In the Dark by Unoma Nwankwor
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28.
Do you find yourself wondering about the expiration date of your “meantime place?” Are you struggling to hold on when you have no idea what God’s end game is?
Multi-published award winning author, entrepreneur and Purpose Champion, Unoma Nwankwor takes readers on a hopeful exploration of Jeremiah 29. Along the way, she provides strategies to remain anchored during the uncertainties of life. Storms come to move us out of place, but as Christians we must not only survive but thrive with persevering confidence.
Blending undisguised personal testimony, biblical references and in your face realisms, this book shows readers how to push past the stagnation of life’s uncertainties by successfully navigating the dark places, walking the walk of faith with hope for a favorable end, having peace by learning to trust God and relinquish control to Him. We can’t dominate our areas of influence in excellence if we give up every time we hit a rocky patch. This book will leave you equipped with tools and tips needed to help you push through the process by maintaining confident expectations for today and tomorrow.
Bonus: With the paperback, you’ll receive the Light Pearls in the Dark Prayer Journal. It contains 40 days of praise/worship song suggestions and anchor verses that will help you strategically defeat the enemy’s plan of sowing doubt in your dark place. It also provides space for you to write personalized prayers. Record your testimonies in accordance to the fulfillment of His promise.
Reviews for In the Dark by Unoma Nwankwor
Through her unique writing style and approach to this sometimes-daunting topic of “going through dark times”, she has been able to bring such ease to the reader. I found myself smiling and chuckling several times as I read. As you read IN THE DARK, you will undoubtedly be better able to confront the darkness or re-evaluate some of the dark times you’ve been through, giving clarity and sometimes meaning to what you may be going through or have been through.
Beyond that, there is a tremendous sense of warmth that one feels knowing that you are not alone and Unoma gives you that through the personal experiences she shares. You will also find a lot of practical help with how to walk the walk of faith, in this hope that God has made available to us… learning that it’s a process, Unoma calls it “in the meantime places”. My heart really resonates with that because what we do “in the meantime places” can have a huge impact on the outcome. You will arrive at a place of peace, as you journey through this book, learning to trust God more by embracing the fact that it is peaceful to relinquish all control over to Him and finally rest in His abundant love for you.
–Lara Mfon: Business Stylist. Visionary Coach & Founder/Publisher Vital Woman Magazine United Kingdom
In her first non-fiction offering, Unoma Nwankwor takes readers on an exploration of hope through a candid and personal faith journey. Based on the enduring word of God, In the Dark is a reminder that hope does not leave us ashamed. A comfort for every season of life.”
–Vivian Kay, Author of Secret Places & Knit Together
In The Dark is written to reassure, particularly the Kingdompreneur, the one who knows God has given them a dream and a purpose to fulfill, that when you are in the dark about the details, God’s plan will come to light. Nwankwor uses personal life experiences and parallels it to Judah’s journey through exile (Jeremiah 29) along with other biblical testimonies of patriarchs who traveled through the wilderness and found themselves, despite the trials or dark periods they encountered, standing face-to-face with God’s promises. It is a book of hope to those who find the darkness of life’s uncertainties unbearable and question whether they are even on the right path to God’s purpose for your life. You will walk away from Nwankwor’s In The Dark with “confident expectations for today and tomorrow.” You will view the darkness of life with new eyes, not merely seeing it as a dreadful place where we all must sometimes go, but a place where we can and must glow. (Culled from Forward)
–LaKeisha Rainey-Collins, Author of Beautiful Me: Embracing Your Beauty Within
Excerpt from the Chapter “Just A Glimpse”
However long the night, the dawn will break. ~ African Proverb
As a kid, I, like I’m sure most of you, was afraid of the dark. The notion that something big, bad, and ugly would come out of nowhere and whisk me off, frightened me to no end. My parents would always leave the lights on until I fell asleep. That was all fine and dandy, except when there was no light. That caught you off guard, huh? It’s a fact that we didn’t and still don’t have twenty-four-hour electricity in Nigeria. Don’t get me to talking about it because it makes no sense.
