Vanester M. Williams
Vanester M. Williams is a host/speaker on a weekly broadcast called His Abounding Grace, a program under the ministry of When Christians Speak Talk Radio. She is a retiree of the US Federal Government, has a degree in biblical studies and a certificate in biblical counseling principles. Vanester published her first book, "The Girl from Chapel Hill: Her Journey of Faith, Forgiveness, and Freedom" in September 2021. Her second book, “The Girl from Chapel Hill (Book 2): Legacy of a Praying Mama,” was published in June 2022.
She has been a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over twenty years. She served as a Sunday School teacher, pulpit and conference speaker, and administrator. She is passionate about encouraging others and teaching them how to strengthen their Christian journey. She is a member of Lifepoint Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she serves as a small group leader/coach. She enjoys reading, writing, and family gatherings. She and her husband, Rick, have been married for over 46 years. They are the proud parents of two adult children, two grandchildren, and several godchildren. They enjoy each other’s company and happily reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The Girl from Chapel Hill: Her Journey of Faith, Forgiveness, and Freedom
Growing up, Laura never knew her father or even his last name. Many years later, an encounter with a stranger would drastically impact her life and cause her to question her own identity. Then, through a chain of spiraling events, she learns there’s an unknown enemy who appears to stop at nothing to destroy her very existence. Meanwhile, she carries a painful burden of a dark, haunting secret, hidden unforgiveness, and low self-esteem.
Her story begins and ends with reflections on lessons she learned from her dear Mama (her maternal grandmother), who reared her from birth. Laura faces challenges as she struggles to embrace these lessons of faith, hope, love, and forgiveness. Even though her thoughts often turn to Mama’s faith and these lessons, she finally declares “enough is enough” and uses her measure of faith to survive in a life so filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. At every juncture, one thing remains constant: the very presence of God.
If the stranger’s information is factual, Laura knows her mind would soon find its way frantically going down a rabbit hole -in search of “who am I?”
Afterward, Laura catches her breath and helplessly stares at Tina and asks, “Will God still love someone like me, someone as awful as me? Will He ever forgive me for that awful, fateful night?”
The Girl from Chapel Hill (Book 2): Legacy of a Praying Mama
This book is the much-anticipated sequel to “The Girl from Chapel Hill: Her Journey of Faith, Forgiveness, and Freedom.”
Laura has never forgotten the faith-filled lessons learned from her maternal grandmother. With a fearless determination – anchored in prayer - she passes these lessons on to her family. Travel on an unforgettable, suspenseful, and sometimes frightening journey with this family as they endure one challenge after another. Yet, at each juncture, somebody is fervently praying.
“Oh no!” Danielle screamed, “Sara, stay with me … stay with me!”
She looked down at Sara’s hands; they had gone limp. She lapsed into silence. Suddenly, her eyes shot open with a painful look, then rolled to the back of her head. Again, she gasped for breath and frantically clutched her hands to her chest.