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Just when life bloomed full of promise, multiple sclerosis attacked Jo's body. How would she cope with this erratic disease? How could she overcome her husband's betrayal? Unveiling her struggles to understand-not merely survive-MS and her painful unwanted divorce, transforming them into meaningful life experiences, author Jo Franz leads readers through her story of perseverance and continually growing faith. Not only learning who she is, but to whom she belongs, Jo finds love and triumphant victories despite abuse, abandonment and physical injury, showing the world how she can "Soar Unafraid." After reading "Soar Unafraid" I got to know another Jo-one who has been through more than I had ever known. Her deep faith, courage and perseverance are a lesson for us all. Katie Croskrey Executive Director, American Diabetes Association, San Diego, CA (former vice president, National MS Society, Orange County, CA) It's the tale of a life faithfully lived. What a vulnerable, powerful testimony In persevering and growing toward God even in difficulties and disappointments, Jo gives inspiration, pointing us toward the grace, redemption, and hope found in Christ. Gary Thomas author of "Sacred Marriage and Sacred Influence" With tender vulnerability and biblical wisdom, Jo shares her journey of physical and emotional healing. Her faith challenges and inspires me. I enthusiastically recommend this book. Sandra D. Wilson, PhD. seminary professor, spiritual director, and retired family therapist author of "Released From Shame and Into Abba's Arms"
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Jo Franz is an example for all May 26, 2008
Many years ago, I met Jo at a church retreat where she was an inspirational speaker and shared her love of the Lord through her singing. I was impressed with her deep faith and obrious joy in spite of the painful trials she had endured. There were times through the years that I wondered how she was and when I, myself was diagnosed with MS, two years ago, my curiosity about how she was grew. A good friend, living in the same county as Jo, clipped a newspaper article about Jo, thinking it might be of interest to me. I was so surprised and delighted to know that Jo had written a book. I promptly ordered it and read it. It was as I knew it would be-filled with honesty, love, pain and joy. Jo is able to capture with words raw emotions that both captivate and encourage the reader. Thank you Jo for being the example to all of us of what it means to "soar unafraid." Paula Boyd, Lemon Grove CA
Encouraging Feb 6, 2008
I couldn't put it down! Jo is open and honest about the challenges she has faced and is facing in life. She shows by her story that we can cling to our Father,trust Him, and choose to live joyfully no matter what life throws at us. I recommend this book to anyone who is facing anything they don't understand or don't feel they can handle, from physical challenges to relationship challenges, and beyond. Jo will encourage and inspire you, and give you the courage to trust God in the midst of your own difficult times. I am getting more copies to give to those I know who need real-life encouragement.
A Lesson on Intimacy with God Jan 25, 2008
My oldest memory of Jo still brings a warm smile to my face. She sat gracefully in front of the small group of women, who didn't want to break for the summer like the rest of the women's Bible study group had. She read with passion from her prayer journal. I closed my eyes and smiled, privileged to hear the prayers from Jo's heart to her Abba. (Jo loves to call God by that endearing name, best translated as Daddy.) This sweet memory, which is now more than 10 years old, was renewed when I read Soar Unafraid. In fact, reading the vulnerable prayers Jo recorded over the years was my favorite part of Soar Unafraid. No one can conjure up a relationship with God like that. It's built over years and years of intimacy and dependency. You and I are invited to develop that same deep relationship with God, simply by reading Jo's precious prayers. Even if you don't have MS, have never been through a divorce, and haven't suffered through childhood abuse, Jo's amazing story will touch the secret places of your heart. Read Soar Unafraid. You will fall in love with Jo and her precious Abba.
Shawna Marie Bryant, Speaker, Author, Worship Leader www.shawnamarie.com
Couldn't put it down! Nov 27, 2007
I picked up this book, planning to read a few pages before I went to sleep. Two hours later, I had to make myself put it down! What a testimony to God's love, grace, and mercy. On every page, Jo reminds us that regardless of where life takes us, God has a specific plan for us. I just pray I'll be as faithful as she has been when the hard times come.
She Soars Nov 1, 2007
Jo has written a book that will encourage you not to be a casuality in this world. You will find encouragement because Jo is real, her struggles are real and her God is real. With compassion, honesty and forgiveness Jo tells her story.