needed a closer walk with the Lord. She got back into church, and her life went forward
"What is wonderful is how God can take your life and clean it up
and then give you something to do."
She is certain we have a purpose, something for all of us to do for
God's kingdom. She points to Jeremiah who was reluctant, but responded to God's call out
of obedience. Subsequently, God had a mighty work for him to do. God has much for us to do
as well, but he has to know he can trust us to obey. Sometimes, even though we are serving
him, we hold out in one or more areas, failing to do all He asks of us. One big reason is
fear. The opposite of fear is trust. A soft-spoken woman, Sandra summoned the courage to
trust God, stepping out boldly to obey.
She says, "The wisdom and leading of the Holy Spirit has just been
awesome, and I really believe that comes from this same message God saying, 'If you
just obey everything that I tell you to do, I'm gonna lead you; I'm gonna guide you; I'm
gonna meet your needs.' Because bringing this whole ministry together has been a challenge
financially, but God has met all my needs and given me direction."
Sandra is a member of New Spirit Revival Center, located on Mayfield
Road in Cleveland Heights. In addition to church activities, she has an outreach ministry
called "Keeping the Word." This ministry includes, among other things, working
with teenage girls. Obviously, Sandra Brooks has a heart for sharing the Word, and
believes that writing is just another avenue of teaching the gospel. Her book is available
in several Christian book stores throughout the Cleveland area. Sales are going well, and
plans are underway for out-of-state distribution. Now that God has planted within her the
desire to write, Sandra hopes to turn out other books in future, "as the Lord
If ye walk in my
statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season,
and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
(Leviticus 26:3-4) C