Friday, March 29, 2013

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

By Nancy Jill Thames

I read a comment that said, "That's where the real business of controlling your car is happening, where the rubber meets the road, - where it really matters, where it counts, generally." 

This is Easter Week, some call it Holy Week. Excitement runs through my veins when I stop and think about the power of the cross. It's what we Christians base our entire faith on - Jesus rising from the dead, promising us eternal life through the blood He shed for our sins.

When I first began writing my mystery series, I created a protagonist who loved gardening, her little dog, Teddy, and serving afternoon tea to her garden club friends. As my books progressed, certain situations evolved where Jillian couldn't help sharing her faith. I never started out intending to write Christian fiction - but sharing God's love for people is a natural outpouring of following our Lord. 

A few reviewers beat me up pretty badly over the fact that I hadn't disclosed these books were "Christian" and I remained bunged up for a while. Once I understood that taking a stand as a Christian Author would mean a smaller niche, I looked at it as being such a small sacrifice compared to the blessed life God has given me. So if you find reading a prayer from a protagonist bothersome, my books may not be for you. And if you're undecided about what to believe, my books may show you what it's like to be a follower of Christ. But if you're a believer, and agree that having Christ in your life makes a difference, you may enjoy the reads. 

The power of the cross - it's where the rubber of our lives meet being in the world. Have a blessed week and a Happy Easter!

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill

Nancy Jill Thames is the author of "Jillian Bradley Mysteries," Christian fiction based on travel adventures with her husband. The stories reflect Nancy Jill's love of art and serving afternoon tea, which has earned her the title of “Queen of Afternoon Tea.” She is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller's List and won awards for her blogs. Nancy Jill is a Texas Longhorn, having earned her degree from The University of Texas in Austin, where she resides. The author donates 10% of book sales to the Central Texas SPCA-a no kill animal shelter.

Nancy Jill is busy working on book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" due out in 2013.
Member of the Leander Writers Guild.


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