I Heard The Savior Say

Christian - Non-Fiction
108 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2020
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Author Biography

Minister Sandra Bellamy is a chosen vessel of God, set free by His power. Minister Bellamy has an open-heart and willingly shares the love of Christ and her personal stories of God’s power to redeem and change lives. Having experienced her own pain, suffering and mistakes, Minister Bellamy’s greatest passion is encouraging others to be strong in the Lord, especially women who are suffering emotionally and physically. She is known for opening her home to battered women, and sharing the Gospel of Christ with the men and women of God.
Minister Bellamy is a Business Management graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University and pursued her master’s in theology at United Baptist College and Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. She also studied at the Baltimore School of Bible. Minister Bellamy received her license to preach the Gospel on April 28, 2003 at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore under the leadership of Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Sr. She also serves as an Associate Minister, Discipleship Ministry Trainer, and Prayer Warrior.
One night after the death of her best friend, Min. Bellamy was drawn to her old journals. While reading, she felt compelled to share the conversations that she'd with God during the difficult times in life hoping it would bless others, especially those in despair. The next morning, she began writing the introduction. Within twenty minutes it was complete. In that moment, she knew that it was not her words, but God's and that her inspiration was from God.

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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

In I Heard the Savior Say, Minister Sandra Bellamy gives us an enlightening glimpse into her personal relationship with God. Based on Elvina Hall’s church hymn of the same title, I Heard the Savior Say tells of discovering how God speaks to the author. She recounts existential and spiritual challenges that she has encountered, testing her patience like that of Job. Her high degree of faith has led to the discovery of randomly opening Bible pages to reveal passages and verses as revelatory affirmations of how God speaks to her. This book is born out of her strong conviction that God speaks to us in different even unorthodox ways. The author encourages others to open up to the possibility that God is always listening and that He is willing to talk to us if only we take the time to find out how He sends His message.

Minister Sandra Bellamy writes with such sweeping appeal to spiritual and emotional faculties that this book may well be the result of divine inspiration. She puts God into an intimate and personable portrait and He serves as the driving force that operates in her life. Very few books can effectively appeal to rhyme and reason. I Hear the Savior Say has thought-provoking insights that could tip the balance between miracle and coincidence. Minister Sandra Bellamy’s personal journey is a form of inspirational healing. In addition, it serves as a workbook with a short activity for reflection at the end of each chapter. This book is a friendly little keepsake, a must-read for anyone who feels lost and is second-guessing the possibilities of what the future holds for them. Give this book a chance to open a door on your path to healing.

K.C. Finn

I Heard The Savior Say is a work of non-fiction on religion, Christianity, and faith and was penned by Minister Sandra G. Bellamy. This concise volume focuses on the concept of faith and how some people feel that they do not have a connection to God. Through her own personal experiences of hardship in life, Minister Bellamy explains how she too struggled, but then became witness to her own personal connection to God and the messages of strength which he brings to human beings. What follows is a deeply personal account of faith that aims to give hope to others who may be questioning God in their times of struggle.

Minister Sandra G. Bellamy takes us on a narrative journey into real-life issues, struggles and trauma with true grace and confidence to her prose. The whole style of this short and informative book is bright and friendly in its approach, clearly intending to uplift the audience with her frank and emotive sharing of experience and the way that her belief in God has helped her move forward into a better and more fulfilled life. Christians who are struggling with issues of faith are sure to find both comfort and conviction in Bellamy’s words, for this is a personal experience that transcends and becomes universal in its themes and message. Overall, I Heard The Savior Say is a well organized, well written and accomplished account that is sure to bring help and hope to all who read it.

Patricia Reding

Minister Sandra G. Bellamy invites readers to consider ways in which they might communicate with God—or more precisely, the ways in which God might be trying to communicate with them. She discusses her primary approach, which is to spend time in prayer, Bible reading, and meditation. Often during these times she prays about things of concern to her and then opens her Bible indiscriminately to read whatever text she finds there. Minister Bellamy shares stories of how, after she has looked for God in this way, she has often either gotten His direction for how to move forward, or she has found His confirmation as to actions she’s taken. Her approach reminded me a bit of what I sometimes tell fellow Christians—that I find that communicating with God is something like using a two-way radio. The biggest problem for me often comes when I hold down the talk button, madly pouring out my thoughts and prayers, but then fail to release the button from time to time, so that I might hear what God might have to say in response to me. In I Heard the Savior Say, Minister Sandra G. Bellamy shares what happens when she releases the talk button and opens herself up to hearing God’s response.

I appreciated how Minister Sandra G. Bellamy opened I Heard the Savior Say, with her story of struggling in her marriage, and how it affected her physical and mental health. This is a story that anyone can identify with, as we all struggle with relationships with others, including with family members, and those struggles take their toll. The author’s experiences brought her to a place where she looked for God, which again, many can identify with. But it was the next part of Minister Belamy’s story that I thought was most honest and helpful, and that was her discussion of how, even after receiving God’s help in getting her life together, problems arose, and how those problems were made more difficult whenever she put distance between herself and God. Sometimes, those who search for direction think that there is an answer to be found that will resolve all of life’s issues, all at once, when and how they want those answers to arrive. As made clear in I Heard the Savior Say, that is not the case. However, keeping God close, waiting and listening for His voice, keeps one open for hearing Him so that one may follow God when God is ready to provide direction.