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Local author shares stories of hope in book

Rhea will sign copies Friday at Books on First

DIXON – Rebecca Rhea’s story is so overwhelming she had to share it.

From a reunion with her biological parents to her husband’s sudden recovery from a debilitating back injury, Rhea, of Dixon, writes about how her family’s continued faith in God led to a handful of life-changing events for the better in “Great is His Faithfulness: True Stories to Build Your Faith.”

The book is written chronologically starting with Rhea’s childhood to present day and includes Bible passages to reflect on the events she shares.

Rhea, 48, takes readers into her family’s darkest hour, as her husband Danny is almost paralyzed after a car accident that disabled him for 6 years, leaving the family financially strapped and searching for answers.

The adopted author also takes readers through her challenging search for her biological parents and the emotions behind it.

In each case, God holds the answers for Rhea, leading up to the meetings with her biological parents and the crusade at Chicago’s United Center where her husband was healed.

Rhea, a mother of five ranging in age from 11 to 24, wants readers to feel a sense of hope after reading.

“I hope people are encouraged,” Rhea said. “Whatever they are going through that at some point, whether something financially or physically, what God has done for us, he can do for anyone.”

After what she and her family had been through, Rhea was compelled to share her story.

“God spoke to me and told me to write this book,” Rhea said.

Since this is her first crack at book writing, Rhea, who was home-schooled, faced another challenge in writing it.

She used journals she kept from when she was 16, but still the project took her about 2 years to finish.

“I’m excited to have it in print and share it,” said Rhea, whose family attends Crossroads Community Church in Polo. “Jesus has done so much in our lives that I’m thrilled to share these stories with you.”

Touching several times on the topic of adoption, Rhea feels those who were adopted may find some guidance in the book and how she found closure.

“I needed to put together the pieces,” Rhea said. “I was able to answer all those questions that ran through my mind.”

Rhea said all proceeds from the book go into a fund to help orphans get into Christian homes in the United States.

Book-signing Friday

Rebecca Rhea will be signing copies of her book at 5 p.m. Friday at Books on First, 202 W. 1st St. in Dixon. Copies are available at the store for $13.95. Rhea can be reached at for copies or for inspirational speaking events.

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