Where Faith and Fiction Collide – Guest Author Eileen Rife

Healing in the Aftermath of Abortion

Eileen Rife

 

Her urgent voice traveled over the phone line.

“Where are you, honey?” I sat at my station, scribbling notes on a form provided by the crisis pregnancy center.

“I’m in a phone booth. My mom’s in the grocery store, and she wants me to get an abortion, but I don’t want another one. And if Daddy finds out I’m pregnant, he’ll kick me out of the house.”

I’d received many such intake calls over my two years working at the center. Desperate unwed moms, most of them teenagers, crying out for hope and help. Some of them succumbing to abortions, others, thankfully ending up on our doorstep. My heart hurt for them and also for their unborn babies whose lives hung in the balance. I’d seen the prenatal pictures of a baby’s development, but never did the reality of preborn human life hit me harder than in 1981.

In November of that year, my husband and I lost our second baby at four months gestation—a perfectly-formed baby boy spanning the length of the obstetrician’s hand. He called it a “spontaneous abortion.” We called him David Nathaniel.

I had no choice in the abortion. My body simply and horribly rejected my child. I not only grieved over my loss, but for all the babies who had been aborted by choice. And for all the mothers who had been duped into thinking that their babies were merely globs of tissue, easily discarded. To my horror, four years later, we lost another baby—Allison Marie.

Viewing my premature babies, complete with miniature fingernails and tiny toes, gave me a greater appreciation for the sacredness of life at every stage. Sadly, to date, over 50 million babies have died due to abortion on demand. How God’s great heart must grieve over this senseless slaughter of innocent lives. Psalm 139 details how a loving God carefully and meticulously fashions each one of us in the womb, thinks about us day and night, covers us with His hand, and numbers all our days. We are made in His image. So, both preborn babies and their mothers are precious to God. To destroy a life He has created is to tamper with His image. In the case of abortion, a baby’s physical life is destroyed and the mother’s emotional, spiritual, and sometimes even physical well-being is damaged.

Through my novel, Masquerade, I want women who’ve undergone abortion to know that God loves them, just as deeply and completely as He loves their babies. No matter the guilt or grief they carry, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Wounded Healer, stands ready to cover them with His healing and forgiveness (see Isaiah, chapter 53). In addition, I desire women who haven’t experienced an abortion to understand that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. We all need healing in some form, and when we experience God’s forgiveness through Christ, we can approach others with a balance of truth and grace.

 

ABOUT MASQUERADE

A long-buried secret.

An unexpected encounter.

A quest for answers.

Celeste Tatem, a special-education teacher at The Brighton Center in Schreiber, Indiana, couldn’t be more in love with her husband, Joe. But the memory of one day in the past haunts her, threatening their relationship. When Joe dies in a factory explosion, she sinks into depression.

It will take the arrival of a new student, Lily, and her delightful honesty, laughter, and joy at life’s little things to awaken Celeste to hope. When Don, an old flame from college, reenters Celeste’s world, the flickers of love stir once again, and startling questions arise. Questions that threaten to rip the veneer off of her carefully guarded secret. Then the most unexpected thing of all happens….

A story of love and forgiveness in the most unexpected places.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eileen Rife is a multi-published author of both fiction and nonfiction books. She and her husband, Chuck, conduct marriage seminars internationally. Eileen also speaks to women’s groups, encouraging them to discover who they are in Christ and what part they play in His Kingdom story! One of her chief joys is her nine grandchildren and creative writing students who provide her with fun fodder for stories.

Readers may visit Eileen at www.eileenrife.com and www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com.

To check out Masquerade (available in paperback and ebook), along with a full listing of her titles, visit her Author Page at www.amazon.com/author/eileenrife.

What if we tithed 10% of our time?

To hear more about this, you’ll want to listen in to my interview with Steve Repak from 6 Week Money Challenge!

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Today, I have a special guest to share her devotional about tithing our time. Thank you, Sherri Wilson Johnson, for being here and willing to share your thoughts.

Giving your tithe. What a touchy subject for some people. When pastors talk about reaching into your wallet and putting 10% of your income into the offering plate, some of us become prickly like a porcupine. For some, however, giving 10% of their income is no biggie. But when it comes to giving of their time–of themselves–that’s when it becomes really challenging and they (or should I say we) become quite stingy.

Our days are SO full already! How can we take 10% of our time and give it back to the Lord?

