A few weeks ago, I introduced you to a new fiction series I’m writing called Home Front Heroines. Each of the five books is based on true stories about military families, one from each branch of the Department of Defense. (If you want to read more about the series, click here.)
Today, the first book is now available! More Than Meets the Eye: United States Air Force hit store shelves yesterday, just in time for America’s Independence Day celebrations.
More Than Meets the Eye: Description from Amazon
Deployment changed him, and she doesn’t know if she can live with it.
After her husband returns from a deployment to Saudi Arabia, Lori Braxton begins noticing little differences in his behavior. He’s withdrawn, moody, and can’t sleep. Could it be the stress of military life after the 9/11 attack on New York? Maybe it’s the new assignment in Montana or the financial problems he ignores. Perhaps it’s forces she can’t see and doesn’t know how to fight, or maybe she’s a bigger part of the problem than she wants to admit
What is God doing? Is He even paying attention?
Lori tries to attend church and do what God asks, but the truth is she doesn’t really hear Him speak. Between money strains, pregnancy hormones, and young ones underfoot, Lori spirals into depression.
What good could God possibly bring from the mess surrounding her?
A Little More about the Book
So much uncertainty surrounded them, but she would let God be her fortress and lead her family to do the same. ~Carrie Daws, More Than Meets the Eye
I’ll be completely honest and tell you that this was not an easy book for me to write. In fact, it might be the most difficult one to date. It is character driven, which is one of my least favorite types of stories, but the reasons for my struggle go deeper than that.
The events are very close to my heart, and the people within its pages are more dear than most readers will realize. The characters Lori and Jonathan are real people, as are their children. The events really happened, the medical and financial issues really created a strain on their relationship that nearly tore their marriage apart.
But God had a good plan. Neither Lori nor Jonathan could see what God was doing, but as they humbled themselves and submitted to His leadership, they found peace. Oh, not in their circumstances, surely. But in spite of them.
She had to pull herself together, but she also knew that she didn’t want to be who she was. “How do I change this, Lord?” ~Carrie Daws, More Than Meets the Eye
This year, Lori and Jonathan celebrate 22 years of marriage. They still face significant challenges with Jonathan’s health, but it doesn’t disturb Lori’s peace. In fact, she’s more convinced than ever that God is a good God with a good plan.
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