i am JOSIAH - God said
There he was in a suit and tie; his smile and blue eyes lit up the entire room, so bright, I could barely see the man. With a twinkle in his eye and a contagious smile, he said, "hi, I'm GW Tolley, and God told me to come to this meeting today." Instantly we became friends. While I knew bits and pieces of his story, it wasn't until reading this book that I would fully comprehend GW Tolley's depth. While attending a meeting, GW asked for prayer for his hearing. At the time, I read the part in the book where GW's mom sent him to a specialist for his hearing. When I spoke to GW about this, I said, I do not think it coincidental that as I read about your hearing issues as a child, you are experiencing issues out of the blue as an adult. I believe God wants to use this. Days later, GW launched a Hearing Impaired and Deaf Awareness Campaign.
"I am JOSIAH" is a special book, several moments in the text brought back fond memories of my childhood. It gives you a glimpse into the life and trials of a man that God has used in so many unique ways. While reading, I noticed a pattern, obstacle and obedience, obstacle and obedience, obstacle and obedience. As the pattern started to emerge, so did a verse that the Lord placed on my heart to describe GW Tolley and what the reader can expect from this book.
The Beatitudes Jesus said: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 3-12)
I would be remiss if I did not continue with the verse in my conclusion. Just as I mentioned at the beginning of this Foreword, the light coming from GW was so bright I could barely see the man. As you read the words following the Beatitudes, in Matthew, you will fully understand why.
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 13-16).
Regardless of whether you have lived an event-free life or have had trials, this book is for you. Allow GW's example to encourage you to face obstacles with obedience and let your light shine so that others can experience the glory of our Father in heaven through you.
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