How did you develop your writing?
Writing has always been my calling but I have focused most of my life on earning and mothering. I took courses in creative writing and wrote when I could but was never confident that I knew what I was doing really. Breast cancer, followed by other serious illnesses over a five-year period, forced me to ask myself what was really important to me. I prioritised my writing.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It was very simple to know that She Does Not Fear the Snow had to be written and the story was clear because I lived through it. God claimed me in a Jerusalem church, where, as a Jew, I wasn’t supposed to be, and laid an amazing trail of miracles that led me to meet and marry a good man of faith in Atlantic Canada. My story mirrors that of Biblical Ruth. Like her, God claimed me when I was at my lowest ebb. Like her, I declared my faith in the Land of Israel and was blessed with a new husband of faith.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
My family was not very happy, I think, that I was writing this episode from my life. They were against my transition from the Jewish faith to Christianity. Later, they thought me hasty in marrying the man I felt God had for me, just a year after meeting him.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Oh, yes. I have recently launched http://testimonytrain.com, where we hone and share our Christian testimonies. I intend to turn the Workbook for the Write Your Christian Testimony course that I run into a full-length book on sharing your testimony. I am also working on a novel about a young girl who finds she has an unsuspected birth mother, a Holocaust survivor.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I used to have a business in the UK record industry, a service that provided womb-to-tomb manufacturing for indie record labels and overflow for major companies. Its speciality was vinyl pressing. It did very well for more than two decades. Downloads and 5 years of sickness, including breast cancer, killed it off. I was sad but also free to write…
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
I’ve done a number of surface arts courses. I’d love to do a degree in art.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I divide my time between my native UK and Canada. I’ve lived in many places. These two make me happy.
Bobbie Ann Cole’s inspirational memoir charts her personal journey to faith and redemption. Broken by cancer and the failure of her marriage, she visits Israel, seeking direction and new meaning for her life. She has a profound spiritual experience in a Jerusalem church, where, as a Jew, she’s not supposed to be. Her experience there marks the start of a chain of supernatural events, through which God reveals His purposes to her. This transformational story of love, set on three continents, echoes that of biblical Ruth, who accepts faith in the Land of Israel and receives God’s blessing in the shape of a new husband of faith, a Canadian.
‘Filled with humor, warmth and love, She Does Not Fear the Snow is the promise of love after a battle with cancer and the sting of divorce. Bobbie Ann Cole has written an honest, touching memoir which permits the reader to accompany her through a time of healing, self-discovery and faith. Bobbie’s transparency makes it hard to put down. A great read for those healing from their own journey. You will find encouragement here.’ Kim de Blecourt, Author of Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom (FaithWords, November, 2012)
‘This book will inspire you to look for God’s voice in everyday events of life. It will cause you to reflect on past experiences and see how God’s hand led you in the right path. It’s a beautiful story full of romance, forgiveness and coming to faith.’ Evangeline Inman, Author of The Divine Heartmender and Extreme Worship for Songwriters
‘Bobbie’s story greatly encourages us that life is not to be lived or viewed through the lens of chance. Open your heart as you read, and embrace the personal truth that God in His providence will direct our steps and bring us to our destiny.’ Pastor Wayne Flowers, Smythe Street Cathedral, Fredericton, NB, Canada
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Genre – Faith Memoir
Rating – PG
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