There are 24 hours in a day. If we sleep 8 hours, we’re left with 16 awake hours. If we work 8 hours a day, we’re still left with…

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Where Faith and Fiction Collide – Guest Author Bonnie Leon

Bonnie LeonAuthor Bonnie Leon joins us today to share one of her favorite pieces of fiction and how it collides with faith. Bonnie is the author of twenty-two novels, including the recently released Return to the Misty Shore, the popular Alaskan Skies and bestselling The Journey of Eleven Moons. Bonnie’s books are being read internationally and she hears from readers in Australia, Europe, Poland, and even Africa. She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions and especially delights in mentoring young authors. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother and relishing precious time with her aged mother. Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Let’s welcome Bonnie!


I love movies. Some I can watch and re-watch. I recently spent an evening enjoying one of my favorites. And as always, it encouraged me to stand strong and to fearlessly face adversity.

Secretariat is based on a true story about a horse who made history by winning the Triple Crown in 1973 and in a way that has yet to be matched. It would appear to be a story about a horse, but it’s more than that. It’s about the woman who believed in the incredible animal and who had the strength and dedication to make it possible for the big red horse to achieve its purpose.

Penny Chenery Tweedy grew up with a love of horses, spending much of her childhood on her family’s farm, Meadow Stables, where her father ran a thoroughbred racing operation and breeding business.

The movie is visually stunning and emotionally powerful. It opens and closes with scripture from Job 39 that speaks about the War Horse and how it goes into battle unafraid—a picture possibly of how we can face the struggles in our own lives. It says this: (verses 19-25)

“Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?

Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?

It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.

It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.

The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.

In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’

It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.”

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When the movie begins, I’m immediately captivated by the sights and sounds of powerful thoroughbreds waiting for the chutes to open so they can lunge out of the gates and charge forward. I am in the midst of the scene and into the next. Throughout the movie, the sound track is captivating and perfectly synced with the action, and the lyrics match the strength of the composition. I am there.

I’m grateful this movie is so well done because I am pulled into the story in such a way that it makes me desire to be better than I am.

There is a touching scene between Penny and her father, as he’s dying. Her words to him speak loudly to me when she says, “You showed me what it is to stand up in the world and live the way you want to live.” As the scene plays out, I find myself wanting that, to live like that. I don’t want the world telling me who I should be.

And later in the story when she stands up against those who would have her quit she says her father’s legacy to her is not about money, then she goes on to tell them, “You must have the will to win if you can and live with it if you can’t. It’s about life being ahead of you and you run at it because you never know how far you can go unless you run.

Every time I hear these words I know they are true. We have a race to run. If we’re too afraid or too busy, or too tired, or too something to run it we’ll never know what the Lord intended us to do. We’ll have missed our opportunity.

We’re never promised that life will be easy or beautiful, but God assures us that it will have meaning and purpose, if only we will live it, knowing that there will be adversity and yet choosing to trust and to live anyway.

Adversity is what first drew me into writing. Life has seasons and those seasons bring change. It may be adversity that carries me into the next season. I don’t know yet what my future will look like, but with God I know it will be meaningful.

I am not always strong. I’m not always brave. I don’t always stand up for what is right. But I believe in God who is my Father and I trust Him to direct my steps.

I pray that we all will run the race set out for us and discover the beauty of God’s purpose.


Here’s a little bit about Bonnie’s book Return to the Misty Shore:

In the spring of 1885, Luba Engstrom meets Nicholas Matroona, a strong, brooding Native from the island of Unalaska. Against her parents’ wishes, she elopes, believing love will be enough to bridge the gap between the civilized world of Juneau and the primitive culture of Nicholas’s small village. After all, before Luba was born, her mother lived on a wild Alaskan island until she was forced to leave when a tsunami destroyed her people. But from the moment Luba arrives at Nicholas’s home, she struggles to adapt and learn the village ways.
Will the conflict between her husband’s belief in ancient gods and her faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer destroy Luba and Nicholas’s relationship?

You can find out more about Bonnie at:
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Where Faith and Fiction Collide – Guest Author Cynthia Roemer

CYNTHIA ROEMERAuthor Cynthia Roemer joins us today to share her thoughts on where faith and fiction collide. Cynthia holds a B.A. in English from U of I of Springfield, IL, specializing in creative writing. A free-lance writer since 1988, she has over 100 short-stories and articles printed in various Christian publications. Her love of history and writing culminate in this, her debut novel. Under This Same Sky is Book One in her Prairie Sky Series. Cynthia writes from her family farm in Illinois, where she resides with her husband, Marvin, and their two college-aged sons.

