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A Warm Blanket for Rainy Days

Written By: Dean W. Arnold

Zella

About five years ago, I got a call from my longtime friend Doug Daugherty who asked me to finish a writing project he’d started 25 years earlier. He actually didn’t remember it, but apparently a lady had hired him to work on the idea of helping her write a book. Doug had written a couple chapters, but it sat there because the lady wasn’t sure what to do next.

This lady, Zella Dixon, didn’t have a lot to write about at that point, and she told God that fact when she felt this overpowering call to write a book. Add to this the fact that she is dislexic andit seemed like the entire idea was odd. Twenty years later, however, she did have some powerful stories to tell. By that time, both of her sons had died tragically.

Zella continues to stand strong in Christ despite such terrible setbacks and has a beautiful and warm life to offer to others. We hit if off immediately after Doug’s call brought us together. Her book ended up becoming a devotional: “A Warm Blanket for Rainy Days.” It contrasts her early, idealistic, iconic upbringing with the trials and difficulties she encountered later in life. People love this book. It is impossible not to be encouraged by it. God knew exactly what he was doing when he called her to write a book. It just took a while to make sense.

Zella and her husband Sherwin Dixon have adopted Dottie and I. We continue to see each other regularly. This ghostwriting book project is one of my favorites.

A Warm Blanket for Rainy Days

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