Guest Blogger, Tammy Gould is here today to share her powerful testimony with us. So glad you all are here and we hope you stick around to chat for a bit.
Tammy, can you tell us about yourself?

I am a 37 year old mother of 2 children ages:  17 and 12. I homeschool both of them and have been for about 5 years. I am also an Army Wife for the past 17 years. I have been married to my school sweetheart for 17 years, and we have known each other for 27 yrs.  I am going to college for Forensic Psychology.  When I am not teaching, working on homework I love to read books, I just started my blog about book reviews in May. I never thought of doing this type of blog until I happened on a friend’s blog. She is a writer and has her own blog. I then went to various blogs from her’s and saw other people reviewing about books. It seemed rather fun so I decided to try and I am loving it.

You can find Tammy online here:

Blog: News and Reviews from the Heart of the Dragons Den 
Facebook: Find Tammy on Facebook        
Twitter: reviewdragonden 

So, let's chat. What achievement in your life are you most proud of? 

The achievements in my life that I am proud of are: Being a wife and mother.       
What genre of books do you like to read and why? 

The type of genre of books I like are mystery, suspense. I like having to try and figure out the whodunit. 

Mysteries and inspirational romance are my favorites. Print books or eBooks: which do you prefer? 

I was into print books just because I don’t like having my computer on me all the time, but I just got a kindle for my birthday and I’m loving ebooks now!

Me too, I just got a kindle a few months ago and enjoy it. We'd love to hear your testimony. 

I had a hard time choosing between all the choices that I was given. I will choose this one. I will tell you, my testimony is not for the weak at heart. It is raw and truthful and I’m not sure how others will feel about it.  So here we go: 3 years ago (Almost 4 now in Oct it will be 4 yrs) I woke up from a surgery paralyzed from the waist down and whenever I tried to move my hands they would not work the way I wanted them. 

It was the scariest time in my life! I woke from having a 10 hour surgery that was supposed to last maybe 4 hours long! I had a doctor come in a neurologist come in and say that I was faking that I couldn’t move my legs and I was just to lazy to get out of bed. So, the doctors had me lay in bed for 2 weeks before they would listen to me, in those 2 weeks I developed blood clots. When they decided that I wasn’t lying they had me try and stand up and walk, I couldn’t do either. I was in rehab for a month and it took me 2 years to relearn how to walk, I have nerve damage to my right leg, where I cannot feel anything from the knee down and cannot move my foot. I have had many, many tests and no one can figure out how I got the damage. 

This past year I got an EMG (that is a test for nerves see if they are working right) and I now have nerve damage to my left leg. My arms are no longer strong like they were 3 yrs ago. I have memory lapses because of the different meds I am on. And I must either sit in a wheelchair or my recliner because of how my nerves are now. During this time, I decided to give my life to Christ. I will never forget the day (The date is no longer in my memory bank). We were studying I and II Samuel. We were reading about the day that God took his hand away from Saul because of him not obeying God. I got really scared, this wasn’t the first time I’ve heard the story, but something inside of me was wondering if god would do that to me, or if I really was a member of God’s family. So, after the Sunday School class I talked to our teacher and he helped me to accept God’s love. That was a day I cannot even explain to you. The peace I felt was awesome. 

Until 2 years later, I was raped. The way I felt was lost, I was angry at God, I am still angry at God. Even though He has helped us with everything that I could possibly want, I am angry with him. I feel that He could have saved me from this torture that happened to me. This past year God has been really working on me. He has gotten me a close friend who was also raped when she was a girl and I have someone to talk to about the feelings I feel, she has helped me to see that God is right there, He is waiting for me to climb into his arms and comfort me. That God is angered about what happened to me, He is also crying with me as I cry. He feels the hurt that I have. 

I have to say this past 2 years have been unbearable. But, God is bringing me through it, and He wants me to share what has happened to me so that way maybe someone out there needs to hear this story and know that God is right there with them. 

This time period has reminded me of the famous poem: Footsteps in the Sand. He was holding me when I thought that he wasn’t there for me. He will be there for you as well. 

If you want you can follow me on my personal blog and see the healing process as I go through it: Tammy's Personal Blog

Tammy, that was such a powerful testimony. I can't even begin to understand your pain, but my prayers are with you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm sure it must be difficult to relive such memories, but from hearing your testimony, I know God is working through you. 

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