As part of the Litfuse blog tour for Grace Revealed, I am pleased to welcome Fred Sievert to the blog today!
Fred Sievert is a speaker, author, and former president of New York Life Insurance Company. Following his early retirement at age fifty-nine, Sievert attended Yale Divinity School and received a master’s degree. Sievert remains actively engaged in his greatest passions, which include speaking and writing about his faith, mentoring young executives, and serving as a lay leader of his church and on the boards of several organizations with missions well-aligned with his beliefs and values. Fred and his wife have five grown children, three grandchildren, and reside in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.
His new book, Grace Revealed, released in January 2018 from Broadstreet Publishing Group.
Trust in the unmerited gift of God’s grace
You can’t escape the inevitable crises that will face you throughout your lifetime. Whether it’s health problems, emotional issues, career challenges, gut-wrenching losses, or other failures, these experiences can destroy your morale and lead you into despair. Some crises may be a result of your own choices, while others may be completely out of your control. Whatever the source, there is a lasting solution that comes to you free of charge from above: God’s amazing grace.
In Grace Revealed, you will:
—Experience real-life stories of others who discover they are not alone and that relief is within their grasp.
—See how devastating afflictions can be overcome through faith in Jesus and His love, mercy, and grace.
—Learn how God’s grace transforms lives and leads you into enduring and rewarding Christian service.
—Be inspired to encourage others who are suffering but cannot seek help on their own.
Read these undeniable, modern-day examples of God’s loving grace and its transformative power, and discover that God is always present in your time of need.
Hi, Fred! Welcome to the blog!
Fred: Apples are less sticky and messy than oranges.
Carrie: You speak truth.
Fred: Summer. Winter can be beautiful, but I marvel at God’s creation of life in all forms – human, animal, plant and even insects. Life is more abundant and visible in the summer.
Carrie: True… but I think snow still wins 😀 lol
Fred: Dogs because they are more affectionate, loving and loyal.
Carrie: Dogs are the best ♥
Fred: Coffee. I’m hooked on espresso drinks.
Carrie: I can barely tolerate regular coffee! lol.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Fred: The power to end hatred and bigotry
Carrie: Oh yes please! We need more of that superpower!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
- The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
- Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
- Confessions – St. Augustine
- Jonathon Edwards: A Life – George Marsden
- The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
Carrie: Mere Christianity is a frequent reread for me!
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Fred: In the early morning (usually 5 a.m.), I write in the peace and quiet of my home office that is relatively small and has no windows, to avoid distractions. A walk-in closet would work just as well!
Carrie: you lost me at 5 a.m. haha!
Q: Why write about grace for those in crisis? Why was this theme important to you?
Fred: After publishing my first book, God Revealed: Revisit Your Past to Enrich Your Future, I made a number of appearances on radio and TV shows and also was invited to speak to a number of churches, Bible-study classes, prayer groups and small discussion groups.
These events often triggered a great deal of spiritual sharing, and I was inspired by many of the stories I heard from the participants in those discussions. Most were in crisis of some sort, and only through their faith and their relationship with Christ were they able to find comfort and lasting relief.
These real-life stories of people who experienced God’s loving and healing grace in very powerful, life-changing ways moved me deeply. I felt that their stories needed to be told to others experiencing similar crises.
If readers (or someone they know) suffer from serious health issues, including depression, PTSD, a history of emotional or sexual abuse, an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or other afflictions, this is a book from which they can benefit greatly.
Because my passion is to impact people’s lives positively, I felt called to write this book.
Carrie: God’s grace is truly amazing ♥
Q: What is something that surprised you the most while researching Grace Revealed?
Fred: In writing the book, I wanted readers to understand that they are not alone, so I hired a researcher to gather statistics on the prevalence of these crises. The results astounded me.
Just one example of many relates to the tragedy of sexual abuse, especially of children. A 2013 study estimated that almost 15 percent of all Americans have experienced sexual abuse. The percentage of women who have been abused is often estimated much higher, at 25 or 30 percent.
If the statistics are even close to accurate, it means that when I speak to a group of 100 women, I can be fairly certain that at least 15 or 20 of them have been sexually abused during their lifetime. That is extremely tragic, and it means so many people are in need of healing through God’s amazing grace.
The book also reveals research on the crises of addiction, depression, PTSD, serious illnesses, chronic pain and other conditions. I am confident in saying that all readers have either experienced such a crisis or know someone who has.
Carrie: That is sobering but true! Grace is needed all the more…
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Grace Revealed?
Fred: Grace Revealed will enable readers to do the following:
- Discover in the real-life stories of others who have faced similar crises that they are not alone and that relief is within their grasp.
- See real evidence that even the most devastating afflictions imaginable can be overcome through a belief in Jesus Christ and by God’s unbounded love, mercy and grace.
- And perhaps most importantly, they will be able to offer support and encouragement to family members or friends suffering from similar issues.
Carrie: A good resource for the world today!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Fred: I wrote an article on retirement for Wealth Channel magazine in 2013 and titled it “Happier, Healthier and Younger in Retirement.” That’s exactly how I still feel because I am serving the Lord and following my calling.
I tell everyone that I view my long business career as a mere prologue to what I am doing today — writing and speaking about my faith.
So, you see, for me, what’s next is exactly what I am doing today.
What about you? What reminds you that you’re not alone in your crisis?