Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Judy Squier - An uplifting message

As innkeepers, we have the privilege of meeting and hosting amazing people from all over the world, all walks of life & professions. Most of the time you enter a B&B as a stranger and leave as a friend.

Judy and David Squier first stayed with us at Sandlake Country Inn in Spring 2010
and Judy was just finishing her book "His Majesty in Brokenness". They now have returned, the book has been published and it's my honor to share it with you.

If you have or are facing struggles in your life and need a little encouragement and strength, pick up Judy's new book and I'm sure you'll start reading as a stranger and end up a friend. You can purchase Judy's book from her website www.judysquier.com

Meet Judy Squier, ‘the old lady with no legs’

By Kathleen Alaks of the Daily Courier

Judy Squier pulls no punches when she talks about herself.
“I’m the old lady with no legs,” she says with a wide grin.
Born with several birth defects that left her with a webbed left hand and two undeveloped legs with no thighs or knees and a total of five toes, Squier, now 65, is quick to point out that, despite her disability, she’s not all that different from anyone else.

“I deal with self, shame, failure, inferiority, that whole emotional package,” she says. “But everyone goes through that. I’m missing legs, but other people are missing what? Financial security, emotional stability, good health, good relationships? We’re all broken in some way.”

Squier addresses that idea in her book, “His Majesty in Brokenness,” subtitled “Finding God’s Masterpiece in Your Missing Piece.”

Not an autobiography in the traditional sense, the book is divided into 30 short stories about different aspects of Squier’s life.

“They are stories of how God showed up in a broken person’s life,” she says.

The second child of a pastor and his wife, Squier grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. She was 10 when she had corrective surgery and was fitted for artificial limbs.

“The Shriners did all the surgeries and prosthetics,” she says. “I walked on artificial legs from the time I was 10 until I was 60. I was ambulatory and walked with a cane and the legs came off at night.”

At 13, she started giving speeches about walking with artificial legs to church groups and other organizations. At 16 she learned to drive a car with hand controls.

She graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in speech pathology and worked in that field for 10 years.

She and husband, David Squier, raised three daughters in the San Francisco Bay area and moved to Grants Pass four years ago.

“I have a husband who, I don’t think, even knows that I don’t have any legs,” she says with a laugh. “He’s always been more interested in who a person is on the inside than on the outside.”

Judy Squier in Front of her Home in Oregon

In their retirement, Judy and David have traveled to Romania, Thailand and Brazil.

“When I finally realized that it’s not about me, we started going on mission trips,” Judy says. “We delivered wheelchairs to third world countries, encouraged parents with disabled children.”

Squier bases that encouragement, in part, on the spiritual perspective on disability she finds in Psalms 139, which says that God oversees what goes on in a mother’s womb.

“For a person born broken, that passage says that it’s not an accident but a purpose, a higher design,” Squier says. “That’s the bulwark, the foundation of being me.”

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“His Majesty in Brokenness” sells for $10 at Evangel stores in Grants Pass and Medford and through Judy Squier’s website, www.judysquier.com.

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