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Building on the themes in his popular book When God Winks, SQuire Rushnell shares real-life stories that are certain to uplift and encourage you.

The stories in this book reaffirm that godwinks happen to everyone. We just need to learn how to see them, allow them to unfold, and accept them as direct, person-to-person communications from God to each of us.

As you?ll see, those so-called coincidences that you?d been dismissing so easily really do...

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Overview

Building on the themes in his popular book When God Winks, SQuire Rushnell shares real-life stories that are certain to uplift and encourage you.

The stories in this book reaffirm that godwinks happen to everyone. We just need to learn how to see them, allow them to unfold, and accept them as direct, person-to-person communications from God to each of us.

As you’ll see, those so-called coincidences that you’d been dismissing so easily really do mean something. And you need to pay attention. They are like unopened gifts that have been placed upon your doorstep.

You will be amazed to read how every joy, every hurt, and every worry that happens to you has already been written about in the Bible. Godwink Stories simply draws upon the parallel between the stories of real people and God’s wisdom in the scriptures.

Godwink Stories can be read in various ways. You can read the book cover to cover. Or follow along each week for a year. It’s also perfect to read for a pick-me-up story that fits your need of the day.

Whether you’re looking for encouragement in a time of need or a story that speaks of joy, there’s a godwink story just for you.

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Godwink Stories offers weekly readings of godwinks and miracles to encourage and inspire you in every situation. These true stories— from ordinary people—provide

Messages of “don’t give up”

Heartfelt need for love and guidance

Hope in the midst of medical crises

“Just in time” moments

Peace in times of sorrow

Tender love stories

Amazing answers to prayer

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These stories by the author of God Wink gathers real-life motivational stories that hold the power to lift the spirits of readers mired in physical, psychological, or relationship problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451678567
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,349
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

SQuire Rushnell, a former television president and CEO, was for twenty years an executive with the ABC Television Network. Father of such programs for young people as Schoolhouse Rock and the ABC Afterschool Specials, he also led Good Morning America to the #1 spot. Author of the word-of-mouth phenomenon When God Winks, SQuire lives in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, Louise.

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ENCOURAGEMENT
TIMES OF SORROW

1

How Can I Shake My Unhappiness?

Is any one of you in trouble?

He should pray.

Is anyone happy?

Let him sing songs of praise.

James 5:13 NIV

Are you happy?

Perhaps you’ll say you have problems that prevent happiness such as:

  • People are not treating you with respect.
  • Or maybe you’ve been “unlucky”; born into a burdensome life.

Does that sound like you?

If so, you may ask, Why are those reasons for being unhappy justified for you, but not for others who are worse off than you? People in more lowly jobs than yours, with worse handicaps? Yet who greet each day whistling and smiling? Or how about those who are sitting in wheelchairs, unable to feed themselves, who nonetheless always have something cheerful to say and are never heard to blame their circumstances? If so, don’t worry.

These people have discovered a secret, but it’s a secret that belongs to you as much as it belongs to them. It’s this: happiness is not something you are bequeathed at birth, like wealth or poverty; it is not something you earn through hard work, like a college education; and it is not something given to you because of your dialect or skin color.

Happiness is a state of mind that you choose for yourself.

Being happy cannot be attributed to circumstances—though many try—and cannot be dependent on someone else—though many think it is.

Happiness is something you can have, right now.

Just by choosing.

Your operator’s manual—the Bible—says:

When times are good, be happy;

but when times are bad, consider:

God has made the one as well as the other.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 NIV

People who are happy have chosen to adopt an optimistic attitude and to approach every day in an intimate partnership with God.

This is the day the LORD has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 NIV

So ask yourself, “Am I happy?”

If the answer is no, ask, “Do I want to be?”

Janet Marie Withers wrote about a friend who was known for asking people that all-important question:

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Are Ya Happy?

My dear friend Sebastian died in December. We worked together and were best friends.

Sebastian always used a personal greeting with me. Whenever he’d come by my desk, he would smile and say, “Are ya happy?”

The day I found out Sebastian had passed away, I was in shock. I left work and prayed for a sign from God that some essence of Sebastian would still survive, in spirit, and that somehow my grief could be heard.

I had to mail a Christmas package. I didn’t feel up to it but decided to go to the post office anyway. As I stood in line, a big man in front of me, about the size of Sebastian, turned and casually asked, “Are ya happy?”

I nearly fainted.

I thought I hadn’t heard him right. Fumbling for words, I finally spilled out: “I’m overwhelmed!”

He smiled gently, turned, and moved forward in line.

