Brief Author Bio
Deborah began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in 1989. She uses her spiritual gifts of encouragement and teaching in her home church. She is also a small business owner of over twenty-five years. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her book. She and her husband have one married son serving in the US Military. They reside in north Florida.
Mission Possible is a unique book in the Christian marketplace. It addresses a subject that is often overlooked and misunderstood. It is a candid look at my struggles and quest to reach my husband for Christ. I became a believer seven years into our marriage, and this book is my personal testimony. It applies Scripture and biblical principles to everyday struggles encountered within a spiritually mismatched marriage. Mission Possible won the 2010 Readers Favorite Gold Seal Award for best Christian Non-Fiction book, and was nominated for the Christian Small Publisher’s Assoc. Book of the Year Award in 2009.
Tell us a little about your background.
I grew up in a Navy family and moved frequently as a child. I married my first husband right out of high school. That marriage ended in divorce four years later. I then remarried in 1982 (to my current husband) and we’ve been married for 30 years. Seven years into our marriage, I gave my life to Jesus as Lord and Savior. I began to grow and mature as a Christian through Bible studies and hearing God’s Word preached. God impressed upon my heart the need to put into writing my journey of a spiritually mismatched marriage.
What inspired you to write this influential book?
I was involved with a local intercessory prayer group at the time, and I was prompted by God during prayer to write down what He was conveying to me about my husband and his salvation. The book was quite literally written while inspired, and without much effort on my part. I typed on the computer as He led me to Bible verses and topics to talk about. I remember writing down the names of the (7) chapters during prayer time on a tablet. I just looked at them afterwards in awe. It was quite a moving experience.
What primary advice do you have for women who are married to “non-believing” husbands?
I think the most important advice is to have faith in Who God Is and His sovereignty. We can’t “pre-package” our spouse’s conversion experience, and God will always do what will bring Him the “most glory”. We also have to remember that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. Our spouse (if unsaved) isn’t governed by God’s Spirit – so we have to release them from that accountability. We must have faith that rests in God and not in our own understanding, or by sight!
What kinds of reactions has the book generated thus far?
I have had great reaction to my little book. Some women love it because it is not lengthy, and they can read it quickly – yet refer back to it over & over again. One woman emailed me a testimony that she was nearly ready to leave her husband, but after reading the book, felt that God was leading her to give her marriage another try. That was very humbling and gratifying for me. I just want to help women see that there is an alternative to being miserable in an unequally yoked marriage.
What’s the main message that you’d like readers to take away from it?
I would love readers to discover that God has a plan for each marriage that is in spiritual disunity. It involves us, but it is always done HIS WAY! I want readers to know that it is a process that evolves over time, that we must not put God in a box, but give Him room to move in our spouse’s life. They need to know that because we are not perfect and continue to sin, that Satan will try to discourage and influence us (women) to believe that our “mission” is not possible – but with God, all things are possible!
Any final thoughts you’d like to share?
Just that I know how difficult it is to be married to a spouse who doesn’t share your love and devotion to the Lord Jesus. I, like many of my readers, get frustrated and disillusioned, but I know God has perfect timing and our best interests at heart overall. He wants our spouses to come to a saving knowledge of Him and embrace a future together that brings glory to Him.
How can our readers learn more about you and contact you directly?
They can visit my website at http://www.Spirituallyunevenmarriage.com.
My paperback book is available on my website. You can also purchase it at any bookstore, as well as through online stores such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
My ebook is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords, and other online retailers.
I also maintain an inspirational Blog at http://www.Godmissionpossible.blogspot.com
If you husband is unsaved, take heart. A man is most likely to be led to faith in Christ by their believing wife. The sacred Scriptures are not silent concerning your role as a believing wife with your unsaved husband. Deborah, has in Mission Possible, expounded scriptures to encourage women to believe God with a radical faith for the salvation of their spouse. She helps women fulfill their role in the marriage for the salvation of their mate. Give Mission Possible to any lady praying for the salvation of her husband
In Jesus, Scott Yirka, Pastor/Teacher
Hibernia Baptist Church Green Cove Springs, FL
A brief outline of this book is best described by the author: “This book will serve to encourage your heart, strengthen your soul, and stretch your faith.” Mission Possible is a detailed, Scripturally based boot-camp for the believing spouse on a new Godly mission – to be a testimony and a representative of Jesus to your husband. Deborah McCarragher’s experience and energy presents the Word of God to edify and instruct on prayer, pitfalls and priorities.
The book is set up to be used as a devotional or Bible study. It has a “Seek and Find” section with questions, discussion and additional Bible verses after each chapter. There are also short clever remarks inserted into the chapters that can only be described as Pure Encouragement! I highly recommend this paperback book for individual or women’s group Bible studies. For those using an E-book, Mission Possible is very well formatted for the E-book with easy chapter navigation.
L. Brandau, Book Reviewer