Shadow of His Wings
A Book for Tweens by Rebekah Mitchell

Shadow of His Wings

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Shadow of His Wings is a collection of faith-based short stories for preteens.
The book is fiction, and it is like little snapshots of life.
Shadow of His Wings is based on scriptural concepts and principles.
It is for inspiring, reassuring, advising, and admonishing.

The characters are well defined.  They are unique and refreshing.  There are boy stories and girl stories. 

CLICK HERE to read a complete story, "First Step."  It is about a boy who discovers a need for God when he is admonished by his mother. 

Rebekah Mitchell

Rebekah was raised on Lady’s Island near Beaufort, SC, where she now resides. She has a huge, loving family; and a church she reveres: the building and the people. When she was young, St. Helena seemed to be full of rituals and people who said one thing and did another. The Parish Church of St. Helena, as it is today, is a steadfast presence in her life. She has visited non-denominational, Assemblies of God, Charismatic Episcopal, and Pentecostal churches, but she always returns to the liturgy found in The Book of Common Prayer.  It it is filled with beautiful prayers and services for the season’s and offices of the church’s year and life. She is active in several of the church’s many ministries.

Rebekah received a BA in speech/drama from Columbia College, and a BS in elementary education from Winthrop College. She worked with preteens after she received her degree from Winthrop. While she was working with them, she realized there was very little faith-based material for that age youngsters. She sought to fill the gap. She has nearly completed another book of short stories, Abiding in the Shadow (see Upcoming Books below), and is working on three more: Valley of the Shadow, Fruit of the Shadow, and The Shadow and Prayer (see Upcoming Books below). She lovingly calls these books the Shadow Series.

Having a quiet time every morning, in which she reads and studies the Bible and prays for her family and her world, she is daily developing a working relationship with the Lord which is lasting and deep. She wants more than anything to share her faith with others, and Rebekah believes her book is a part of that dream. She also has a message "blog" which she writes six days a week to mostly family and friends. She chooses a verse or passage and comments on it for them. She started out writing to one person but has evolved into sending many people emails almost every day. It is one of her greatest joys. She is thinking about collecting her emails into one volume to create Messages From A Baby Christian (see Upcoming Books below).

Rebekah was totally involved in many activities in high school and college. She was enthusiastic and engaged. She had a deep love for writing, and wrote poems and short stories for friends and family. She excelled at everything she did. She was dedicated to her life and the community she lived in, but when she was twenty five, Rebekah’s life changed dramatically. She found out through startling circumstances and conclusive evidence that she has bipolar disorder.

The medical community put her on so many medications at first that she felt like she was “being held underwater trying to breathe through a straw.” She struggled. It was then that she met Jesus in a real way. Her undeniable love for the Lord and life lifted her out of the despondencies that had weighed her down. She plans a book about her disorder: Diary of a Crazy Lady: Looking for a Reason to Live or a Way to Die (Upcoming Books below). Rebekah wants to encourage those who have the disorder and educate others to its possibilities and battles in a creative way.

 Once she got a handle on her illness, Rebekah began to write faith-based short stories for preteens (ages 10-12). That was the age with which she had the most experience. She was so excited when she had written ten stories, she wanted to celebrate. But there was nothing to hold them together. She felt as if she was at a dead end. The stories were, indeed, just for her. But one day she sat in front of a blank computer screen and prayed very hard to know what to do with her stories. As she sat and prayed, she was stunned when the Lord impressed on her mind the Table of Contents for Shadow of His Wings. It started with “Without God.”

She was totally bewildered. She could not figure out at first how that would work. Then she realized “Productive Fear” is about a young boy, Mark, who is concerned about a friend who is making fun of God. Tony does not believe in God anymore. When he was young, his mother took him and his sisters to church, bought them Bibles, and saw to it that they went to Sunday school. Then his mother did what Tony felt was unforgivable. He tells Mark, and Mark begins to help Tony find the Lord again. The story tells why Tony was “Without God.”

After that there is “Starting to Notice God," “Accepting God,” "Learning More About God," "Trusting God," "Obeying God," etc. The inspiration went all the way to “Resting in Jesus.” Each story fell into a category. There were ten divisions, and she had ten stories. She was surprised and amazed. She was so motivated, that she quickly wrote ten more stories and Shadow of His Wings was born.

Rebekah published her book with the help of WestBow Press. They gave her an editor (the first professional to see her writing); put her book with on-line retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble; supplied her with business cards, bookmarks and postcards all with a logo of her beautiful book cover, which they designed. They gave her space on their website for an overview, a free preview, and information on her as an author. They even got her a copyright. She was delighted.

