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Main Character Monday – Anne Carty

keeper of coinWelcome to Main Character Monday. It’s a little different than my regular blog posts, a little more lighthearted. But stick with it, and you just might find some characters you’d like to read more about. And even though it isn’t my usual devotional style, you may still come away with an encouraging word from the Word. I hope you enjoy MainCharacter Monday!

 

Today’s Guest is Anne Carty from Keeper of Coin by Mary Kay Tuberty. Thank you for joining me.

 

It is a pleasure to come to know you Heather.

What is your favorite book of the Bible from both the Old and New Testament?

Genesis, for sure.  Each evening back home in Ireland, my father read to us from the bible. He began with the first chapter of Genesis. We children heard the words so many times that as he began with ‘In the beginning…’ we recited the rest along with him. Ah my, that is one of my dearest memories of home. I can hear their sweet voices now.

In the New Testament, there is no question: the story of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke. Father held it so special, he read it only on Christmas Eve, and we all treasured the words.

 Those sound like wonderful family memories. If you could meet anyone from scripture, not including Jesus, who would it be?

Jesus’ mother. I have always wondered about her. She was so young. Did her mother help her with the baby? Could she cook? And how did she bear the heartbreak of her sons’ death?

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about Mary that way. What kind of mother was she on a day to day basis? That’s a great idea to think about. Jesus had twelve disciples. Which one do you feel you are most like?

I suppose it would be Thomas. Like him, I am forever questioning. When my father said go to America, bring your brothers and sisters out to join you, I doubted I could accomplish the task. Unlike Thomas, though, I was afraid to ask too many questions and simply did his bidding. I am not sure which of us Jesus would prefer.

I’m so thankful Jesus understands both the questioner and the one who sometimes fears bringing the questions to him. And it’s wonderful when he answers the questions we’re afraid to ask.

Jesus says we are to be His light in the world. What does this mean to you?

In my position as shop girl in Dempseys Bakery, I endeavor to treat each customer who comes through the door as a child of God. I must say it is not always an easy task. Thank you for reminding me Heather, I will begin early tomorrow morning, attempting to be Jesus’ light.

If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Leaving my brothers and sisters behind in Ireland and sailing off to America felt like ripping away parts of my skin, surely it was the most difficult thing I have ever done. I work hard to fill every moment of my day or else I would be in a constant state of weeping for missing them all.

Sounds like you really have a heart for your family. I wish you well in your efforts to bring them to you in America.

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate?  I had never tasted chocolate until I came to America, but Mary Dempsey’s dark chocolate frosting is a wonderful thing to behold. When I have an opportunity to taste milk chocolate, I’ll let you know my favorite.

Roses or Daisies?  Daisies bloom in profusion everywhere in St. Louis. They are so cheerful and colorful I just love them. Though my customers tell me many ladies in the city grow roses and some compete to cultivate new varieties, I have seen but few of them.

Salad or Soup? Soup. Thanks to our wonderful cook, Mary, we often enjoy tasty soup here at Dempseys. Salad is another new taste I am only now beginning to appreciate.

If you, Anne Carty, could describe Mary Kay Tuberty in three words, what would those words be?

Serious and hard-working, like her great-grandmother. However, I do believe she is more accustomed to idleness and frivolous pursuits than I’ve ever had an opportunity to experience. (Sorry I’ve replied with more than three words. I am an Irish girl, you know.)

I want to thank Anne Carty for joining me today. If you would like to find out more about Anne’s story, Keeper of Coin by Mary Kay Tuberty is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book forms. While you’re there, you can also pick up the other two books in the Carty sisters trilogy, Keeper of Trust and Keeper of Flame.

 

Real Character Monday

I need your help. Think about your favorite book characters. What makes them your favorites? Do they share a common trait, talent, or temperament? Do all your favorite characters herd sheep or make origami? Do they all come from the deep south or from the wilds of the Alaskan wilderness? Do you favor the blonde hair, blue eyes, and golden tan of the stereotypical surfer? Maybe you prefer auburn hair and green eyes?

If you’re like me, your favorite characters are probably not chosen because of any of the criteria above. Instead, you choose your favorite characters based on, well, their character. Maybe you choose your favorites because they are shining examples of what a believer should be. They have unshakeable faith in the midst of challenging circumstances. They choose the right path, even when tempted toward the wrong one. They are champions of the faith, and you can’t help applauding their ability to live God’s way on every page.

