Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Write to the Point with Ada Brownell October 24, 2012

 This week we get write to the point with Ada Brownell.

ADA BROWNELL is the author of Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, and Confessions of a Pentecostal (Gospel Publishing House, out of print but recently released as an e-book. She has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and sold approximately 275 articles and fiction stories to 45 Christian magazines. She also is a retired journalist from The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. She and her husband, Lester, have five children—one of them in heaven.


Swallowed by LIFE:

Confessions of a Pentecostal:


Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I was born in Fruita, Colo., the eighth child of a family recently escaped from the Kansas dust bowl and the Great Depression. Our little 10-acre farm was surrounded by beautiful red mountains and the valley was peach country. But we were so poor my daddy and oldest brother worked 12 hours for $1 a day shoveling coal from railroad cars onto trucks. Then God sent witnesses to my siblings and one by one our family gave their lives to the Lord. The house was full of joy and singing. I learned early God loved me and had a plan for our lives. The gospel changed our family. Two of my brothers, Joe and Virgil Nicholson, worked their way to their doctorates and taught at Evangel University. The other brother, Everette, became a pastor.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

In the 1940s, the church was expecting Jesus to return at any moment because of prophecies being fulfilled. Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones burst to life and Jews from all of the world headed for Jerusalem and Israel became a nation in 1948. I caught the excitement and at age 5 while the pastor was preaching I thought I saw Jesus coming in the sky beyond the stained glass windows. As soon as the pastor gave the altar call, I ran to the altar and gave my life to the Lord.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

Here’s my short summary of Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal: Do you know evidence shows we’re more than a physical body?” It doesn’t seem like such a  mystery when you look at the evidence; the wonder of life with all its electrical systems; the awesome truth about cell death and regeneration where our body is constantly dying and being rebuilt cell by cell, replacing our skeleton every seven years; think about how we started in the womb, how we gain and lose weight, how parts can be cut away, even some of the brain, and we can have another person’s heart put in us and we’re still the same person; the wonder and  mysteries surrounding the change from mortal to immortal; where we go when our body dies; resurrection; and a glimpse at what we will do in heaven. Questions and answers make this non-fiction inspirational book a great text for group study. It’s also written for support groups, religion classes, people with chronic or terminal illness, individuals who fear death or are curious about it, the grieving, and those who give them counsel.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

My blog is I blog once or twice a week. The subtitle is “Stick-to-your-soul-encouragement.” I have many authors as guests and often discuss writing, but I and my guests also contribute articles and devotions on subjects that affect us all.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

The Bible is still tops. We know nothing can compare. I’ve reviewed nearly 50 novels for ACFW authors and I found something great in them all. I hate to single out one author, because so many of the books were wonderful.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

When one of my husband’s co-workers bumped him off his railroad job, we ended up in Thompson, Utah, population 100, in the middle of the Utah desert. No church. No friends. No family. Rotten shack to live in with an outhouse. No grocery store, but four bars. I had to buy milk in a bar. We traveled 38 miles to church on Sunday evenings because my husband worked Sunday mornings. It took months of misery before God did a work in me. I told the Lord if He would send me a helper, I would start a Sunday school in that town. In less than a week God sent a wonderful young woman my age, we were acquainted, and received permission to meet in the schoolhouse. All the children enrolled, and there was an impact on families as well. At home (90 miles away), I had been the church youth leader and quite active. But because I was sent to the desert, I began writing seriously (I’d sold fillers before), took a writing course, and began selling to Christian publications. I’m still amazed that’s where I became interested in being a newspaper reporter and I did find news there.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29-31).

Where can we find you on the web?


Swallowed by LIFE:

Confessions of a Pentecostal:


Twitter: @adellerella

Thank so much for sharing with my readers, Ada.

Readers, Ada is giving away a copy of her book to one commentator, paperback or ebook. Just leave a comment for her by October 30 at 5:00 pm.


2 Responses to “Write to the Point with Ada Brownell”

  1. Alyce Says:

    Ada, thanks for sharing with all of us. I would love to win your book.

  2. […] with Ada Brownell. Ada has visited a couple of times before. You can read her previous interviews here and here. Read on to see what she’s up to […]

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