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“No matter where you once were, no matter how dark your storm, God doesn’t want you to remain there. Overcoming may not be easy, but it’s possible when you ask your Father to battle for you.”

– Dana Acuri, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity


The Story of Verna Louise Williams OVERCOMING

"Joy Cometh In The Morning"
Book One

“No matter where you once were, no matter how dark your storm, God doesn’t want you to remain there. Overcoming may not be easy, but it’s possible when you ask your Father to battle for you.” – Dana Acuri, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity

Verna couldn’t believe what she was hearing. “What? Say again, please?” “Your pregnancy. How far along you?” “I can’t be pregnant! I’m not even married!” In her Autobiographical Fiction, Vashti Ataya introduces Verna Louise Williams whose story of overcoming horrors of an abusive, alcoholic husband, hardships of a single mother on Welfare, abhorrent Welfare discrimination, and the traumatic shock of a surprise pregnancy with its conundrum of adoption or abortion is a prime example of one’s faith overcoming tribulations. Verna’s story offers genuine hope that “all will be well,” The story of Verna Louise Williams is one of deep faith, unconditional forgiveness, and human kindness. It is a story of miracles and angels. It is a story of great sorrow and great joy. It is a powerful story! It is a human story not yet ended.



 

The Story of Verna Louise Williams OVERCOMING

"The Trees Shall Clap Their Hands"
Book Two

Isaiah 55:12 - "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills hall break froth before you into singing, and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands." In Book Two of the OVERCOMING series, we rejoin Verna almost six months after she signed the adoption papers for her "Chrissy." the baby girl born of her surprising and unexpected pregnancy in December, 1971. Verna's steadfast Christian faith sustains her through the rigors of Nursing School, anxieties of single parenting, and the heartbreaking loss of her girls to triumphantly graduate as an LPN.



 

The Story of Verna Louise Williams OVERCOMING

"Then Do We With Patience Wait"
Book Three

In Book Three of the OVERCOMING Series, we join Verna on the first day of her nursing career, the day after her incredibly exultant graduation night. Highly successful as a nurse in both Orlando's Orange Memorial Hospital's Newborn Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Verna also becomes a most effectual Operating Room Nurse. Her experiences take her from absolute delights to appalling horrors as well as stunning revelations about her past private life. Throughout this period, Verna determines to eventually return to Tucson in order to instigate legal proceedings to overturn her ex-husband's devious adoption of her two daughters. She learns her time is not God's Time, as she must wait with patience for an appropriate time to leave Orlando. God needed her in Florida longer than she realized.



 

The Story of Verna Louise Williams OVERCOMING

"The Valley of the Shadow"
Book Four

“Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up from the depths of the earth.” – Psalm 71:20 “O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad.” – William Shakespeare

Vashti Ataya is excited to present Book Four in her Autobiographical Fiction Series, “The Story of Verna Louise Williams, OVERCOMING.”

Book One, “Joy Cometh In The Morning,” introduced Verna and her girls as Verna fled a horrendous marriage in Arizona to relocate in Florida, navigate the maze of Welfare, and endure a baffling high-risk pregnancy. Book Two, “The Trees Shall Clap Their Hands,” took Verna through strict Nursing School, ordeals of Welfare, the distressing loss of her girls via her ex-husband’s deceit, and a triumphant graduation. Book Three, “Then Do We With Patience Wait,” followed Verna through her nursing functions in Orlando’s Orange Memorial Hospital as she cared for newborns, was chosen as an OR Nurse, an unparalleled honor for an LPN, and returns to Arizona.

Book Four, “The Valley Of The Shadow,” follows Verna as she literally walks through “The Valley of the Shadow.” Deeply repressed demons of trauma pull Verna into her “Dark Night of the Soul.” Her solid Christian foundation leads her through “The Valley” into her soul’s light once more. She continues to overcome obstacles as Angels along her way lead her. Hers is a story of deep sorrows as well as delights, always undergirded by her deep faith. Her story continues.



 

The Story of Verna Louise Williams
OVERCOMING

"My Heart Greatly Rejoiceth"
Book Five

“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” – Psalm 37:4

Vashti Ataya, author of “MEMORIES, Chronicles of a Grateful Life,” is delighted to present her Autobiographical Fiction series, “OVERCOMING, The Story of Verna Louise Williams.” Books One through Four introduced Verna and her two young daughters, Veronica and Susanna. Those books followed Verna’s journey from fleeing an abusive marriage in Tucson to settling in Orlando, enduring rigors of Welfare, an inexplicable, high-risk pregnancy, nursing school, success of becoming an OR Nurse, a heartbreaking loss of her girls via deceit, the nightmare of catatonia, and her second dismal marriage.

Book Five, the final book of the series, joins Verna as she and her new husband arrive in Seattle. It is in Seattle where Verna begins to really bloom and “the desires of her heart” are fulfilled. Triumphantly, Verna overcomes trials and tribulations through her deep Christian faith. Hers is a story of marvels, miracles, and dreams achieved. Her story is compelling and powerful. Her story is one of victory. Her story is a human one, not yet completed.

“Throughout her journey of challenges and victories, with strength found in love and faith, Verna finds joy…strong, attention-grabbing chapter titles…creative, well written…a powerful introduction…a strong connection with the reader…brilliant description and detail, creating beautiful imagery.” – Salem Author Services