New Voices: Gloria Furman

By Trillia Newbell

Gloria FurmanGrace. We cannot be reminded enough of God’s amazing grace. New author and blogger, Gloria Furman has spent the past year pouring over God’s word in search for ways she might encourage women about God’s grace in their everyday life.

Furman is a pastor’s wife, mom, and cross-cultural worker living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Besides relocating from the United States to Dubai, her daily life is fairly ordinary mostly spent serving her three children during the day and homeschooling her oldest child.

When the kids sleep she writes. Writing has been a lifelong love for Furman. The moment she learned to write she not only wrote, she kept journals. Her affection for writing has transformed in adulthood to a blog, Domestic Kingdom,  where she regularly writes and edits. Recently she was given the opportunity to once again progress from blogger to author.

Learn more about Furman and her upcoming projects in this Q&A:

Q: Why do you write?

Furman:  I’m an internal verbal processor, so writing helps me think. Since becoming a follower of Christ I’ve discovered how writing fuels my joy as I share what I’m learning about God with others.

Q: If you were to sit down with a blogger who desires to write a book, what is one piece of advice you’d give them?

Furman:  Keep writing! Write every day- writing engenders writing.

glimpses of graceQ: I understand you are working on two books. What are the titles and the general premise?

Furman: Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home is a theological reflection on how our ordinary mundane lives in the home have eternal significance. Glimpses of Grace will be released through Crossway in spring 2013. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full (working title) is a book of gospel meditations specifically for mothers (no release date yet).

Q:  Why is this topic important to you?

Furman: I’m convinced that we need to be reminded every day that our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

Q: There isn’t anything that encourages me more than hearing how someone came to know the Lord.   Would you briefly share your testimony with us?

Furman:  When I was a freshman in college some other ladies invited me to join their Bible study on campus. At that time I was under the impression that I was a Christian because I went to Christian churches as a child and did not ascribe to another religion. I lived as I pleased and gave no thought to God. The ladies in that Bible study showed me from Scripture how my hedonism was grossly misdirected- I worshiped myself, a sinful creature, and invested my life in the things of the world that were passing away. They showed me in Scripture that the true joy and satisfaction I was looking for could only be found in Christ. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see the beauty of God’s holiness and the vileness of my own sin. I was cut to the quick, and though I had never read Acts 16:30 before I heard myself crying with that Philippians jailer, “What must I do to be saved?” Tiffany and Tiffany (my Bible study leaders) taught me about repentance and faith in Christ, and by God’s grace he brought about the work of obedience of faith in my heart. I was baptized several months later.

Q:  When you get discouraged is there a favorite Scripture you turn to?

Furman: When I’m discouraged by my sin I take comfort in the fact that God justified me “with his eyes wide open” (JI Packer). Romans 5 tells us that Christ died for ungodly people who were his enemies. This encourages me in my battle with lukewarm affections for Christ.

Q: Just for fun, what is your favorite leisure activity?

Furman: My husband and I really enjoy spy movies.

 

New Voices is a series on Woman of God Magazine. Look for a new feature each week.

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