Welcome to Day 2 of the Thankful Hearts giveaway! What a fantastic response to yesterday’s kickoff! I know the authors were so encouraged by your comments and words of thankfulness for them.
Each day, from today until November 22nd, I will be featuring one of the giveaway’s authors, the book she is giving away, and a special note from her about thankfulness. You can keep up with all the posts in the giveaway series by clicking on the Thankful Hearts giveaway graphic in the sidebar. More chances to win each day!
Today, I am thrilled to bring you these gorgeous thoughts from the delightful (and very pregnant, due any day now) Kara Isaac!
What thankfulness means to me….
I received some bad news recently, followed by some more bad news, followed by a virus that left me weak and helpless. It’s easy to talk about thankfulness when everything is going right, when life is turning out as you had hoped, when the bible verses come easy. The truth is, things had been going pretty well for me over recent times, and when things are going well, it’s easy to get complacent in our thankfulness. It’s easy to take all the blessings that we have for granted.
But 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to be thankful in all circumstances, not just the good ones. Thankfulness finds it’s true meaning when life is challenging, when things aren’t turning out how you’d hoped they would, and when you aren’t sure of the path that lies ahead. In a week that really wasn’t going well there was still plenty for me to be thankful for: the amazing eco-system in my body that was working to protect my unborn child even while I was unable to get out of bed, friends who stepped in with meals and to help care for my other two children, and being in financial circumstances that meant that having to take a few days off work didn’t threaten being able to pay the bills or put food on the table.
When I adopt a heart of thankfulness, no matter what my current circumstances are, I’m reminded that nothing comes to me before first passing through the hand of God. I can be truly thankful in my circumstances, because, He has me in the palm of His hand.
One of the books included in the Thankful Hearts giveaway is Kara’s latest release, Can’t Help Falling.
A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.
Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter façade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused.
Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream.
When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances.
Kara Isaac is a romantic comedy writer who lives in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, is about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien themed tour of New Zealand. When she’s not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand.
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Tomorrow we’ll hear from Stephenia McGee – plus another chance to win!