Laura Jackson has written a story all girls should read. Life isn't perfect and when we try to make it perfect, life can begin to come apart and create questions as to whether or not God truly cares about His children.
Blurb: Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.
Now that you have an idea as to what the book is about, let's hear from Ellie herself.
Ellie, tell us how you might describe yourself to others?
I’m friendly and eager to please others. I want to be the perfect daughter and girl-friend, and I want to please God.
How did you and Josh meet?
Josh has always been around. He’s my best friend’s twin and good friends with my long time boyfriend Dylan.
What was your first impression of him?
He was the annoying brother always around when my best friend and I would hang out. He’d always crash our slumber parties.
Oh, yes, my own brother was like that. Not that you’re older, how do you want him to see you?
I didn’t really worry about how he saw me until my world fell apart and he was the person who caught me when I fell—over and over again.
Were you planning on romance with Josh entering your life?
Not hardly. I started planning my wedding to Dylan when I was in elementary school. When he cheated on me, I still couldn’t picture myself with anyone else.
So now that you and Dylan are apart, what things are of most importance to you in a relationship with someone you love?
Honesty and trust because once those are lost, the relationship can never be the same again.
What are your hopes for your relationship in the future with Josh?
I hope we both follow God’s plan for our lives. And, I hope God’s plan for me includes Joshua Martin. J
With so many disappoints in your life recently, how do you face them?
I freak out—suffer from panic attacks. With the help of my youth pastor’s wife, I’m learning to turn to Jesus instead of myself.
What do you want Josh to see in you that he may not see now?
Josh sees more in me than I see in myself. It’s crazy how he believed in me when I didn’t.
What is your main goal in life? What do you hope to accomplish?
After my life changed at the orphanage in Mexico, I want to raise money and awareness for the orphans around the world.
That’s a very worthwhile ambition. I pray you will succeed. Now, if you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I could relax a little—let things happen instead of always planning out every detail and being disappointed when things don’t go the way I want. But, I’m getting better.
Thank you, Ellie, for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. I hope many young girls read your story and learn to depend on God.
Laura Jackson loves books---reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master's degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.
Laura will be giving away a copy of her book this week. Leave a comment below and tell us about your true love or how you met your true love. Remember to leave your email address so we can contact you in case of win. The give away of a copy is for the US only with E-books available for international readers.
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