The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope
James A. Toups
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted here on Canadian Catechist. Why? Because I’ve been dealing with a “Storm” of my own. Some of it has come from outside of myself, and some of it has come from inside of myself. The truth is that all of us go through different “Storms” of our own. We can let our own personal “Storms” destroy us, or we can choose to use them as stepping stones to sanctification and a closer relationship with God. James Toups chose the latter.
James Toups gives a very personal testimony of his personal storms in his latest book “The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope“. I don’t usually do book reviews on here, but James is such a great example of what a Catholic man should be that I really thought I should do a review. I really want my readers to meet the man I know as Jay. He is cool and calm under pressure, and now I know why. Everyone should read his book and learn from a man who has lots of experience dealing with the “Storms” of life.
James shares his experiences of growing up in the Deep Cajun South of Louisiana. He shares with us his experiences as a son, father, grandson, and grandfather. He shares his experiences with life and death. We hear about the deep faith of nuns, teachers, and family members throughout his personal account.
There are real “Storms” in the book also. Jay and his family had to face and evacuate because of Hurricane Camille and Hurricane Katrina. At every turn, Jay turned to God! Jay trusts in God’s Providence and in His plan. No matter how bad things got, Jay turned to God! We can all learn from Jay.
Today, more than every, we NEED Hope! James Toups shares some of his hope with us in this wonderful book “The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope“. We are living in the midst of a “STORM” right now! How are we going to deal with the “STORM” that’s coming? Jay has the answer, we must turn to God and ask for His mercy. No matter how bad things get, we must KNOW that God is in control! God will allow really “bad stuff” to happen, but He will ALWAYS draw good from it in His way. Jesus I trust in THEE!