Today my blog is part of something bigger than usual. Last week, Jeannie Pallett invited me to be part of a blog hop called The Next Big Thing. I’m not real familiar with doing a blog hop, but I decided to try it. The truth is, I want to be generous in blessing other authors. The purpose is to help readers discover the next great book or author; i.e., the one they will be compelled to read or the author who’s work they simply can’t put down. Check out Jeannie’s latest book & blog: http://psalm119greaterthangold.net/
What is exciting about this blog hop is the opportunity to learn about authors from various genres & styles. Her work might be The Next Big Thing, or perhaps mine is. Who knows?
These are the ten questions we were asked to answer:
What is the working title of your book? The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing
Where did the idea come from for the book? In my late thirties, as I reflected over the course of my life I saw so much pain and suffering throughout the years. I realized there had to be some greater purpose to all the experiences I had endured in my life. I sought the Lord in prayer seeking to understand what He wanted me to do with all of these experiences to glorify Him. The Lord pointed out to me that I had survived so many experiences that many people give up and commit suicide when faced with. He showed me that my life story can be a wonderful testimony to others that there is life after the pain; no matter what you’re facing today as long as your hope is in Him.
What genre does your book fall under? Religion/Christian Life/ Personal Growth
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? HA! I have been told by many that my life’s story should be made into a movie which would require a wide array of cast members to portray the various events over the years. Actors? I don’t really have a preference! Characters? Oh well, we would definitely need a wide array of those too including a Mad Hatter, a Crazy Queen of Hearts, and a Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hide just to get started!
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Written to inspire those who feel their sin is too great for God to forgive and their pain too deep for God to heal.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? It was published by Tate Publishing in May of 2012.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It took me seven years to finally submit to the Father’s will and actually begin writing. However, once I began writing the manuscript was complete in ten months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I asked people who have read The Pursuit of Purpose this question because I honestly haven’t read another book just like it to compare it to and was told “I would not try to compare… we are all created unique and so is your story”. Many of us may experience similar situations in very unique ways with different effects and outcomes. However, we can connect on core levels to find strength and encouragement in each other stories of overcoming painful situations in life.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? Without a doubt the Holy Spirit! I ran from this task for seven years. It was after losing my job and my husband was in Afghanistan that I realized the Lord had created the time and the space necessary for me to complete the assignment. I decided it was time I submit and surrender to the Father’s will.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? How about I share with you what others are saying about The Pursuit of Purpose?
Here is what some are saying about The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing:
“The Pursuit of Purpose by Alecia Roberts is a must read if you have ever sinned or been sinned against. The Pursuit of Purpose is a love story—a love sought for that is no real love at all, and a love found that is the unconditional love of God. You will find here a transparency that you rarely find in the church. You will find sin that ran amok in her life because of bad choices made and the unconditional forgiveness of God who sought her out and would not let her go. If you have ever been a victim of the out-of-control sin of others or have victimized others, you must read Alecia’s story of God’s love and grace.” – Jim Hughes, Author, C Through Marriage
“The Pursuit of Purpose it is one of the bravest feats of literature, and soul-bearing, that I have ever read. I had the honor of writing a formal endorsement of the book after some mild editing, so I can tell you just how amazing her story truly is. Get your hands on a copy, I promise it will change the way you think, feel, appreciate, and pursue the Lord.” – Brandy Runyan, Author, 101 Things My Daughter Needs to Know
“In The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing, author Alecia Roberts shares her painful journey from a life of child abuse, rape, drugs, failed marriages, abortion and attempted suicide to a life of survival, fulfilled hope, forgiveness and healing through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Alecia’s story will encourage you along the path as you seek to find light in the darkness. For those who have survived similar situations, you will be able to relate as the author shares each step of her journey toward wholeness. Her honest and inspiring story is powerful as she shares what God can do with a broken life.” – Carol Round, author of Journaling with Jesus: How to draw closer to God
“Have you ever felt like there was no way God could love you? There were too many skeletons in your closet? In The Pursuit of Purpose, author Alecia Roberts shares her life…not only her struggles but those deepest, dark secrets she never wanted revealed. Or maybe you wonder, ‘Why do they stay in that situation? Why don’t they get out and do better for themselves?’ If so, this book will help you understand the thoughts and actions of loved ones in dire circumstances. Either way, this book will leave you wanting to make things right and/or reach out in prayer for those struggling. You will find hope, knowing what God did for her, He can do for you! He is no respecter of persons.” – Amy Gatliff, Author of “The Power to Never Give Up”
“I read this book while it was being published. I was struck with awe at the honesty, the humility and the passion that Alecia has for sharing with others. To open up and tell of all the trials and temptations that she has gone through and to realize that even when all the bad stuff was happening-God had a plan for her life; is so profound and yet so simple. For anyone that questions the “Why me’s?” or “what does this mean?” This book will make you take a second look at your life and recognize God’s hand in it. Awesome book!” – Joy Bowser, Author of A Wife and A Witness
Next week take the opportunity to hop on over to the blogs these authors have. These people have been areal blessings to me and have treasure to share with you.
Sheryl Griffin of A Scarlet Cord of Hope Ministries http://www.sherylgriffin.blogspot.com/
Amy Gatliff author of The Power to Never Give Up http://amygatliff.tateauthor.com/blog/
Joy Bowser author of A Wife and A Witness