I recently received a request from a reader for story recommendations that would inspire hope in a Christian friend who’d given up hope of ever finding a life’s partner and was really depressed about that.
I know lots of great stories that I could’ve shared, yet, the first thought—the line of a song, actually—that popped into my head was that “sometimes blessings come through raindrops, healing comes through tears, and sometimes a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know He’s near.” (Blessings by Laura Story)
Romance novels tend to portray finding the perfect partner as the ultimate goal and blessing, something that will give us that elusive happiness we crave.
What I appreciate about Christian romance is that we can show that our relationship with God should bring us our greatest fulfillment.
In my upcoming LIS, Perilous Waters (April 2014), I use the heroine’s unbelieving sister to remind the heroine that
“there isn’t a man alive who can bring you happiness if you don’t know how to be happy on your own.”
My prayer for my fellow writers and our readers in 2014 is that the greatest desire of each one of us will be for a closer walk with the author and perfector of our faith that the world may see His love shine through us and know true joy in Him.
Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of
inspirational romantic suspense with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense
imprint, and Revell Publishing. A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara,
Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not
doting on her young grandchildren. You can learn more about Sandra’s
books and bonus features at www.SandraOrchard.com or connect at www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard
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