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Coffee and Conversation #159 – Who Turned Out the Lights?

Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #159!

"Who Turned Out the Lights?" is the story of a homeschooling mom's battle with her own illness, and that of her son, the lessons that came through that battle, and the resulting victory and joy she achieved. Raw pain...real encouragement...and impossible to put down!


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Did you know Candy wrote a book? Let me tell you about it!

Darkness. I’ve experienced my fair share of it. If you’ve lived any length of time, I’m sure you have as well. And, like me, you can probably recall with more clarity than you’d like the moments that snuffed out the light of the sun. You know them, those moments in our existence that are so forever life changing that there could never be any way to simply dismiss the memory…

It was when I finally (after many tears and not a few pity parties) allowed God to change my outlook from “Why me?!” to “Why not me?” that I was able to receive the treasures that my precious heavenly Father wanted to give me as a direct result of having walked in the darkness.

How selfish it would be of me to hoard those treasures for myself!   

The sole purpose of Hey! Who Turned out the Lights?! is to share some of those treasures with you. It’s my prayer that as you read my heart on the following pages you’ll find encouragement and strength for your journey (p.13)

With these words, she begins the story of a season in her life.

There are times in our lives that we feel enveloped in deepest darkness, with no apparent escape…times that we wonder what we could have possibly done to deserve experiencing them…times that we wonder whatever possible good might come from them.

These are the times that Candy Reid writes about in her book “Who Turned Out the Lights?

This slim volume (70 pages, but also available on Kindle) offers a riveting account of health struggles that she has gone through both personally and with one of her 4 children over a number of years.  Even those blessed with good health will be able to relate to her feelings of despair, discouragement and dashed hopes as she and her family walked through a journey over which they had no control.

But even more importantly, in the form of short devotional passages, Candy describes and shares the precious lessons (“Treasures”) she learned about faith and life as a result of that journey, including Scripture verses that offer encouragement and wisdom.

If you’ve ever had to homeschool through serious illness – yours or a family member’s – you’ll find both a connection to someone who knows the road you’re walking on and consolation in the midst of this journey.

I just wish it was longer…

You can purchase “Who Turned Out The Lights?” on Amazon.

Disclosure: I was not requested to write a review of this book.  I purchased my own copy of “Who Turned Out The Lights?” and, other than a small commission for purchases made through the affiliate link above, am receiving no compensation from the author for this review.

As you read about Candy’s victory over trials and illness, may you find encouragement and strength in your own journey…

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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15 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #159 – Who Turned Out the Lights?

  1. J Rawson August 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    How exciting! I had no idea she had written a book.

  2. Donna Reidland August 17, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Pat, this sounds like a very helpful book. I plan on checking it out as I’m always looking for good resources. Thanks for the review and for hosting. Blessings!
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    • Pat August 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

      Hey Donna! I’m always on the lookout, too. Never know when someone you come across could need it (or even ourselves…).
      Have a terrific week!

  3. Journa Ramirez August 17, 2017 at 4:14 am #

    Thanks for hosting. Have a blessed week! – Journa, visiting from the team at http://www.lollyjane.com

  4. Roseann Hampton August 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! Candy’s book sounds like a great read!
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    • Pat August 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

      My pleasure, Roseann…so happy to have you stop by again 🙂

  5. Patrick Weseman August 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    The book sounds interesting. I might have to get it. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful rest of the week.
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    • Pat August 17, 2017 at 11:33 am #

      I thought so, Patrick! But I’d be interested to know your thoughts, too, if you make your own purchase! Thanks for stopping by this week…

  6. Marilyn Lesniak August 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Thank you for hosting another fun party. Have a good week.

  7. Beth August 16, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    I suppose this is “Candy” of “Pat and Candy” fame, correct? And it sounds a lot like what I’ve experienced over the years too. I have RA and it really impacted the way I viewed my marriage and how I parented my children. Thanks for letting us know about this great gem! I’ll be checking it out for sure, Pat! Thanks also for the linkup, my friend!
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    • Pat August 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

      It certainly is! She wrote this gem waaay back…and I do hope you check it out, Beth. I couldn’t put it down…even tho’ I knew some of it already!
      I didn’t know about your RA…I’ll be sure to keep you in prayer about that. It sure doesn’t seem to stop you 😉

      Have an awesome week, girlfriend! Very much enjoying your study of Galatians!
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  8. Emily August 16, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    Thanks for hosting today, Pat!
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  9. Michele Morin August 16, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    No, I did not know that Candy had written a book. Thanks for sharing your review. It sounds great!
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