Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Jennifer Slattery as she share insights into her novel, Healing Love.
My nails dug into my husband’s muscular arm as our plane jolted and dipped. This wasn’t minor turbulence. It was the kind that literally made me dizzy and ready to hurl. As our pilot continued to make his rapid descent into a small country on the western edge of Central America, I gazed through my window, hoping to catch a glimpse of the mountainous terrain below.
If only to assure myself that we were heading in a logical, planned direction. But blackness stretched thick and deep, illuminated only by the occasional flash of lightning.
We were flying through a storm, and I hadn’t a clue how bad it was. Sitting between my husband and daughter, I strongly regretted our decision to join our church on this week-long mission trip.
I knew going in I hated to fly, but I convinced myself my fears were irrational. People flew all the time, and very few went spiraling to their death.
Though … I’d never checked statistics on planes in storms.
Did hurricanes hit Central America? If it got bad enough, would our pilot turn around? Who monitored El Salvadoran planes, anyway?
Fast forward six or so hours as I lay upon a thin mattress, eyeing a massive spider web clump filled with dead bugs hanging from the ceiling above me, hoping they didn’t fall on me, I once again wondered what I’d been thinking.
Fast forward four or five days, with our departure quickly approaching, and I wondered how I’d have the strength to say goodbye to this country I’d grown to love and its people who had touched me so deeply.
Those who read Healing Love, my latest release that arose from my trip to El Salvador, may recognize me in some of Brooke’s behavior. She can be … fearful. She tends to grasp for control the minute she feels it slipping from her fingers, and she can get so caught up in her fears and anxieties (whether of flying or her future) that she risks missing out on what God is doing.
Unfortunately, I can do that also, but I’m learning, as is Brooke, my most recent heroine. As we step out in obedience, God begins to loosen our grip so that we can rest more deeply in His.
About Healing Love:
Blurb: A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.
Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com