Who is the “Impartial” Author, Audrey Lupisella?
This week I have the privilege of introducing you to a very special friend. Her name is Audrey Lupisella, and she is the author of the book called “Impartial, A Journey Through the Acts of the Apostles” The book is about the first ten chapters of the book of Acts. However, Audrey’s story is an incredible journey I’m sure many of you will appreciate. Audrey was kind enough to spend some time sharing with me about where she has been and how God has led her to this very moment.
Audrey’s story isn’t typical. Many times we assume believers who write books have lived a life filled with joy, peace, and true contentment. However, this wasn’t the case for Audrey. Although she was raised in a Christian home with an incredible family and was at church every time the doors were open, she hated it. She had been on choir tours, involved in mission trips, even witnessed miracles of God at work in the lives of many, but resented every moment of being in church. She hated it because she did not subscribe to her lifestyle.
Audrey had a bad experience in middle school where she shut down and closed everyone else out. She became a rebellious teenager, and if you weren’t her boyfriend or best friend, she didn’t want anything to do with you. At sixteen Audrey found herself pregnant, having the responsibility of becoming a mom while still just a teenager, but even that added responsibility didn’t change her rebellious spirit.
Audrey admits she made many poor decisions which cost her deep emotional pain. One of those choices was a man she became engaged to and planning to marry. Before the wedding, she found out the man was already married and had a daughter. She was devastated, and in her own words she had to admit, “I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was.”
This became the pivotal turning point for Audrey. She never saw the man again and never found the closure she desired in that situation. Her choices made her question everything, including trying to figure out who she had become. This was when she heard God calling her back into relationship with Him. Audrey kept hearing the words, “My bones are in agony, how long do I have to wait?” She Googled and found the scripture came from Psalm 6 where David was being hunted, and it spoke to her in a powerful way. She found her Bible, dusted it off and started reading, and she couldn’t get enough. The book of Psalms became the healing balm for her wounded soul. Time and time again she would hear God say, “I love you, and I’m waiting for you.” These tender words began her love affair with her Bible and with Christ.
However, it took a long time to move past her shame, guilt, and doubt because the enemy kept replaying the tapes from the past in her memory. She found herself in church for the wrong reasons. She was trying to work off her sin and debt to God and went through six years of serving God as an attempt to get beyond her shame. One day, God spoke to her heart and told her He wasn’t placing this burden on her, but it was her own inability to believe she was forgiven, clean, and pure causing her so much turmoil.
As Audrey shared about her life, it was clear the title of her book, “Impartial” came not only from her study in the first ten chapters of Acts but of her personal experience in life with an impartial God. It was at that point God called her to seminary, and she listened in obedience and attended Asbury Theological Seminary. During this time she also met her husband and had more children, and moved to Maryland putting seminary on the back burner. She always knew she would go back, but didn’t know when or how.
God always has a way of finishing what He starts in our hearts if we are willing to listen and be obedient. Audrey ended up finishing her seminary studies at Regent University. The book “Impartial” came as a result of doing her thesis in Ruth or Acts. Thus, “Impartial” was born.
Audrey’s book is full of scriptures, knowledge, truth and filled with nuggets of wisdom which keep you going back to the word of God for more. The homework not only helps you in learning about our “Impartial” God but takes you to the next step of making the knowledge applicable in your life. Her encouragement as you go through the study is like having the apostles right beside you cheering you on!
Many times we say God works in mysterious ways, but whether it is through the brokenness of those we learn about in scripture or through our own personal experiences “Impartial” will lead you to a deeper understanding of your faith and the love of God through His word. “Impartial” reminds us that none of us escape from our trials and tribulations, but it is through the Holy Spirit we can trust God’s promises from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
I am thankful for Audrey’s raw and authentic testimony which has encouraged me in my walk with Christ. Even when we say we don't want anything to do with God, He always wants something to do with us. Click To TweetEven when we say we don’t want anything to do with God, He always wants something to do with us. One of my favorite lines in the book appears on pg.155 where Audrey writes, “We have no idea what other’s lives have been like. We don’t know the circumstances or understand the experiences that led to who they are today. Who are we to withhold mercy and grace?
What a beautiful reminder for each of us to remember. Audrey has shared with us her personal life circumstances and experiences to show us the love, mercy, and grace of an impartial God who can use the worst of times to bring out the best in us.
If you would like to contact Audrey she would love to hear from you!
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Special thanks to Audrey for being “Jesus Glitter”, allowing God to shine through her life and for Being the Sparkle we all need to see.