About the Book

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Shirley Faith Touchstone has been on an amazing journey since her son, David, and her husband, Barney went to their heavenly home. After the loss of her husband, Shirley asked herself, “What now?” She realized that God was leading her to present something to help people discover why they ARE here and what their purpose is here on earth. Can they be useful no matter what their physical condition? Shirley’s answer is that we are never too old to serve God. Read (Psalm 92:12–14). She recently heard someone say, “We retire from our life’s work, but we should never retire from serving God.” Being a believer is a lifelong commitment to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A part of the answer to Shirley’s question, “What now?” is this book, “Why Am I Still Here?” Many people have shared their stories to be included in this book. Find one that you can relate to and realize that you are not alone in keeping your story hidden from the world.

Anita Dowty has also been through many tragedies, obstacles and changes in her life, since her oldest son lost his eyesight and another son lost his life in a motorcycle/car accident. Shirley asked Anita to work with her on this book. She gladly accepted. Anita asks, “Have you had the loss of a loved one? Do you have sadness from a divorce? Were you abused mentally or physically?” In this book, people from several different states have shared stories about these problems and other problems such as rape, alcoholism, drugs and murder. Anita encourages you to read this book and find a story that fits your situation. You are not alone. God put you on this earth and He is always by your side. All you have to do is ask for His help. God said that He would never leave nor forsake us. Please pray this prayer everyday: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want…”

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9 Responses to About the Book

  1. Fae Dyer says:

    one amazing book. It will lift the down hearted, the sadden christain to look above and know the reason they are atill here.

  2. John Fly says:

    Anita, Ashley has had a new baby boy.

  3. I’m reading “Why Am I Still Here?” for the second time. This time I’m slowly going through the pages to purposely learn things about each person who wrote a story. All the authors have lived through earthly struggles. The difference in them and some others is that through God they have found new purpose in life. They are now making a difference in the lives of others, living as Christ like as possible on earth. That difference will make others wonder how they survived tragedy and still have the strength to stand up and move forward with a mission. I enjoy all the stories. I hope there is a second edition in the makings!!

  4. Terry Touchstone says:

    I received my copy of the book and just want to say, it is as beautiful inside as it is outside. Easy to read collection of testimonies and examples of how people cope with loss and why they think they are “still here”. Very moving and personal stories and insights into how people can and do go on after extreme tragedy, loss or sadness. Shirley Touchstone uses her own experiences, combined with those of others, to help spread the good news that we are not alone in this world.

  5. Pat Geren says:

    Publishing your first book is a little like giving birth to your first child. The anticipation,hard work and finally its here and you can hold it in your hands. WOW, my prayer is that “Why Am I Still Here?” will find its way into the hearts of many readers. Congratulations and God’s Blessings,
    Pat Geren….long time friend of Anita

  6. Patricia Turley says:

    I’m so happy that your book is almost here. I know you have been anxiously awaiting it’s release. We’re so proud of you

  7. Terry Benefield says:

    Anxious to read the rest of your stories and those of the many people who helped answer that question: Why Am I Still Here?

  8. Kathleen Ehrle says:

    you two are awesome!!! what a great team!

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