I haven’t heard that phrase used often, except with my dear Sebastian. It’s not a typical greeting. I wanted to believe that, somehow, God and Sebastian were reaching out to me from beyond.

I left the post office with a surreal feeling—still unconvinced, still holding on to my grief and pain; still shrugging it off as just a coincidence.

Days later, my son and I were at McDonald’s. An older woman chatted us up and then, suddenly, paused. She looked at me and said, “There’s a book I sense you need.”

She wrote the title and author’s name on an envelope. I kept it until I got home. I was going to throw it away . . . not feeling like receiving any pep talks. But I kept it.

On Christmas morning I opened a gift from my sister, Dorothy, and there it was—that very book—When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence, by SQuire Rushnell.

I excitedly showed my sister the note given to me by the woman I’d met at McDonald’s.

Now it all makes sense. It’s a comfort to know that hearing Sebastian’s phrase, “Are ya happy,” was no coincidence: it was a godwink!

Janet Marie Withers

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What a wonderful lesson from Janet. It makes us wish we all could have known Sebastian. He seems like the type of person who never wandered around telling everyone what a bad day he was having, what terrible things others were doing to him, or what a difficult hand he’d been dealt since birth. Instead, Sebastian chose to be happy. It was that simple.

So can you.

Sebastian was in sync with this teaching from the ancient Scriptures:

I know that there is nothing better for men

than to be happy and do good while they live.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 NIV

Today, decide for yourself whether you are going to look at the glass as half full or half empty. It’s your choice. Yours and God’s. And He wants your glass to be overflowing.

Try being a Sebastian today. Are ya happy?

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    I laughed and cried through this heartfelt devotional. I was mov

    I laughed and cried through this heartfelt devotional. I was moved, inspired and encouraged by the stories.

    The stories are basically letters from people like you and I who had, what I refer to as a God moment. Godwinks are moments where God shows up miraculously in someone's life.

    The various chapters in this devotional are filled with stories which will leave you spiritually encouraged, invigorated and refreshed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    I know this a devotional book for the year, but I could not put

    I know this a devotional book for the year, but I could not put it down.  It is the most meaningful book that I have ever read.  Squire Rushnell & Louise DuArt have put together a beautiful, heart warming book, combining scripture with real life stories.  Brilliant!.  You will begin to see the many Godwink's in your own life after you read this.  It is number one on my gift giving list..year round!                              

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    Devotional To Focus Our Attention On God Moments

    SQuire Rushnell & Louise DuArt in their new book “Godwink Stories” published by Howard Books gives us weekly readings of godwinks and miracles to encourage and inspire you in every situation.

    From the inside jacket flap: Building on the themes in his popular book When God Winks, SQuire Rushnell shares real-life stories that are certain to uplift and encourage you.

    The stories in this book reaffirm that godwinks happen to everyone. We just need to learn how to see them, allow them to unfold, and accept them as direct, person-to-person communications from God to each of us.

    As you’ll see, those so-called coincidences that you’d been dismissing so easily really do mean something. And you need to pay attention. They are like unopened gifts that have been placed upon your doorstep.

    You will be amazed to read how every joy, every hurt, and every worry that happens to you has already been written about in the Bible. Godwink Stories simply draws upon the parallel between the stories of real people and God’s wisdom in the scriptures.

    Godwink Stories can be read in various ways. You can read the book cover to cover. Or follow along each week for a year. It’s also perfect to read for a pick-me-up story that fits your need of the day.

    Whether you’re looking for encouragement in a time of need or a story that speaks of joy, there’s a godwink story just for you.

    Why do we need a new daily devotional? Most of us need help to focus our attention. There are so many things that vie for our attention and we juggle so many that, sometimes, we lose sight of what really is important. So we need this devotional to help calm and center us. We sometimes miss God speaking to us because we dismiss the circumstance as merely coincidence. These true stories— from ordinary people—provide: Messages of “don’t give up”, Heartfelt need for love and guidance, Hope in the midst of medical crises, “Just in time” moments, Peace in times of sorrow, Tender love stories and Amazing answers to prayer. “Godwink Stories” is not a time-consuming read. They are only a few pages long and are quick reads but they are oh so helpful to properly channel our energies in the right direction. If we use these daily devotionals correctly we will all be the better for it. It is perfect to give as gifts to family and friends that they, also, will use month after month and thank you for it. I recommend this book highly!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    God winks

    I really enjoyed reading each of the personal stories in this book. They were very touching and makes you realize that God is all around you and guides you through good times and bad, He is our solid rock!
    Thank you for writting this book and for associating the bible verses to each god wink. Well worth getting and sharing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Great Book!!!

    I bought four of these books for Christmas gifts, this book is a wonderful read!

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