“They Don’t Hear What I Hear”
Autobiography by Judy Peterson
The church was full. Everyone was eagerly waiting to experience a taste of what God was about to do with the next to the youngest child of Pastor Orville Peterson and first lady, Elizabeth Peterson. This was the first glimpse of the musical gifting of 8 year old Judy Ann. After her very first ever solo (“If you’re happy and you know it”), a room full of uneasy facial expressions, a barrage of hurtful (but truthful) comments from her closest friends- proclaiming that she was terrible and she should never attempt to sing again prompted a broken hearted, confused and embarrassed Judy to go to her mother (who had prophesied that one day she would sing God’s praises all over the world) to ask how she could possibly become this anointed singer when her very first presentation was so horrible? With the depth of love and tenderness that her mother had so often used to quiet her spirit when she was anxious or help her feel confident when insecurities lurked, Elizabeth Peterson, lovingly takes little Judy’s face into her hand, lifts her chin and says in response… “They don’t hear what I hear”.
This is the compelling story of a littleround, brown girl’s journey towards a mother’s God inspired prophecy- but not before navigating a mind field of life challenging highs and lows which almost persuade her to quit believing in that which was spoken many, many years earlier. This auto- biographical account of God’s faithfulness and supernatural covering will challenge your emotions, and bless your soul and spirit as you turn each page. “Praise God for the things he has done”!