Maybe these are the characters you are drawn to. There’s nothing wrong with that. But I am not. I actually find them a little discouraging. We all know those believers in real life who seem to have it all together. In our heads we know they have to mess up sometimes, but we never see it. Everything they say and do is the perfect extension of their faith. I’m happy for them. Really I am. I’m glad they have it all together. But that’s not my life.

I mess up all the time. I’m not proud of it. I don’t want it to be that way, but I don’t have it all together. Being around the people who do or who present the public picture of perfection only serves to highlight how far I am from where I should be. Why can’t I seem to get it together like they have? I love God. I have faith. I want to be the person He wants me to be. So, what’s the problem? It can be discouraging in real life, and I’m not drawn to it in the characters I love either.

I want to read about characters I relate to. I want to be encouraged through reading about God using someone who gets as much wrong as they get right. I want to see God using the willing person, even if the willing person is sometimes guilty of rushing ahead of God or being hesitant to move at all. I want to see God redeem a sinful past or present when the character has repented of their sin. I want to see God working in the life of a character who sometimes struggles with their faith when the going gets tough. I can relate to these people, and I find it encouraging. Their faults seal them in my reader’s heart.

But don’t I want to read about people who exemplify the same wholesomeness and holiness as the heroes of faith from scripture? Yes, I do. That’s why I’m drawn to the flawed character. I love the one who struggles with too much ego and impulsiveness only to be tempered through trials like Peter. My heart aches for the one who has to deal with painful, guilt inducing consequences of previous sin and still keep moving forward in their faith like Paul. And as mad as his actions make me, I can’t help finding encouragement in the fact that a man who would sleep with another man’s wife, connive to cover up his sin, and then arrange to have her husband killed when he’s too honorable to comply is described in scripture as a man after God’s own heart. David became one of the most adored kings of Israel, even though he acted despicably during the whole Bathsheba incident. And looking past their failures, you can find why he and the others are heroes of the faith despite their imperfections.

When Nathan confronted David with his sin, David was heartbroken. Psalm 51 describes the depth of pain he felt over his sin and how intense his desire was to be purged of that sin and reconciled with God. When Peter’s eyes were opened to the way he betrayed Jesus in denying Him, Peter was distraught. He wept over his sin. He longed to be restored. Paul didn’t hide from his past sins. In fact, he claimed them as an example to others. He listed his spiritual pedigree that should have set him apart as holier than thou, but reminded his readers that those things were not of God at all. They were against God and worthless in respect to the real relationship with God that he came to have.

These are the reasons such broken failures are faithful heroes. Their desires for godliness were strong even when their flesh was weak. These heroes didn’t have it all together, but they had faith. They had repentant hearts, and they desired to move past their failures and let God use them. God honored that desire in their lives. And since He is the same God today that He was then, I find encouragement in their stories knowing He will do the same in my life. That’s the kind of character I love, and that’s the kind of character I want to be.

By the Book: Which true stories of the faith do you find most encouraging? If someone wrote a book about your life, what kind of character would you be?

Main Character Monday – Anna Hartwell

safeWelcome to Main Character Monday. It’s a little different than my regular blog posts, a little more lighthearted. But stick with it, and you just might find some characters you’d like to read more about. And even though it isn’t my usual devotional style, you may still come away with an encouraging word from the Word. I hope you enjoy Main Character Monday!

 

Today’s Guest is Anna Hartwell from Safe Refuge by Pamela S. Meyers. Thank you for joining me Anna.

Is there a person from the Bible that you most relate to?

Ruth. My parents had set up my arranged marriage just days after my birth with a boy who grew to be an abusive and hateful man. I had to lean heavily on God and seek his will during that time leading up to our ceremony, all the while praying for an escape before I found myself exchanging vows with a man I detested. I can identify with Ruth because she left all she was familiar with and followed her widowed mother-in-law to another land and adopted their ways and found her kinsman redeemer. Readers will better understand this after they read my story in Safe Refuge.

What has been the most difficult lesson God has taught you? 

What Proverbs 5: 3-7 says is true. I’m to trust in God with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding. In His due time (not my timetable) he will make my paths straight.

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Is there one of these characteristics you find easier to show than the others?   

I seem to come to kindness naturally and I’ve learned that is likely one of my God-given gifts.

Which one is the most challenging for you?

Self-control and patience have taken some work. When it seems the odds are against me, I tend to lose patience and that’s when I’m not so kind after all.

