It's a special day - Book giveaway Wednesday and guest blogger day. This week my guest is Susan Reinhardt. Welcome, Susan.
But before I can go any further I have to share something special. It's my son's birthday! He's thirty-eight (so hard to believe) and from the first day we met he has blessed me. He's now a fine man.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAUL!
Some summer fun when we were all younger.
Okay ... I just had to get that out of my system before I could get on with today's guest.
Her passion for faith and freedom are reflected in her characters and stories. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and represented by Joyce Hart, of
Hartline Literary Agency.
A widow, stepmom, daughter, and follower of Jesus Christ, Susan resides in Pennsylvania and is active in her church. Her interests include reading, bargain hunting,
and searching for small treasures in antique shops.
Propelled into the Future
There are times when we face crossroads in life, and our decisions affect our future. In 2002, I came to one such crossroad.
The Lord began prompting me to go back to Bible School. What??? I had a stable job after years of getting downsized. My roots were deep in the area where I lived. The ultimate argument: I've done this before, completing Bible School many years ago. Why
was it necessary to go again?
Besides, I was scared.
After arguing with the Lord for about five months, I gave up and made the necessary preparations to enroll in school. As part of my commitment, I cancelled my membership in eHarmony.com. I released all my hopes, dreams, and visions for the future to the Lord.
Not long after, a strange thing occurred. I received an email from eHarmony that I had a match. Puzzled, I sought counsel. My best friend shrugged it off with, "Nothing's ever worked out with those matches before. Once he finds out you're headed for Bible School,
that will be the end."
But it wasn't the end.
The very thing I thought would doom a possible relationship attracted the love of my life. We began communicating via eHarmony and then by telephone. After meeting in person,
he called me and asked if I wanted to go forward. When I replied I was interested, he made a statement that almost made me faint. "Good, because I'm going to marry you."
Let me interject here that I don't recommend this as a normal way of approaching marriage. I wasn't on the rebound, and neither was he. God prepared us both over the years for this time. I'd heard many horror stories and prayed fervently for wisdom.
We were married a little over a year later. That one act of obedience to the Lord's direction brought a special man into my life and opened the door to pursuing publication.
My husband supported my writing and encouraged me to attend local writers conferences. Without him, I doubt The Moses Conspiracy, the first book of the trilogy, would have been written.
I'd been writing devotionals, pieces for anthologies, and short articles for a variety of publications. In December of 2004, we were standing in Gettysburg town square surrounded by historic buildings. I "heard" the voices of the forefathers as fading echoes.
While I knew this experience was significant, all attempts to write about it failed. We put it on the back burner and prayed, knowing the Lord would show us what direction to take. Eight months later, we were talking about "the Gettysburg experience," when my husband declared, "That's it! That's your book, and you'll write it in four months and call it Ghosts of the Past."
I thought he was crazy, but caught the vision. In four months, I had a 55,000-word manuscript. The book went through a couple of name changes and a lot of revisions. I cut my writing teeth on The Moses Conspiracy.
I wish I could say the road was always smooth, but it wasn't. Trouble comes to everyone, but how we deal with it makes all the difference. With my husband's love and support, I got a head start on writing. When he passed away from leukemia three and a half years after we married, I thought my life was over.
The Lord picked up the broken pieces of my heart and made them into a beautiful mosaic. I poured myself into writing, taking care of my Mom, working, and serving the Lord. He gave me new purpose and direction. In 2013, my first three books were published through a small press. I only wish my Beloved could have shared those special events.
Recently, my fourth book, Out of the Mist, released. It's the third book in The Moses Trilogy. Every time I hold one of these volumes in my hand, the faithfulness of God overwhelms me.
All of this happened because of a single decision to walk with the Lord.
Thank you, Susan. What a beautiful story.
Susan has a new book, Out of the Mist, book three in the Moses Conspiracy.
What a great title and beautiful cover.
Kendra Marshall - feisty, determined, and anti-Christian - crashes into the lives of the Zimmerman/Gruber family and their friends. The New Patriot organization, their long-time enemy, tries to use her as bait to flush them out of hiding. Will she end up being a blessing or a curse?
Amazon Link for Out of the Mist:
Susan is giving away an ebook copy of the first book in the trilogy, The Moses Conspiracy. To be entered in the drawing just leave a comment along with your email address so Susan can contact the winner.
Amazon Link for The Moses Conspiracy:
Last week's winner of Easy Prey by Lisa Phillips is Rebecca Booth! Congratulations Rebecca.
I'll be back to visit again soon. Grace and peace to you from God,