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A life revised conversation with former beauty queen and TV and movie personality, Miriam Quiambao

After being crowned as the First Runner-up in the 1999 Miss Universe pageant, Miriam Quiambao was at the top of her game, becoming a household name and an inspiration to many Filipinos. But after a string of successes came a series of events that left her shattered. In this one-on-one conversation, Miriam Quiambao reveals how brokenness molded her into the woman God wanted her to be.

Q: Describe your life before knowing Jesus Christ.

mir12Miriam: I grew up in a religious home, attended traditional schools and actively served in the church choir.  When I joined Bb. Pilipinas in 1999, I was also an active member of a charismatic group.  But when my boyfriend and I broke up, I distanced myself from the community and eventually got involved with new age groups. I moved further from God as I became more successful in showbiz.

When I was 28 years old, I married an agnostic Italian, travelled the world and lived the life most women could only dream of: I had a lovely house with a view of the Clear Water Bay, a nice car, expensive shoes and bags. I was also on my way to starting a trading business. However, on the second year of my marriage, I fell into depression and suffered from a lack of communication and emotional intimacy with my husband. Eventually, our marriage ended. But things did not change. I fell into depression once again and entertained suicidal thoughts. I wanted to get back on my feet and be successful in my showbiz career but nothing I did worked. To make matters worse, my real estate investments, in which I spent my life savings on, turned out to be scams. I was left with neither financial nor career security.  During this time, someone shared the Gospel with me and we prayed to receive Jesus in my heart as my Lord and Savior. Back then, I had no idea that my decision would change my life forever.

Q: What was your turning point?

Miriam: A few months later, I found myself in a showbiz controversy due to a bad decision I made in my career. This left me terribly disturbed. I was deeply confused, severely heartbroken and financially insecure. As I reflected on what was going on in my life, I finally decided to go back to the basics, back to Jesus Christ. Then and there, I prayed to know Jesus more. Soon after I ended my prayer, a friend of mine invited me to a Bible study via chat on Facebook and I readily agreed.

I appreciated how my friends from the Bible study group prayed for me. The more I got into God’s word, the more I saw how rotten my heart was and how gracious God is for sending Jesus Christ for my sins. From then on, I knew that was it. I let go of all my other gods and focused on Jesus Christ.

Q: How has knowing Christ changed you?

miriamMiriam: It wasn’t overnight but gradually, my broken heart was completely healed, my mind was renewed and I came to know my identity in Christ. God also reminded me to honor, obey and respect my parents. He humbled me to eventually restore my relationship with them. When I did not have as much jobs on TV, God gave me the opportunity to take up real estate seminars and my partners and I created a company to recover our investment in 2009. As of this date, we have fully recovered our investment and our 24-unit apartment compound in Imus, Cavite is self-liquidating. My real estate investments sustain me and now I am into the build and sell business of houses. God honored my desire to still have exposure in showbiz and I still get offers to guest on TV and get roles in movies. Now, I also serve by hosting occasionally at the 700 Club. I now know what it is like to be complete in Christ and I continue to hold on to His promises that I will have my own family one day. In the meantime, I continue to serve God through various ministries. God is great and forever I will praise His name for healing me and completely restoring my life. All glory to Him!

 

 

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Saved from Suicide

A life revised story

By Mich Mabuti

Mylene Delen placed all her hopes in her achievements but when she could no longer live up to people’s expectations, she thought of ending her life. Confronted with a picture of God’s love, Mhye learns a lesson that forever gives her hope. In this life revised story, Mhye shares what she has learned since the day she nearly gave up on life.

A Longing for More

Mhye grew up in a religious home. Although she went to church regularly as a young child, she struggled with a longing she could not explain.  When she was ten, she attended a Bible study in her aunt’s house. It turned out to be a memorable experience where she found joy in worshipping God and listening to His Word. She felt that God was offering her friendship and that it was the answer to what she had been longing for.  Soon after, she asked Jesus Christ to come into her life.

From Secure to Insecure

Mylene’s faith journey was tested when she entered college at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños. Overwhelmed with pressure, she thought she could not measure up to the high standards of the university. Mylene shares, “I struggled on my own. Back in elementary and high school, I was used to being loved as Mylene — the consistent valedictorian; I was afraid of failing people’s expectations. What if I failed? What if my grades were low? My mind was flooded with insecurities.”

Soon, her grade-consciousness led to depression. Haunted by her fear of failure, she thought of committing suicide. “The enemy kept on deceiving me, telling me that if I ended my life, I wouldn’t have to face failure. Instead of failing, I could give up on life,” she recalled.

