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Oxana Eliahu In her autobiographical novel uses the name Vita instead of Oxana, in memory of her grandmother and in honor of her family heritage.
The Kaminsky family lived under Communism and behind the iron curtain for generations. Vita and everyone she knew thought people who believed in God were ignorant and primitive. She hated being a Jew
and despised the idea of going to Israel. In the late 1980’s, when Perestroika allowed Jews to leave Russia, she had big dreams for success.
Looking for love and wealth, she left Russia for America, but nothing went as planned. Her life was a wild ride—and an amazing testimony to the incredible power and persistence of the loving God she refused to acknowledge. For years He let her live in the messes she made, each time rescuing her at the last minute, until she finally called out to Him.
Vita’s journey of transformation with dreams, wonders and miracles, dramatic relationships, divorce, and death ends with a divine love story that brings her to Peculiar, USA. You will never forget her story!
Many times, after sharing my testimony in churches and congregations, people had asked me if I had the story of my life written in a book.
At first I didn’t pay attention to those questions about the book, but as people continued requesting, I prayed and asked God if this was His idea.
I am like Gideon, always trying to make sure that I hear the right voice. In my prayer I said, “God if this is your will, please give me another direct confirmation. Please let someone say these exact words to me, ‘Oxana, you need to write a book of your testimony.’”
A few weeks later, we did a revival service in Butler, Missouri. I had only forty-five minutes to share and sing, so I couldn’t even share my whole story, just a little part of it.
At the very end, when almost everybody had left, a woman approached me and without any greeting, with no “hello” or “shalom,” she said to me: “Oxana you need to write a book of your testimony.”
Wow! I had goose bumps. This surely was the confirma- tion. I knew I had to take it seriously now.
How in the world could I write a book? I even have an accent in every language that I speak. It just seemed to be a huge giant that I would never be able to fight.
Finally, I pulled myself together and wrote one page of the book. I felt very proud of myself and even showed my
first page to some friends. To my big surprise, they said they liked it, but I couldn’t go any further. It just was too hard for me. I felt like Jonah, who didn’t want to go to Nineveh.
One day after ministering in a Russian church in Oregon, one young lady came to talk to us. She wanted us to go together for dinner. At the restaurant she asked Boaz and me to share a story about how we met, and we gladly told her our love story.The next day she wrote me on Facebook that our story really touched her heart and also gave her hope and encouragement.
Well, I thought to myself, why should I write the whole story of my life, it’s so long and complicated? Why not to start with a shorter story?
I felt like I found a solution. I would just create a love story novel, which was also a great testimony and had a message by itself. I even had a catchy title for it, “How I Met My Boaz and Ended Up in Peculiar.”
I started writing, but still struggled. So I decided to take a writing course online. I also read a book called Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach and signed up for critique writing groups.
When I brought my writings to the critique group and read the first chapter of my love story, they said to me, “You can’t just start the story like that. You have to give us some background.”
I wrote three pages of my background and came to the writing group again.
I read my new pages with the condensed and compressed story of my life, hoping that now I would be done with the background and will be able to concentrate and continue with my love story again. They said, “Oh, this is much better, but we would like
bound: 236 pages
publisher: Oxana Eliahu - Faithful To The Truth; 1 edition (July 26, 2016)
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