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Jacqueline Goodwin is the author of Healing in the Vessel, an autobiographical account of the trials she has faced and how God carried her through them. “…God uses your pain to push you into your purpose.” Throughout her ordeals, she clung to God’s promises. God had his hand on her life even before her mother knew she had conceived. The author strongly believes in prayer. Real prayer is not talking to God but conversing with him. Author Jacqueline Goodwin not only speaks to God, God speaks to her. At times, she turns to both prayer and fasting; she turns to scripture and requests prayer and laying of hands from her prayer partner.
Each chapter of this book is a different trial the author faced. The topic of chapter two is barren women. The author reminds readers that Sarah and Hannah were both barren but they handled their situation differently. Her doctor told Jacqueline Goodwin that she would never carry a child; that same doctor delivered her third child. When her ex-husband did not pay child support, God granted her peace and the judge ruled in her favor. While to many readers Jacqueline may seem naive, I see her as a devoted and practicing daughter of the Lord. She turns to her heavenly “daddy” first and he answers. She does not ask for anything she is not entitled too. “Wait on your worthy portion.” The same is true when a woman is dating, “…If you wait on your worthy portion you will get a Boaz instead of a Judas.”
Healing in the Vessel covers many more topics. Each chapter is short, easy to read and understand. The format of this book makes it simple to read chapters that pertain to your situation.