Last month we started our faith, hope, and love journey talking about faith. I loved everyone’s responses. Now this month we’re turning to hope. What a beautiful word, right?
The catalyst for Rich in Hope was a commercial I saw. A popular store for ladies to buy intimates was advertising their show coming up. A model walking the runway threw my mind into a spin. “What if that’s all she knew how to do, and she couldn’t do that anymore?”
So I wrote a book about that girl. Her name is Jenny Harris. She was without hope. And it was Christmas when the hope of the world was born. Bad timing. She wanted to spend Christmas alone and just the opposite happens. Throw in a rogue photographer, a blind 7 year-old, and a fake engagement, and you get Jenny’s very unsolitary holiday.
But isn’t that how life happens? When we least expect it. When we feel like we’re without hope, options, a future, the Lord reigns us in. Not only with His Word, but with people and life happening around us. We weren’t meant to do life alone. Sometimes we can get so caught up in ourselves that we can’t see the beauty around us. Jenny Harris was not a Christian at the beginning of this book. Her life was worldly and she was proud of that.
Stephen? He was a Christian and confounded Jenny in more than one way. His goal? To show her beauty from the inside out. To show her there is hope even when it doesn’t appear that way.
I know the Lord worked on my heart as I was writing this book. He showed up over and over and in one of the final read throughs I cried for two days off and on at the thread he had woven through the book without me knowing it at the time. The Lord is our hope.
When beautiful underwear model, Jenny Harris, is scarred from a botched facial surgery she finds herself distraught and not in the mood for Christmas. Her best friend offers her brother, Stephen’s, waterfront home for a holiday sabbatical. But Stephen returns unexpectedly. It seems the wildlife photographer has put himself in a compromising position, and his employer has grounded him. While Jenny doesn’t understand Stephen’s lack of compassion for her situation, he can’t understand her obsession about her looks. When Jenny, in an attempt to help Stephen and assure her holiday lodging, announces to his boss that she’s his fiance, a whirlwind fake courtship ensues. But Jenny soon finds herself falling for the renegade photographer who’d rather spend his time in the wilds of the jungle than in civilization. Will Jenny’s new perspective on life giver her the hope she’s been searching for, or will it lead to broken dreams and a broken heart?
I’d love to hear your stories of hope. We all have them. We may even be going through them now. I’ll pick one commenter at random to receive a copy of Rich in Hope.