Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jennifer Slattery, Women's Fiction with a Strong Romantic Thread


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HEALING LOVE
by Jennifer Slattery

Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer Slattery
writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.


Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to facilitate conferences. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com

Please enjoy Jennifer’s article below:



Walking in Grace

Progress is a funny thing. Sometimes it's linear, like when you're building a porch or painting a house. Other times, just when you're beginning to find your groove, you knock over the paint bucket, splattering Gecko Green all over your white trim. Then you must spend the next two to ten hours undoing the mess you made.

Sometimes our spiritual life can feel like that, because growth and transformation doesn't happen over night. We're bound to stumble, often when we least expect it. When that happens, we're left with three choices:
 1. Keep stumbling, falling into mess after mess, until we're nearly buried.
2. Get back up and trudge forward, with our heads down and shoulders slumped by defeat and guilt.
3. Get back up, brush ourselves up, praising God for His mercy and grace as we begin again with the clean slate offered to us by the blood of Christ.

We all have guilt, shame, regret that, if we let it, could hinder our growth and joy. But few of us have killed a man. Few of us have stood by watching, approving, as atrocities were committed. Surely a man like that would deserve to live the rest of his days in guilt, shame, and remorse!

What could this man named Paul possibly do to make amends for his hate-filled crimes?

The same as any of us who have sinned--nothing. 
There is nothing we can do to pay for our past, not really. We can make amends with our loved ones, make restitution for what we’ve destroyed or taken, but those things won’t make us right with God. Those things won’t wipe our slates clean. Those things won’t remove our guilt and shame.

Only Christ can do that. But once He has, once we've received His free gift of salvation, everything changes. Everything. We’re made new.

That doesn't mean we won't still stumble on occasion; we will. But here's the beautiful thing about grace--it doesn't end upon conversion. God's mercies are new every morning, and through Him, we always can get back up again.

"I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us" (Phil. 3:12-14 NLT).

Forget the past and focus on the journey ahead. Press on!

Has regret from the past kept you in a place of shame or guilt? Let it go. Christ paid for it all, and He's made you new! Walk in His grace. And let others walk in His grace, too. Meaning, let others experience a new day in Christ.


Welcome, Jennifer. Please tell us a little about your novel, Healing Love.
A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

Where can readers find you online?
Facebook 
Twitter
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase your novel, Healing Love?
The book is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Healing Love is scheduled to be released July 20th. You can also read about the book on Goodreads, including early reader reviews.


Jennifer, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jennifer is offering an eBook copy of Healing Love to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through July 11, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Unexpected Allies and Recurring Warts by Grace Marshall is Andrea. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


28 comments:

  1. this book sounds wonderful. there is so much in our lives that way side us and sometimes we just don't know how to fix it.
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  2. Jennifer, your book sounds very intriguing and I enjoyed your thoughts. Thanks for sharing them.
    Jo. I am your follower.
    Blessings!
    Connie
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  3. Wow, does your book sound good - would love to win!
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  4. Healing Love sounds so good. It will be on my must read list.
    I am a follower.
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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  5. This is going to be a great book Thanks for sharing info about a great author. I also am a follower.
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  6. This is a new author for me. Would love to read this. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  7. Sounds like another winner, Jennifer! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I am also a follower! shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Would love to read the book. Really enjoyed her Restoring Love. And I'm a follower.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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  10. I enjoy Jennifer's stories! I would love to read this one. Thank you for the chance.

    I follow via email. psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  11. I am a follower. Thanks for introducing me to a new author.
    Janet E.
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  12. I'm a long-time follower. Jennifer Slattery is the person who recruited me to write for Christ to the World Ministries. I've followed her journey for a long time and would love to read her book.

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  13. I enjoyed the interview and review of the book. I have not read any of Jennifer's books but would love to! I am a follower.

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  14. This sounds like a wonderful book. I liked your interview and learning about this book. Thanks for the giveaway. I follow your blog. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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