Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life: Hope for a Fractured Soul by Dvora ElishevaConnecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life: Hope for a Fractured Soul by Dvora Elisheva

Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life: Hope for a Fractured Soul

byDvora ElishevaForeword byKary OberbrunnerBy (artist)D. Joseph Aho

Hardcover | September 15, 2016

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What happens when you mix faith in Jesus, a longing to serve in China, and moving to Israel with a dysfunctional family, abuse and the death of your dreams? Dvora responded to the call of her heritage, moved to Israel, developed a successful career, and had a fruitful ministry among Chinese students…but her internal world was fractured. She married at 52 and became a widow at 55. Would trusting in God really be enough?

Well-acquainted with grief and loss, author Dvora Elisheva writes with courageous honesty about her life experiences and her relationship with God. Her story has many “dots” of hope, mercy, and grace. Connecting these dots reveals a grace-filled perspective on hurt, disappointment, and grief. Dvora invites you into her journey. Together you will connect the dots of her seemingly disconnected life. Her hope is that you too will connect the unique dots of your own life and like her, you will discover a faith in God that brings it all together.

Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life is a captivating true story of a fractured life, transformed by grace.

The printed copy includes a short discussion guide to encourage a deeper look at the various issues touched upon in her story.

Dvora Elisheva obtained her BA in Special Education from the University of Brighton (1998) and her MA (with Distinction) in Technical Authorship, from Sheffield Hallam University (2002). She has worked for universities and in the world of hi-tech, and continues to work at Rambam Health Care Campus, as their English communications edito...
Title:Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life: Hope for a Fractured SoulFormat:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Deborah HemstreetLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943526664

ISBN - 13:9781943526666


Table of Contents

DEDICATIONFOREWORD by Kary OberbrunnerPREFACE: LIKE A CLOCKINTRODUCTION FOR You and YOUPART 1: Endings & BeginningsDid I Kill Him?Not My ChoiceBackground MelodiesHow Do You Forgive?First LoveHow I Wish I'd Known YouIn Between TimesFor Mature Audiences OnlyWorking It OutChoices and ConsequencesThe Rest of Their StoriesLovedPART 2: One Way All the WayChinese DreamsFinding a PathAm I Jewish or Not?Getting ThereSharing the DreamMaking the Dream a RealityThe First YearLife In the Mercaz KlitaIsraeli Men 101YonatanRabbi GidonAn Unexpected Career ChangeWhat About Your Mother?The First Intifada Brings China to IsraelI'm Going to ChinaIn the ShadowsMy ChinaBackpacking Through ChinaChina FarewellPART 3: Fractures of the SoulPossessed or Just Me?Could Something Be Wrong?Digging In-A Therapist's PerspectiveWhat Is Your Name? Mary RuthSybilDirt Bag (DB)Betrayed (Debbie Beth)Art (DES)DebbieTell Me Something FunnyShine On-A Guardian Angel's PerspectiveMy Shore RoomPART 4: My Cloud by Day, My Pillar of Fire by NightA Chance Email NotificationFrom Friends to CourtshipEngagedWhen Are You Really Married?The First Stroke-March 27, 2008You Are Running for Congress? Really?Locked InAftermathPART 5: I Will Bring You BackDead-EndU-TurnA Job Too Good to Be TrueWe Are So Glad You Are BackHome at LastA Last Word for YouDISCUSSION GUIDEACKNOWLEDGMENTSABOUT THE AUTHOREND NOTES

Editorial Reviews

Dvora Elisheva shares straight from her heart and holds back nothing! Her personal struggles with family dysfunction, abuse, dissociation, her sexuality, and the death of her beloved husband are shared freely and unreservedly. Life events such as these challenge one's faith. Dvora is honest and open like no other on how she suffered and learned how to be an overcomer. Her valuable insights are nuggets of gold to anyone who is searching for answers.Susan B. (aka "Obie"), Executive Director, Christians in Recovery ( and Alcoholics Victorious ( "Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life," Dvora Elisheva courageously confronts personal issues most people would choose to avoid. She weaves together a seemingly unconnected patchwork of events, at times challenging the very beliefs that were foundational to her life, and pens words of encouragement based on an immovable anchor of hope. We want to defend her, cry with her, yell "enough" with her, and rejoice with her, as the clouds of life begin to dissipate and the sky becomes clear and bright. Her story has something for all of us, whether we look back at the "dots" in our own lives, or look forward to the challenges of connecting the "dots" that lie before us. Marvin S. Kramer, Advocate and Notary of Israel; General Manager, A Future and A Hope (R.A.)Some people are given more challenges in life than others. Dvora Elisheva just might be one of those people. "Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life" opens a window into her life, giving you an intimate experience with the indomitable spirit that tackled these challenges face on. You cannot help but be moved. And, dare I say it . . . inspired?Sheri Oz, M.Sc., Trauma Therapist, author of numerous professional articles and book chapters, and co-author of "Overcoming Childhood Sexual Trauma"Once I started reading Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life, I couldn't put it down. Dvora is a dear friend, but after reading her book, I now know her on a whole new level. She shares deeply and honestly about the darkest corners and most difficult decisions of her life. I am excited to think about the many people who will be encouraged by her amazing life, which is truly marked by God's grace and love every step of the way.Sandra Thiessen, B.Ed., M.A., Counselor and Site Host, Mark Centre, CanadaDvora Elisheva's new book is a must read for anyone who resonates with true stories of hope in the darkness and strength coming out of weakness. She writes as she lives, with passion and grace under pressure. Dvora doesn't mince words or whitewash the difficulties and pain she's lived through. She is an honest voice that needs to be heard in these times of hypocrisy and lukewarmness. Being her friends for decades, it's sometimes been a bumpy ride but always with joy and laughter on the way.David Loden, Director, Kamti ( and Lisa Loden, Project Manager, Israel Firstfruits Center for Economic Advancement (