Take Heart, Take Hope . . .
I love love.
And courage. Especially courage.
I love stories that remind me that we are made to love and be loved, and that encourage me to hope in a love that never fails. I love stories that remind me of the breathtaking beauty of redemption, and to hope in the grace of a God whose arm is not too short to save.
I love stories that remind me that, with a little courage, even the smallest person can change the world.
I don't know about you, but I really love stories that engage both heart and mind, that touch my emotions but also make me think, and that's what I aim to write. But in addition to engaging heart and mind, what I really want to do is to foster hope.
Because fiction is not all make-believe. It comes from the dark, desperate moments, the epiphanies, the hopes and joys, the trials and triumphs we all experience in life. There are so many ways we can share our experiences with one another, and lend each other the gift of hope. I love being able to do that with story.
And when a story can bring hope and encouragement to someone else, I find great joy in that. In fact, I think this brings me more joy than any other aspect of being a writer.
So as you read, I hope you'll take heart, take encouragement, and take hope!
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