Would you take a homeless teen into your home?
Whew. Not an easy question, right? But that’s the exact question my novel, Hungry for Home, asks. And, like real life, the story provides no easy answers.
Here are a few more details about the book:
It’s December in Minnesota, and if you know anything about Minnesota Decembers, you know they can be quite frigid and snowy. While the temperatures can vary greatly, the average temps are 27 degrees for a high and 12 degrees for a low (in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area). Add wind and snow to the mix and it’s not exactly the weather in which you want to sleep outside.
But that’s the exact predicament Austin finds himself in. He’s aged out of foster care and is now living out of a broken-down car. He wants to do the right thing, but he also wants to eat and stay warm, so he resorts to stealing.
When he nabs Sheila Peterson-Brooks’ purse, though, he never imagined he’d end up living in her home.
And Sheila and her husband, Richard, never imagined the journey this act of selfless love would take them on.
Could you open your home to Austin?
Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean a different gesture isn’t as unselfish or important.
- A good friend of mine hosts a meal for 100+ homeless people twice a year, and recruits his friends to help.
- Another friend is a Salvation Army bell ringer.
- Our church just helped pack a few hundred boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
- And then there’s this fun story: my dad went grocery shopping yesterday, and as he stood in line to check out, he struck up a conversation with a young mother in front of him–which is not at all unusual for my dad. But when he checked out, the woman he’d spoken with had paid for his groceries, and didn’t stick around for a Thank You.
I could go on and on with stories that show love in action, particularly during Christmas season when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, the ultimate gift of love.
No act of love is too big. None are too small, and each will have an eternal impact.
I’d love to hear your stories!
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Giveaway Details ~
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About Hungry for Home ~
After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger …
A hungry, homeless teen.
The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled.
The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts.
And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home.
Hungry for Home, book #4 in the Coming Home Series, is available at the following retailers ~