I recently finished reading Elizabeth Mittlestaedt's inspiring story in Walking In My Shoes. In a small Hungarian village where her family had lost most of their possessions when a communist party took over their country after World War II, is the setting of her childhood. Her family of eleven lived in near poverty. But Elizabeth had dreams of achieving more and longed to pursue higher education to attain those goals, yet circumstances held her bound. The craving for freedom and a better life had gripped her, and wouldn't let go, so she took matters into her own hands, resulting in devastating consequences.
But her life didn't end there. God had a plan, and no obstacle could stop her as long as Elizabeth's heart yielded to Him. Her obedience brought her more than she could ever have imagined.
This book will take you on a journey where you will experience Elizabeth's challenges, defeats, and triumphs. You will discover how a dream that flickered in the heart of a young girl, came to life years later, and impacted thousands upon thousands of women in Europe and other parts of the world.
As I read Elizabeth's story, I wondered how one person could bear so much hardship. But I continued reading and discovered how God uses our sufferings to enable us to become everything He wants us to be. Nothing we face in this life is wasted when we relentlessly trust God. We may not understand why we are going through something, but everything will become beneficial in some way when we keep our eyes on Him.
An easy life should never be our goal or expectation. Instead, a life of service to others that will bring glory to our Heavenly Father is what defines a successful life. Elizabeth has lived that kind of life that honors her Creator. Even from the seat of a wheelchair or while suffering chronic pain, she extended her hand to countless women, offering them hope and inspiration to do the same. This well-written book will grip readers from the begining, lead them through the twists and turns of Elizabeth's life, and incite them to discover greater potentional in their own lives.
Elizabeth Mittelstaedt is the founder of Lydia—a Christian magazine for women, currently published in German, Hungarian, and Romanian. She is also the founder of the unparalled "Hope for Europe—Women in Leadership" conferences, which linked arms with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and the World Evangelical Fellowship Commission of Women's Concerns. For over a decade, Elizabeth led these groundbreaking training events, galvanizing and uniting women in both Eastern and Western Europe so they would take leadership in their own countries. She was recognized by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge as one of the "Outstanding People of the 20th Century." Elizabeth and her husband, Ditmar, lived and ministered in Germany for forty years, but now made their home in California.
January 19, 2022