Saved from Suicide

That dark moment arrived when Mhye decided to take her own life. She prepared to jump off a bridge when God suddenly touched her heart and spoke to her. “It was God and His grace that stopped me. Instead of jumping off the bridge, He allowed me to appreciate the beauty of His creation. It was so refreshing to witness the beauty of life from the top of the bridge. Seeing how deep the fall was from the bridge only seemed to remind me of the depth of God’s love. God is so good . . . . affirming me of His unchanging love, grace, forgiveness, and acceptance and turning my eyes to the beauty of life that is in Him,” Mhye recounts. The incident became a turning point for Mhye as she discovered God’s great love for her.

Later, Mhye found herself part of a spiritual family inside the university through Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). Deeply encouraged, her desire to know God and to serve Him intensified. She was burdened for her fellow students who were also battling their own insecurities and were looking to good grades, recognition and relationships for significance. Mhye adds, “I can see all the more how the world is in need of Jesus; He who transformed me from the inside out is the only one who can change the hearts of people.”

The Transition

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After graduating in 2011, Mhye found her calling, reaching out to college students as a campus missionary.  Today, she helps students know more about God and how they can have a meaningful relationship with Him.

Mhye affirms that surrendering her life to Christ was the best decision she had ever made. From being insecure, she became secure in Christ. She moved from being “grade-conscious” to grace-conscious. From hopeless to hopeful.

It is clear from Mhye’s story that the approval we search for can only be found through knowing that God accepts us wholeheartedly. Not because of our accomplishments but because He loves us beyond our abilities. Truly, He is the only source of renewed life through the riches of his mercy, grace and love.

Does God really change people? He absolutely does. God’s Word promises it. And the life of every true believer proves it. If you’re a Christian, your life proves it. Maybe you haven’t noticed how God has changed you, because you’re preoccupied with your weaknesses and areas of failure. Don’t overlook what God has done in you. He wants to increase your faith as you see His work in you.

We live in a world that endlessly longs for personal, physical, relational and political change. People search for change everywhere. But ultimately, only the gospel of Jesus Christ offers real hope for radical, lasting change because only through faith in Jesus can a person’s nature be changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” All other sorts of man-made changes are outward and superficial. Only God can give a man or woman a new, spiritually alive heart (Ezekiel 36:26). Only God can cause a person to be born again (John 3:3-8)

But if we’re new, why do we often act old? If we’re changed by faith in Christ, why do so many parts of our lives need renovation? Why do we still face temptation? Why do we still sin?

The questions surrounding how Christians deal with sin, obey God, and become more holy all relate to something that Scripture calls sanctification. That is the ongoing process of change that begins the moment a person is saved and continues until the person’s last breath. Sanctification is the journey of becoming holy, becoming like God. The process of sanctification doesn’t end with the initial dramatic breaks we make with sin when we first believe – it continues for the rest of our lives. The process of becoming more like Jesus isn’t a “one and done” deal. It is progressive. And it involves our effort. God doesn’t leave us alone in this work; He empowers us and enables us by His Spirit. But it’s still work.

I know I’ll never obey God perfectly this side of heaven. Even though I’ve been changed, I’m still changing. I have a long way to go. I’ll fail many times along the way. I’ll need to repent and seek my Father’s gracious forgiveness countless times between today and the final day – the day when I’m ultimately and forever changed by the power of God.

I’m really looking forward to that day.

Until then, I’ve got work to do. Yes, sanctification is work. But it’s good work. It’s work enabled by the Holy Spirit. It’s the privilege of the redeemed. It’s the great honor of God’s adopted children to work to be like their Father.

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Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

Very personal and narrative-driven, this book has 11 chapters–eight of which are reflections on key Christian beliefs including the Doctrine of God, Scriptures, the Person and Work of Christ, the Atonement and the Holy Spirit. Harris shares the questions, misconceptions and hang-ups he had and what it meant to allow Scripture’s truth to reshape his thinking.

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For those who are new to the world of OMF Literature, aside from all the books that bring you inspiration, instruction and insight, we also have a whole line of fun and value-driven books for kids. Let us tell you about Hiyas 🙂

What is HIYAS?

HIYAS is OMF Literature’s imprint for children’s books. The word “hiyas” means “gem” in Filipino, an appropriate name for a line of books that contain treasures for children. In HIYAS books, readers will discover a wealth of enjoyable stories, memorable characters, imaginative art, and indispensable biblical values.