If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Trust in Jeremiah 29: 11-13.  One of your more modern Bible translations than the one I use says it this way: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

If you keep those words from the Lord close to you heart, especially when things get tough you can make it through just about anything. God has been my safe refuge all my life and He’s never let me down.

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? I prefer dark, but will never turn down chocolate of any kind.

Beach or Mountains?  Mountains definitely. I like the beach, but you can only spend a little while there before you have to get out of the sun. Mountains, no matter the weather draw me in.

Sweet Tea or Lemonade?  Sweet tea for sure. Being a northerner, I didn’t taste it ever until I traveled to Alabama where my mom’s ancestral family is rooted. I thought I’d find it too cloying but I loved it. Nowadays, we have sweet tea in the north. Not as much as the South, but it is around.

If you could describe Pamela Meyers in three words, what would those words be?

Loyal, Creative, Trusted

I want to thank Pamela Meyers for letting us have this time with Anna. If you’d like to get to know Anna better, you can get your copy of Safe Refuge from Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats.

Main Character Monday 12

Welcome to Main Character Monday. It’s a little different than my regular blog posts, a little more lighthearted. But stick with it, and you just might find some characters you’d like to read more about. And even though it isn’t my usual devotional style, you may still come away with an encouraging word from the Word. I hope you enjoy Main Character Monday!

Today’s Guest is Taylor Martin from Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley. Thank you for joining me.

What is your favorite book of the Bible from both the Old and New Testament?

Since David is my favorite character in the Bible, it’ll have to be two books—First and Second Samuel.

I guess we can let a second book slide since it’s more like part one and part two! If you could meet anyone from scripture, not including Jesus, who would it be?

It would be David…and Paul.

Okay, now you’re just pushing the rules. It would be interesting to meet David, but I see why you’d like to meet Paul too. He’s my personal pick.

Jesus had twelve disciples. Which one do you feel you are most like?

I am so much like Peter it’s not even funny. Always rushing in when I should sit back and wait. I wish I were more like John.

Being a John instead of a Peter can definitely keep you out of trouble sometimes, but every personality has strengths and weaknesses. This world needs people who are like both Peter and John. I’m sure God is using your impulsiveness to help change lives. 

Jesus says we are to be His light in the world. What does this mean to you?

It means I should shine so brightly for Him that everyone who sees me will want what I have! Kate Adams always said we’re the only Bible some people will ever read.

Those are very wise words to remember. If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

I didn’t trust God because my earthly father ran out on me, but I’d like everyone to know that God isn’t like anyone on earth. He is totally trustworthy and just waiting for us to realize it. We might go through hard things, but He’s right there with us.

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark chocolate.

Roses or Daisies? Patricia likes Daisies, but I like Roses.

Salad or Soup? Salad with raspberry vinaigrette! Or maybe potato soup…

If you, Taylor Martin could describe Patricia Bradley in three words, what would those words be?

Impossible—she decided Nick Sinclair would make a great love interest!

Crazy – for the same reason;

Thorough—she did so much research for Shadows of the Past.

I want to thank Taylor for being my guest today. If you haven’t checked it out yet, and you enjoy a good suspense, head over to Amazon to get your copy of Shadows of the Past. You can also get the rest of the Logan Point series from Patricia Bradley.

You can learn more about Patricia Bradley at www.ptbradley.com

MCM: Heroes and Villains Edition

Usually on Main Character Monday I feature the main protagonist, the hero, from one of the books I’ve reviewed. We love our main characters. They give us something to aspire to. They remind us of us. We connect to their stories, and we are firmly in their corners. We learn with them, hurt with them, and laugh with them. Their lives, the growth they go through during the time of the story, encourage and challenge us in our own lives.

But what would a main character be without their antagonist, their villain? These are the characters created to receive our dislike. They are the ones challenging the characters we love. Sometimes they act in deplorable ways. Even the less vile ones exhibit characteristics that simply rub us the wrong way. Their methods, their driving forces, are not things we aspire to. We don’t want to see ourselves in these characters. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t as necessary to the story, and it doesn’t mean there aren’t lessons we can take from them as well.

Often, the antagonist of a story isn’t what you would term a true villain. They aren’t pure evil. They aren’t psychopaths. These certainly exist in stories, but what about the others? Some of the most strongly written antagonists have stories that are just as compelling as their heroic counterparts. They are stories of hurt, pain, disillusionment, disappointment, and torment that twist the hearts and minds of the antagonist.