Let’s give Cynthia a big welcome!


TOTAL SURRENDER

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? It’s an age-old question that has yet to be fully answered or understood.

The 2006 movie, End of the Spear, tells the story of five brave, young missionaries who travel to Ecuador to reach out to a tribe of natives who’ve never heard the gospel or even seen a white man. The team of missionaries, including Nate Saint and Jim Eliot and their wives, take up residence in a nearby village and begin to carefully plot their method of action.

Phase one starts with them learning some of the language and dropping supplies via a small airplane in hopes of gaining the trust of this isolated people group. The next phase is to make physical contact and even give one native a ride in their plane. Finally, they land on the beach in an attempt to meet with them and share the gospel. But while things seem to be progressing in a friendly manner with the natives, an unexpected turn of events leaves all five missionaries brutally slain on the beach. Despite the fact that they had weapons, amazingly, they refused to fight back.

Even more incredible is the fact that, after the violent death of their husbands, at least two of the missionary wives returned to work with the very people who had murdered their husbands. What a wonderful picture of grace and forgiveness. Their husbands’ lives hadn’t been lost in vain. Instead, their sacrifice had opened the door to fulfilling their dreams of sharing Christ with this unsaved people.

End of the SpearThese valiant men and women were willing to risk and even give their lives for the sake of the gospel. Their courage and commitment to the Lord took everything they had, but in the end became the catalyst to bringing many lost people to the Lord.

I’ve always been intrigued and inspired by individuals who have given their all for the cause of Christ. People like Corrie ten Boom and Jim and Elizabeth Eliot who were willing to surrender their lives completely to the Lord’s bidding, no matter the cost.

I think that’s probably why I chose to write about the theme of “total surrender” in my inspirational historical romance novel, Under This Same Sky.

In the wake of heartache and loss, my main character, Becky Hollister, questions God’s love and presence in her life. Much of the story involves her working out her faith and fears in an attempt to rediscover God’s perfect will and plan for her life. It’s a journey each of us must take as we struggle through life’s challenges and one I hope you’ll choose to travel with Becky as she questions why God allows bad things to happen.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) NIV


Under this Same SkyWhen a tornado strikes Becky Hollister’s farm in the spring of 1854, she must leave the only home she’s ever known, and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Through frequent correspondence with the handsome circuit rider back home, Becky’s heart becomes increasingly knit with his. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
 
Matthew Brody didn’t intend on falling for Becky, but the unexpected relationship, along with the Lord’s gentle nudging, incite him to give up his circuit riding and seek full-time ministry in the town of Miller Creek, with the hope of one day making Becky his bride. But when his old sweetheart comes to town, intent on winning him back—with the entire town pulling for her—Matthew must choose between doing what’s expected and what his heart tells him is right.

You can find out more about Cynthia at her website:  http://cynthiaroemer.com/

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Husband and Wife Team up to Write Christian Fiction

Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are longtime writers of non-fiction books in the educational and inspiration markets. They have for most of their lives been avid readers of mystery/suspense. AS A SHIELD and a previous mystery title are the result of a desire to entertain themselves and others as well as drive home important spiritual messages. Their passion is now “mysteries with a message.”

 

 

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AS A SHIELD is one of four planned Davis Morgan mysteries set in a small North Georgia town. Davis, a pastor for almost twenty-five years, returns to his hometown after the death of his wife, to operate a rare and used bookstore. He is promptly appointed chaplain of the small police department and recruited by city officials to write a history of his home town. Mystery and romance seem always to be lurking around the corner for the popular bookseller.The reoccurring characters such as Charley Nelson, young police officer; Amy Morgan, Davis’s young daughter who is an English teacher; her roommate Deidre, who Davis is more and more drawn to as time passes; Miss Helen, the local historian and a host of others add to the fun and excitement.

A visit to little Adairsville, Georgia will surely be a memorable event for anyone who chooses to drop-in. In AS A SHIELD, Davis, through his encounters with two strange villains, comes to experience for himself the truth of Psalm 5:12, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”


About the Authors: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are a husband/wife team who in the past were active writers of non-fiction material, having, between them, cranked out several books. They are both graduates of Point University and Danny has a Masters from Kentucky Christian University. Danny has spent most of his adult life as a pastor and Wanda as a teacher.Their interest at present lies in the creation of mysteries with a message.

Danny and Wanda are the proud parents of two daughters and five grandchildren. They reside in a little Cape Cod style cottage in the small town in North Georgia that is the setting for their mysteries.