HIYAS was awarded in 2005 by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for its contribution to advancing Filipino children’s literature. It was cited for its promotion of the Filipino language through stories that had a clear and positive message that instills godly values.

Why choose HIYAS?

HIYAS stories are written especially for kids: some endearing, some action-packed, some informative. Creative illustrations combine with fascinating stories to trigger a kid’s imagination.

But at the heart of every HIYAS book is a Christian value essential to a child’s character development. Illustrated in stories, these essential lessons are easier to understand and apply.

This is why each HIYAS book is more than just a tale—it’s a tool for the parent or teacher striving to build a foundation of godly character and prepare children for life.

Some of Hiyas’ most well-known titles are

  • Mga Kuwento ni Tito Dok series by Palanca Awards Hall of Famer Dr. Luis Gatmaitan
  • Oh Mateo series by Palanca Awards multi-awardee Grace D. Chong,
  • Tomo (Manga with a Message by Jim Kreuger
  • Dopple Ganger Chronicles by GP Taylor

To read more about Hiyas, you can view/download for free our catalog. Click on the pic for the link

You can also watch the Hiyas TV Ad below

Watch this blog over the next few days to discover more about all our Hiyas titles 🙂

 

The Lenten season, particularly the Holy Week, is a time for reflection and self-examination, as people remember and commemorate God’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross for mankind.

And while most people head out of town or to the beach for the long vacation, those who choose to stay “in town” can still go off on an inspirational reading adventure through these new titles from OMF Literature.

For those searching for God

What Good is God? by best-selling author Philip Yancey tries to answer the titular question by going to ten diverse places around the world. Here is a story of grace for armchair travelers, spiritual seekers, and those in desperate need of assurance that their faith really matters.

 

For those who want to know Jesus more

Incomparable Christ by John Stott takes a look at how the church has portrayed Christ down the centuries, how His life has influenced people the past two thousand years and how He continues to be relevant today.

 

For women who want to reclaim their heart

Strong Women Soft Hearts by Paula Rinehart talks about how women can reclaim their passion for life and go on an unpredictable but exhilarating journey with God as they follow their destiny and calling

 

For people who need healing for themselves and loved ones

What You Need to Know When You Need Healing by Dr. Harold Sala (a self-confessed American with a Filipino heart) explores the compassionate nature of God and how people can reconcile miracles and medicine when it comes to healing.

 

For people looking for encouragement

Mga Pangako ng Diyos sa Panahon ng Takot, Lungkot, Kabiguan ATBP by Selwyn Hughes is the tagalized version of Your Personal Encourager and talks about 20 of the most common problems people face and how they can deal with them through God’s Word.

For teenagers looking for a passionate relationship with God

Refuel by Ru dela Torre (best-selling author of Road Trip and Back on Track) is a mix of personal reflections and devotional entries to energize young people while they spend quiet times with God.

 

For kids looking for adventure

Tomo 8: Battle for Argon Falls is the last chapter in the beloved Tomo series and takes you on an epic adventure with a young heroine and her friends as they battle evil forces, and at the same time learn all about courage, loyalty and friendship.

 

For those who want to immerse themselves in God’s Word

The New Living Translation and English Standard Version Bibles are now available on paperback and at very affordable prices.

 

All of these titles, plus many more books of Inspiration, Instruction and Insight are available at all OMF Lit Bookshops, Philippine Christian Bookstores, National Bookstores, and Powerbooks nationwide.

Here’s a short video of other recommended titles for the Holy Week

On the first work day of the year 2012, instead of asking for New Year’s resolutions, we asked our Facebook and Twitter fans what they are most looking forward to this New Year. Here are some of their answers that we hope will inspire you too!

“looking forward to be active again in church. I really miss the convention, the feeding program and I really miss to serve in our kababayan specially whose in Mindanao in Cagayan de oro and Iligan.” by Crystal Cruz

“I’m looking forward for a new level of maturity in my career and personality. I also want to have a fulfilling year this time, where in hopefully I won’t be able to compromise things of God. I hope this year is my year of multiplication!” by Kristine Pesico

“i pray the Holy Spirit will be with me this time as i intend to finish reading the Bible…it could be that the previous year, it was just me and the Bible! i intend to make it a threesome this year…me, the Bible and the leading of the Holy Spirit! throw in a short prayer 4 me…pls! a blessed new year to all then! d;-)” by Bro Rei Vergas Salva

“Looking forward to more of Jesus and less of me! :)” by Gladys Javier-Palarca

“I look forward to being used as a channel of God’s blessing to a world around us that badly needs grace. I look forward to giving up some earthly pleasures to derive eternal pleasures by helping give those living in the temporal (me included) a glimpse of the eternal.” by Joshua Santiago

“2012 will be the year of new things, breakthroughs and answered prayers! 😀 “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” -Isaiah 42:8-9 (It’s going to be about accomplishing greater things for God’s greater glory! :D)” by Mitch Canoy

“This year I am looking forward to a specific ministry that God wants me to be involve with. This could be an existing ministry in our church or a new ministry. I really want to know my calling, and this year may God reveal it to me :)” by Bernard John Relova

 

What else are you looking forward to in 2012?

