Today, my sister Faith joins us to share a guest post on the spiritual themes of her new book, The Solid Rock. This is my favorite so far because there is a new level of spiritual depth in it, and it really deals with a lot of good issues in a way that is biblical, and also keeps your interest. That’s the beauty of fiction with a purpose!
About the Book
Joshua woke with a quiet groan. As his senses woke up one at a time, he cracked his eyelids open. Sure enough, there was a silhouetted form standing at the foot of the bed. From the smell, the person was either from the brothel down the street or had recently left one.
He forced himself to breathe evenly and reached for the knife in his thigh holster. With as tough and evil a voice as he could imitate, he spoke, “State your intentions.”
Pinkerton detective, Joshua Brookings, is sent on a job that seems simple on the surface. His fellow detective has been kidnapped and his boss, William Pinkerton senses foul play. Joshua is sent to investigate Edward’s case in hopes of finding the kidnapped detective and helping solve the case that has taken over ten years to investigate.
Arriving in Cheyenne, Joshua finds much more than a simple kidnapping. Yet again, he must go undercover, something he made his boss promise never to make him do again. The only Christian in the outlaw group, Joshua falters in his faith in God’s providence. Will he stand on the solid Rock or drown in the sinking sand?
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Joshua jerked awake. His heart raced, his palms were sweaty, and he struggled to get a full breath in and out. He glanced across the dying embers at Ross. At least he hadn’t woken up.
He slipped out of his bedroll and stoked the fire before walking away from the camp. He had to find a way for these dreams to go away. They kept getting worse the closer they got to Denver and he hadn’t even been undercover that long yet.
Every night it was the same thing. Every night it lasted a little longer. It would start with a group of men in a cabin. They always started out with some jokes and a little reminiscing about family and then quickly transferred into stories of evil and debauchery. It had taken him a month to get rid of the dreams—which were based on real events—the last time.
Now he was undercover again, this time with the mastermind of even more evil plots than the last time.
“God, how can I get rid of the dreams this time?” he whispered. “Praying out loud or reading the Bible won’t work.”
He heaved a sigh and sneaked back into camp. Please, no more dreams tonight.
That excerpt really sets up my topic well. In The Solid Rock, Joshua struggles to keep his spiritual feet firmly planted on God. Naomi has asked that I share a little bit about the spiritual elements of my book.
When darkness veils His lovely face,/I rest on His unchanging grace;
Before the book opens, Joshua had just finished a difficult undercover job for the Pinkerton agency. He had infiltrated an outlaw group and had to hear things no person should ever hear, but it was especially hard on him since he was a strong Christian. Or so he thought. His faith was severely tested those two weeks. In The Solid Rock, he goes through an even longer period of what some would call spiritual darkness or depression when he truly felt like darkness had veiled God’s face. Through that time, he didn’t always rest on God’s unchanging grace, or lean on Christ.
In ev’ry high and stormy gale/My anchor holds within the veil.
Even though Joshua didn’t always rest on the Solid Rock, God was still his anchor. God still gave him everything he needed when he needed it. Joshua learned, like so many of us need to learn, that God will be our anchor through the tough times.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand–
When I wrote the rough draft of this book in July, I didn’t realize what an impact it would have on me a few months later when I edited it. I don’t remember what was going on at the time as I edited the book, but I do know that Joshua’s struggles were similar to mine and I was fighting God in the same way he was. Then when Joshua stopped fighting God, I realized what I needed to do as well. Christ is the only Rock on which to stand. He is truly the only One who can keep you safe in the storms life throws at you.
All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.
All of those trials, burdens, self-help programs, distractions, media, social media, etc. All of them are sinking sand. They cannot hold you up, build you up, or keep you steady in the way God can. The world is sinking sand, but Christ is our solid Rock on which we can stand. And at the end of time, we can truly sing with Edward Mote, the writer of the hymn, The Solid Rock:
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
On Christ the solid Rock, I stand–
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
What is your testimony (in brief form)?
I prayed with Mom when I was four and since then I have learned more about God and He has drawn me ever closer to Him. It’s been a slow, gradual learning and growing process and I am far from perfect, but I truly believe He saved me by His grace.
Why do you write Christian Historical Fiction?
I write Christian fiction because I think it is the best way a Christian author can be a witness to the world. I write Historical Fiction because I have always loved to read that genre.
Do you like Hymns? Why?
YES!! I love hymns because they have such rich theology, beautiful words, beautiful melodies, and are fun to play, sing, and generally worship God through.
What is your favorite book/novella of what you’ve written?
That’s not a fair question! For a published book, I would have to say The Solid Rock. If it can be one that isn’t published yet, I would say Blessed Assurance which is a novella that, Lord willing, will be published in August.
What is your favorite instrument to play, and where and when do you play it most?
I play both piano and flute, but I prefer playing piano because there is so much more you can do on it. I play piano mostly at home, but I also play at church a lot.
Faith is giving away a full set of paperback books! Fill out this form to earn entries to the giveaway. Each entry gives you one point, plus there are opportunities for bonus entries.
If you haven’t read any of my books and would like to try one for free, I am working on getting A Mighty Fortress available for free on all formats. It is currently free on Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. If you also wouldn’t mind helping me get it free on Amazon, I would appreciate that. To help, all you have to do is grab 1, 2, or 3 of the links where it is free and go to AMF’s Amazon page, click on “tell us about a lower price” and submit a link or three. Thank you!
To celebrate her release, Faith is holding a Facebook party on March 31st from 2-4 Central time. You can join her and 3 other authors here. There will be fun, games, giveaways, excerpts, and more. Some of the giveaways will stay open through Friday evening, April 1st. Fun fact: the other three authors are all homeschool moms.
About the Author
Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she’s grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, writing, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.
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