“I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it…” The Pointer Sisters‘ song comes to mind when I try to describe the mood I’m in. Unlike that frenemy of yours who secretly plots your demise I am over the moon (yes, I’m THAT old!) when one of my own achieves a new feat. I am proud to say that I converse among published authors now.
Congratulations to Miss Vimbai Lole on her first book Sunsets & Sunrises. She has also contributed some content for this site which you can read here. I’m also that, not only is this her first book but this is the first book in a series of books to follow. How awesome is that?
Okay okay, you’re probably asking what the book’s genre is it is realistic fiction (in the Christian context).
Allow me to share what the book is about in her own words.
Too often Christianity is sold as a bump free ride on earth. We all would love to believe God would never allow us to go through any pain because He loves us.
Unfortunately, you won’t find a single scripture in the Bible to support this. On the contrary Jesus promises; ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
At one point I was offended that God was letting a lot of things go wrong. I then had, in my mind, every reason to doubt who He was and how good He claimed to be. Thank God that I am beginning to look at this from a different and Biblical perspective. I am convinced the presence of trouble does not have to mean the absence of God, His love and His peace.
This story is about being real as Christians. About admitting and accepting our deep flaws and stinging wounds that lurk in our families. It is about opening up to the fact that Christian leaders also hurt, feel lonely and lost at times. I pray this story will spark conversations around how none of us as Christians and Christian leaders have it all figured out. It is okay to admit to this.
The story revolves around a young woman who is growing to learn that there is no beauty from ashes unless there are ashes.