Greetings, Whispers in Purple readers!
It is my pleasure to bring you author Cynthia Roemer, who shares a bit of the 'Story Behind the Story' of her new release, Beneath This Same Sky.
|Of course you knew I'd find a picture of a PURPLE sky, right?|
Our Plans vs God's Plans
Have you ever noticed that the Lord’s plans for our lives often differ from our own? We start off in one direction only to have doors slam shut and another entirely different path open up. There’s a lot of truth in the saying that the Lord moves in mysterious ways. He often takes us down roads we never would have chosen or anticipated for ourselves. Events happen in our lives that totally reshape who we are and how we view life. Tragedy, loss, unexpected changes, new opportunities. God uses the events of our lives to shape us and draw us into a deeper relationship with Him.
In my upcoming historical romance novel, Under This Same Sky, my main character, Becky Hollister, discovers this when tragedy strikes her family, turning her world upside down. Her heartaches cause her to question God’s power and authority and to ask why He allows bad things to happen in our lives. She must work through a lot of anger toward God before she comes to the realization that He is wise and loving and that He wants only the best for us.
The novel’s key verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “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 a future and a hope.” Under This Same Sky allows readers to walk alongside Becky as she journeys from the depth of anger and bitterness to acceptance and understanding.
Though my novel doesn’t seek to answer the question of why God allows pain and difficulties to infiltrate our lives, it does convey the message that God is able to work all things for our good when we seek Him. No matter what we go through in this life we have the comfort in knowing the Lord walks beside us.
About the Book:
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, 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.
Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
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About the Author:
award-winning Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons.
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