I will happily admit that I love Christmas. December is one of my favorite months of the year, and not because we receive presents.
There’s more to the season than that.
I do love searching for the perfect gift for each person, though. It’s a challenge to find sometimes, but that’s part of the fun. Unless you’re looking for a gift for me. That’s easy. I want books. Always.
Last month, I had a new book to release, and though it doesn’t revolve around Christmas, there is a holiday spirit that’s spread throughout the book.
Footprints on Her Heart is my third book in the Independence Islands series, and it’s one that I dearly love. The characters are sweet and thoughtful. They’re also quirky and playful. They challenged me in a way that not every character does, but at the end of the day, they became friends. The book revolves around Trent, Kara, and Trent’s animal shelter where they both work. You see, Trent’s shelter has become overrun with animals, and he’d like nothing more than for each and every animal to have a home by Christmas.
Together, he and Kara strive to turn his dream into a reality by setting up an adoption event that falls right before Christmas. This is troublesome for Kara since it pushes her way outside her comfort zone. But she’s willing to try.
I think that’s what I love most about this book. The willingness to try, even when it’s hard. God never said He would make our pathways easy.
Christmas is like that in some ways. It’s also a reminder of His great love for us. There’s a season of giving that comes with Christmas and that made its way into Footprints. The islanders know how to come together, even for something that might seem as unusual as an animal adoption. They’re willing to give their time, talents, and open their homes to animals in need.
Kara’s conundrum is figuring out how to lean more on God and less on her insecurity.
Trent’s conundrum is discovering peace for himself in spite of his past.
My conundrum is learning how to forgive a person’s actions when the person is not sorry.
Do you have a conundrum to overcome this Christmas season?