Once a month, AUTHORS CORNER here at 20-20 Faith Sight will offer an interview with:
1. New authors of quality self-published or small press books with a Christian message; or
2. Up-and-coming prolific Christian story writers who have been published in multiple professional venues.
First Up: Deborah McCarragher, author of Mission Possible: Spiritual Covering.
Deborah’s book, Mission Possible, addresses an often-overlooked struggle—the quest for women to reach their “non-believing” husbands for Christ. It was nominated for Christian Small Publisher’s Association Book of the Year Award for 2009.
Deborah McCarragher began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior in 1989. She feels her God-given spiritual gifts are encouragement and teaching, which she does in her home church. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her books. Here’s a mini-interview with Deborah:
What inspired you to write this influential book?
I was involved with a local intercessory prayer group at the time. I had found Jesus seven years into my marriage, and felt God prompting me during prayer to write down what He was conveying to me about my husband and his salvation. I just typed on the computer as the Lord led me to Bible verses and topics to talk about. The seven chapter titles came to me during prayer time. It was quite a moving experience.
What primary advice do you have for women married to "non-believing" husbands?
Most important is to have faith in Who God Is and His sovereignty. We can't "pre-package" our spouse's conversion experience. God will always do what will bring Him the "most glory." We also have to remember that we don't wrestle against flesh and blood. Our spouses (if unsaved) aren't governed by God's Spirit - so we have to release them from that accountability. Our faith must rest in God and not in our own understanding, or by sight.
What's the main message that you'd like readers to take away from Mission Possible?
To discover that God has a plan for each marriage that is in spiritual disunity. It involves us, but it is always done his way! It's a process that evolves over time. We mustn’t put God in a box, but give Him room to move in our spouse's life. Because we are not perfect and continue to sin, Satan will try to influence us (women) into believing that our "mission" is not possible - but with God, all things are possible!
Visit Deborah’s Alabaster Box Publishing website for Mission Possible at: http://www.godmissionpossible.com/. It is available in four forms: trade paperback, audio book on CD, downloadable MP-3 format, and an E-Book. See her blog at http://www.Godmissionpossible.blogspot.com, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is also available at Amazon.com, and other online retailers.
The author of this 20-20 Faith Sight blog, Sheryl Young, has herself written the book, What Every Christian Should Know about the Jewish People: Improving the Church's Relationship with God's Original Chosen Nation. See information in the right hand column.