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|Title: A Call to Love|
By: Rebecca Sundberg
Number of Pages: 234
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.53 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW786610
"Lord let your love pour through me." It was a prayer that Maddy had prayed many times over the past years, but it still brought tears to her eyes as she thought of the magnitude of what she asked.
As a single mother, Maddy Walker's life has been anything but easy, yet despite her pain and loss, she has committed her life to loving and serving others. Throughout the story, Maddy's faith is stretched as God teaches her how to love, enabling her to touch the lives of many people in her community. When Maddy discovers that she is facing some serious health issues, she is tempted to withdraw, uncertain she has anything left to give. Her only prayer is to live long enough to see her daughter married and to know that Dani will be taken care of. But God is not finished with Maddy.
When Isobelle Davis moves to town, God prompts Maddy to befriend her. Thrown into the midst of unwelcome change, Isobelle is struggling with feelings of anger and discontentment. Yet God uses what Isobelle views as a negative circumstance to provide an answer to Maddy's prayer. In the process, Isobelle's attitude is transformed and she gains new perspective as she is able to see how God's hand was orchestrating it all.
Author: Rebecca Sundberg
Located in: Didsbury, Alberta Canada
Submitted: June 04, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. Although I grew up in Ohio, I now live in Alberta, Canada with my husband, Perry. I have three grown sons, all of whom are married. I work part time as a receptionist, but in my spare time I love to write as well as travel to tropical destinations. I'm also involved on the missions committee at my church. My goal as a writer is to not only touch hearts, but to inspire and challenge my reader.
What was your motivation behind this project? I tend to draw a lot from my own life experience and what I'm learning. Often the struggles I give my characters are also my own. As for "A Call to Love", I see the importance of God's command to love, but I also get caught up in the excuses we create to avoid obeying that command. Life is busy, I'm shy, or the cost is too great. I guess in the end, I like to challenge myself as much as my reader.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My goal in writing "A Call to Love" is to leave the reader asking the question: "What impact could I make if I truly loved my neighbor as myself?" It shows some of Maddy's struggles and blessings as God leads her on her own unique journey of learning to love and serve those around her. I try and portray even a small glimpse of the impact we can have if we take the command to love seriously. Of course this theme is interwoven with story and even a little romance to draw you into the hearts and lives of my characters.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers. I think partly because they deal with issues as well as tell a story. There is so much power in a writer's hand to not only entertain, but to minister.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I am very excited for my next project. I am currently working on my first non-fiction book, entitled, "I Dedicate This Child". It's the journey of letting go and releasing our children to God. The premise being, when we dedicate our children to God, we have no idea where He is going to take them. Are we going to hold on tightly or give them to His service? What happens when your son tells you, "I want to die telling other people about Jesus and if that happens, I don't want it to be a sad thing -- I want it to be a celebration." "I Dedicate this Child" is my story.
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