New ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book release features local writer
by BETTIE MARLOWE, Banner Staff Writer
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TERRY KIRKENDOLL-ESQUINANCE of Cleveland wrote one of the inspirational stories for “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”
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When her mother called her to say the doctor didn’t give her brother any chance to make it, Terry Kirkendoll-Esquinance said she didn’t panic. Her brother Blu had been in and out of hospitals his whole life dealing with his hemophilia.

Panic came when the doctor told her Blu had only a 1 percent chance of surviving until Christmas, which was just weeks away. And she asked herself, “How could we ever survive this?

As she drove home, Terry said she became angry with God — “I wanted my brother to live, no matter what it took.”

Then she received a call from her sister, who told her, “God spoke to me saying, ‘I am God, don’t ever doubt me”

Terry said when her sister spoke those words, she began to feel God’s peace and to trust His faithfulness. “That night I knelt beside my bed and prayed for Him to save my brother,” she said, “and I felt the Lord ask, ‘No matter what it takes?’”

That, she continued, was her most difficult moment in her life, but “after a while, I said, ‘No matter what.’”

Terry received a bachelor’s degree in education from Lee University. She is a wife and mother of four children. She enjoys writing, teaching and sharing in children’s ministry at the church she attends in Cleveland.

Terry’s story, “No Matter What It Takes,” is included in the October release of “Chicken Soup for the Soul — Answered Prayers,” along with another 100 stories of hope, miracles, faith, divine intervention and the power of prayer.

These stories, according to authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman, prove God is actively involved in people’s lives — listening to heartfelt hopes and needs.

In “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” read other testimonies of answered prayer as true stories are shared to encourage readers in faith and the power of prayer.

There’s B.J. Jensen, who joined a singles group at a church and met Doug — with whom she became good friends, not expecting any more. Now they have been married 25 years and they counsel couples all over the world about answered prayers and heavenly arrangements.

Thieman, co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers,” said they receive more stories than they can use. “This new book features men and women of faith, who celebrate the power of answered prayers in their daily life.”

Read about Jeanette Sharp’s client, Olivia, who became the answer to a dying woman’s prayer without knowing it and learned of her part in a tragic drama years later.

The 373-page book was published by Chicken Soup for the Soul and released Oct. 18. The book series is distributed through Simon & Schuster Publishing Inc. Since 1993, the books have sold more than 112 million copies with titles translated into more than 40 languages. In 2007, USA Today named “Chicken Soup for the Soul” one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter century. For more information, visit