You hold in your hands an amazing book - a collaborative effort by a dedicated group of women committed to each other, uncompromising in their faith and devotion to God. Even at our best, fallible creatures that we are, to succeed at staying together for thirty-five years and counting, is truly amazing. But there is something more - one senses the sure hand of God upon the lives of these friends, as He has providentially drawn and held them together. You will be inspired, motivated and blessed, held in the grip of God's love, as you read. Helen Kooiman Hosier Author, Biographer, Compiler, Editor People ask How can a group of twenty women stay together for thirty-five years? It is all the more amazing when people learn that these women come from a background of ten different deminations, attend twelve different churches, live in ten different cities and are from different cultural and educational backgrounds. These women, who call themselves the SPURS, chose their name from Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider how we may spur one ather on toward love and good deeds, t giving up meeting together. They have met and spurred each other on for thirty-five years. Many people have asked the Spurs to share how their lives have been dramatically and positively affected by being a part of a loving, caring, supportive, prayerful and Christ-centered group of women. Many of these stories have never been told or written. Their joys and sorrows are the threads that make the beautiful Spur tapestry. There are stories with tragic situations that end with a redemptive quality that will encourage any reader. Some stories will make you laugh and remind you how much fun it is to be a Christian. There is hardly a life circumstance that the Spurs have t experienced. Their stories confirm the fact that being a Christian does t guarantee a smooth journey through life. They are proof that God is faithful, prayer works, joy comes in the morning and His Word is Truth. Be encouraged. Life is hard but God is good.