Is God tidy? Are some rules made to be broken? Who are the real prisoners? Can God find a way to minister to Rob, a coma victim showing no response to outer stimuli? Can our Lord use a death row prisoner’s widow’s mite and a wandering minstrel to reach out to a young woman condemned by the court to death by removal of feeding tube? Conversations with the Voiceless answers these and other hard questions.
John Wessells lives the stories he tells. Burned out Christians, spiritually starving, John and Cathy Wessells prayed for new direction – and got it. Be music therapists, casting all their cares on Him. Sing to those in comas. Embrace a life style often poor in money but always rich in the Lord. Conversations with the Voiceless tells the heartaches, problems and triumphs reaped from such a life. There is Tim, deep in coma from an automobile accident and deep in the remnants of an occult trap, and his dying, believing roommate, Don. Sorrowing parents like Vicki Labarca, and the other mother who drew near to listen, both needing John’s crying shoulder and his ministry. Discernment, moment by moment faith, involvement, all are good beginning ministry skills. John also tells of the deeper skills desperately gained as they faced the tortuous death from cancer of their three year old son, John Samuel.
“…seek God not in some sweet, neat package of answers but…look for him in a world that’s messy, full of problems, and crying out to be redeemed (Romans 8:22).”* And begin that search in Conversations with the Voiceless. Read it yourself, put it in your church library, give it as gifts. Everyone needs John Wessells’ ministry. -- Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
Sensitive reflections on discovering God in life’s challenges
Author John Wessells and his wife, Gail, are cofounders of Precious Oil Ministries, an outreach to head-injury patients and their families. Through their ministry—and after losing a young son to cancer—the Wessells have learned to ask very difficult questions about life, love, health, suffering, tragedy, and God. In his work with the comatose, Wessells has found that the voiceless have some crucial, direct, and clarifying things to tell us about our questions.
Often during his life on earth, Jesus avoided giving answers and instead offered love. The voiceless ones—the poor, the suffering, infants, prisoners, and the terminally ill—speak for God. Their words to us, like Christ’s, are often impractical, inconvenient, and unpredictable. Yet above all, they are a relief. This book is about asking the unanswerable questions and letting them draw you closer to your Lord and Savior.