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To Every Thing a Season-Guest post by Amanda Tero

Hello everyone!

As she wraps up her three month blog tour, Amanda is doing a guest post on seasons.

Am I the only one who has this dogged determination to finish something? And quickly, at that. Uncompleted projects, to me, seem like a character flaw. I wasn’t diligent enough, or I didn’t persevere enough.

 

If I’d had my way, I’d have published “Protecting the Poor” in 2018 and would be in the middle of another book—or maybe have finished that book and be in the middle of yet another.

 

But that’s not what God had in store.

 

In writing “Protecting the Poor,” the lesson that had the most impact on me is summed up in one word: seasons.

 

Just when I was planning to focus on finishing “Protecting the Poor,” God led me to start college (as a “non-traditional” student—aka, old ;)) and I had to put writing aside almost completely.In this delay, though, I have noticed how God has used the waiting period to strengthen my story ideas and to grow me as a Christian. And you know what? I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. They’ve not been easy lessons and I’ve not fully learned them, but I hope sharing with you my lessons will help you in whatever season of life God has you today.

 

Accept this season of life

You might be a teen girl wanting to finish school and get married. A highschool graduate considering a job or deciding about college. A college kid. A stay-at-home daughter. A sister.A fiancée. A wife. A mother. A grandmother. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’re in a season. And tomorrow’s season will be different than today’s season. Regardless what season we’re in, it’s easy to look at someone else’s season and wish we were there—which is the root of discontentment. As long as I’m discontent with where God has me, I will not see the beauty of the season I am in. The best way to handle today’s season is to graciously accept this season God has placed me in—to be content.

 

Let your conversation be without covetousness; 

and be content with such things as ye have: 

for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

(Hebrews 13:5)

 

 

Learn in this season of life

Each season has its special package of lessons for us. The things I’ve learned as a college student are completely different than the things I had to learn when I was still at home every day. And they’ve all been good lessons. When I am content in this season of life and have accepted where God has me today, I will be a teachable student. Each season is the opportunity to learn so we can be prepared for the next season God has for us.

 

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;

for I am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

(Matthew 11:29)

 

Grow in this season of life

If we compare life’s seasons to nature’s seasons, there will be times to plant, to water, to weed, to grow, to harvest, to rest, to enjoy, and to wait. Just because nothing “seems to be happening” doesn’t mean that you’re not growing. Think of a seed germinating—you can’t see it growing, but as soon as the right season hits, a bright, cheery sprout pops up from the ground, and then we see expediential growth. As long as you resent the season you’re in, you’ll be struggling, not growing.

 

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and SaviourJesus Christ. 

To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

(2 Peter 3:18)

 

How has God helped you in your seasons of life? What lessons have you learned?

Thank you so much Amanda for an awesome blog post! If you want to learn more about her latest release, Protecting the Poor, then read the blurb below:

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100 Days of Sunlight Book review

Hello everyone!

As promised, I’m so happy to do a book review for 100 Days of Sunlight. Before you read it, just admire the amazing cover, which Abbie designed! (I’ll insert some pictures of Abbie with her book baby in the review)

Note: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. It didn’t have to be positive, but I adored it, so it will be seriously bubbly and happy 😊

About the book:

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

My review : 4 stars

Oh. My. Goodness! The themes! The characters! The hope! A lot of books that I read are great, but they’re only for entertainment. This book wasn’t written for entertainment . It was written as a powerful source of encouragement that everyone needs to read. It was written to push you when you want to give up.

Weston was so inspiring. And awesome boyfriend material( guys, take note) Lots of people wanted him to take it easy because of his disability, but he didn’t let them. And he didn’t let Tessa either.

Oh, and Tessa was a blogger? And all of the bloggers say amen! I think it was because she was a blogger that I really connected with her, and cried when she was suffering. I loved seeing her change as she recovered, becoming more beautiful as time went on.

And I cannot write this review without mentioning her grandparents. How sweet were they? Even though Tessa didn’t exactly believe what they believed, they didn’t shy away from praying with her in the night and reading Scriptures to her. And when she was initially rude to them like she was to Weston, they just persevered with love and kindness. The best part? Tessa adored them!

All and all, this book was such a joy to read. Of course, there were some things that I didn’t like( such as the odd s-Word used by Weston, or that Tessa’s mum wasn’t around, which was kinda sad) but they were only a few things.

My verdict? But this book, and read it if you need to be encouraged to push out of the struggles. Abbie, you’re amazing. Thank you for sharing hope with the world through this book. We love you!

P. S. I demand that this book is made into a movie. Hollywood needs some new ideas, so why not turn this book into a movie?

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100 Days of Sunlight Blog Tour- Author Q&A

Hello everyone!

Ok, I need to scream.

100 Days of Sunlight has released today!!!!

I’m so excited, that as well as interviewing the amazing Abbie Emmons about her book today, I’m doing a book review on 100 Days of Sunlight tomorrow 😍😍😍

So, before I go nuts, let’s get on with the interview.

