Because God Was There

This is the amazing and true story of Belma Vardy, who as a young child lived through the brutal and terrifying events that accompanied the end of World War II and the sudden erection of the Berlin Wall, when East was separated from West and families were ripped apart.

The trauma Belma endured during those years would have destroyed most people. If they had survived, they would have been severely crippled emotionally. But Belma found the key to healing. This story is one of courage, gripping contrasts and is told here in remarkable detail. Her journey of recovery demonstrates how God can use our fractured and broken stories to bring healing and hope to others. And, that healing is possible for any broken, wounded, rejected soul. It illustrates how one event, or a single life’s circumstances, can impact others who share a similar background in widely divergent ways.

Providentially, Belma was back almost 30 years later to witness and celebrate the destruction of that wall. Her gripping personal narrative, as told here in Because God was There, follows her life’s journey out of extraordinary abuse and painful separation to a place of restoration, forgiveness, and joy that can only be found in Christ.

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“This down-to-earth book will bring hope, encouragement and fresh vision”

Mary Audrey Raycroft
International Speaker

Because God Was There will take you deep into the spiritual realm. This book should be in every counsellor’s office.

Moira Brown
TV and Radio Personality

“What a story! This book should be turned into a movie.”

Steven and Sandra Long
Senior Leaders, Catch the Fire, Toronto

‘A manual to lead you from tragedy to triumph.

Barry Maracle (Mohawk)
Desert Stream Ministries

“A must-read for every person who has ever experienced trauma or hurts in life, especially Indian residential/boarding school survivors.”

Dr. Gerard and Peta-Gay Roberts (First Nations)
Co-founders of OKAMA

“Get this book not only for yourself, but buy copies for your friends. It may just save their life. This is real.”

Barbara Yoder
Apostle, Shekinah, Ann Arbor, MI

About the author

Belma Vardy: Inspirational Speaker and Founder of Celebration of Dance

In retrospect, I don’t think it was a coincidence that at this very young age I happened to be in Berlin to see the atrocities that took place as the wall went up. God was shaping and mapping my life long before I was five years old. Had I not been there, I doubt I would be here to share my story. If God had not been there, I would not have survived to tell this story!

'The trauma Belma endured in her younger years would have destroyed most people.  If they had survived, they would have been severely crippled emotionally.  But Belma found the key to healing.  Her recovery demonstrates that healing is possible for any broken, wounded, rejected soul.  Belma’s story is one of gripping contrasts.  It illustrates how one event, or a single life’s circumstance, can impact two individuals who share a similar background in widely divergent ways."
Lorne Shepherd C.P.C.
Founder of Bayridge Family Centre and Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Ministry

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