Our Southern Breeze: We once were lost . . . but now were found

Our Southern Breeze: We once were lost . . . but now were found

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by Daphene Jones
     
 

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As the fraternal twin of Deborah (Short) Hall (from Same Kind of Different as Me), I knew her like no one else could. And the inspiring story I share in Our Southern Breeze is like no other story that could be told: From growing up forever in transition as our family moved from one Texas oil camp to another, to cheating in school to try to win the

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As the fraternal twin of Deborah (Short) Hall (from Same Kind of Different as Me), I knew her like no one else could. And the inspiring story I share in Our Southern Breeze is like no other story that could be told: From growing up forever in transition as our family moved from one Texas oil camp to another, to cheating in school to try to win the approval of my parents . . . from facing all kinds of abuse of a troubled father as a child, to the disappointment of a failed marriage as an adult . . . from the deep pit of depression to suicide attempts, my life was a series of bad situations, poor choices, and worse consequences. My sister saw this, and after years of estrangement, held out a hand for me to hold . . . once again. It was at the Anaheim Vineyard conference in 1990 that God, through the words of a man, promised to send a southern breeze over Deborah and me. Neither of us could have ever imagined what that would look like and how many people would eventually be touched by it.

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Review by Terri Hicks, Atlanta, Georgia “Our Southern Breeze can’t help but strike a chord deep within anyone who needs a do-over at life. Depression is healed . . . broken relationships are restored . . . purpose is discovered . . . tears are dried. Thank you, Daphene, for taking us along on your personal journey of transformation ‘before Anaheim and after Anaheim’ and for showing your readers that our God is truly the God of second chances.”

Review by Barbara Holloway, Austin, TX

“I found myself doing my own life review once again while reading her story. It unearthed some of my own stuff that I let fall through the cracks in my heart and down to unconsciousness. The Lord knows everything, but we can sure hide and fool ourselves to our own detriment. The Good News is we don't have to hide from ourselves or God and when we experience this, life is good! Daphene's life is an open book where the southern breeze gently turns the pages of her faith journey. And what a journey it is. It’s a good read.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983012962
Publisher:
Third Chapter Press
Publication date:
12/14/2011
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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“I need to be alone for a while,” I whispered to her and headed back to our room, not waiting for a reply. I was desperate to get alone with God and pour out my heart to Him. I unlocked the door to our room and hurried inside. Alone, with the light off and curtains pulled, I fell on the floor weeping. I wept for my lost innocence and my ruined childhood. I wept for the love that died with my marriage. I wept for the mother I had not been to my babies. I cried out to God about the pain that had driven me to attempt suicide. I just opened up my heart, right there on the floor of that hotel room, and poured out all of the hurt and sorrow and guilt and bitterness until I was completely exhausted, empty, and quieted.

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My dear friend, Daphene Jones, has written a heartfelt story of her life’s journey of faith, healing, and wholeness. As Deborah Hall’s twin sister, Daphene opens a family album of disappointment and loss to the miracle of unexpected extravagant love. A portrait of family reconciliation, Our Southern Breeze is a must read!

— Ann Platz, Author, Speaker, and Businesswoman,

Atlanta, Georgia

Our Southern Breeze is very real to me. It blew across my family. I felt it. Now you can feel it, too. Daphene and Deborah’s story, sometimes painful but ultimately beautiful, has the power to help melt the icebergs that block intimacy and love in your relationships.

Ron Hall, co-author of Same Kind of Different as Me

Meet the Author

For over nineteen years Daphene “DJ” Jones has run DJ Consultants, Inc., a company that focuses on helping overwhelmed clients utilize technology to manage their time and information. Working with Fortune 500 companies, she has gained a reputation for providing simple solutions to improve efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

When Same Kind of Different As Me was released, many people asked her why she didn’t write her own story about growing up with “Miss Debbie.” She reviewed the journals she had kept and began to see how much Deborah’s life had influenced hers. Mustering up the courage to embark on a new journey, she started the first draft. Her story is about her fight with depression, fear, and attempted suicide, and the amazing way that God gives second chances to His children. This story of learning to live without her beloved twin and of experiencing the amazing restoration of their relationship, along with many others in her family, is sure to inspire. She and her husband, married since 2003, live in Suwanee, Georgia with their precious border collie, Hanna. Daphene enjoys painting, working out, swimming, and spending time with her children and seven grandchildren.

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Our Southern Breeze: We Once Were Lost... But Now We're Found... 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Great story! I love this book!