The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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August 5, 2011

'A book for true mature Christians'

TARBORO — On the Amazon website, one of the reviews of "Will You Sparkle in the Light: An End of the Age Crash Course in the Supernatural and Spiritual Things of God" ($22.95 paperback) states: "It is a perfect book for the times in which we live."

Author Linda L. Evans hopes so.

"I'm not a writer," she said.

Most folks will remember Evans, 61, sold advertising in Rocky Mount for The Daily Southerner in 2003-06. After being out of work for more than two years, she is back selling ads, this time for the Washington Daily News in the town she has lived for the last nine years.

Most people do not know she survived breast cancer in 1984, which led her led her to Jehovah Raphkah, the God that heals.

"It was a “miracle and the very thing God used to get my attention in getting serious about serving Him," she said. "Receiving a physical healing is great, but becoming all I can be in Jesus and seeing others do the same is the ultimate healing."

Evans said she knew as a young girl she was called to serve God. Her ministry began as a live-in volunteer at the Christian Rehabilitation Center for the homeless in Charlotte. Later came street ministry to drug dealers and addicts in Los Angeles and a deliverance ministry in sexually, physically and verbally abused children and adults, as well as for marriage and family.

She has served as a volunteer associate pastor in homes for the elderly and served for eight years as a volunteer minister at Fountain Correctional Facility for Women in Rocky Mount.

She served on the board of the Rocky Mount Women's Aglow chapter and founded a Women's Aglow chapter in the Fountain prison during the early 1990s.

Evans is a trained substitute teacher, has a gift for art and on occasion does prophetic painting (she designed the book's cover) in her home church. Linda has completed two years in missionary training, received a bachelor of theology degree in Christian counseling and a master of ministry degree in Christian counseling at Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount.

The self-published book contains anecdotes of Evans’ life. She includes some of the notes from journals she wrote about her spiritual experiences during more than 27 years of her life. She said many of those experiences were supernatural ones.

Evans explained what she wants the book to accomplish.

"This is a book for true mature Christians," she said. "It has a lot of things God wants us top learn from his word.

"God wants us all to know where we are falling short. The church is not walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, the way Jesus said we can and should. We aren’t seeing the miracles Jesus said we would see. My book teaches why we aren’t walking in that power, and the things in our lives that are hindering us. It is time to do the work of the ministry and stop playing church.”

Evans, born in Rock Hill, S.C., grew up in Charlotte.

Copies of Evans’ book may be purchased from Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and Cokesburybooks.com. and WestBow Press.com,

You may get in touch with Evans by email at: evanslinda7@gmail.com.

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