Picked for a Purpose Paperback

Bearing Fruit Through Times of Hardship

by Mel Menzies

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In sharing her deeply personal story of shame and suffering, Mel Menzies shares secrets of learning to be fruitful throughout times of difficulty and pain. 

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Picked for a Purpose

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  • A biography for anyone who's know hard times
  • Mel Menzies tells her story of illness and finding purpose in God
  • A reassuring read for anyone feeling left out
Born with an undiagnosed bowel disease which was too shameful to speak about, Mel Menzies grew up with a painful life. She felt she 'failed as a daughter' to fit in with her family of sporty extroverts; 'failed as a new convert' when she married with a baby on the way; 'failed as a wife' throughout fifteen years of her husband's affairs; 'failed as a mother' when one daughter became a heroin addict for thirteen years; and 'failed again as a daughter and sister' throughout the twenty years of a family rift.

A catalogue of competitive victimhood? A holier-than-thou hypocrite? Or picked for a purpose because the finger of God was upon her?

In fact, seeds sown by the Father when she was only four years of age, put down roots and grew into a faith which led to her becoming a born-again believer and follower. 'Picked' for a writing career which eventually blossomed into her having a Sunday Times Bestseller, Mel soon learned why. Her purpose? To bear fruit for the nourishment of those in need i.e. to comfort others with the comfort she had received from God.

As Mel shares her story so she helps you, her readers, to see the way in which God has picked you, the truth of God's promise that all things work together for good for those who love God, and the life and light you might bring to the world when you blossom, bear fruit, and learn your purpose.

Picked for a Purpose by Mel Menzies was published by Malcolm Down Publishing in March 2019 and is our 11614th best seller. The ISBN for Picked for a Purpose is 9781912863044.

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My Purpose in Writing this Book  

Scattered Seed: Infancy: 1945-6

1. The Seeds of Awakening 

2. The Seeds of Curiosity 

3. The Seeds of Prayer

Reasons for Seasons: 1946-7

4. Rain's a Pain

5. But Rain Brings Gain

6. Sunshine and Showers 

Budding Childhood: 1947-52

7. Roots and Shoots

8. Parched Ground

9. A Leaf of Belief 

Blooming Adolescence: 1952-56

10. Beginning to Blossom 

11. Buds Abounding 

12. Petals Appearing 

Stunted Growth: 1957-64

13. Nipped in the Bud

14. Soil and Toil

15. Pruned and Propagated 

16. Bearing Berries 

17. Roots in Rocky Places 

18. A Yield of Sorts 

Reaping a Harvest: 1976

19. A Harvest of Healing?

20. Threshing the Grain

21. Drought Followed by Fruitfulness 

Ripe for Picking: 1977-82

22. Re-Seeding 

23. Fruit Bearing 

24. Second Cropping

Feed my Sheep: 1983-88

25. Offshoots 

26. Grain and Grapes Make Bread and Wine 

27. A Clear Path

Sunset & Evening Star: 1989-1994

28. A Plum Job

29. Ears of Corn Midts Bramble and Thorn 

30. Pips of Truth Beneath the Peel

The Fruit of Forgiveness: 1995 Onwards

31. Give and Take

32. Dying to Self 

33. The Free Fruit of Forgiveness 

Author Notes 

Also by Mel Menzies 


'Life isn't straightforward, an upward trek, always progressing. It throws us curve balls, unexpected challenges, gut wrenching shocks, traumas and tragedies. But God walks with us through it all. Mel writes with honesty and openness, and her words are laced with hope: we are ordinary, but not useless, lonely, but never alone. Read this book and find hope rather than cliches, substance rather than slogans.' --Jeff Lucas Author, International Speaker and Broadcaster

'Mel Menzies has an impressive track record with her books. She has the ability to be searingly transparent about her life experiences, and this serves as a mirror to the reader with the invitation to view their own challenges in a hope-filled way. Look in the mirror of Picked for a Purpose and it may prove life changing!' --David Coffey, OBE. Global Ambassador BMS World Mission

'We lived on the same road as Mel and her family. That was more than fifty years ago. Little did we know then what the future held for her her achievements and anxieties, her burdens and blessings. Picked for a Purpose now shares the story of her private and public life. It is Mel s personal faith and trust in the Lord that makes the vital difference. There would be many times when she felt unable to cope with the situation and sadness she was facing. Then she would discover that God was able, through his power at work in her life, to transform the burden into a blessing. This book is not only a personal testimony but also an inspiration for the readers to discover that the Lord is able to bring a similar blessing to them.' --Michael Cole, Author and Broadcaster

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Details for Picked for a Purpose

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherMalcolm Down Publishing (March 2019)
Number of Pages248
Thickness12 mm
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
Product Code4954165
Page last updated 19th March 2019
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