Then Rebekah discovered that for very little cost, she could have a website of her own. She was delighted and has had many favorable comments from people who have visited. She has enjoyed creating and tweaking her website and hopes people will continue to enjoy the information there. She even has a section of her favorite Scriptures.

ABIDING IN THE SHADOW: Another collection of faith-based long and short stories for 'tweens. Some of the divisions in the book are LOVING, WEEPING, FORGIVING, PRAYING, RELATING, PLAYING. Some of the titles are as follows: Listening With Your Heart, Marion and Her Deception, Fizzie, A Kiss on the Cheek, Jason's Love (Letters From Camp), and To a Special Friend.

VALLEY OF THE SHADOW: A little different from her first two, this book is based partially on experiences and stories of people the author knows. Some of the information was gleaned while she was working as a volunteer for United Hospice. The author is still collecting information for this book. The stories will be fictional in nature.

Works in Progress by Rebekah:

DIARY OF A CRAZY LADY: LOOKING FOR A REASON TO LIVE OR A WAY TO DIE: This book will be autobiographical in nature. It is derived from actual diary entries from Rebekah's old diaries. The book is about her battle with bipolar disorder. She believes that the illness has been much maligned on TV and in books. Rebekah has been fortunate to have had wonderul help with her disorder. She has a faith-based response to her problem.

MESSAGES FROM A BABY CHRISTIAN: This is a collection of quotes, verses, and passages from the Bible which Rebekah shared with friends and close associates through emails ranging from 10 words to 300 or more. She wrote six days a week using Verse of the Day from Bible Gateway, GodVine, and and a personal seek and search method. The more people she added to her register, the more suggestions to create a book immerged. She finally decided to put her emails into one volume and admit her understanding was limited. She continues to get comments which encourage her to complete this work. She used Webster's dictionary, concordances, Bible dictionaries and a host of Bibles. It was a labor of love. Her sister came to visit from Minnesota and saw her in action as she prepared her message one day. Rebekah was flying around the room checking verses and definitions. Her sister said, with something like awe, "You really do get into your writing! You almost make it look like fun!" I replied, "It is fun! I really get into my work!"

SCRIPTURE WITH A PERSONAL RESPONSE FROM THE AUTHOR <><


“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” (Proverbs 8:17) NIV

I love the Lord with all my heart, and I seek Him everyday, especially in my quiet time.  The Lord says "go into your closet."  I do that every morning.  It is a growing, learning experience of great joy.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) KJV

When I started writing a book for the age group I taught, I had no sense of what held them together. I prayed, and God gave me the outline in Shadow of His Wings.  I trust Him to reach the ones He will.  I believe He is directing my path.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6) NKJV

I have sought righteousness for many years.  God has filled me with good things.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV)

I heard a whole sermon on this verse once.  Even bad things "work together for good."  I can see so clearly where even the bad things have worked together for my good and those around me.  To be "called according to his purpose" means to be saved and set apart for God.  

"But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." (Job 23:10) NIV

Gold is refined seven times in the hottest fires possible.  Each time they skim off the dross (impurities) and put it back in to "cook" some more until it is 100% pure gold.  As believers we have trials and suffering, but in the end we will turn out as gold:  100% pure gold.

"I have loved you with an everlasting love.  I have drawn you with loving kindness.  I will build you up again, and you will be rebuilt." (Jeremiah 31:3b-4a) NIV

When I got this verse, I wasn't sure what being rebuilt meant; I wasn't even sure what love meant.  I looked rebuilt up in the dictionary and found out it means:  "to restore to a previous condition; to repair or remodel extensively, as by taking apart and reconstructing, often with new parts."  That is what God did for me.  That is what He will do for you.  The definition for love is three inches long in the dictionary.  The meaning I chose is "God's benevolent concern for mankind and man's devout attachment to God."  When we are devoutly attached to God, we meet His directive in John 13:34 (see next panel).
Other favorite Scripture:

"Praise God, everybody!  Applaud God, all people!  His love has taken over our lives; God's faithful ways are eternal.  Hallelujah!  (Psalm 117:1-2) MSG

"Eye has not seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."  (Corinthians 2:9) NIV

"Let me give you a new command:  Love one another.  In the same way I loved you, love one another.  This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples---when they see the love you have for one another."  (John 13:34) MSG

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails ... And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love."    (Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13) NIV

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindnesss, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22) NIV

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart."  (Jeremiah 29:11-13) NIV

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.  (Psalm 126:2a) NIV

The Lord shall preserve thee from evil; he shall preserve your soul.  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.  (Psalm 121:7-8) KJV  

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."  I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him."   (Lamentations 3:22-24) NIV

Rebekah Mitchell
P. O. Box 1925
Beaufort, SC 29901

978-1-4497-0460-5
(Softcover ISBN)
978-1-4497-0461-2
(Hardcover ISBN)