It brings me immense joy to share the exciting news that Michelle Dennis Christensen will be present to sign her books at both pop-up Christmas bookstore events hosted by Patella Publishing Services. Whether you join us at the Christmas Gift and Craft Show or the Crazy Daisy Christmas Show, you'll have the opportunity to meet Michelle and ask questions about her profound spiritual memoir, Mirrors of Jesus: Finding Parallels of Christ in Our Lives.
This book has the power to be truly transformative, offering profound insights into how we can encounter the Savior more profoundly in our daily lives—an especially poignant read during this special time of the year.
I vividly recall the first time I learned about Michelle's extraordinary experience as a donor match for her husband and her determination to share this inspiring story with readers. After years in the making, it is truly heartening to witness Michelle turn that dream into reality in 2023. It has been a privilege to get to read this manuscript at various stages of development. Mirrors of Jesus is a work that is both inspiring and reflective. A truly wonderful read!
The truth was sobering. Without a great sacrifice, Martin would die.
When her husband and the father of her children was struck with a devastating illness, Michelle felt her world begin to crumble. Years of fruitless testing and treatment strained their family's nerves and finances. An eventual diagnosis of kidney failure came with the promise of Martin's premature death if he didn't receive a transplant. How could they ask someone for such a huge personal sacrifice?
Though Michelle was terrified of needles, blood, and hospitals, she donated one of her kidneys to save his life. During the agonizing months of dialysis, compatibility testing, surgery, and recovery, Michelle and Martin were struck by the parallels between their current situation and the ultimate sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. Just as Martin would die without Michelle's freely given kidney, all of God's children would die-physically, spiritually, and eternally-without Christ's Atonement.
The scriptures tell us that all things typify Christ, and we are constantly surrounded by mirrors of Him and His sacrifice. In this moving memoir, author Michelle Christensen shares how her family's trials strengthened her understanding of Christ and His overwhelming love. Though Michelle's story is unique, each of us can find reflections of the Savior in our everyday lives. By finding Him, we learn to trust Him more, and we find greater happiness and peace in our individual journeys through life.
About the Author:
Michelle Dennis Christensen connects Latter-day Saint moms and teens with stories of heritage and faith that help them overcome darkness, embrace the light of God, and be a shining beacon in the latter days. Michelle is a kidney donor, an award-winning author, a speaker, an avid family historian, and a chocolate lover, the darker the better.
She is passionate about shining a spotlight on the Savior to share His love and light with others. Michelle likes sharing gospel principles in an approachable, applicable manner and thinks that a Gospel Doctrine teacher is the best calling ever.
When she was in her early thirties, Michelle married Martin Christensen, a widower with four children, and she left her career to be their mother. She and Martin were blessed to have two children together, and Michelle is grateful that all six children call her “Mom.” You can connect with her, view photos from her book, and schedule events at MichelleDennisChristensen.com.
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Upcoming Pop-up Bookstore Events:
Catch Mirrors of Jesus and other literary gems at these Christmas Craft Shows:
Dates: November 24 - 25*
Times: 9 am - 7 pm
Location: Spanish Fork Fairgrounds
Address: 445 S Main, Spanish Fork, Utah
Dates: December 8-9*
Times: 1 pm - 8 pm, 10 am - 8 pm
Location: Mountain America Expo Center
Address: 9575 S State St., Sandy, Utah
*Michelle will be signing books and answering questions throughout the events