Saturday, August 24, 2013

GUEST: Stephanie McCall's The Fire of Fear


“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and will deliver us.”
Daniel 3:17 

     This verse serves as the epigraph for Fiery Secrets, for two reasons. One, today’s Christians go through several “fiery” issues—divorce, domestic abuse, drug addiction, and many more. However, I believe the issue itself often doesn’t cause as much damage as the fear associated with it.
     Let’s look at my two main characters as examples. Grace Taylor had to face life as a divorced woman, and the flames of fear constantly licked her heels. Could she raise her son alone? What would the people in church think of her? What if her abusive husband came back, looking to steal her son and her peace?
     Meanwhile, Chris Anderson had his own reasons to be afraid. His fire was past—he’d made it through a school shooting and his foray into an addiction to a trauma drug. Yet, fear whispered at him, too. What if his PTSD never improved? What if the temptation of drugs became too strong to resist? Could he trust himself to take care of children ever again?
     Both these characters faced the torment of fear just like real Christians do. I wonder what fears my readers are facing right now. Some of them might have lost their jobs, and their minds and hearts jumped straight to foreclosure. Maybe someone was just diagnosed with cancer, and so afraid of death that he or she doesn’t want to enjoy life anymore. I’ll even share some of my own fears—the fear of being insignificant to everyone. Of failing at everything I do. I used to battle the fear of being institutionalized because of my cerebral palsy, and sometimes, that fear still comes back.
     God knows this. He also knows our fears are real. He doesn’t belittle us for them, because He faced them, too. If “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me” wasn’t spoken from amid fiery fear, I don’t know any statement that was. However, God does promise that amid the fear, He will stand strong with and for us. Satan intends to use our fear for evil, to so cripple us with it that our spirits will hide in dark corners instead of fighting back. Yet, as the Bible constantly reminds us, God intends that we “Fear not!” Instead, because of His Spirit, ours can rise, quench the flames with the water of truth, and emerge victorious.


   About the author: Stephanie McCall is an English teacher with two Master of Arts degrees from Western Carolina University, one of which has a professional writing concentration. She also has a B.A. in Religious Studies. She lives in North Carolina with her parents and younger brother, where she enjoys reading, writing (and discussing her writing), and participating in Bible studies, prison ministry, and her church’s drama team. Her favorite Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. Connect with Stephanie on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stephaniemccallauthor





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The winner receives a free copy of her book, Fiery Secrets. Would you like an e-book? What about a hard copy? It's winner's choice. Leave a comment about the blog with your email address. In a week, I'll draw for the lucky winner. 

THE WINNER:  DIANE DEAN WHITE - CONGRATULATIONS!

Fiery Secretsby Stephanie McCall.  Christian Romantic Suspense.


When it comes to trial, God either spares you from it totally, asks you to walk through it, or delivers you from it by taking you to Heaven. Dr. Grace Taylor, a driven pediatrician and single mom, needs divine intervention if she’s going to heal from the actions of her cheating, abusive ex-husband.  But she never thought God would work through Chris Anderson, a tutor at the local learning center whose secrets keep him from opening up to her. Both Grace and Chris have been asked to walk through their trial by fire; they’ve come out alive, but they still smell like smoke.  Despite fears and distrust, love begins to take root in their hearts. But their fiery secrets threaten to keep them apart, and blister their souls.

Release date: July 2, 2013.

5 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed your great post, Stephanie. You are so right. It's happened to me and to others in my family. You go through a bad situation and it's the fear that can keep you from having a happy and productive life. Easier said than done. Book sounds fantastic. Thank you for sharing with us and please enter me in the giveaway. I would love a hard copy.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. I think it's wonderful that Stephanie's using real life events that happen in our lives to share with readers. Often we think of a more serene time, like years before as demonstrated in favorite television shows; but those people went through their own form of hurt, abuse and holding onto secrets. Like King Solomon said "Nothing new under Heaven." Readers will relate more knowing people in our daily lives who deal with exactly what Stephaine writes in her new book. Continue to listen to God's leading, it sounds like a good book. Blessing~

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    1. You're so right, Diane. People relate to what's familiar to them. Thanks.

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    2. Congratulations, Diane. You're the lucky winner!

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