One thing Christians loathe discussing is when God says 'no'.
Why? Because doesn't it work on a point system? Like Weight Watchers?
"Lord, I shoveled that grumpy neighbour's sidewalk, doesn't that give me 5 points toward me getting a truck?
Yeah, I know, it's 8 points for dealing with grumpy neighbours.
I personally HATE being told 'no', because I'm self-absorbed and want what I want.
But even though I've walked through the valley of the shadow, and lingered there longer than I wanted to, I like to think I learned something.
Heartbreak is never for naught when God has asked it of us.
Say hello to one of THE BEST WRITERS AROUND!!
This is Joanne.
Joanne REALLY knows how to take her readers on an arduous journey. I mean, Frodo Baggins *MIGHT* have had it easier than Lonnie.
Doesn't she look nice? Yeah, that mind is ticking, people!!!
Here's the cover of the next chapter in Lonnie and Gideon's story.
Waaaaaaaait just a minute. SHE looks sad. HE is on a horse. Huh?
In the sequel to her excellent debut novel, 'Be Still My Soul', Joanne Bischof tackles the soul crushing turmoil of being torn from the one you love.
'Though My Heart Is Torn' throws poor dear Lonnie and Gideon into a whirlwind of someone else's making.
And as one who was truly privileged to be given an advanced copy of the sequel, let me just say, OH MY WORD!!!
Here's a brief excerpt.
Gideon O'Riley has two wives-but he doesn't know it.
(umm, okay, just a second...WHAT??)
Now wait just one minute!!!
What is going on?
Joanne, you got some explaining to do!!
Girl, we need to TALK!!
1) Why , oh why, must they suffer so MUCH?!?!?!
I’ve heard from so many early readers that the book should come with a box of Kleenex. It’s an emotional journey isn’t? But one that’s not in vain. Though it may tug at your heart and although a tear may fall for this couple who only wanted each other, the happily-ever-after can still be all the more richer—purer, when looking out from the darkness and wondering how sweet the light might taste and if one day they might see it again. Though all hope may seem lost and though weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning.
Good question. Yes, that letter in Be Still My Soul—the one Gideon never opens to prove his love for Lonnie—is actually from Cassie. There are a few other moments of Cassie tucked in the first book as in the first chapter when she tries to get Gideon alone…yet during that time, Gideon knew how to orchestrate things to his benefit and avoided her. It’s a mystery that weaves lightly through the first story, no more than a memory of Gideon’s past, a life he’s certain is no more. Yet little does he know, it’s much more than a memory when Cassie appears in Though My Heart is Torn.
3) On a more serious note, what do we say to people when there is no beauty on their horizon, and trust takes everything they've got, and more?
I think back to 1 Peter 5: 10 “But may the God of all grace who called us to His eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered awhile, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.”
God is always at work and even though we may be walking in a time of darkness, He is by our side at all times and WILL see us through just as He promises.
4) How do you choose your themes? Or do they choose you? Perseverance and unflinching faith are not light fluffy issues.
No, they are not light issues, but even so, I think they are issues that hit home for so many people. The themes in my books definitely choose me. I don’t think I ever planned on writing about the subject matter that I do. I’m passionate about redemption and the promise that though weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning. I love to take a group of characters on a journey that will try their faith, only to have them stronger on the other end.
5) Do you feel drawn to those who are hurting?
We often hear that God never gives us more than we can handle, but sometimes I wonder if perhaps He does. Because it’s in those moments that we cling to Him, and it’s only by His strength we are held up. I’ve had a time in my life like that, and I think many people have too. To be able to encourage people that they’re not alone, though they may feel alone, is one of my greatest hopes.
6) Will there be a long wait until Book Three?
Not too long, I’m happy to say! Each book has been released six months apart, so My Hope is Found will come out on October 15th, 2013. It’s about to go into the production stage and edits will soon cover my desk and I’m so excited about digging into this story. I still haven’t seen the cover yet and I am so eager to see what the designers have put together for the last book of Lonnie and Gideon’s story!
7) Can I have the file?
Hehe, you ought to win an award for perseverance. I would love for people to get to dive right into the story, but it just so happens that I need my editors so bad! I’m a bit of a messy writer to begin with and they help me iron out ideas and clean up all my typos. Trust me, it’s a good thing no one can see that file ;)
Thank you Joanne, for visiting us today!