About the Book: Davis Morgan, having left the ministry after the death of his wife, returns to Adairsville, Georgia, his hometown. There he operates a used and rare bookstore while being appointed chaplain of the police department. He and Charley, a young policeman, after discovering the body of a tattooed man find themselves in a serious battle to bring justice to two strange villains who are threating the safety of Davis’s daughter. While all this is going on, Davis is struggling with interpreting his relationship with a young history teacher who happens to be his daughter’s roommate.

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Clash Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Jennifer Vander Klip
and the novel
Protective Custody
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About the book:
A cop burned by love falls for a key witness in a crime implicating the town’s rich and powerful.

Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time. What she saw sends her faith and life into a tailspin. As a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town’s power brokers, doing the right thing may cost her everything. Including her life.

Detective Kyle Taylor is in the midst of solving the town’s worst crime spree, a case that cold make or break his career, when the woman he thinks he might have a future with witnesses a gang initiation gone wrong before they can finish their first date. He has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown. Now he’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.

With more than their future at risk, they must discern betrayal from trust, image from truth while avoiding a danger closer than they think.

Christian Romantic Suspense

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I just kept turning pages to see what would happen next! Can’t wait for the next one!—R. Cole

This is my second novel from Vander Klipp and I continue to be impressed with her writing.–Kelly T.

Add this book to your must-read list!—Regina F.

What COTT Voters Had to Say:

~Great Book, Jennifer! Kept me on the edge of my seat!!
~Jennifer Vanderklipp, keep on writing. Some days it may seem as if no one appreciates
your books, but believe me, we, your readers, are out here just waiting for your next
release. A. Zuniga
~You have an awesome cover.The book sounds great.
~In love with Jennifer’s writings!!!
~Enjoying so many new titles from amazing authors that pour their hearts in to their work. However I have to say that Protective Custody is a nail biter beginning to end. I could not put it down. Kudos to Jennifer Vander Klipp. Looking forward to more great reads from her.
~I like suspense like Jennifer VanderKlipp writes!

About the Author:
I make beauty from neglect, order from chaos. I like fixing messes!

And I get to do that a lot since I’m a mom to two and stepmom to four, navigating the tweens and

teens while battling my daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of my son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California native transplanted to the Midwest, my favorite thing is discovering with my husband how much there is to love about seasons, snow, and the delight that is Michigan.

Upcoming Release:
Promise Me is a prequel novella to Protective Custody, and it is releasing in May. With the same great setting as Protective Custody, (Orange County, California) this story focuses on Cait Bellamy and Grayson Kendall, who make brief appearances in Protective Custody. But we also get introduced to the stars of Protective Custody, Detective Kyle Taylor and Heather McAlistair.

Marketing director for Samashima Family Farms Cait Bellamy, on a break from the endless restoration of her farmhouse, witnesses potentially-devastating vandalism at the farm. Car restoration hobbiest and real estate attorney Grayson Kendall finds himself intrigued by the happenings at the farm which seem to be related to his latest real estate development. He does some digging, unknowingly putting Cait and her beloved farmhouse in danger. Can they both learn trust each other and create something new out of the wreckage their pasts while trying to discover who wants to put the farm out of business?

To find out more about her books, her latest releases, and get free chapters sign up for her newsletter at www.JenniferVanderKlipp.com

Clash of the Titles presents four new springtime reads!

Clash of the Titles presents four new springtime reads! 

Peruse the images, read the blurbs, 

then vote on your favorite in the survey. 

I know which one is my favorite.

Enjoy, dear readers!

 

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He’s a nature photographer returning to make amends, and she’s a camera-shy naturalist seeking privacy. Their love for a boy brings them together, but the camera could drive them apart.

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Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a crime that shakes the roots of the town’s power brokers and sends her life into a tailspin. Previously burned by love, Detective Kyle Taylor has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown, but now he’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.

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She’s ready to fly free of a life-long cocoon; he’s looking for anything but Raine. Can Paradise Pines find a miracle for two unwilling hearts?

 

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When a homeless man rescues Glorilyn Neilson from violent assault, he’s not the man he seems. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?

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Where Faith and Fiction Collide – Guest Author Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn KraftAuthor Tamera Lynn Kraft is my guest today on Where Faith and Fiction Collide. Tamera has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full length novel, Alice’s Notions, is due to be released in April.

Let’s welcome Tamera!


In Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who doesn’t consider himself important, is given the impossible task of destroying an evil ring. By the third movie, he is tired, discouraged, and overwhelmed with the temptation to keep the ring. On his own, he wouldn’t have been able to resist the temptation to give up the quest, but he didn’t give up because God gave him a friend to encourage him and keep him going. God gave him Sam.

Sam doesn’t have a large role in the movie. He’s not the hero. He’s not a king or an elf. He’s only a simple hobbit who is loyal to his friend. Here’s a pivotal conversation from the movie.

Sam: [Both are overcome by exhaustion] Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

Frodo: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food… nor the sound of water… nor the touch of grass. I’m… naked in the dark. There’s… There’s nothing. No veil between me and the wheel of fire. I can see him… with my waking eyes.

Sam: Then let us be rid of it… once and for all. Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you.

Sam reminds me of the verse in Colossians 3:12-14. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Sam is like this. He clothes himself in compassion, kindness, and humility. He puts on the love of God. I want a friend like Sam. I want to be a friend like Sam. This is what being a part of the body of Christ is all about.


Book Blurb: Resurrection of Hope

Resurrection Of HopeShe thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong?

After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.

Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions.

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You can contact Tamera online at these sites.

Website: http://tameralynnkraft.net

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/tamerakraft

Where Faith and Fiction Collide – Guest Author Janell Butler Wojtowicz

Janell Butler WojtowiczAuthor Janell Butler Wojtowicz joins us today to share one of her favorite pieces of fiction and how it collides with faith. Janell was born and raised on an Iowa farm, was one of those kids who loved to write the dreaded “What I did on summer vacation” essay. It’s no surprise that she has spent her entire 30-year career in writing, including journalism, Christian higher education public relations, and local government public information. She is a freelance writer/editor, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Janell and her husband, Frank, live in New Brighton, Minnesota.

Please welcome Janell!


One of the first Christian romances I read was “Rainbow’s End”, by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired, 2007). I was new to writing the genre and was learning the craft by reading novels a dozen at a time. (Tough job, but someone has to do it, right?!) Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of Christian romances, some with strong threads of faith, others with subtle stitching.

But I still return to the story of Keith and Jill in “Rainbow’s End.” In fact, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it. Keith, a pastor who was betrayed. Jill, an artist, who was disfigured. Both widowed. Both wary of, but desperate for love. Both wanting to rescue a little boy, but not sure how. But it was how Keith and Jill’s faith was restored after being broken by loss and the unfairness of life that has stuck with me. Especially after it happened in my family.

I’ve never had my faith shattered by loss. Shaken, yes. My dad died of brain cancer at age 77, just three months after he fell ill. We barely had time to come to grips with the prognosis before he was gone. My mother bravely began a new and often difficult life without her love of 53 years. The death of my 26-year-old nephew in a small plane crash punched me in the gut. However, my grief was more for my brother, sister-in-law and nieces than me. Then our family suffered a different kind of brokenness when my cousin was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Both my father and nephew died while I was writing my novel, “Embracing Hope”, a story of loss and brokenness. Fiction had hit too close to home and I had to put the novel on the shelf during those times. Like my characters, and Keith and Jill, my family struggled with their faith and questioned God. Why was life so hard and unfair? Once time had passed I found it natural—even cathartic to insert fragments of my family’s experiences in “Embracing Hope.”

Of course, “Rainbow’s End” and my novel have happy endings. In fiction—Christian fiction especially—tragedies are overcome, faith is renewed, wonderful new lives ensue. You close the book with a sigh of contentment and a smile, then move on to the next story.

But we all know from experience that happy endings are elusive in reality. We move from crisis to crisis with periods of peace, success and happiness tucked in between. We wonder why some suffer more than others. We grumble about those who never seem to suffer.

Yet we press on, resting on the fact—not fiction!—that someday our family will experience the grandest of happy endings with reunions and perfect bodies in heaven.

Until then, the trials and losses on earth will continue, which is where we have to let faith take over. Faith that God will work everything together for good. Faith in things hoped for, but not yet seen. Faith that brings victory to overcome the world.

Here’s a description for Janell’s new book:

“Embracing Hope”

Embracing HopeChristian college dean Drew McKinley mourns his dead wife and still wears his wedding ring. He stumbles on a desperate journey to understand God’s motives for her tragic death. Crossing his perilous path is Allison, a graduate student and new employee in the dean’s office. Even as she deals with financial hardships, she recognizes Drew’s unresolved grief from her own loss. Putting up a roadblock is Chris Whitney, the handsome but egotistical student senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?

For more information about Janell, check out these links:

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