A large portion of Christians today come to faith, full of excitement and hope, but they then engage in a superficial Christian walk. As time passes, and hard times ensue, they are unable to process what they are going through, and as a result, many ultimately walk away from their faith. Love Echoed Back is a testament to the fact that if Christians will trust in the promises of God, seek a close relationship with Jesus, and do the work of deep self-reflection when difficult times hit, they will discover how to walk in God’s will, fulfill the true purpose for their lives, and find the peace and comfort they seek.
His actions are in response to our actions. Relationship with Christ is reciprocal. Love Echoed Back will take people through the Christian walk in high definition and back it up with the Bible itself –no tricks, no formulas, just truth. Find inspiration in this emotional account of how God took one life, filled with fear, pain, and disappointment, and transformed it through His love, mercy, and grace.
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Senior Pastor, Believer’s Church – Suffolk, Virginia
Perhaps one of the greatest myths that permeates the minds of those who follow Jesus is “Christians are supposed to be happy and life is supposed to be easy.” When you say yes to Jesus, everything just goes better, the sun comes out, the gentle breeze is always at our backs, and the smiles on our faces are hard to wipe off. I’m not sure where this myth came from or why it is so widely accepted as truth, but I do know that many have concluded that Christianity doesn’t work when their lives take an unwelcomed turn.
The truth is, life is hard. It’s hard for those who follow Jesus, and it’s hard for those who don’t. For those who choose to go through life with Jesus, however, they can be sure that He will never leave them, even when times are tough.
As a pastor, I have watched countless people start following Jesus only to find that their problems did not go away automatically. I have seen the shell-shocked look on people’s faces as they have encountered unexpected tragedies and difficulties. I have lost count of the number of people who have decided that following Jesus simply isn’t worth it, and they have walked away from their faith and the church.
I’m excited to have this book, Love Echoed Back, to pass on to those who are struggling to follow Jesus when life is hard. It contains the story of Elaine Lankford, a member of my church, and one of those people who has chosen to follow Jesus through life even when it’s messy. Although her plans in life were carefully planned out and executed, when she found herself confronting problem after problem, including in her professional and family life, rather than give up, she clung to her faith more tightly than ever.
In this book, you will not only discover that you aren’t alone in your struggle, but Elaine has also captured valuable lessons learned and insights into faith and God’s character that will encourage you in your own journey. I’m excited to recommend this book to you. I hope in reading it you will make the decision to not give up on your faith when you enter the storms of life.
Many times when faced with a defining moment in life, a person has the choice to either be defeated or to look for the deeper aspects of the silver lining. Elaine has chosen the latter. She has delved into the heart of Jesus while experiencing true heartache. She has taken the opportunity to grow and see the best aspects of our Lord, even in the hardest of situations. Jesus tells us in Scripture that if we love and obey Him, we will know the very heart of God. Elaine’s story allows God to reveal how much He loves her (and us) and how He has shown His heart to her. This is a wonderful journey that Elaine has allowed us to walk with her. Blessings!
I enjoyed the kindle edition of this book so much I read it twice. It is a fairly quick read filled with scripture and pearls of wisdom gained during an unfounded attack on the author’s character and professionalism. Elaine shares how God used the stripping away of worldly security to refine her values and strengthen her faith walk as she had no choice but to rely on Him day by day. Ultimately, like biblical Job, God more than restored everything lost. Readers are reminded that as we go through life’s challenges, trusting in God alone, he is faithful and will indeed work all things together for our good.
Elaine Lankford has captured the essence of prayer in her book Love Echoed Back: I Cried Out; He Answered. Love Echoed Back is perceptive and definitive in its recognition of the asking of and praising of God. Ms. Lankford’s personal experiences are representative of issues that many people deal with, and the scriptures she uses are very depictive of how the Bible covers all matters through all time. I have already referenced Love Echoed Back on more than one occasion to calm down, seek a quiet place, and pray.
Love Echoed Back is Elaine’s story of how God carried her through a time of tremendous adversity and pain, and how He taught her a new level of faith and intimacy with Him during that time. It is an excellent book, and helped me in my growth as a servant of Christ. Elaine writes in a humble, easy, and loving style that invites you into her very honest account of how God used adversity to work His Will in her life.
This book is illustrative of the pitfall many of us Christians fall into sometimes; the one of believing that we have to do it all alone. Elaine takes us through her own discovery of how “letting go and letting God” can be freeing, and nobody can handle it better than God himself. I felt her anguish and complete loss of control and then her exhilaration and happiness when she returns to her trust in her God. It is an easy concept, but one that is easily overlooked in trying times. It helps to be reminded of this now and then, and Elaine does that very succinctly.
I really enjoyed reading Love Echoed Back. I love the conversational approach and how the author allows the reader to walk side-by-side with her through her journey. I love how scripture permeates the book and is the cornerstone for every decision made and everything experienced. One of my favorite “quotable quotes” is the observation she made about how medicine has made such great strides in helping our bodies live longer, with little attention to the soul and spirit. I know the Lord is going to use this book to make a difference in the lives of others!
Occasionally, I get my hands on a book that speaks to me…one that I feel like God had someone else pen, just for me. “Love Echoed Back” is one of those books. If you are a Christian woman who’s up on the mountain top, down in the valley, or somewhere in between, Elaine Lankford’s writing will hit home. This is a book that I will share with my friends who are going through trials, who need to know they are not alone in their suffering, and who need words of encouragement. Ms. Lankford’s writing is beautiful, honest and raw. I recommend this book to ANYONE who needs to know that God listens, He hears, and He will answer.
If you have read the book and want to do a review, feel free to go to Amazon or BarnesandNoble and write one yourself! You can also leave one by using Elaine’s CONTACT page! She looks forward to hearing from you!