Danica Favorite here, and I have a confession to make: my May book, An Unlikely Mother, wasn't supposed to be written. For those of you who've read my Leadville books, you know that Flora Montgomery wasn't a very nice person. In fact, she was kind of a troublemaker. Definitely NOT heroine material. But as I was contemplating what to write, she kept bugging me, saying that she wasn't the person I'd pegged her as.
Well, okay, she was. But she wanted the chance to prove herself, to show that she, too, was worthy of her very own HEA. So I listened. And I wrote. And Flora got her own story.
One of the interesting things about my writing process is that I never go into it with an idea of what the spiritual thread is. When I do, the book doesn't go right until I let my own idea of what it's supposed to be go, and I let God in. God always finds a way to get into my heart and teach me a lesson about who He is as I'm writing the book, and there, the spiritual thread is born.
Writing Flora's story taught me a lot. But I think the biggest personal takeaway is that we can't underestimate people (or our characters). Flora had a good heart, and while she wasn't the nicest person in earlier books, her greatest desire was to honor God.
There's a person in my life who isn't always the nicest person. Actually, he can be kind of mean. I was talking to a friend the other day, and this person came up in conversation. My friend was upset at how mean he'd been in a recent interaction, and while I sympathized with her, I told her that I had a soft spot for him because I could see underneath the meanness, and I knew that deep down, he had a sad life and that his meanness was a response to the lack of control he has over the sad things. Now, I honestly don't know all the details of the sadness in his life, and we didn't discuss any of that, but it felt good to step outside the usual judgment of "this guy is mean," and see that there's something deeper.
Is there a mean person in your life?
We all seem to have that mean person who drives us crazy that we can't get rid of. A friend of mine once told me that God puts those people in our lives to teach us something. I'll admit that I don't always figure out the lesson of some of the mean people, and I don't always have patience when dealing with them. But I'm learning that the meanness of others says a lot more about them than it says about you.
My encouragement for you is that when you're faced with a mean person, or someone who rubs you the wrong way, take a step back, and try to remember that their behavior isn't about you, but about them. Try to see that person through God's eyes, as someone broken and in need of God's transformational love and grace. I want to add that it doesn't mean that you put up with an abusive situation. Even if you have to love someone from afar, you can pray and ask God to give that person what they need.
I hope you all enjoy Flora's story. More importantly, I pray that God will give you what you need in the areas of your life that need transformation. It's how Flora became the heroine of her own story, and how we can become the heroes of our own.
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About the book:
Bound by a Child
Hoping to overcome her reputation as Leadville, Colorado's biggest gossip, wealthy socialite Flora Montgomery offers to help a miner care for an abandoned child. But her growing affection for the sweet boy's handsome rescuer could be a problem. Especially since her parents insist she must marry for money.
Undercover mine owner George Baxter is digging himself into a dilemma. The once-spoiled Flora has become a delightful, generous woman, and she'll be devastated by his deception. Yet if he can't discover who's sabotaging the mine, George will lose any chance of making a home for Flora and Pierre. Can the little boy who holds both their hearts help them lay claim to a new dream of family?
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A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado. Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.
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