Ireland is probably best known as one of America's top super models. Now she
has become a successful business woman and an outspoken witness for her Christian
faith. She recently wrote a book entitled, Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons
That Will Change Your Life
. In interviews related to the book, Ireland has
spoken of her spiritual pilgrimage. She mentioned that growing up she always
believed in God but that she at times saw only an angry God. Her mother became
a devoted Christian first. When Ireland was 18, she first devoted her life to
Christ. She had just turned 18 and was on a modeling trip in Paris, France.
She was young, attractive, wealthy, but lonely. Ireland's mother had packed
a Bible in her suitcase. "I was really lonely there and staying in a home
where I didn't feel comfortable," she says. Every day, she would come home
from work, lock herself in her room and read her Bible. "I just happened
to turn to the Gospels and, as I read, my eyes and my heart just opened up.
God just knew what I needed."
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,