Today you'll get a peek into MaryLu Tyndall's new release, Charity's Cross. I love the spiritual message in Charity's Cross because it's something that we have either faced ourselves or someone we know has. So please welcome my dear friend and awesome author, MaryLu Tyndall.
In my new release, Charity's Cross, the heroine married a man who ended up abusing her both physically and emotionally. Although he was quite charming during their courtship, there were hints of his underlying cruel nature that Charity chose to ignore. Why? She was desperate to leave home where in her mind she'd suffered an unhappy childhood. She also longed for wealth, title, and status--things she never had growing up as a poor Admiral's daughter. So, despite the warnings of her family and her inner uneasiness, she married him. When the abuse started, she cried out to God to help her, to deliver her, but no answer came. In fact, the abuse only got worse, and Charity blamed God and turned away from Him.
Part of the reason I wrote this story was because I see so many Christians doing the same exact thing. Something goes wrong in their life, some tragedy, and they are quick to blame God. When He doesn't answer their prayers, they turn away from Him and either stop believing in Him or assume He doesn't care about them. When nothing could be further from the truth! First of all, where does it say in the Bible that we are supposed to have comfortable, happy lives? It says God loves us, He will provide for our needs, He will protect us from the evil one, He will give us inner joy and peace, He will bless us and give us an abundant life. (All of those come with the condition that we put God first) But nowhere does it say we will be comfy and happy! In fact, it says quite the opposite in several places. We have only to look at the Apostles' lives to see that they were neither comfortable or happy, but they had great joy and peace and lived abundant lives before they were martyred. Gulp. Did I say martyred?
Does God care when tragedy hits us? Of course! It hurts Him as much as it hurts us! The first thing I do when a problem arises is ask myself if I somehow caused it. Many times our trials are simply consequences of our own mistakes. In Charity's case, God tried to warn her multiple times not to marry this man, but she didn't listen. Even when she cried out for help, He gave her chances to leave, but she didn't take them. However, if we didn't cause our problem, then either God allowed it to happen to teach us something or draw us closer to Him, or we are being attacked by the enemy. The best thing to do is get alone with God and find out.
Charity didn't do this, and by turning away from God, she only made her situation worse. In fact, each step she takes away from God only causes her more trouble and more pain. Have you ever been tempted to turn away from God when tragedy struck? I have. In fact, I can remember a time when I used to be so mad at God, I would almost be yelling at Him. Sad to say, but it's true. Good thing He's a loving Father who puts up with His Kid's temper tantrums.
Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship leaving England. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship ends up in Nassau. Chased by her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, Charity is forced to accept the help of a missionary, Elias Dutton. But Elias is on a mission to rescue his sister in Barbados, one he cannot fail. Pirates, storms, shipwreck, and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as they fight their growing attraction. Elias believes he has finally found a woman with a pure heart. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities.
About MaryLu:Best-selling author MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award winner, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandchildren and several stray cats on the California coast.
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