Do you want to be the best student ever? Then this book might help you achieve that goal!

Ronald Molmisa is back , fresh from the best-selling success of Lovestruck, and this time around, he’s giving the young ones advice on how to not just study hard, but study smart too.

The book includes chapters on Reading, Memorizing and Note-Taking, To Cheat or Not to Cheat, Time Out! Stressed Ako, Terror Ba Teacher Mo, and lots of other useful tidbits, written in a language that young people can relate to.

Want to read the first chapter of Pass or Fail? It’s easy! Just click on this button

Pass or Fail? will be available this coming August at all OMF Lit Bookshops. Spread the word!

You can also use this QR code to download the first chapter of the book

In case you’re thinking of buying new books in the next few weeks, we’d like to share with you the new imported titles we have on our OMF Lit Bookshop shelves*. In this first installment, let’s take a look at the biographies, family books and children’s Bible and books that we recommend for every member of the family

*stock availability not guaranteed due to limited copies. Please check with your favorite OMF Lit Bookshops first

Biographies/Testimonies

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

by Eric Metaxas

SRP: P475

This groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, considered one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, is a definitive and deeply moving narrative and a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.

Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible

By David Teems

SRP: P450

This shared biography of the first Stuart King of England (James I) and the Bible that goes by his name is a study in paradox as he waddles through history, fashioning himself as “the new Solomon” and how the King James Bible came to be named after him. 2011 is the 400th Anniversary of the Authorized King James version, one of the most widely-read Bible translations in the world.

DISCIPLESHIP

Good News for Anxious Christians

By Phillip Cary

SRP: P595

Drawing on his work with college students, Phillip Cary shows Christians that discipleship is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help them live the Christian life “right.” This lucidly written book covers ten things Christians don’t have to do to be close to God. Presenting a time-honored approach to the gospel that is beautiful and liberating, Cary skillfully unpacks the riches of traditional Christian spirituality to bring the real good news to Christians of all ages.

FAMILY

Becoming Your Husband’s Best Friend

By David and Lisa Frisbie

SRP: P550

Whether your husband is a prince or a pain in the neck, the best way to empower him to grow is to experience God’s life-giving touch in your own heart. These inspiring stories and biblical insights demonstrate how that happens and how you can become a better friend than your husband ever imagined. Questions for reflection and ideas for journaling make this a perfect tool for a woman’s personal healing as well as group study.

That’s My Teenage Son: How Moms Can Influence Their Boys to Become Men

By Rick Johnson

SRP: P550

The teen years are a vital stage for your son. But these years can also make a mom feel like she has lost influence in her son’s life. How can you be sure you’re doing everything you can to help your son grow into a mature and responsible adult?  In this book, you will find the encouragement and wisdom you need to help your son become a man of character. With the understanding gleaned from this insightful book, you can positively influence your son’s life–in a way that will last him a lifetime.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE AND BOOKS

God’s Promises for Boys

By Jack Countryman and Amy Parker

SRP: P495

The promise verses in this book are selected from the bestselling International Children’s Bible® to offer comfort and encouragement when a boy is feeling afraid, lonely, worried, angry, dissatisfied, discouraged, sad, rebellious, impatient, or sick . . . and when they need reassurance of God’s protection, love, forgiveness, help . . . and that He listens when they pray. It’s a great way for children to hide God’s Word in their hearts.

God’s Promises for Girls

By Jack Countryman and Amy Parker

SRP: P495

The Action Bible

Illustrated by Sergio Cariello

SRP: P900

The Action Bible presents 215 fast-paced narratives in chronological order. The stories in The Action Bible communicate clearly and forcefully to contemporary readers. This compelling blend of clear writing plus dramatic images offers an appeal that crosses all age boundaries. Internationally recognized artist Sergio Cariello has created attention-holding illustrations marked by rich coloring, dramatic shading and lighting, bold and energetic designs, and emotionally charged figures.