Today I’m thrilled to welcome Amy Anguish as she shares about her new release, Faith and Hope.
What do you do when you’re struggling with something? Write a book about it, of course. Maybe not everyone does this, but it’s where my mind often goes when I’m trying to work things out. Back in 2012, I wrote a book I titled “The Greatest of These.” It’s a story of two sisters that began several years earlier when I wondered what would happen if my sister had to move in with me for a while. You see, I love my sister, but we didn’t always see eye-to-eye back then. That was the seed that started me seeing little scenes in my head. Arguments they might have. Things they might notice that they had previously missed in each other’s lives. Ways they could grow closer together.
Fast forward to this week, my book released under the title “Faith & Hope.” That seed grew over the years, adding in branches of infertility struggles, new romance, a hot summer, and so much more. Now, it’s a novel. Want to know where I came up with the names? It’s a joke in their family. The girls are named Faith and Hope, but they’re glad they don’t have a little sister because she would have had to be Charity, and she would have been the greatest. A silly play on the verse in I Corinthians 13.
Want to know if the sisters figure out how to get along? What could bring them closer together and make them look past their own hurts enough to put their sister’s first? Check out my story and find out!
I’d love to hear. Do you get along with your siblings? Ever have a personal struggle that you later turned into something else … maybe a novel?
About the book:
Two sisters. One summer. Multiple problems.
Younger sister Hope has lost her job, her car, and her boyfriend all in one day. Her well-laid plans for life have gone sideways, as has her hope in God.
Older sister Faith is finally getting her dream-come-true after years of struggles and prayers. But when her mom talks her into letting Hope move in for the summer, will the stress turn her dream into a nightmare? Is her faith in God strong enough to handle everything?
For two sisters who haven’t gotten along in years, this summer together could be a disaster … or it could lead them to a closer relationship with each other and God. Can they overcome all life is throwing at them? Or is this going to destroy their relationship for good?
Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
“In all honesty, I really thought this meeting might have been to say I was going to get a raise next year.” Hope Cook gave a little chuckle. Anything was better than bursting into tears in front of her boss, even if it was faking laughter.
“Trust me, Hope. If I could have done that, you would be at the top of my list.” Mr. Smith straightened some papers. “Unfortunately, the school board has spoken. The team has to have another coach.”
“I know.” Hope half-heartedly held up a fist. “Go Buckley!”
“If anything changes at all, I’ll let you know.”
Hope couldn’t help but slump her shoulders as she opened the doors to rain. Evidently, the weather was in the same mood she was. She stepped out from under the overhang … and directly into a puddle.
“You have got to be kidding me.” The umbrella doused her with another shower as she fought to close it. She tossed the miscreant tool into her backseat and slammed the door.
She took a moment to lay her head on the steering wheel and give in to her depression. “Why, God? Why give me my dream job only to take it away?”
A clap of thunder sounded. She lifted her head and hands.
“Okay, okay. Sorry. But I don’t understand.”
She shook her head. Was she really arguing with God? Obviously, she needed to go home and rest.