Phoenix

A Testimony of Faith

Non-Fiction - Biography
140 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2014
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Author Biography

Alice Rovney entered this world in 1973. There isn't a time when she doesn't remember belonging to Jesus and having a relationship with Him. Alice met her soul mate in 1994 and they moved to Northern California where they began their family and started pursuing their dreams.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Phoenix: A Testimony of Faith is an inspirational memoir written by Alice Rovney. Rovney starts her memoir with memories from her childhood, part of which was spent with her grandparents in Jordan, where she was an oddity with her light blond hair. She was always comfortable with her belief in Jesus; something she discusses with the reader, and she felt strongly that God was there to protect and comfort her. That conviction would be tested on many occasions after Rovney met and married Brhian, her soul mate and life partner. They’d be tested after her visit to her parents led them to lose their home and jobs, and later when their second child died in the eighth month of her pregnancy. Through it all, however, Jesus was there to support and cherish her.

Alice Rovney’s memoir, Phoenix: A Testimony of Faith, is a beautifully written and compelling testament to the author’s courage and faith. Rovney speaks simply and clearly, and I often had the feeling that she was here in my room telling me her story. While some of her stories concern the hardships she, her family and her friends encountered, there is no sense of complaint or self-pity. Even the despicable Gary is discussed with compassion and forgiveness. What a resilient woman Ms. Rovney is, and what a remarkable and inspirational book Phoenix: A Testimony of Faith is! Rovney also shares selections of her poetry that are spare and elegant, and well worth spending some time enjoying. Phoenix: A Testimony of Faith is most highly recommended.

Anne Boling

Phoenix: A Testimony of Faith is a stunning and persuasive witness to the author’s bravery and reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ. God is not dead; He is alive and at work in the lives of the faithful. That sentence is the summary of this book. However, I will expand on it. Author Alice Rovney shares several examples of God at work. Alice was in a car accident; she and her family were badly injured and came close to death. She turned to the only one that could sustain her in her time of need, Jesus. The author shares visitations of angels, for on many occasions they have visited her and offered her approval and blessings. I couldn’t help but laugh at the tale which I will call 'the chicken butt.'

The author goes into great detail in this book; each word, sentence and paragraph seem very important to her as if she has been commanded to write in a specific manner. It is easy to feel her faith as it shines through her words like rays of sunshine. I have to admit that I had never heard of the Kawars and found her account of Om Saleem and Alia fascinating. She also shares her poetry. Each stanza demonstrates her emotions and brings out the emotions of the readers. Alice Rovney writes with humility, sharing her soul and sparing nothing. Phoenix shares the Holy Spirit with readers for it emanates from the author’s very being. This small book will touch the soul of all who read it.