When Christians Lose Faith–Star Rising #giveaway
Recently, some high profile people in the Christian world —musicians, authors, pastors—- have renounced their faith. Call me weird, but in my latest novel, Star Rising, I wanted to delve into why a Christian might lose their faith.
I named my hero Paul, because, in a way, I pictured him sort of like Saul/Paul from the New Testament. He was once zealous for the Lord, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. This Paul went into ministry because he wanted to please his father. He also wanted to be known for doing the right thing, and he held others to a very high righteousness standard.
The thing is, when Paul’s world crashed around him, he had no anchor to keep him in place. He meets Star who is a fairly new Christian but a person who will fight to protect those she loves, including her newly found Savior, and Paul is in for a battle. I threw a few other Christians around Paul while he is on a trip with his mother, along with God pursuing Paul subconsciously, and it makes for a mix of the funny and poignant when things fall apart for him again.
So what is it that causes people to seemingly lose their religion? I have to wonder if perhaps their faith was based on an emotional experience, or a situation, or a parents’ approval, or a mentor’s influence, or something other than trusting in the Word and love of the God of the Bible. I also have to wonder, as Christianity becomes less culturally popular, if those who never truly anchored their faith on the Living Savior are leaving the church.
Christians mess up, because we’re not perfect. I don’t have the answers. But I believe we have to keep our eyes on Jesus. If we do, we have that anchor when life throws all that chaos at us. We don’t give up.
Hebrews 12—-And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I hope you enjoy going through this faith journey with Paul and Star and Paul’s mother Mrs. Kelly.
Star Youngblood has always been a fighter–a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly’s neglectful son.
After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray—a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted—his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.
As Paul and Star strive to protect his mother in their own ways, they soon find their hearts are at the greatest risk.
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