by Emily Conrad
Daylight Savings threw us for a bit of a loop, and resulted in my getting up and out of the house uncharacteristically early on Monday morning. I’m grateful that meant getting to visit the bridge where I set some scenes in Justice, but I’m also a little tired.
Maybe you are, too?
So, let’s keep it simple today.
A verse that appears in Justice (and in a bunch of my blog posts) is Romans 5:5:
And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (NET)
It’s a verse I come back to again and again, year after year, in writing piece after writing piece. When our ultimate hope is in Jesus, no matter what we’re facing and no matter what falls apart on us, hope will not disappoint us. Jesus always comes through for His children in the best possible way.
Meanwhile, the Justice blog tour continues. Here’s the latest!
Erendira Ramirez-Ortega took some time to put together some thoughtful questions.
You recently wrote that hope does not rest in how people treat us. That it doesn’t depend on our immediate circumstances. Hardships do not necessarily mean we’re on the wrong path. How have hardship and doubt challenged your writing, and the endeavor to publish your novel?
Hardship and doubt have led me to consider quitting writing altogether. I’ve experienced delays, harsh feedback, recommendations to cut large portions of manuscripts–or shelve it altogether. In the moment, these experiences have often led me to wonder why I’m doing this. If this were God’s will, wouldn’t it be easier? What’s the point? Do I really have a gift, or am I trying to force God’s hand? Wouldn’t my life be better spent on something that’s actually achievable?
These hardships are common to writers, and I’m convinced the doubts are, too.
Find our full exchange here.
Thankfully, perfectionism has symptoms that can help us recognize it for what it is.
But my bookshelf also has some additions that could spark a few rumors, namely the week-by-week pregnancy guide.
I’ve never been pregnant, and I didn’t want my family getting their hopes up, so I was quick to explain the book’s presence: “I have a pregnant character. Oh, and the baby name books are for naming characters.”
Check out the post here.
I signed up for the subscription service that the publisher do and received and advanced copy of this. All I can say is WOW.
Well, the official review I put on Pelican, Goodreads and will do so on Amazon UK once the book is released will be as follows.
Among them was Allie’s sweet email, quoting her pastor, who said, “Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily mean reconciliation—but it is required for redemption.”
Though not officially part of the tour, here’s the video of that bridge, which is home to two scenes in the book. The scenes take place in warmer months than when I took the video, but this will give you the idea.
You can see the full list of blog tour stops here.