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Helen J. (Snider) Kircher

God does not view us as we see ourselves and others.  He looks at us with impartial eyes.  He sees what we could be without self imposed limitations.  His plan for each of us is for the betterment of our good when we place our future in His keeping.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart...”  Jeremiah 1:5 NIV

For several years I sidestepped the “inner nudgings” of the Holy Spirit for me to write a book.  Since I had no desire to write, and I am not knowledgeable in that area, I simply replied, “I can’t do it.”   I then listed all the reasons why it was impossible.  As time passed and I grew in my relationship with Him, I became aware that the Holy Spirit is very kind, as well as patient.  Then the inner nudgings became more frequent, and I knew I could no longer avoid the issue.

One day I knelt by the bed to pray.  I told Him I would try to comply with His wishes.  Once again, I listed all the reasons why I thought it was impossible.  I said, “I do not know where to begin.”   He spoke to my heart and said, “Just begin, I am with you.”

Before I even attempted to write, I was given the title of the book, “The Years of Tears and His Glory.”  I was undecided as to how I should proceed, and so I began to compile the information from my journals into a semblance of order.  I used a word processor to complete my first rough draft.  Nearly a year passed.  I realized the undertaking was far more involved than I first thought it would be.

It was then I learned that certain standards and specifications must be met before the wheels could be set into motion for the book to be published.  I was advised it would be much easier to meet the requirements if I purchased a computer.  Again, this was totally foreign to me, as I had no skills in this field However, I did have two dear friends who offered their assistance and guidance in the selection and use of a computer.  I also enrolled in a computer class.

One day while I was in a local store asking questions about the computer I had purchased, I saw a man I had met through friends, and he offered to help me.  As we worked together, I asked him if he would read and critique my book.

Our friendship grew into marriage, and together we learned the qualifications and standards that must be met before a book is published.  If I had known in the beginning all that is involved in meeting the criteria to publish, I’m not certain I would ever had the courage to, “Just begin.”


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me
when you seek me with all your heart.”

  Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV


In His Name and for His Glory,


Helen J. (Snider) Kircher