By Penny M Wheat

by Penny M Wheat

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Latest news

My new book, entitled 'Colin's Story- the Hezekiah Years' will soon be going to print.
It tells of his struggle against cancer,and the faith which never left him. His was one of the cases investigated at Stafford Hospital, much in the news for the high death rates and infection levels between 2005 and 2008, when he was a patient there.I guess it's also a (terrific, I hope) love story.
Here are a few brief quotes:-
Contentment is a state of mind which seems sadly lacking in the modern world. Folk are restless; always seeking greater thrills and experiences. Instant gratification. Yet it is a, longer-lasting and less fickle emotion than happiness. Happiness can come and go in an instant. It is transient, fleeting and capricious. But contentment is at least a semi-permanent and at best a permanent state of well-being; -of not desiring more of anything, of resting in the moment, of being secure, warm, still;- of envying no-one anything.  Generally happiness lasts for a short while and is gone. Contentment is more reliable. It’s not lazy or unambitious, but is positive, uplifting. If it comes to a choice between happiness and contentment, give me contentment every time.
One quote about it that I particularly like goes as follows:-

“Contentment is not the fulfilment of what you want, but the realisation of how much you already have.”

Guilt is it seems a common if most unwelcome consequence of losing a loved one. Almost everyone succumbs to it. The lonely hours are filled with remorse and feelings of failure. Why didn’t I do more? Why did I say that? Why didn’t I say that?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Why are these two subjects of special interest to me?

In 1984, I befriended a local man who had killed his two children, and visited him in prison, because I felt God had called me to understand what had driven him to such a catastrophic decision. What happened next changed my life and led to friendships both here in England and later, in USA, where I travelled to see men on Death Row. In 2005, my book about these experiences was published by Monarch.

In 2010, I lost my darling husband, Colin, to cancer, and without my Christian faith, I would not have got through such a tough time. I would now like to help others who find themselves in a similar situation.

My Christian faith has influenced my attitude to the environment, and I believe we are mere custodians of the planet. Thus, my nature anthology seeks to reflect this.