Kristen Heitzmann is an expert at creating this type of character. Her antagonists are so complex that to use them as an example would give away too much of the stories she’s written. I found only one of these characters that I feel I can share anything about in the novel The Edge of Recall. He is a young man with a more than troubled past. Hidden since childhood from a world that is less than understanding and far from kind, Donny knows to survive he has to stay invisible. However, when developers threaten to unearth the only home, the only safe place he has ever known, Donny realizes the only way to protect himself is to get rid of them. Donny has spent years honing the skills he needs to survive, including breaking into houses and stealing what he needs. He puts these skills to use as he terrorizes those he believes wants to rip his home away from him.

Donny is far from being the only antagonist in the story, but his part in the novel is equally terrible and heartbreaking. He does some horrible things in his attempts to keep himself safe. And we realize actions have consequences no matter their motivation. But at the same time, Heitzmann gives us a clear picture of the pain that molded him into the man he became. This is where we find our challenge.

Donny didn’t set out to be the bad guy. People rarely do. Hurt and fear can push people to things they never would have imagined possible. Again, I don’t say that as an excuse to justify wrong actions. There are plenty of people that find something to hold onto, to encourage them to rise above the sad tales of their pasts. Even for those who don’t there is still accountability. But there is a level of accountability for believers as well.

Scripture tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. The New Testament tells us in many different ways to bear with each other in patience and love. Our battle cry when we are faced with the topics of abortion or euthanasia is “God made us all. We’re all loved by Him. We all have a purpose and deserve a chance at life.” It may be right, but what about when we’re faced with someone different than us? Do we cringe and pass to the other side of the street when we see the literally dirty, smelly old man coming? Do we make a moment’s stilted conversation and excuse ourselves as quickly as possible when we come in contact with someone who has a mental challenge, physical defect, or is just plain socially awkward? What about that annoying person who always seems to want to be around us? How do we treat him?

How many have suffered mentally and emotionally at our own hands because we were too uncomfortable to deal with them in love and patience? How many have internalized the pain and poured it out on others, when a simple act of kindness could have given them something to hold onto, could have given them hope? Please understand, I am not saying we are responsible for their actions. Everyone has choices. But we are responsible for our actions, and those actions can cut deeper than we realize.

James 1:27 gives us the definition of pure religion according to God. In addition to living a life that is undefiled, he says it is “to visit widows and orphans in their distress”. How often are we guilty of brushing off the cranky old widow or needy little kid? Of looking only at our own needs and the needs of those in our immediate circle? Micah 6:8 says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” When we as believers start doing justly and loving mercy, when we act in patience and in love, we can become God’s hope for someone who’s hurting. We can’t make them choose the hero’s life over the villain’s life, but we can show them there is a better way. Isn’t it time we did our part to ease and heal the hurts of those God has brought into our lives?

Main Character Monday 11 Plus Giveaway

Main ChaGuilt by Association FB sizeracter Monday is a little different than my regular blog posts, but interviewing the characters of the books I review is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy them too!

If you stopped by yesterday and read the Guilt By Association book review, you’ll be happy to hear today’s guest is none other than Tess Spencer  from  Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert. And in addition to a great interview, Tess (and her author, Heather) are giving away an e-book copy of Guilt By Association to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is comment below. 

Thank you for joining me, Tess.

 

 

Is there a person from the Bible that you most relate to?

I’d probably have to say Ruth, because I live right next to my mother-in-law, and I hope I never move away from her. Nikki Jo Spencer is one of a kind, and she’s been more of a mother to me than my own mom. Bad mother-in-law jokes actually make me cringe.

That sounds like a great mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship and a great blessing for you. Thinking back what has been the most difficult lesson God has taught you?

I think one lesson God has to keep teaching me is to consult Him before I charge into things alone. I’ve always been the one to take care of myself in life (until I got married), and it’s my tendency to rush to people’s rescue, whether I’m fully prepared to do it or not. I know God gave me this protective personality, but I won’t help anyone unless I have the power of the Lord on my side before I’m face to face with evil.

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Is there one of these characteristics you find easier to show than the others?

I don’t know—that feels kind of like bragging, and I don’t like braggarts. 🙂 But I am very faithful to those I love, I will say that.

Okay, let’s look at it from the other direction. Which one is the most challenging for you?

