Welcome Wednesday – From Vulnerability to Strength with Lucy Goncalves

Author: Lucy Goncalves

Genre: Memoir

Book: Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within

Able Soul: a candid and raw depiction of life with a disability, discovering freedom with faith. Lucy’s testimony of overcoming CP, a speech impediment, foster care, and sexual abuse will inspire you to find your freedom waiting for you! #Memoir #Disability

From Vulnerability to Strength

Interview by Jenny Fulton

Lucy Goncalves is an inspiring author with a deep faith whose life and writings bear witness to the power and goodness of God. Though her life has clearly been marked with hardship, love and peace flow though her words and writings. I’m very honored to feature this interview with Lucy.

First Question: “What prompted you to write this book?”

“Before writing the book, I felt a bit lost and frustrated, not having my voice completely heard. I felt that I had a lot to offer, especially in regard to my faith. As a person with a disability, sometimes it’s difficult to be taken seriously, as an equal. Through prayer I began to write and started a blog. With positive feedback from readers, I gained confidence in my writing ability which led to the book.”

In Able Soul, Lucy describes how her life experiences of living with cerebral palsy and having a speech impediment have affected her relationship with God. In her book she writes, “Living with a disability gives me a unique perspective that a lot of people may not experience but might be able to relate to. The perspective has helped shape my faith and deepen my intimate relationship with the Lord and is one of the many reasons that inspired me to write this book.”

“How did writing Able Soul change or impact you?” I asked.

“As a person with a disability as well as a speech impediment, it is challenging to be heard in society. In writing this book, I found my voice and a way to encourage others in their faith journey.”

Able Soul contains many great lessons. Some of these are:

  • Although you may not have a perceived disability, we all struggle spiritually.
  • God can turn our vulnerability into strength.
  • The spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, can be evident in tangible ways.
  • Accepting our imperfections allows us to be more open to the Holy Spirit.
  • Forgiveness through God’s grace is a key to true contentment and freedom.

“What do you hope readers come away with after reading your book?” I asked.

“My answer is twofold,” Lucy said. “I hope the readers are encouraged and feel inspired to explore their relationship with God in a deeper way, and I hope they gain a broader understanding on disability issues in a relatable way.”

*One more thing: Lucy is available for interviews and speaking engagements, with or without an interpreter. Contact her at binspired@ablesoul.ca for more information.

Book Blurb for Able Soul

Everyone has challenges. God tests us with barriers. There are moments in life that can make anyone feel helpless. This is the story of one woman’s battle to live a full life despite the difficulty.

Sharing her personal journey of overcoming the barriers of her physical disability, Lucy Goncalves reveals how God’s goodness and faithfulness are reflected in every season of life. She encourages you to invite God into your everyday challenges and to overcome your own adversities with his grace.

Are you ready to embark on a profound journey towards a deeper spirituality with a (dis)abled soul at your side?

Allow Lucy’s Able Soul to help you discover how:

God’s grace allows you to thrive.

God’s spirit can help you transcend your limitations.

God’s goodness and faithfulness, energizes you to follow your dreams.

Come on this journey with Lucy where you can enter a place of freedom walking in the fullness of HIS ability. Her intimately shared reflections and prayers are filled with hope, humor, honesty and healing. Her story is not only an inspiration, it is an invitation to live above and beyond any barrier you face.

Purchase the Book: Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within

Connect with Lucy

Author and Speaker Lucy Gonclaves shares about her memoir, Able Soul, on Heart-Soul-Mind.org

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