Today I’m giving away a copy of my newest release, FOREVER SAFE, which is part of my lighthouse series. Although it’s the fourth book, they’re all stand-alones (meaning you won’t be confused if you read them out of order).
When you get to the bottom of this post, make sure you enter the giveaway for your choice of either a print OR ebook of FOREVER SAFE!
One of the things I especially love about a book’s release is seeing the various ways that God uses the themes, messages, and spiritual truths within the book to bless people. It’s really interesting to note that readers often have varying reactions to the same story.
So much goes into a reading experience, doesn’t it? We bring our backgrounds, prejudices, values, world views, past hurts, present struggles, and so much more. Sometimes our reading experience is even influenced by our hormones, stress, and the amount of sleep we get.
In other words, we all carry some amount of bias into our reading experience. Sometimes a book that someone else is raving about may not resonate with us simply because the message or theme doesn’t hit us the same way it did the other person. Other times we may love a book that someone else couldn’t stand.
Whatever the case may be, I love hearing how my books touch a reader in a special way. FOREVER SAFE did just that with one of my Influencers, Rachael Merritt. After Rachael read the book, she sent me a beautiful message that really touched me in return.
I asked her if I could share a little bit of it with you here today. FOREVER SAFE involves a couple of characters who have physical disabilities, showing their struggles and fears as well as their methods of handling their impairments.
The struggles of the characters in FOREVER SAFE really resonated with Rachael. In high school, during a regular basketball game, she experienced a strange loss of energy and stamina. A week later she was bedridden and unable to walk or feed herself. And strangely the condition didn’t go away.
For a long time, doctors were confounded by what was wrong, until eventually after numerous tests, they diagnosed Rachael with a genetic disorder called dystonia which is a muscular disorder similar to Parkinson’s disease.
She never imagined she would get married, was in fact, totally against it. Because of her crippling condition, she’d resolved herself to a life of singleness. God had other plans for her and brought her husband into her life (in an amazing story of faithfulness, which you can read more about on Rachael’s website).
She and her husband even have a beautiful daughter now (who posed for a picture with my book!). Although the health problems persist, God has used Rachael’s story to provide inspiration and encouragement to others (including me!).
Rachael said this: “This book really connected with me…oh, how I understood the fear! Thanks much for writing a book with people who have physical challenges and emotional challenges. It’s rather rare to find characters with major physical limitations in books. This book will be on my forever shelves!”
Isn’t it awesome how books have a special way of drawing us in and meeting us right where we need it most, almost as if God ordained it?
How about YOU? What book have you read recently that especially touched you?
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