I’m sure my beloved husband, Thomas, would say it’s self-control. When we first married, I had more of a temper (ask him about the red velvet cupcake incident), and I’ve had to work on that. But I still have trouble reining myself in when mysterious things start happening to my friends or when people act like bullies.

I definitely need to find out more about that cupcake incident sometime. However, we are getting close to wrapping things up. If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Don’t be afraid to stand up for the weak and for what’s right. Things might not work out the way you’d hoped, but we know “The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33)

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk, because added sugar is always fun.

Beach or Mountains? Mountains, because I live in the mountains and they comfort me.

Sweet Tea or Lemonade? Sweet tea, although Nikki Jo’s lemonade is amazing.

How would you describe Heather Day Gilbert in three words?

What a funny question! I kind of know that gal…let’s see. How about protective, genuine, and relentless? She doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who would back down…kind of like me in that way, I suppose.

Thank you Tess for joining me tonight. I’m sure readers will want to find out more about you and your mystery solving adventures. All three books in the A Murder in the Mountains series can be purchased from Amazon. HeatherDayGilbert smaller

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes contemporary mystery/suspense and Viking historicals. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Find out more at heatherdaygilbert.com.

Main Character Monday #10

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Usually, I review the book before I interview the character. However, since I don’t want to interrupt the Cover to Cover series, I’m going to switch things up today. My review of The Seer by Erin Howard will be posted as soon as the Cover to Cover series is wrapped up.

Today’s Guest is Thea Elliot from The Seer by Erin R. Howard.

Thank you for joining me.

 

What is your favorite book of the Bible from both the Old and New Testament?

The book of Psalms is my favorite, probably because I could always find my dad reading it.

 If you could meet anyone from scripture, not including Jesus, who would it be?

I’ve always wanted to meet the angel, Gabriel. But now Matthias has shown up, so he might be able to schedule a meeting.

Jesus had twelve disciples. Which one do you feel you are most like? 

Perhaps Thomas would be closest. He had to see the scars on Jesus’s hands and side for himself. I’m sort of the same way. It’s not that I doubt everything, but I like to see things myself.

Jesus says we are to be His light in the world. What does this mean to you?

It probably means to help people or show them the way to go, but I’m not exactly a social butterfly and that would require me to talk to people. Do I have to know what I’m supposed to do to help someone else out?

If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Only when we are faced with the impossible, do we find out what we can truly do.

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, I’m not picky, I love it all.

Roses or Daisies? Roses

Salad or Soup? Salad

If you could describe Erin Howard in three words, what would those words be? 

Busy. Crafty. Loyal.

I want to thank Thea and Erin for letting my do this interview. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, head over to Amazon to get your copy of The Seer. It is available in e-book and paperback formats. Though Thea alluded to meeting an angel in the interview, stay tuned for the book review. You’ll be introduced to an unlikely group of heroes made up of a couple humans, an angel, and even a demon. 

Main Character Monday with a Twist

Each Monday, I introduce you to one character from the books I’ve read and reviewed. I interview these characters via their authors. But this week, it’s your turn. I’m going to pose a single question, and I want you to answer it. Only, don’t answer it as you. I want you to get into the mind of your favorite character from a Christian Fiction book that you’ve read. Answer the question in the way you believe that character would answer.

Leave your character’s answer in the comments section. (Authors: No choosing your own character. You know your characters. Today, you’re answering as any other reader would.) Also let us know what book the character is from and the author’s name. With everyone participating, we can all come away introduced to some new books to add to our To Be Read lists.

Come up with your own answer before you read anyone else’s replies. This will help you keep thinking like your character instead of thinking like yourself or anyone else. I’ll be participating too. You can find my character’s answer in the comments section.

Main Character Monday Question:

What is the single event you would change in your life, if you could?

Main Character Monday #8

Faiths Journey

Welcome to Main Character Monday. It’s a little different than my regular blog posts, a little more lighthearted. But stick with it, and you just might find some characters you’d like to read more about. And even though it isn’t my usual devotional style, you may still come away with an encouraging word from the Word. I hope you enjoy Main Character Monday!

 

Today’s Guest is Katie McGowan from Faith’s Journey by Heather Greer. Thank you for joining me.

What is your favorite book of the Bible from both the Old and New Testament?

I like Genesis. It’s all about real people who are doing their best to follow God, but they mess up, constantly. I think it gives people like me hope when we see the list of the faithful in Hebrews and can go back and see they aren’t included because they’re perfect.

