It is so fun to announce winners. And today I get to tell you: Marcia Laycock and Henrietta Frankensee have each won copies of Latayne’s new book, The Hinge of Your History. Such luck. It turns out Latayne's non-fiction reads like her fiction: atmospheric, surprising, intelligent, deeply moving.
Now to give you something to comment upon, I'm going to quote a paragraph from Stephen M. Stewart's foreword in The Hinge of Your History:
I wonder if this rings as many bells for you as it does for me. I can't think of a better time than now to remember that even the most extraordinary lives are lived a moment at a time, and that most of those moments feel ... ordinary, or maybe even less than ordinary.
Sarah and Abraham did not know that they were Biblical characters. Like us, they lived out their lives one day at a time, occasionally confused, sometimes making bad decisions, at times mistreating others and each other, and yet ultimately showing the true depth of their love for God and dependence on Him. Through their story, Latayne teaches us that it is how we respond while waiting for the contradictions to God's promises to be resolved that causes the door of God's unfolding story to turn on the hinge of our own faith.
I never met my great grandmother, but she is nearly as familiar to me as my own mom, because she lived her Christian faith in such a loving, solid way that my mother and several others in my family tell me she actually glowed, as if she had a halo. I have a picture on my wall, a simple, plump woman in a cotton dress beside her grim-faced husband, and sure enough she does glow, though I can tell she doesn't realize this, that she's just finished cooking the family supper, that her back hurts and maybe she could use a foot rub, but... my great grandfather doesn't look like the type to give one.
And though I haven't yet finished Latayne's book and couldn't say for certain, I'd bet that this woman's response to the disappointments and difficulties in her life made possible the answers to - I'm sure - many prayers for her children, grandchildren and beyond.
Perhaps you have stories of your own, of people who little knew the significance of their lives, the power of their faith.
Please, do tell. There may be a book in it for you.