Inspiration Observations

Resurrection Year – Sheridan & Merryn Voysey

Resurrection YearBook Review: Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey

I made a mistake. I picked up Resurrection Year at 11pm one winter’s evening to read the opening chapter so I could decide whether I would enjoy reading this book with such an enticing title. At 3am I really had to put it down knowing I had work the next morning. The story of Sheridan and Merryn Voysey’s journey towards a Resurrection Year is deeply moving, personal and full of grating anguish. While I had a hint of knowing what was in store, it can’t prepare you for the way in which Sheridan rolls out years of stumbling steps towards a broken dream.

The story connects with all of us who have suffered loss or driven down a one way street thinking it was the short-cut to the ‘highway’. I had just recently suffered my own dead end street and I was reading ‘Resurrection Year to find the answer I had missed in my own journey. I thought Sheridan might have a magic answer. I hoped he had found the 12th step in some program where I’d only found 11. The reality is that Sheridan takes us through the heart-break of a journey that doesn’t as much go around the mountain as it instead goes up and over mountain after mountain experiencing the valley floor and then the pinnacle view, only to head to the valley again.

Sheridan’s writing takes you visually through their experience in a journey that travels around the world taking in the life of this Australian writer and broadcaster in his land down under before a trip to the romance of Europe and then embracing the life that a little flat in England might offer on the edge of Oxford University. As he looks for hope, Sheridan absorbs any possible hint of beauty in nature and architecture. It’s a picture of someone hungry for their dream and yet in the hopeless void of darkness still recognising the hope and beauty that is beaming through a crack in the experience.

Sheridan and Merryn Voysey

This is a story that many husbands and wives should read. Sometimes our dreams are known and realised and sometimes they were squashed a long time ago by an experience or layers of life’s silt that gathered. I believe Resurrection Year will be a catalyst for couples and individuals to talk about a journey that may have been placed on hold and may need a new itinerary for a new journey.

Through Sheridan’s writings we hear the heartbeat of his wife Merryn as she struggles through the pressure and pain of their desire to embrace parenthood. I most of all connected with Merryn’s determination to ‘get back in touch’ with the God she loved and believed in yet felt she was on the ‘do not call’ phone list of heaven.

Here we have a story that helps us understand the faith issues as a young couple seek to honour God in their life experience, yet having to evaluate what is their own role and what is God’s. The conundrum of looking at the prayer and practice of chasing a deeply seated desire is very clearly laid out as they recall events where seeking God seemed fruitless. You will probably relate as you read of prayer meetings where friends and strangers offered heartfelt prayers and advice that don’t seem to carry you any further towards the goal.

Resurrection Year will help rebuild hope, touch-up the faded picture of God’s heart in your life and most of all give us a framework on which fresh purpose can be designed.

Listen to Sheridan’s Interview on OpenHouse with Leigh Hatcher: Podcast Link

Sheridan’s Blog can be found here:

Buy the Book:
Koorong Australia
WORD Australia
Manna New Zealand


Media Prayer Day 2012

Media Prayer Day 2012

I just caught hold of this initiative coming up for the 5th August and thought it was worth dropping into your lap for you to think about. Media speaks and because of this it has an opinion. Sometimes its the voice of the presenter, the agenda of the organisation or the heart of the writer but it will always have ‘a’ voice. What we can lose sight of are the people, the individuals who make up ‘the’ media.

When it comes to mass media we would be right to say that a lot is driven by profit margins. Many are businesses who are accountable to shareholders. That being said we are the audience who choose and so the media folk are always trying to keep one step ahead of our life and aspirations so they can meet us in our space. They are trying to understand us as much as we try to ‘get’ them.

Whether you think of media as the person in front of camera, the voice on the radio dial or the journalist behind the article, for a moment think about their life and pray for them. They live real lives with challenges in the same areas as you. We may think they’re “rich and famous” but take away the echelon of celebrity rich and all media people deal with the same things as you when it comes to family, health, career, children.

Get your church behind Media Prayer Day 2012 and connect!

Some great ideas including this video are on the website

Media Observations

Visionathon – Getting Better and Better

Sunday night I dropped into bed at 1:15am after a roller-coaster ride through our Visionathon fundraiser ‘Operation Acceleration’. We had a goal to raise sufficient funds to ‘fast-track’ turning on 100 new communities with a Vision relay station. Tomorrow morning on the ‘The Journey’, our Breakfast Show, there will be another great announcement.

In the meantime, see how Sunday night ended.

Media Observations

Prayer Lantern Launch

While in Chiang Rai, Thailand we have experienced many hospitable moments from the people of the area. Thailand truly is a land of smiles. One of the memorable moments happened on the 29th when we went for dinner at the River House and enjoyed great fellowship beside the pool. Afterwards we gathered on the lawn and took a traditional Thailand prayer lantern as an opportunity to launch into praise and worship before praying for Thailand and the work of the Quinley family. It was an awe inspiring sight to see the lantern fill with hot air before heading into the evening sky. We would have watched it for over five minutes as it travelled higher and higher over our heads.