Saturday, May 11, 2013

Guest author Joi Copeland talks about how the past shows us hope for the future

Hope from the Past

            We all need hope, don't we? Life is too difficult to face unless we have hope sprinkled throughout this journey of life. That's why I write about hope.
            I have a series all about Hope. Hope for Tomorrow, Hope for the Journey, and Hope from the Past. As we walk down this road, we face many obstacles. Sickness, death, destruction, fear, failure. The list goes on and on. Throw in our past, and sometimes, the guilt, the shame, and regret is just too much to bare.
            But then, God shines His light on us and we receive hope. Hope to deal with the sickness or death we or our loved ones face. Hope that, though death may claim someone dear to our hearts, we will see them again, and they are finally pain free. Hope for the destruction we see in our troubled world because we know this isn't all there is. One day, our world will be made new. Hope that God's perfect love casts out our fear. Hope from the burden of guilt and shame and yes, freedom from regret.
            Hope from the Past introduces us to Arthur Hendrickson, a man running from his past, barely lives in the present, and wishes for his future to be over. Arthur meets his neighbors, Luke and Brittany, and they embrace the older man. Through their love and friendship, and that of Brittany's family, Arthur faces his past and finds hope from the things he lived through.
            What about you? How have you experienced hope?


Hope from the Past

Three men. Three different circumstances. Three choices.

Steven Sorenson is dating the beautiful Josephine Johnson. She is the perfect match for him. Wanting to take their relationship slowly, they agreed not to talk about marriage. However, circumstances beyond his control force him to reevaluate his plans with Josephine. Will he take the next step or shatter his mother’s dream of seeing him married?

Jake Sorenson has been married to the love of his life for over thirty-five glorious years, and then she is diagnosed with cancer. Now, he struggles with how to say goodbye to the only love he’s ever known. How will he respond when the time comes?

Arthur Hendrickson is running from his past and barely living in the present when the past catches up with him. Will he face his past and finally find freedom, or will the chains of his memories drag him down?


Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She is living the dream in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Joi loves being a wife and mom! She enjoys spending time with her sister Steffanne, and loves to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea with friends! She's been a Christian for over twenty years. Following Jesus has been the best decision she has ever made. Joi's other books are Hope for Tomorrow, Hope for the Journey, Christmas Rayne, and Sheriff Bride Rob's Story.