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Second Chance

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Hello, everyone! I don’t think I’ve ever told you before, but I wrote another book! I finished my second book, Second Chance, back in January. I haven’t told you all about it yet because I didn’t think it made much sense to promote a secular book on a Christian blog. Don’t get me wrong, the book is not inappropriate. It’s just not inherently religious. Let me tell you a little bit about it. Anyone can tell you to read their book, but not everyone will tell you why you should. But that’s what I’m going to do.

This book was a labor of love for me. It took me about a year to write it, and I loved every minute of it, but it was hard work. It made it a bit easier that the book is based on my life. The main character, Bella, is based on me, and the other characters on my friends and family. Bella is who I might become if a certain event occurs in the future. For now, I get to live vicariously through her. The book is written from what I consider a unique perspective. Even though I am a girl, the story is told through a guy’s point of view: Logan’s, the other main character. You might find it interesting to see a girl’s idea of what goes on in a guy’s head.

This being a romance novel, you may be inclined to believe that it is cliché. I’d like to think that isn’t the case. Whenever I wrote something that could’ve been seen as cliché, I usually changed it because I try to avoid clichés like the plague (yeah, it’s an old pun, but it’s still a good one). Besides the main plot of a romance developing between Logan and Bella, there are a couple subplots. That way you get a break from all the lovey-dovey stuff.

Logan is breaking into the architecture business and he has quite a few interesting, and even humorous, experiences. Both in Logan’s job and his romance with Bella, things aren’t all rainbows and sunshine. I tried my best to keep it real. People appreciate honesty, after all. But don’t worry, no one dies. If you’re still reading, that means you aren’t completely opposed to the idea of reading my book. Yay!

If you’ll stick around for a little longer, I’ll give you a summary to help you make up your mind. Here it is: “When Bella was a young girl she fell in love with her brother’s best friend, Logan. She loved him for seven years, but her love was unrequited. Seven years after they last saw each other, Logan shows up on her doorstep hoping for a second chance. Bella locks him out, then lets him in. Things begin to change for them as she begins to trust him again. They start off as friends then, after facing some complications, Logan breaks down the walls around her heart and she gives him a second chance with it. Opposition meets them wherever they go, but they fight it together. As Logan struggles to find his place in the business world, Bella begins struggling to find her place with Logan. The relationship is far from perfect, but it’s definitely worth it. Logan and Bella grow in their love for one another and, with a little help from friends and family, end up where Bella always dreamed they would.”

Okay, so if you think you want to check it out, I should probably tell you where you can find it. Well, if you head on over to Barnes & Noble…Just kidding! Unfortunately, it is yet to be published. You can, however, find it on Wattpad, a story sharing website that also has a mobile app. All you have to do is create an account and then you can get started reading. If you like to read on your phone, you can download the app.

Most of the chapters are pretty bite-sized, so you can read them whenever you have a few free moments. You’ll find that Wattpad’s app is very user-friendly and you can change the settings so the font, font size, font color, page color, and more are just the way you like them. And if you’ve had a long day and just want to relax for a while and read, switch it into night mode and then turn on automatic scrolling at the speed you want so you don’t even have to do any work.

If you have something you’d like to say about something you read, just leave a comment! At the end of each chapter you can vote if you liked what you read. All this being said, it’s totally up to you whether or not you read the book, or even give it a chance. If romance really isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine. There’s no book that everyone likes. But if you start reading and you do like it, I encourage you to keep reading at your own pace.

You don’t have to comment or tell me if you’ve started reading it, but I’d appreciate if you did. It would be a nice self-esteem boost for this aspiring author. If you read this whole thing, which may seem longer to me than it actually is because it took me so long to type it, then I want to thank you. I had almost given up on trying to get more people to read my book, but then I thought of you guys and how you are, for some reason, interested enough in what I have to say to follow me. So I hope you like my book as much as you like my posts. But, even if you don’t, stick around here because I’ll continue to occasionally post good stuff. I’m thankful for every single one of you. God bless!

Find Second Chance here!

 

One Wish

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I was asked today what I would wish for if God gave me one wish. 

I would wish for Him to help me be better at witnessing to this broken world. It’s unrealistic to wish for an end to abortion or homosexuality or disease or poverty. Yes, an end to those things would be great, but there will always be something that we want to change. So instead of trying to change everything around us, we need to focus on changing our hearts to be loving in this broken world. 

But that’s not something I really need to wish for. All I have to do is pray. 

My Church

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My church is a good size. There’s not an overwhelming amount of people, but it’s not too small either. I go to the early service with all the older people. The music is usually hymns, and I love it. Then my Sunday school is divided up into small groups by gender and grade, lead by one main speaker. The music is typically newer songs like the kind I have on my phone. I really enjoy the worship. About twice a month on Sundays, I sing with the worship band. It’s a great experience. I sometimes volunteer to help out with the little kids. And I like to serve when other opportunities arise. On Wednesday nights, I love the worship and listening to my pastor preach the message. We aren’t the kind of church that is all focused on fun and games. We do have a pool table and ping pong and foosball, but we don’t let them get in the way of praising our God. Overall, I adore my church. I feel like it’s right where God wants me. 

Me and the Earth

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Favorite part about creation: 

I really love humans. They are so complex, intricate. When I look at humans, when I look at myself, I just know that we have to have a creator. There’s no way that we all came about by chance. We were formed by a God who loved us enough to perfect every detail of us-inside and out. The way we think, act, and love all prove that we are the product of intelligent and loving design. And that is beautiful. 

Favorite spot: 

I spend a lot of time in my room. I do a lot in there. It’s where I think, write, do work, spend time with God. It’s like my sanctuary. 

Place I want to visit: 

London. Hands down. I’ve just recently developed a burning desire to go there. The city is so beautiful. Plus, I’ve heard it rains a lot. I love rain. It makes things grow and it’s just so peaceful and aesthetically pleasing. Also, I adore British accents. 🙂 

Mission Trips

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I’ve never been on a mission trip before. The church I’ve been at for the past 4 years is really big on mission trips. There are usually 3 or 4 over the summer-some group and some individual-and more throughout the rest of the year. The pressure on me to go on a mission trip is quite heavy from my youth pastor. I don’t really want to go on a mission trip because I feel like, if I did, I’d just be doing it to appease people, not because God called me to. I don’t feel like God has called me to missions. He gave me the gift of writing and I believe that’s how he wants me to reach the lost. I’m not opposed to missions (foreign or local), I just don’t feel like that’s what God wants me to do at this point in my life. That doesn’t mean that I won’t seize opportunities to witness to others. If God opens a door, I’ll walk through it. But, for now, I’m staying put. 

Bible Translations

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I usually read the NIV (New International Version) because it is easiest for me to understand. I like the way that version phrases things. Sometimes, if I don’t understand a verse, I’ll switch to another translation. Some of my other go-to translations are HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) and NLT (New Living Translation). A good translation to use when I want to see the overall picture is MSG (The Message). It’s easy to switch between versions on my phone. However, the only translation of a hard-copy Bible that I own is NIV. 

Bible Hero

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My favorite hero in the Bible is David. Not only did he defeat Goliath with the power of God, but he also ran to God asking for forgiveness when he knew that he had messed up. Being a hero doesn’t mean you’re perfect, it means you’re strong enough to admit when you’ve done something wrong.