Local man Larry Patton contributed to a chapter in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers (Chicken Soup for the SoulPublishing, LLC, October 18, 2011, 978-1935096764, $14.95) as one of the authors who share true stories of answered prayers that will encourage readers in their faith and demonstrate the power of prayer. Patton, who lives in Troy, wrote of his experience on a trip to Israel when he cried out to God to heal him of cerebral palsy.
As he walked on the ground where Jesus’ miracles took place, Patton asked God to heal him, too. Patton wrote, “I was sure He was going to heal me while inIsrael, all I had to do was ask.” But after he cried out to God with Josh McDowell, the leader of the tour, Patton said, “The realization struck me that my physical disability was my weakness, and that the Lord would use it to His glory. The Lord poured His love into me. I nearly wept. ‘I get it Lord! For the first time in my life, I love myself despite my disability!’”
As a result, Patton began a speaking ministry called Hurdling Handicaps, which teaches how people can overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual handicaps with God’s help. In Patton’s words, “In the last twenty years, God has opened doors for me to speak that I never dreamed possible. He sent me, in this twisted body, to share the gospel, to inspire and bring hope to so many that need encouragement.”
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman) was released on October 18, 2011 and contains 101 stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes all the latest titles in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which are distributed through Simon & Schuster, Inc. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold over 112 million copies, with titles translated into over 40 languages.
You can order a copy today of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers by sending $14.95 plus $2.50 for shipping to the Hurdling Handicaps office.
Hurdling Handicaps ~PO Box725023~Berkley, MI 48072