Today Joi Copeland is here to tell us the story behind her new book.
My son, who will be 13 this year, and I were driving together one day. We were talking about how he feels about certain sins. This boy of mine is a tender hearted kid. He loves animals and people who he feels are not very loveable. He befriends the kids who are picked on at school. He just has a big heart. So to hear his thoughts on certain sins shocked me to say the least.
This was the time when the U.S. had decided gay marriage was legal. As we were talking about this, I asked him, “How do you feel about people who are gay?”
He said, “Mom, Jesus loves them, so do I.”
Good answer. Knowing his tender heart and also his need for justice, I asked another question. “Ok. How about a woman who had an abortion?”
My sweet boy’s face clouded over. I could tell he really struggled with this one. He finally shook his head. “Mom, I don’t know how I would feel about her. I mean, she killed a baby. That baby didn’t do anything wrong. I would say that is the worst sin.”
Ah, and so our discussion began. “Kiddo, we know sin is sin.”
“Lying is as bad as murder. Stealing as bad adultery. Abortion as bad as gluttony.”
He furrowed his brow.
“You see, the consequences to our sin are different, depending on the sin. But in God’s eyes, sin is sin. No sin is greater than the other.”
We talked further until we reached our decision. My boy was pretty open to hearing about this topic, and by the time we’d arrived, he came full circle. He still disagrees with abortion, and I’m glad. But the grace he will bestow on those who have had them will be shown.
As I sat down to write Christmas Snowe, I wasn’t going to have this be a topic. I didn’t want to go down that route, but as I began typing, the characters told me otherwise. They informed me in no uncertain terms that this needed to be discussed, that women who have had abortions need to feel there is hope and redemption. And sometimes, there isn’t a reason. Things just happen.
My heart broke at this turn of events, but I heeded the voice of these characters. I hope and pray that for any of who have gone down this path, there is restoration. There is hope and redemption. No sin is greater than the blood of Christ.
May Christmas Snowe bring you to the One who can restore all things.
Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland. Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow.
Joi’s books include:
Hope for Tomorrow, book 1
Hope for the Journey, book 2
Hope from the Past, book 3,April 2013
Letters of Love
Christmas Rayne, a novella
Sheriff Bride Rob's Story, a novella