S5:E24 | Donna VanLiere

December 22, 2021

Redemption Is Drawing Near  

 Cedarville alumna Donna VanLiere loves Christmas. As a mom and wife, it’s a special time for her with husband Troy and their three children: Grace, Kate, and David.  

Christmas holds a special place for another reason: as a New York times and USA Today bestseller, many of her novels have a Christmas-based story. Six of her titles have made the transition to television, including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing.  

As much as she loves Christmas, and her name is associated with this most miraculous time of year, she also has a desire to understand and share with others that the first advent was just the beginning. In The Time of Jacob’s Struggle, which was published last year, she takes a close look at the Bible’s teaching on the Second Coming.  

While the past year and a half has been a time of increased anxiety in the world over COVID-19 and many other troubles, Donna finds hope and comfort in the fact that God is still the keeper of promises made long, long ago. When Jesus said He would return, He meant it, and this should be the foundation for our security more than any earthly hope.  

“Jesus said there would be pandemics, and there would be plagues,” Donna shares during the podcast. “But He also said, ‘When you see these things begin to happen, lift up your head, look up, because your redemption is drawing near.’” 

Donna and her family were featured in the spring 2018 issue of Cedarville Magazine in the article “Chosen and Grafted Together.” In the story, Donna shares how she and Troy adopted their three children from China and Guatemala. 

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