Anchor Tip 9: Cease the murmuring while you wait. Others may be going through something much worse.
Anyway, I digress. The light and my ability to see, made my mind believe that I was in total control. Now that I look back, it was kind of silly since if the boogie man did appear while the lights were on, I had no more strength to fight him than if the lights were off. Do you see how our emotions or perceptions can have us living in an alternative universe – believing what is not? On those occasions of no electricity, I endured the night because at least my parents were just down the hall. Nothing could happen to me with them close by. Right?
As adults, our boogie man has changed. We’re no longer scared of the physical darkness or some monster hidden in the closet, rather we’re scared of a dark or uncertain road ahead. A road where we’re expected to keep walking on a straight path when we have no idea what lies ahead. It’s the unknown tomorrow that scares us. Can I at least get a clue? Please, Jesus. Those unknowns concerning relocating to a new city, starting a new job, business, health issues, and storms of life. Or enduring the challenges the new opportunity might bring. If you’re single, will you ever get married? That’s if you desire to. Or something as basic as where your next meal will come from.
Just like with the boogie man and the lights being on, the reality is that none of us are guaranteed anything. Not even our next breath. Even in that other universe we created in our minds. You know the one where we feel we’re secure and are in total control. Errr… wrong! We are not and can never be without Christ. When things get challenging like when there’s no light, pun intended, it is important to lean and meditate on the Scripture as the bedrock of truth.
I know what you’re thinking. “If God would just give me a glimpse, at least I can plan. One small clue, and I’ll be good. I promise.” Are you sure? If you were given a clear road map to what the future holds, do you think you could handle it?
Do you watch the Hallmark channel? I do. Anyway, around the holidays, there’s always some movie about the Christmas Ghost past, present, or future. Or some Christmas angel trying to show the character that hates Christmas what their life would have been had they gone a different route. I’m going to play the Christmas angel for a few minutes. Let’s see how it would look if you had the navigation rights on your life. If the lights were on and you had a clear view to see how your life would turn out.
And the Lord says, “My child, here is your life. At fifteen, you’ll lose both your parents in a car crash. Then you’ll go to live with relatives who’ll mistreat you for three years. After that, you’ll go to the University or College as they say in America. There, you’ll earn a dual degree but when you graduate, that job you want will elude you for a couple of years. You’ll have to swallow your pride and work at a fast food chain. Yep, you’ll flip burgers with a dual degree because at that point, you’ll almost have to beg for food.
“But then, in about two years, you’ll relocate to another city. Once you do, you’ll meet the man of your dreams. But although you’re thirty-two, he is so fine, and you are way past the age that society says you should get married, he’s not My plan for you. I know you will marry him anyway, and he’ll mistreat you every day. But hold on because I’ll send someone else to wipe your tears. This time, you’ll have a happy marriage, two great kids. Your business will have a rough start, but it will blossom. For ten-and-a-half years, you will know so much happiness. Then, at exactly 5:06 p.m., on a Sunday, you will die of a brain aneurysm on your way to church. You will be sixty-six years old.”
Anchor Tip 10: You can’t handle the truth. You either trust Him or you don’t.
Yep, we can’t handle it. I don’t care what you say. We can’t handle knowing what the future holds. I guarantee God knows it, too. Simply because He made us and knows the havoc it would create if we had a clear roadmap. Instead TRUST HIM through your darkness, your process by surrendering all navigation rights. And when doubt or worry comes, as it will because the devil is busy – attack it with praise.
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Every Tuesday, The Anchor Talk Podcast hosted by award winning Christian Fiction author Unoma Nwankwor, brings you inspiration and encouragement on building confidence expectations in God’s word to help you navigate your dark places.Often times we are thrust into periods of uncertainty. We lose hope for a better tomorrow. But there is good news, God has a plan for your life through it all but you have to hold on. Each episode provides you with personal truths drawn from experience wrapped up with Anchor verses from Scripture aimed at championing the listener through their purpose journey in all season.