I'm glad Carol has joined us this morning. This book sounds delightful. And hopeful.
JOY COMES IN THE
BUT UNTIL IT DOES …?
SIN’S NOT ALL IT’S
CRACKED UP TO BE—BUT AFTER SORROW, COMES JOY.
Numbers 14:18 and
similar scriptures always caused me to stumble.
“The Lord is
longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by
no means clearing the guilty, visiting
the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth
generation” Numbers 14:18, KJV. (emphasis mine).
Of course, it
wasn’t the fact that God is longsuffering and of great mercy that gave me
That he forgives me
and brings me joy.
But why would he
hurt the offspring of the iniquitous? They didn’t cause the sin of their
I’ve come to see in
my life how this happens. My parents had been alcoholics (past tense—forgiven
and forgotten). However, my siblings and I mimicked their pattern of behavior.
I won’t reveal the foibles of my siblings or the specifics of my own. I had
dabbled in alcohol and drugs. Then, I accepted Jesus and swore off anything
Throughout my life,
though, I’ve battled the consequences of my youthful foibles.
patterns, we see children of abuse, abusing their children. Offspring of
cheaters, cheat. Even as they despise what happened to them, these individuals
repeat the process, unless something breaks the cycle.
Recently, I moved
to a county which, at one time, had the third-highest opioid use in the nation.
I involved myself with mentoring and sadly watched so many fervent individuals
relapse into addiction.
learned enthrall us. And, sin has consequences.
Oh, aren’t you glad
you’re reading this blog?
Here comes the good
Through my time
working and mentoring addicts, I heard many horror stories of those who have
been conquered by sin. Despite overwhelming odds, I’ve rejoiced with many who
had conquered their past.
From this, Borrowed Lives was born. From
this, I know the issues confronting people and the wonderful way they’ve
conquered them—whether it be from drugs or human cruelty. (You’ve never faced a
miserable human, have you? I didn’t think so. Although I believe most people
are good-hearted, miserable humans thrive. Surprise!).
Tragedy broke Meredith Jaynes, then she found
three abandoned children.
This novel creates
a world where things aren’t perfect, even for devoted Christians. As sin is
overcome and as we walk in God, we may not get our “happily ever after.” With
dependence on Christ and His ways, we will live happily.
SO, WHY SHOULD YOU READ THIS NOVEL?
1. Humor. Even when
I’m not trying to be funny, I am. I can’t help it. Move over Carol Burnett.
This Carol’s taking over.
2. Spiritual truth.
Even when I’m entertaining, I’m guided by Scripture. By now it’s in the very
fabric of my being.
3. Local color. I’m
still enamored of my new home in Tennessee, so I set the book in Jacksboro—my
new hometown. Hopefully, you can see Tennessee’s beauty.
God Only Lends Us
Those We Love for a Season
recent tragedy, Meredith Jaynes takes pity on a young girl who steals from her.
Meredith discovers “Bean” lives in a hovel mothering her two younger sisters.
The three appear to have been abandoned. With no other homes available, Social
Services will separate the siblings. To keep them together, Meredith agrees to
foster them on a temporary basis.
Balancing life as a
soap maker raising goats in rural Tennessee proved difficult enough before the
siblings came into her care. Without Bean’s help, she’d never be able to
nurture these children warped by drugs and neglect—let alone manage her goats
that possess the talents of Houdini. Harder still is keeping her eccentric
family at bay.
Parker Snow struggles to overcome the breakup with his fiancée. Burdened by his
inability to find stable homes for so many children who need love, he believes
placing the abandoned girls with Meredith Jaynes is the right decision. Though
his world doesn’t promise tomorrow, he hopes Meredith’s does.
But she knows she’s
This is available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Borrowed-Lives-Carol-McClain-ebook/dp/B08Z3HL2FZ/ref
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