I am super psyched about Jack’s latest book and you should be too! It’s coming out this month on the 31st! So make sure to mark your calendars and get ready for awesomeness!!!! You can even pre-order the ebook HERE!!!!!
When Jessica asked me to do a guest post for my book tour I kind of panicked a little. I’ve been in a mad rush all week to finish up final details. This last week, the second of May, a lot unexpectedly happened and it put me behind on sending out posts and sleeping – all those fun things. So when she asked for a guest post my mind went blank on what I could write about.
I’d done all of the above.
Then another idea came to me. The message behind my book.
I don’t know if I technically write Christian books. I write stories and my faith and beliefs comes out, because that is how it works.
This book though, it does have a strong message though it is more underlying I suppose. It is there, but it doesn’t so much take over the story. And yet in many ways it is, for me, the strongest message I’ve ever put into a book.
Like most everyone, I don’t have an easy life. It’s been full of struggles and very bad things – and as a result of those very bad things I have a lot of side effects. I struggle with a lot. But I grew up in a church which believed if you struggled with things it meant you were living in rebellion to God and He was punishing me. It took me moving away, going on a crazy adventure, and finding a place of safety before I was able to see through that and accept that it isn’t always true.
Christians suffer. Life is hard. There are dark spots. Sleepless nights. Knots in stomachs so tight one can’t eat. There are sorrows, grief which feels as if it pulls your heart in two, fears, confusion, and even feeling alone and worthless. And there’s no promise that things will be easy for Christians.
There is a promise though.
The promise that God is always with believers, even in the dark, even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
The things I have gone through, the things I have to go through, have brought me to a point where I can say with confidence that my hope lays with God and though it is hard for me I know I can make it because of Him.
In so many ways my own struggles came through in this book, my own fears, my own feelings of helplessness. But I also wanted to show what it means to trust God. It doesn’t always mean things get better, it doesn’t give a guarantee that we will get new houses and nice cars and everything will be wonderful on earth.
It means we have a Father who has a home for us, who loves us, who promised that the end would be worth all the suffering to get there.
And that is what I wanted to pass on to those who read my book. I hope that those who read it might find the same comfort I have.
Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler’s Germany?
Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high.
With the war now on their doorsteps, Franz and Japhet come up with a desperate plan to save their families and get them out of Germany alive. Leaving behind the lives they’ve always known, they move into Berlin with nothing to protect them but forged papers and each other. Convinced their friendship can keep them going, the boys try and make a new life for themselves while trying to keep their true identities and Japhet’s heritage a secret. Taking his best friend’s safety upon himself, Franz joins the Nazis in an attempt to get valuable information. At the same time, Japhet joins the Jewish Resistance, neither friend telling the other of their new occupations.
With everyone in their world telling them a Nazi and a Jew can’t be friends, it is only a matter of time before they believe all the lies themselves, until neither is certain if they are fighting against a race of people or fighting for their homeland. Somehow they have to survive the horrors of World War II, even when all of Germany seems to be against them.
Jack is one of those strange people who calls herself an Author. She spends a lot of her time writing and even less time editing. She likes to write about friendships which is partly how Brothers-in-Arms came to be. More than ten years in the making, this is the book she dreaded the most writing, but which also has the most meaning for her.
When Jack isn’t writing, which doesn’t happen too often, she keeps busy with various other hobbies – such as reading, playing the bagpipes to the dread of her neighbors, and drinking tea – which might not be considered a hobby by most but which should be.
She lives in a cabin in the woods with her dog and a library which isn’t quite equal to Prince Adam’s but will be given enough time and a secret doorway.
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