Rebecca’s Author Services welcomes debut author Teera de Fonseka with her memoir Teera: A Life of Hope and Fulfillment.
About Teera: A Life of Hope and Fulfillment
Teera’s life was beautiful. Having grown up in the splendor of a beachside paradise, Teera settled down in a good home with the love of her life and their two gorgeous children. Filled with love, joy, and a promising future, Teera’s world was nearly perfect, until the night her husband was violently murdered while the two of them lay in bed sleeping. The assailant intended to kill her too, but Teera survived. Devastated by loss and disfigured from a gruesome facial wound, her infants still to care for, Teera learned to endure and to carry on. Yet the murder was only the beginning. It would be years before Teera escaped the turmoil she faced in Sri Lanka, finding refuge for her family in a far away land. This is Teera’s life of hope and fulfillment, a declaration of faith and of love. Honest, inspiring and heart-rending, Teera’s is an incredible saga set against an enchanting tropical landscape tainted by bloodshed and betrayal.
Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1502309599
- ISBN-13: 978-1502309594
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
About Teera de Fonseka
Teera de Fonseka is a mother, a grandmother, and a writer living in Los Angeles, California. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing and walking her dog, Tigger. Writing especially has become a hobby for Teera in recent years, as she has worked to publish her memoirs. She loves to spend her days, as she puts it, “writing her heart out.”
Writing has brought Teera a great deal of peace and she wants to encourage others to write their hearts out too. She hopes that her story can touch and inspire others. After having had a chance to tell her tale, Teera wants to keep helping people. She finds inspiration in the talent that she sees in the people around her. She wants to encourage these people to do everything that they can with these talents, and to live up to their potential; to trust in God’s plan for them.
Book Excerpt number one
** “I don’t know how to say this, Teera,” the woman said, “but I am Norman’s ex-wife. My name is Diane, and this my daughter Shelly. Your father told me that you two are to be married,” she paused to reassure me that she was a friend before she went on. “You’re making a mistake. I came here to stop you.”
Book Excerpt number two
**I must have screamed his name a thousand times in my dreams during the year that followed his murder. The sleeplessness wore heavily on me, and dark bags formed under my eyes.
“It takes time.”
I heard the expression over and over again in those wretched months. ‘In time’ I will learn to cope. ‘In time’ my face will heal and ‘in time’ my scars may “not be so noticeable.”
I knew that in time the memories of my love, my Chandra, would soon disappear. I tried my hardest to hold on to the idea that his presence may still carry me, and yet, in time, I still felt alone.
See What Reviewers Have to Say
I just finished reading the book TEERA. What a wonderful experience it was. It is very well written from beginning to end. I found it difficult to lay it down when other duties called me away. I was very happy that I am still on the ‘resting mode’ after the surgery so I had all the time to read. Thank you Teera for writing all the details of your life in such vivid detail. God bless you for that memory, It must have been painful to put your memories into words, but thank you for doing it, to enlighten the future and present generations. You can offer all the pain of the past years to the Lord for the salvation of those who are still caught in the same pain and distress and do not know how to come out of it.
I thank God that I came to know you personally before reading the book, so reading the book was like having a chat with you, and sharing the joys and sorrows of a life that opened itself up for us to enter. — Sr Immaculate de Alwis.
The story was amazing and the writer did an excellent job by practically painting pictures with words. The book was interesting to read, there was not a dull moment. Even though many of the events in the book were horrific, the writer kept the tone hopeful.I love that the end of the book speaks of forgiving people who cause you pain but, also not giving up on life and trusting that God is able to restore whatever you lose. I gave you a 5 star rating because it was truly well deserved. — Aisha
Scriptures make it clear that life is a journey but for us it isn’t a journey in the secular sense. Our journey is not competitive – on this journey we endeavour to trace the footsteps of Jesus, who is the WAY “I am the way, the truth & the life” John 14:6; The goal is what Jesus promised us – “I go to prepare a place for you…” John 14:3; The journey is one of love, it is a supportive journey. We encourage each other on the way, we help those who have fallen, we enrich them spiritually through God’s Word and uphold them physically as Jesus taught through the parable of “The Good Samaritan” who at great risk for himself, came to the aid of the man who was attacked by robbers… Luke 10:25-37
The greatest assurance we all have is the promise of Jesus…“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 ..Unlike the ways of the world where revenge is the answer to wrongdoing, our loving God forgives & does not wait for us to come to Him when we realize our wrongs, repent & turn to Him. Jesus taught us that God will come with open arms to meet us on our way back.. “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants. And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him” Luke 15:11-32. (As Jesus clarified in the parable of the “Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
God has a plan for our journey & when we are in tune with Him, we will stay on track, fulfil our calling & reach the goal he has set for us…“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11
Let’s journey on in love, grace & peace –A J–Arthur Jayasundera
As soon as I received your beautiful card and loving words I was touched and I am replying you immediately. Thank you verymuch. I am so happy I was able to meet you, and talk to you.Your life story written so well in your autobiography is inspiring to me.
It will help many like you in our country who are facing difficulty in life, but I don’t think anyone had to face so much as you had to face. Yet, God almighty had a purpose you have fulfilled through all the storms of life bringing up your children so well and giving them a start in the USA with you.
You were able to forgive others who had done wicked things to you and helped those who helped you. I will treasure your book ‘Teera’ very much. –Vije.
Sadly, the thinking in the world today is based mostly on selfishness & self-gain. The motivation of many appears to be – “What’s in it for me?” or “How can I push forward to the top?” if we are always self-focused wondering how we can benefit & grab the best of everything, our thoughts will be shallow & indifferent to the needs & sufferings of others. The Bible teaches us the opposite, God’s Word makes it abundantly clear that instead of looking out only for our good, we should be looking out for ways to be a blessing to others. It’s amazing how a word of encouragement or a thoughtful deed can change the direction in people’s lives & lift their spirits. When we reach out in faith to share someone’s burden, we not only give them hope but we witness to the love of God and it brings a special joy to our loves as well… “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
God has blessed each of us with gifts, these gifts are not to be used selfishly neither are they given to remain wrapped up for later. God has called us to live in a way which will bring glory to His name… “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” Matthew 5:14-16
Wouldn’t it be great if we all started the day with the thought.. “What can I do to make a difference for good in the life of someone today”… “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” 1 Peter 4:10
“Put a little love in your heart….And the world will be a better place”
Love & Blessings –A J
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