UPDATE: Congrats to Kay Bagwell! “Her Daughter’s Dream is on it’s way to you! Send me your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations!
Man oh man do I love Francine Rivers!!! I am so excited about her latest book, “Her Daughter’s Dream”. I got hooked after my friend Jennifer introduced me to the Mark of the Lion series and I have never looked back! Once I start reading one, I can’t put it down. They are that good…not to mention, God always teaches me something as I read.
I love to read and for many years, especially because I worked in a bookstore, I would read whatever popular fiction was out there. I shudder to think at all the things I read that were just plain junk by God’s standards. I am so thankful to have been introduced to good CHRISTIAN fiction. It’s out there folks! You’ve just got to look.
Do you ever wonder what an author was thinking as they were writing your favorite book? Check out what Francine Rivers had to say about “Her Daughter’s Dream”.
Mother-daughter relationships are often complicated and fraught with emotional land mines. What was your approach to exploring the complexity of those relationships in a fictional setting?
Questions, lots of questions! Every time I told someone I was working on a book about mother-daughter relationships, people wanted to share their family stories. As I wrote Her Mother’s Hope, I wanted readers to see through each woman’s eyes, and understand how the past shaped each in the way she responded to her mother. Hildemara doesn’t believe her mother loves her, but it is out of Marta’s pain and loss that tough-love techniques were forged. Marta wants to strengthen her daughter for whatever lies ahead. Sometimes what we view as rejection can actually be an act of sacrificial love. We seldom know the experiences that shaped our mothers, the deep hurts, traumatic events, broken relationships. I hope women who read this book will want to share those things with one another.
After readers finish this series what do you want them to remember? What questions and feelings do you want it to provoke on a spiritual and emotional level?
I hope and pray readers who have had difficult relationships with their mothers or daughters will let go of the pain and anger and allow God to work in their lives. God can work all things together for good for those who trust and love Him. Following Jesus’ example changes the way we see people. It changes the way we relate to one another. Even when the chasm is too deep to cross, we can decide to forgive. Some people wear grievances like a dirty coat. With God’s strength, we can strip it off and be free. When people finish reading Her Daughter’s Dream, I hope they will want to extend God’s grace and forgiveness. I hope they will tear down their walls and use their life experiences to begin building a bridge.
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