1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I fell in love with stories when I was growing up. My mom would read tons of books with me and my

sister, and English was my favorite subject in school because of all the reading I had to do. I think that’s

what first inspired me to become a writer – I was amazed by the way stories can transport you to

another world and make you feel. It struck me as being pretty darn magical, and I immediately wanted to

write stories of my own.

However, I didn’t know writing would be my career until about five years ago. I went through a lot of

growing and exploring in my teenage years and finally realized that I kept coming back to writing

because I have an undying passion for it. 

2. What is 100 Days of Sunlight about?

Here’s the story in a nutshell: 

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson temporarily loses her eyesight in a car accident, the

only person who can help her is Weston: an optimistic boy who, unknown to Tessa, is missing both legs

. Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston helps her by reaching into her darkness and

showing her that there is more than one way to see the beauty in the world. But when Tessa’s sight

returns, will Weston be able to overcome his own fear of being seen?

3. What inspired 100 Days of Sunlight?

100 Days of Sunlight is a story that I feel has always been in my heart, I just didn’t know it until April

2017. It came to me quite literally like a lightbulb turning on. I immediately fell in love with the idea

— two characters experiencing loss, recovery, and hope; two characters connecting to help each

other heal in ways they wouldn’t have been able to alone. I knew it would be a love story, but not

just about romantic love — it would be about the love between brothers, and grandparents, and

friends. The story captured my heart before I even knew how it would end. I knew right from the

start that this novel would be my debut — I love the characters in this story and what they stand for.

4. Who is the book for?

The people who need some sunshine and encouragement. The people who need to feel hopeful, seen,

worthy, loved, priceless. The people who need a reminder that there’s nothing they can’t do – and when

life knocks you down, get up. Always, always get up. 

5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I want them to feel hopeful and encouraged. My goal with every story I write is to shine a light in the

dark places, put a smile on someone’s face, and give them a new sense of love and joy for life.

6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

I have several books in different stages of doneness, but this is my first and only published novel

(so far!) Definitely stay tuned, because I have a lot more where 100 Days came from. 😉

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Sweet contemporary romances with strong family and friendship themes and a meaningful theme!

Which is, predictably, what I also love writing. 

8. I’m aware that you’re a Christian, and while 100 Days of Sunlight is more a mainstream book,

it’s packed with so much truth. How do you incorporate truth and hope into your writing, making

it accessible for anyone?

I believe that a good and beautiful creation should be accessible to everyone, regardless of religious

differences. That’s why it’s so important to me to write stories anyone can read and get something out

of.

I think one of the keys to doing this is letting your characters believe what they believe. In 100 Days of

Sunlight, all the characters have different beliefs and faiths – some have none at all. I try to make my

books true to life and be the observer of my characters instead of editorializing them to push a certain

message. Instead, I weave truths into my characters’ realizations and let them express their own beliefs

and personalities without mine getting in the way. 

9. What books do you recommend for Christian writers, who want to share truth and hope to the

public, but not explicitly, and do you have any tips for them? 

My favorite books on writing are Wired For Story and Story Genius both by Lisa Cron. Although these

books aren’t specifically about theme, they cover a lot of important points about telling a story that will

compel a reader. I think that’s definitely step one to having any sort of impact on your reader – the story

has to engage them. 

My favorite line in Story Genius goes something like this: “The only way to change how someone thinks

about something, is to first change how someone feels about something.” Truer words have never been

written about story. This is the power of storytelling: if we can change the way someone feels about

something, we can introduce them to a wondrous truth about themselves – and maybe even change

their life. 

10. Where can we connect with you?

The best way to connect with me is via my blog and/or YouTube channel. I’m also on Instagram

and Facebook

11. What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

Story isn’t about what happens. It’s about how what happens affects and transforms the characters

. < If anyone out there follows my YouTube channel, they’ve probably heard me say this a lot. In

my opinion, it is the golden rule of writing. When you make everything in your story matter to your

characters (given their motivations and fears) you can truly engage your reader and leave them

thinking long after they turn the final page of your story. Secondly, you always have to remember

why your story matters to you. Remembering your “why” will keep your passion alive through the

toughest days and lead you to those gloriously satisfying words: the end. 

Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog today, Medomfo! It was a pleasure to talk

with you about all things writing. 🙂

Thank you so much Abbie! And a huge congratulations for your debut novel’s release.

If you want to get to know more about Abbie, simply read on:

ABBIE EMMONS has been writing stories ever since she could hold a pencil. What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into her lifelong passion. There’s nothing Abbie likes better than writing (and reading) stories that are both heartrending and humorous, with a touch of cute romance and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Abbie is also a YouTuber, singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional waffle-eater. When she’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find her road-tripping to national parks or binge-watching BBC Masterpiece dramas in her cozy Vermont home with a cup of tea and her fluffy white lap dog, Pearl. 

If you want to see Abbie in her element (ranting about stories) just type her name into YouTube and search

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