Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Inspiration

Yesterday, in the paper, there was an inspiring story about a new local author.  Her first book is being published online.  The genre she writes in is paranormal romance, which is not my thing at all, but to know that there’s another woman locally who is just starting out on her author’s path is very inspiring.  It really gives me hope that one day that can be me.  I visited her blog and will start following her successes in the world of books.  It's so exciting!

My other inspiration over this past weekend, came when I wasn’t feeling too hot.  It's amazing that it could happen when you're under the weather.  Other than one small outing to church on Saturday night, I was confined to the couch or bed.  So, I had to find something to do.  It was a perfect opportunity to work on my book.  I was able to get quite a bit done on the first chapter.  It’s almost finished and I’m really excited to get that far.  In the past, I’ve written complete chapters and even complete shorts; but not to this professionalism (at least I hope).  So, I’m very excited and it has inspired me to write more.  It was nice to know that even during my time of not being able to do much, I was actually able to accomplish quite a bit.

Between these two events, I’m very excited about the future and what it may hold.  I just know that one day, that newspaper article will be about my new book being published.  I can’t wait!

P.S.  On the way to work this morning, another idea came to me, too!  So, I will add it to my idea log.  This one was a teen theme and is inspired by events from my school years.

Friday, February 11, 2011

"A Dad of His Own" by Gail Gaymer Martin

Gail Gaymer Martin brings us another wonderful book with “A Dad of His Own.”  We’re introduced to her new series Dreams Come True in this story.  Dreams Come True is an organization that helps seriously ill children realize they’re biggest wishes - a topic that will touch everyone’s heart.  I was curious how she would wrap a love story around such a serious issue, but she does this marvelously.  Not only does she tell us the wonderful story of single mother Lexie Carlson and Dreams Come True board member Ethan Fox, we get to learn about Cooper and his fight with Leukemia.

First of all, Cooper is a wonderful little boy.  He just wants to be a normal kid.  Go to school, play catch and have fun!  Unfortunately, his illness keeps him from enjoying those things, but he keeps his spirits up.  He loves to read and can’t get enough of books.  His child-like faith is a lesson to us all.

Lexie, on the other hand, struggles with her belief in God.  After the heartbreak of a bad relationship and through the hardships that Cooper endures, she struggles with believing a loving God could let these things happen.  This is where Gail does a fabulous job of showing a very realistic doubt of God’s love and she brings us Ethan, to be there for Lexie during her moments of uncertainty.

Ethan is strong in his faith, even after losing his wife to cancer.  He finds it difficult to open up to love again, afraid he can’t handle losing someone else he cares for.  His heart has other plans though.

The lessons on God’s love, freewill and faith are strong throughout the book.  Gail’s reference of Romans 5:3-5 brings encouragement to not only Lexie and Ethan, but to the readers as well.  It is a good reminder that even when God does not answer our prayers in our timing or way, he is bringing us through this journey for a reason.  It will help us to build character and also to rely on him more during difficult times.

Through the times of suffering, doubt, happiness and discovery, this is truly a sweet and moving story of how the three become a family.  It will make you laugh, cry and grow to love them. I know you will enjoy Gail’s newest book.

This book will be available for purchase on 2/15/2011, you can puchase it at Amazon (Click Here).