Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly … And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Ann Shakespeare is a committed Christian whose life and work focus on prayer and meditation, and on encouraging others to enter into the fulness of life offered to us all in Christ Jesus; to experience what it means to die daily to self and to sin, to “live by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25) and to “do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
As a writer, she began as a reporter for the Venezuelan paper, The Daily Journal, and went on to work for publications including Time and The Wall Street Journal. Ann later became the long-running editor of Action, the monthly journal of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), an international NGO promoting social justice, for which she was also press officer.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Having witnessed first-hand the huge social discrepancies between the rich and poor in Latin American countries such as Venezuela, her role with WACC allowed Ann to work alongside human rights activists from different parts of the world including South Africa, which at the time was still under apartheid, Burma, Mexico and Nicaragua. In addition to writing and editing, Ann worked for Tearfund, an international Christian relief and development agency, for several years as a translator and interpreter. For some 30 years, she has also been involved in prayer ministry in different churches and church-related organisations. Currently, she ministers in an ecumenical centre which offers prayer and pastoral support to people in the local community in south Lincolnshire. She also holds a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from the University of East Anglia and has worked as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. This training helped Ann to better understand the psychological aspect of faith.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Neville was, at the time, WACC’s director of research and planning, and someone with a “rare grasp of spiritual disciplines and of the doctrines of different faiths and philosophies”. They have remained in contact for over 30 years. Ann credits Neville, who has provided a foreword for God’s Gift of Tremendous Power, for opening her eyes to teachings that would later help inform her concept of the “quantum field”. “Neville is a very special man of God who has patiently encouraged me to deepen my knowledge of, and relationship with, God the Father, Jesus Christ our Saviour, and the indwelling Holy Spirit,” Ann says. “One of his most powerful—and practical—revelations came through his teaching on the discoveries of modern physics that deals with the invisible forces of energy, out of which everything in the universe has been created. These discoveries have led many scientists to conclude that the universe is infinite, and because there cannot be more than one infinity, Neville logically concluded that the infinite Christ and the universe must be one. It is Neville who encouraged me to write ‘God’s Gift of Tremendous Power’. I kept dragging my feet until, finally, he actually instructed me to start writing, setting a non-negotiable deadline! The stern instruction was just what I needed to overcome my self-imposed blockages, and Neville knew that. The manuscript duly appeared and the rest is history. I cannot overstate the great debt of gratitude I owe to Neville for his wise, deeply caring and godly teaching over the decades.”