We met on a youth group trip in high school. She sat window-side with her nose pressed in the newspaper, seeming too preoccupied and uninterested in removing her new-girl status.
Fresh out of braces, my new perm smell nearly gone, I sat directly behind her, determined to crack this puzzle before me. I aimed to show her what God’s love was capable of. She was going to walk off this church van as my new best friend.
For I had decided…she needed me.
Little did I know the tide would turn as I was reeled in hook, line, and sinker.
We hadn’t even made it to the edge of town before she had me looking in the classifieds for livestock. And I would squeal with delight when I would find what seemed to be a good deal. (Keep in mind, I didn’t even know the difference between heifer and Herefords.)
It took me longer than I care to admit to realize she was completely fooling me. I saw then how it was quite possible she didn’t need me — I needed her. And our friendship began as we laughed about my vulnerability, both sitting on level plains.
I tasted redemption firsthand.
Nancy is hilariously complex. That’s how I would describe her. For the fibers of God run deep within her and it’s pure joy discovering how He has made her to be.
Fast forward 20 years and you’ll find us both in different states with not-so-different missions. Though our lives appear opposite, we both aim to show what God’s love is capable of. We both have no trouble admitting we’re nothing without Him. Everything we have is because of Him…
Neither of us deserve it. Except, to me, she does…
And now, I’ve discovered Nancy putting her complex talents to good use in new ways for His glory. She has written her first novel. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
I had no idea what to expect. But I knew it would be worth it…
Nancy gifted me with a copy and I devoured it in less than 2 days. Even though I knew how intelligent and unpredictable the author was, nothing could have prepared me for where this story took me.
It was wrought with the kind of evils I try to stay away from and keep my mind clear of. And yet I couldn’t look away. Because He was there. Every step of the way.
The characters gripped tightly from page 1. Some I wanted to adopt while others I wanted to sentence to death.
And in true Nancy fashion, it took me longer than I care to admit to realize all the characters looked the same in God’s eyes. Oh how He loves and offers to save each one…of us.
While I was reading, I kept thinking:
- I’m no better.
- I’m as sinful as they are.
- How does He see hope in a wretch like….me?
That’s when you discover the main character of the book: Redemption. In true Godly fashion.
Friends, if you enjoy reading novels laced with glory. If your heart is drawn to others whom have suffered and lack more than you dared imagine… If you’ve ever prayed, “Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours”, this book is for you.
Because it will peel a piece of you away. It will lower you to a level plain. It will reveal a glimpse at the full weight of the cross. But more importantly: It will show you how God can use you. No matter how small it may feel to do something so big that one could only describe it as glory. By His grace.
And now that Nancy has once again shown me He doesn’t need us, but will use us if we’re willing, I find myself looking with eyes wide open. Anticipating His next move.
I have no idea on what to expect. But I know it will be worth it.
I received a free copy for my review, but Nancy didn’t ask me to write all this. This post is entirely my own.
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FULL DISCLOSURE: Some might be surprised to find a few swear words in this book. Nancy has addressed this well, so I will quote her directly:
I am a follower of Jesus and my book has decidedly heart of the Father themes. When I was writing NUBBY I wrestled with foul language being in the book. I changed some choice words to G-rated ones at one point but it just didn’t work. The evil character represents an insidious, genuine depravity. I had to portray her as such and I made the decision, with the Lord, to keep those words in there, even though I knew it would offend and I couldn’t submit it to Zondervan or whatever. That’s maybe why I kept it, too…it should offend, just as some of the subject matter introduced should offend. I felt that as I portrayed darkness with some accuracy, it added to the strength and awe of the Light penetrating. This is an explanation, not an apology. It is the same one I gave to my little Baptist granny and to my pastor.
NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Congrats, hugapoohlouise, for winning!
Because I love Nancy and a good redemptive story, I am giving away a hard copy of this book!
The rules are simple.
Just share in comments you’d like to read this book and you’ll be entered.
I will draw on Sunday evening (Aug 4th), 9pm Central Time and will notify the winner.
They will have 48 hours to respond before another person is drawn.
I’m sorry my out-of-state friends…this is only available in the US of A…
How about you, friend? Have you seen the story of redemption unfold lately? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.