Monday, December 22, 2014
The Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin ends December 30th
Please welcome Sandra Ardoin to my blog this week. Sandra is giving away an e-copy of her book. Be sure to leave a comment with your email address to be entered. And if you are a follower of my blog mention that for an extra entry!
Christmas is a season of giving. Frankly, giving should be something we do all year long, but this time of the year brings a special feeling of benevolence, one that has us sharing with people we don’t even know.
In my Christmas novella The Yuletide Angel, the Lord has given Violet Madison the desire to help those who struggle to put food on the table during the holidays. Violet’s exceedingly shy nature causes her to deliver her gifts in the dead of night when no one is looking—so she thinks. While she takes to heart the words of Jesus when he says not to “let your left hand know what the right hand is doing,” the notoriety of the mysterious benefactor begins to highlight a more negative aspect of Violet’s giving … seeking personal praise and glory.
There’s a good reason for that admonition by Jesus. He knows how liable we are to turn something good into a sin. Have you ever started or taken part in a project because God has led you to do so, or you see a need to help others? When people begin to praise you for what you’re doing, do you find yourself basking in that praise? I can’t imagine there is anyone on this planet who hasn’t experienced Violet’s regret at some point or another.
I’ve been pleased at how well The Yuletide Angel has done over the past two months. As my debut, it has been well-received with reviews of praise. While it’s all encouraging and thrilling, I’ve prayed numerous times that God not allow me to fall into the same trap as Violet. My prayer is that He will use the story or some portion of it, even if it’s only to reach one person in helping them through a spiritual need.
As Christians who also consider writing to be either a calling or a ministry, we work hard to write the best book we’re capable of producing. Yes, writing is a business, but we also want our stories to speak to others and be an influence in pointing someone to the Lord or helping them through a trying and confusing time. Yet, if our book is even a modest success, we can slip into a period of self-congratulations. Believe me, it’s all too easy to take the credit and fail to give Him the glory.
God is generous with our talents, our abilities, and His patience. He expects us to be the same with our praise of Him. So let me say right now: May God be glorified through all that I do, whether others consider it successful or not!
Sandra Ardoin is a multi-published author of short fiction. A fan of old westerns growing up, it’s only natural that she sets stories in the days of the horse and buggy. She’s the married mother of a young adult and lives in North Carolina. Learn more about her at www.sandraardoin.com.
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No one, except Hugh Barnes, a confirmed bachelor who finds himself drawn to the outwardly shy but inwardly bold Violet Madison, a young woman who risks her safety to help others.
When Violet confesses her fear of eviction from her childhood home, Hugh longs to rescue her. His good intentions are thwarted, however, when Hugh's estranged brother shows up in town ... and in Violet's company.
But Violet faces an even bigger threat. A phantom figure lurks in the shadows, prepared to clip the wings of The Yuletide Angel.