Friday, May 10, 2013

The Story Behind the Story | Take a Chance on Me

I love knowing what inspires stories that I enjoy reading. I thought it might be fun to dig a little deeper into The Story Behind the Story of some of the books I'm reading these days.

Today, Susan May Warren shares about her latest contemporary release, Take a Chance on Me! Here's The Story Behind the Story ...

We live in a blame world. For some reason, over the past two-three generations, we’ve turned into a society that points fingers, that seeks out someone to accuse. We’ve all heard of the crazy accusations—hot coffee spilled on a lap at McDonalds causes a lawsuit. People trespass onto property and the owner is sued for a slippery sidewalk. We blame creditors for extending us too much credit—as if it is their fault we overspend. But what about the big events, the ones that truly cut into our lives. School shootings. Gas explosions. Car accidents. The truth is, the chaos of the world is frightening, and when something terrible happens—accidents, mistakes, even tragedy, it simply feels better to blame rather than forgive. Forgiving takes a part of us that feels too overwhelming. It might require us to look at ourselves, and see if we have a part in the story.  One might even suggest that some sins aren’t forgivable. It’s too much to ask. More, in a society that rushes to blame, we destroy any hope of sorrow—there simply isn’t room for it when we’re too busy defending ourselves from blame.

We’re quickly spiraling into a society without mercy. Without grace. Without forgiveness.

A few years ago, we had a tragedy occur in our town not unlike the events of this story. Different players, different situations, but I used this concept to explore what happens when grief and anger takes over and ignites an ember of hatred inside. We lose perspective. We lose our hold on grace.

Hatred turns into a peet fire in our heart, burning away at our insides. The only hope to snuff it out it forgiveness. Grace. A hard look at ourselves to see if we are measuring others by the measure by which we want to be judged. Or are we measuring them by the pain they caused?

I am thankful that God doesn’t measure us by the pain we caused Him. Still cause Him. I am thankful that his measure is Jesus. His measure is Grace.

I am excited about this series! I’ve longed to write a story about a northern Minnesota family and their adult children. We’re in this season of life – parenting our adult children. As a parent, you nurture your children, then guide them, then walk beside them … and finally stand back as they walk into life. And then you really start praying! These books are about those years ... watching, hoping, praying your adult children into a legacy of faith. Thank you for taking this first step on the journey with the Christiansen family. I hope you will continue with me as we “Come Home to the Christiansens.” 

Take a Chance on Me, the first book in The Christiansen Family series, is now available from Tyndale House. 

* Originally posted on Susan May Warren's website. Re-posted with permission.

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