Meet author Willemien Venter as she tells us about her book One Hope.
- Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Willemien Venter, and I have embraced the stay-at-home-mom title for more than 15 years. During this period, I believe that the Father has put a calling on my life to release the love the Father portrays for His Beloved Son in such a way that we can understand what the cross really means for us today. I live in Gqeberha, South Africa with my loving husband and three precious daughters whom I adore and love to spend quality time with.
- What inspired you to write this book?
I would rather be asked: Who inspired me? If it were not for the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I would not have had the courage to do something as daring as writing a book. I also remember how my mom repeatedly kept me on track and encouraged me time and time again that God is preparing me to write this book. It is absolutely a passion project with our Father as the CEO of this unofficial ministry. Praise the Lord!
- Can you tell us about One Hope and what is it about?
ONE HOPE helps people to identify the areas of affliction in their lives. They can rest while they receive divine direction for their next step by meditating on a selection of 84 Letters of Grace. These Spirit-filled letters are meant to offer them immediate words of wisdom, that speak life and healing into their area of pain, whatever it may be. It also makes it easier to locate the verses in the Bible where the Lord wants to minister from. The main purpose of the book is to hand the reader the opportunity to look up and see again:
- LOVE – The Father expresses His love for His Son in a powerful and exciting way that will lift you up and inspire you to experience His unconditional love for you.
- HOPE – You will receive comforting words of peace and a fresh anointing of hope as you start expecting Jesus as your open door in the days to come, while fixing your eyes on His finished work on the cross not only as your salvation but for wholeness, healing, and deliverance.
- FAITH – The fire in your heart will be re-ignited by the Holy Spirit so that your faith of grace and freedom can grow stronger as you become aware of the Lord’s presence in your daily walk with Him.
Take heart beloved, for your new beginning is here! Be prepared to be taken on a journey of Divine Healing and Restoration. Experience JOY and VICTORY like never before! Choose ONE HOPE today. Look Up and Live. It is Time for your BREAKTHROUGH!
- Who is your book intended for?
The Hurting Christian Believer who knows what it means to have an intimate relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, yet is facing hardships, and being distracted by difficult situations. One who can even feel that the Lord has possibly lifted His hand of protection and love from him or her.
- What did you learn when writing your book?
The biggest revelation would be the many pictures I saw of Jesus in the Bible and the richness of the cross. Furthermore, I learnt that you cannot do it alone. You need a team to assist you and support you all the way. It certainly taught me a deeper level of gratitude. The words “It is time” grew stronger and stronger in my spirit as I walked from one level to the next in reaching the end goal.
It’s time to follow Jesus because it is time for the harvest.
- What surprised you the most?
Being really busy in taking care of my family, the Lord mostly spoke to me 3am in the morning. He would find a way to wake me up. In Psalm 23:6 David says that God’s goodness and gracious love will pursue me all the days of my life. It became so true for me that I cannot believe anything else. The Lord is faithful and will strengthen and help us – always!
- Does this book describe your journey in any way?
As I journeyed alongside Jesus, in the presence of the Father, I was totally transformed, rescued from my dark pit of sorrow and self-occupation. It absolutely portrays my life, mostly when I was feeling stuck and depressed, but also the many lessons I have learnt throughout the years.
- How did the writing of the book come about?
In Church and at home, believers are taught the importance of spending time in the Word and cultivating the presence of the Father, but only in 2008, at the age of twenty-eight, I seriously exercised the gift of praying in tongues that I received 2 years earlier during a Dektos Healing Course. This changed everything! I started praying with passion and great expectation that the Lord does hear my prayers because of Jesus. Talking to God in spirit and in truth is where my fellowship with Him opened up the heavens and I could “hear” the Father’s voice through the Holy Spirit in the form of Letters filled with His Grace. Since the beginning I realised that the Father not only speaks LIFE into my situations of defeat, but also into the difficulties of fellow believers that also needed the gentle touch of the Lord. Over the years the Lord counselled me and others through his loving words and Scripture more frequently. Then one day in 2013, I received a unique Letter from the Lord. But this time in the form of a picture I had to draw. It looked like a bride’s veil divided in eight sections. As I lingered on the image, I received the revelation to put all my Letters in a book, starting with the 8 Chapters that will flow from the words in the sections. At that time, the title ‘What lies ahead’ at the bottom of the Letter, kept me going until the Lord shifted me into the next season of preparation in 2016 right through to sending my manuscript for publishing on the 9th of May 2021 with the title “ONE HOPE”.
- What purpose do you hope your book to achieve for me?
This book is meant to encourage you to turn to the loving Father, especially when you already have fallen for the enemy’s lies and find yourself in a prison of guilt, stress, and loneliness. The Lord wants you to run into His open arms and to be embraced with His never-ending Agapé-love and to give the Father access to your inner most being to receive much needed comfort through His Holy Spirit. He wants you to have a clear vision into His heart and be restored in spirit, soul, and body. ONE HOPE is richly blessed with real-life stories of ordinary people, receiving extra-ordinary power to stand in Victory. It is intended for the reader to realise that nothing is impossible for God. Ultimately, I think the Lord wants us to execute a positive expectation of Jesus for whatever lies ahead, no matter what! To Abba Father all the Glory! Amen. One Hope is available at the Sela Shop in book and eBook format. Click on the links below to go to to the shop. https://sela-books.co.za/product/one-hope-willemien-venter/