This book, Rise Above, gathers the Biblical narrative of Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14 with Farah Jolag’s personal experiences and thoughts to help guide Christians on the path to overcoming the storms of their lives.
When the world feels unsafe, and the people around us seem bitter, it can be tempting to reflect our environment. When things are not going our way, it’s normal to feel like giving up. We may look for excuses to quit the difficult walk that is leading us towards our goals. When others despise us and commit hateful wrongdoings towards us, our initial reaction may be to retaliate; but we shouldn’t. We should always be unlike those who dedicate their time to hurt us. For every excuse we may think of to quit, there are solutions to get past the roadblocks. When our environment is weak and negative, we need to rise above it all. This book points the way.
“Farah, I truly enjoyed reading your beautifully written book. Truly I know that Jesus was sitting next to you as you wrote, guiding your hands and inspiring your mind, influencing your thoughts.”
“Love how this is coinciding with this study I am embarking on with a friend…I loved reading the book, Farah. It was such good encouragement and reminder…and the prayers and reflection added to the experience of rising above. One of my favorite revelations as I was reading is something you alluded to, but the translation you used said Peter jumped out of the boat. He knew he was walking as soon as he was out of the boat, but he jumped out and didn’t fall into the water…he was on top of it walking to Jesus.”
“Thank you so much for this book. It really is changing me and helping me step out in faith and my comfort zone; making me rededicate myself to God. Definitely something I need in this season. It’s not just a story. It isn’t just something small. It’s huge and not something we need to brush off like it’s another story/miracle of Jesus. It’s a calling for us all as Christians. As life is hard and there will be storms in this life. God bless you and continue to use you mightily and boldly.”
“I had the pleasure of reading the book “Rise Above” by Author Farah Jolag last summer and enjoyed every minute of it. Its a spiritual, relaxing read and encourages the reader to reflect on their lives and continue or renew their relationship with our Lord Jesus. From the first chapter titled “Get in the boat” which to me personally means dropping everything in the sense of all your fears, concerns, anger and disappointments in the past or worries about the future. It’s also about getting close to the Lord and developing a relationship of love and trust. To the ending title “Rise Above” which discusses how we can rise above the waves of the world and together with our Lord be conquerors of sickness, fear, insecurity and any other worldly doubts. There are so many concerns that can seem so overwhelming that occur in the sometimes stormy sea of our lives here on earth. I love Farah’s interpretations and personal touches to this lovely inspirational book. I also thought the pages designed for your personal reflections were thoughtful and helpful and I made good use of them. I just received a copy of her new book called “Rise Again” and can’t wait to read it as I continue my personal journey with our Lord! Thank you Farah for all your beautiful thoughts and inspiration and hope your journey with Jesus continues to be joyous and fruitful and inspiring!”
“Farah does a great job personalizing bible stories to everyday life so that the reader feels more spiritually connected. It really puts the biblical narratives into perspective and teaches you how you can apply the lessons from the bible to your own personal challenges.”
“I enjoyed reading Rise Above. Very inspiring and uplifting book. God bless you Farah for sharing Lord’s glory with others. Looking forward to your next book.”