Coming soon: Josiah’s Gift: A heartfelt true story about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances

Josiah's Gift, paperback w reflection

Acclaim for Josiah’s Gift:

“…One of those rare books that impacted me profoundly. And the twist at the end—I thought I saw it coming (and I was amazed at the thought), but then it went beyond….”
Doug Joseph, Bestselling Author of the Skyport Chronicles

Live, laugh, want, and weep with a young couple in their endearing true story about their journey of daunting choices and heartfelt decisions that eventually led to both misery and a miracle. In her powerful debut title, Sara McLeod masterfully touches heartstrings, evoking both laughter and tears, as she bestows dignity and hope to everyone who has ever bucked the societal norm to do what they felt in their heart to be right. While navigating an emotional minefield (and even a literal one as well!) David and Sara encounter unexpected twists of fate and, finally, an unimaginable capstone making this book one you simply must read.
Biographical, 172 pages, 20 illustrations

ISBN-10: 1628830042
ISBN-13: 978-1628830040
Release Date: December 7, 2013
Publisher: WhiteStone Publishing

About the author: Sara E. McLeod has worn many hats, the chiefest being that of wife of 27 years to her husband, David, and mother/home school educator to their now adult children. Living in the beautiful Napa Valley, she enjoys every season showcased by the rolling hills, arrayed with blankets of vineyards. A native northern Californian, Sara loves the moderate climate and close proximity to the Sierras for snow skiing, the breathtaking Pacific Ocean, and rich culture of nearby San Francisco.

Updates on Zach Sandy’s miracle

Zach receiving plaque proclaiming July 11, 2013 as "Zach Sandy Day"

Zach receiving plaque proclaiming July 11, 2013 as “Zach Sandy Day.”

This past Thursday, July 11, 2013, was the one-year anniversary of Zach’s miracle of being raised from the dead after being killed by lightning.

By a proclamation of the Harrison County Commission the date was officially declared as “Zach Sandy Day.” See more.

The Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram newspaper ran a front-page story noting the book launch and announcing the anniversary celebration. Read more.

WV Public Broadcasting aired Zach’s testimony in conjunction with the 1-year anniversary and announcing the book. Read/hear more. ran a pre-story and a main story in conjunction with the 1-year anniversary and announcing the book. Read more.

This morning, July 13, 2013, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN – home of the 700 Club) informed Zach’s father that the miracle testimony has been approved for filming to be aired on the network! The producers are excited about it! See more.

Russell Sandy, Zach’s father said, “Zach’s testimony has been approved for filming by CBN/700 club. Zach is going to tell the world that Jesus is alive and on the throne and still performing miracles!”

Zach with family and his pastor (yours truly) at Harrison County Courthouse, just after receiving plaque proclaiming July 11, 2013 as "Zach Sandy Day."

Zach with family and his pastor at Harrison County Courthouse, just after receiving plaque proclaiming July 11, 2013 as “Zach Sandy Day.”

Pastor Joseph re-presented proclamation to Zach at the anniversary celebration at the park.

Pastor Doug Joseph presented the proclamation plaque to Zach Sandy at the anniversary celebration at the park.

Join in the 1-Year Anniversary Celebration for Zach’s Miracle & Book Launch Party!


Thursday, July 11, 2013 will be exactly one year from the date when Zach was struck down by lightning and left without heartbeat or breath for some 30 or more minutes. His family, church, and friends are throwing a huge party on this 1-year anniversary in celebration of Zach’s miracle of being raised to life. Coinciding with the celebration will be the book launch party for the new book about Zach’s miracle, written by his father, Russell “Bud” Sandy (published by WhiteStone Publishing).

There will be food, fellowship, fun, music (perhaps live), and the new book will be available! The event is scheduled to go from 4:00 – 9:00 pm at Clarksburg City Park (aka Norwood Park) in Nutter Fort, WV. (There is a time of prayer and thanksgiving planned before the party from 2:30 to 3:00 pm.) The event is open to the public, and all are invited. Join us!

The author/publisher team will be on hand, with copies of the new book available. Zach Sandy is sure to be there, and although he gives all glory to God and takes none for himself, you might be able to talk him into signing a copy of the book for you!

Click and print the attached poster, and put it up wherever it be noticed. Help us gain attention for this wonderful event.