Title: War of the Heart
Sub title: Snow Globe Christmas Collection
Publisher: Lovely Christian Romance Press
Blurb: When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Format: Paperback and E-book
Amazon Link: http://www.goo.gl/wflaLA
· Autographed copies available
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#london #christmas #mystery #novella
GOD IS THERE...
Through it all
By Jenna Victoria
We've all met them; the Christian families in our churches or community who seem to have golden lives. Strong solid marriages. Pretty babies. Comfortable incomes. Nice homes. Sporty cars. It often seems as if their blessings fall like flower petals from the sky, doesn't it?
Then there was my Christian family. We all loved Jesus, made honest professions of faith—I was so proud to be baptized as a teen—and yet our lives were a complete 160 degrees from those perfect families. My mother suffered from bipolar disorder and was hospitalized several times. My father didn't finish grammar school as he had to go to work to help support his mother and sisters, and then his own family. He struggled in his blue-collar job to provide necessities. My fraternal twin, a girl, died at birth. My younger sister, born with Down's Syndrome, died on Christmas Eve at the Mayo Clinic having open heart surgery when I was twelve and she was 4 1/2 years old. My parents divorced soon after. There was no money for college. My siblings had joint brushes with the law and one is in prison for a long time. Then came my ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages and infertility, bankruptcy, divorce, and my parent's deaths in 2009 and 2011. In 2012, ten years after being happily married to my knight-in-shining-armor, came the biggest hit - my diagnosis of breast cancer, followed by chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiation. After an all-clear, the cancer returned as metastatic breast cancer in 2013. More surgery and treatment. My knight then decided he didn't want a wife with cancer. So, fast forward to 2016, where I continue to receive chemotherapy every 21 days until the Lord calls me home.
Kind of reads like a soap opera, doesn't it? I share these personal details not as a litany of woes, but to illustrate where I ended up, spiritually—and that is front and center, praising God.
Praise Him? How can anyone praise God after reading a paragraph that could almost be lifted from the pages of the book of Job or twelve months of soap opera episodes?
Confession time. If I take an honest look back over the years, I could describe myself as a born again Christian who never graduated from a seat in children's church to sit in the big sanctuary. Sure, I attended church (sporadically, though I went more than others, I reasoned). I listened to Gospel music almost exclusively. I prayed now and again, read the Bible once in awhile. I amassed quite a library of theology and Christian non-fiction and fiction books and enjoyed reading them all. My head had the knowledge, my heart had the love, but they never merged. I picked up my Christianity and put it down so often it moved like a see-saw.
One funny thing about my cancer diagnosis is—I never asked why—even when it returned in its rarer triple-negative, highly aggressive form. From that first awful day in May of 2012, I felt a quiet nudge. "Come to me." The words were silent, but I heard them nonetheless. I knew they were from the Lord. I knew after 40 years of see-saw Christianity it was time—past time—to grow up, go all-in, and give God the glory, in all circumstances. No more lukewarm-being-a-hearer-and-not-a-doer. To minister to others suffering, as He directed. To speak openly and earnestly about God's provision and faithfulness.
I obeyed His command. I turned to Him with every fear and worry. I sought Him in regular prayer and devotions. It didn't happen overnight, but as I fed on the meat of His word I started to live it every day. I praised God for each of my experiences and my horrific medical side effects even if I didn't feel it. In time, that "head" knowledge aligned with my "heart" and formed a lasting commitment and steadfastness that will not be shaken.
It is an honor and privilege to glorify God in the trials. 1 Peter 4:13 says, "But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed."
I've graduated to a first-row pew, rejoicing all the way. I hope you'll join me there in revealing His glory.
Bio:r since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1959, Jenna's yet to taste a cake she hasn't liked.
Jenna is the author of “fiction that feeds your faith” – Happily-Ever-After romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. She also writes clean, wholesome romances. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature the sweetest of fairy-tale-ending love stories.
She writes romances that glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ and show how He gives us hope & peace amidst unbearable situations. After her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, several reoccurrences and metastasis, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.
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Pinterest https://www.pintbearable situations. After her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, several reoccurrences and metastasis, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.