If you could meet anyone from scripture, not including Jesus, who would it be?

Jacob and David are definitely out. They each took turns as a betrayer in their individual stories, and that hits a little too close to home for me. Maybe I’d like to meet Paul. Yeah, I’d definitely like to meet him. Talk about a redemption story. That man messed up so much before he gave his life to God. And we’re not just talking everyday mess ups. The man was murdering Christians. I’ve done a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have, but I’ve never killed anyone. If God can use a man like Paul, there’s hope for me too.

Jesus had twelve disciples. Which one do you feel you are most like?

I hate to admit it, but I’d have to say Thomas. Thomas had doubts. I don’t think scripture ever says why he doubted, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. He doubted. His faith waivered. For a long time, so did mine. I watched too many people who claimed to be people of faith living like everyone else. Their lives weren’t changed at all. I couldn’t help wondering if God was really who He says He is, wouldn’t it make a difference?  It took Austin to put me on the path to understanding I’d been putting my faith in God’s people and not God himself.  And of course, people fail.

Jesus says we are to be His light in the world. What does this mean to you?

Used to I would have said it means we need to share the truth about who Jesus is with those who don’t know Him. Now, I believe it’s more than that. God wants us to live like Jesus did, love the things Jesus loved, and desire the things Jesus desired. When we let God into every part of how we live and think, it shows. I think this is how we become His light in the world.

If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Don’t let your past keep you from living God’s future for you. Chase after a relationship with Him, and He will show you His purpose for you.

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark, if I have to choose one, but I prefer the white chocolate in Austin’s white chocolate, cranberry and macadamia nut scones!

Roses or Daisies? Daisies. Roses are too pretentious.

Salad or Soup? There’s nothing better than taco soup on a cool evening.

If you could describe Heather Greer in three words, what would those words be? Messy, honest, geeky. Don’t get her started on Doctor Who or Lord of the Rings. You’ll be there all night. 

If you would like to get to know Katie better, you can purchase Faith’s Journey on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats.

Main Character Monday #7

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Welcome to Main Character Monday. It’s a little different than my regular blog posts, a little more lighthearted. But stick with it, and you just might find some characters you’d like to read more about. And even though it isn’t my usual devotional style, you may still come away with an encouraging word from the Word. I hope you enjoy Main Character Monday!

 

Today’s Guest is Becky Hollister  from Under This Same Sky  by Cynthia Roemer. Thank you for joining me Becky.

Could you please share with us your favorite Bible verse?

Yes. My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” sayeth the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse took on so much meaning for me after my ma and sister died and my pa lost his sight. When we relocated to St. Louis for him to attend the school for the blind, I thought the Lord had abandoned us and life would never be the same. Little did I know, He would take the ashes of my life and bring about untold blessings.

Is there a person from the Bible that you most relate to?

My friend, Jimmy Bodine, likened me to Abraham. (Smile) That may seem funny, but when I was away from home, all I wanted was to return and have things as they once were. Jimmy told me home was my Isaac—the one thing I held back from the Lord. Through my experiences in St. Louis, the Lord was teaching me to depend on Him, that He was what I really needed. I’m so grateful for His love and guidance. He turned my shallow faith into heartfelt relationship, and my sorrow into joy!

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Is there one of these characteristics you find easier to show than the others?

Most likely faithfulness.  Though my faith was shaken by my hardships, I never lost sight of God, never allowed the root of my faith to die. Was there anger? Yes. Doubts?  Most certainly. But the Lord never let go of me. And now that I see His hand on my life, I’m more determined than ever to remain faithful!

Which one is the most challenging for you?

Patience! I don’t know how many times I tried to take things into my own hands, wanting things to happen on my time and way instead of God’s. It’s so hard not knowing what’s ahead and fully trusting in the Lord.

If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

That no matter what they go through, God is with them, cheering them on, holding them in the palm of His hand. He loves us, even in our doubts and questions, and He wants the best for our lives.

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate?  Definitely milk chocolate.

Beach or Mountains?  Mountains!

Sweet Tea or Lemonade?  Lemonade

If you could describe Cynthia Roemer in three words, what would those words be?

Quiet, dedicated, faithful

I’d like to thank Cynthia Roemer for allowing me to interview Becky Hollister. If you’d like to get to know her better, please check out Under This Same Sky on Amazon!

You can learn more about Cynthia and her writing at cynthiaroemer.com and follow her on Facebook at AuthorCynthiaRoemer.

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