It’s not every day that one gets an unmistakable and unexpected request from God. This book is such call. One sunny afternoon, while on pilgrimage in Medjugorje back in 2002, I was relaxing on my pension bed, talking to my traveling companion, wondering aloud whether it was my idea or God’s spurring me to scribble embarrassing snippets of my life onto torn scratch paper and throw them into a big cardboard box marked “Autobiography.”
I wasn’t exactly asking a question and certainly didn’t expect an answer. But with a clear message that at once enflamed and convicted my heart, God said, “It’s me! It’s me! I’ve been the One asking you to write a book. Remember, you gave your life to me.’” Shaken, I thought back to how, shortly after my conversion, I had prostrated myself before the altar at the New Camaldolese Monastery in Big Sur, California, and, when no one was looking, told God aloud, “Lord, I give you all of me. You gave me back my life, and now I give it back to you. It is yours. Do with it as you please.”
Then he spoke again: “Your time is not your own. This book will help save souls.”
The book Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary’s Intercession is now available through Ave Maria Press. See www.christinewatkins.com for more details and to see a video about the book.
I believe what you say.I love Mary and Jesus,too.I love Medjugorje!
I have never been to Medjugore, however, I believe the Blessed Mother is truly present and appearing to the visionaries. I have seen the fruit of the spirit, firsthand, from those having witnessed Medjugore. I have heard and read most of the stories since the beginning. The other day, someone approached me and wanted to know if there is a group that supports young teenagers to go to Medjugore? I told her that I was not aware of such. She explained how this one, young 16 yr. old had a great change in his life over the past year and that in two weeks a trip was being planned to Medjugore and it was $1,400 with the Students from Ave Maria Law School here in Florida, but he didn’t have the funds to go. The pringcipal of the Catholic School would even give a letter of recommendation. I prayed with her and said that if God wanted him to visit Medjugore, then the funds would be available. The principal said that he has the capability of being a great leader. So I am asking if you know of any groups that sponsor young people with potential to be great witnesses for Christ. Had I $1,400.00 to my name, I would have gladly given it. My contribution has to be prayer for Daniel.
I just finished reading FULL OF GRACE and truly it was God-inspired writing. Thank you Christine, for this is a fabulous book where my heart opened even more to the ‘supernatural loving God’ that made us all. As I read each testimony, I became emotionally drained as I ‘lived in their shoes’ through the compassion I felt in my heart for these people. It brought me to many tears for them and also for myself as their life stories brought back so many memories where I too had been saved by our loving, supernatural God. I began to thank God and praise God for saving our souls.
P.S. to the above by Judith – I also realized and had confirmation from God through this book that many people were not ‘healed’ on earth but were taken in their state of misery from this life and Jesus was healing them in the eternal life. My brother is one of them. They had suffered their portion and loved in their hearts and God wanted them at that point and I can say for sure that this is a test for the loved ones on earth. Do we abondon our faith and love for God or do we know that our loved ones are being healed by Our Savior. I know, I believe.
I, too, will pray for Daniel, and if I come across any groups or a person willing to sponsor a young person, I will definitely let you know. There is one person who comes to mind, whom I could ask, and I’ll let you know if the response is positive!
God bless you,
We must do everything We can, to help the youth in these turbulant times. We must pray The Holy Rosary everyday. Blessed Mother needs our prayers to help defeat Satan, for his power is strong but his time is running out… The youth is extremely vulnareble
In case you are interest, I’m doing the 15 prayers of St Bridgete below there is a website of the 15 prayers it must be recited daily for 365 days with out missing a single day. Our Lord gave many promises to those who recite these prayers for the course of a year(without missing a single day), many people have benefit greatly…..remember Our Lord does not breaks his promises so far I’ve been doing them for 5 months, I’ll be honest with you, sometimes I do not feel like reciting the prayers but I do it..and specially now that we live in a world full of danger Our Lord Promises his special protection to those who recite these beautiful prayers….If you ever saw the passion of christ by Mel Gibson you will understand these prayers.
God Bless Everyone.
What a powerfully moving book! Full of Grace sings the triumphant hymn of what Our dear Lord’s Divine Mercy longs to accomplish in all His children. As a founder of a new male religious community, I highly recommend Full of Grace as a must-read to all who seek to enroll in Our Lady’s “School of Holiness.” Thank you, Christine, for writing this book! Praised be Him Who is our Prince of Peace and Lord of Love and Mercy!