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November 1, 2013

God help

Anderson author and speaker offers practical tools for Christian walk

ANDERSON, Ind. — It seems like we’re all looking for answers, all the time. For many, there’s nothing they’d love better than to get a clue straight from God. Anderson resident Lora A. York has written a book to help people do just that.

“God can talk to everybody,” said York. “People can learn how to hear from him themselves.”

York, 36, self-published “God Help! Practical tools to help you navigate your Christian walk” this summer. Each chapter takes a look in a very down-to-earth way at specific topics relevant for a close relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. York looks at solving problems and tapping into one's gifts. She draws on her personal experiences to provide relatable examples.

“I want to help people find their niche," said York. "I want people to find an avenue to make them happy, the thing God wants them to do — and to hear from him themselves.”

Throughout the book, the author provides plenty of references from scripture, including the entire text of quotes for ease of use.

At the end of each chapter, York includes prayers that address each member of the Holy Trinity. She also provides suggested study group questions.

“It’s been really positive feedback,” said York. “A lot of people have said they really loved the prayers.”

York’s style is direct and understandable. With a 1999 bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in creative writing, York has her subject well in hand with short, readable chapters. At 167 pages, with easy-to-read type, the book is an engaging and encouraging read for persons looking for help from God in the issues of day-to-day living.

Raised in an environment of faith and leadership, York received Jesus as her savior at age 10. Her dad, Garry Reff, at age 54 became an ordained Methodist minister. Her mom, Ella, served as district president for United Methodist Women.

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