All right. I realize it’s the 22nd of May, but in my book, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas – especially when you have two little girls to plan to buy for. And the themes of Christmas – love, hope, reconciliation, giving – are good things to think about all year long.
When I was invited to participate in this project, I didn’t really know what I wanted to write about. I thought of all the usual Christmas themes, but none of them seemed quite right. Then I started thinking about what Christmas really means – what the act of sending Christ down to earth as a newborn baby really for meant for us.
Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) says: “God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”
God’s own Son – His one and only Son (John 3:16) was born, lived, died, and then lives again, so that the rest of us can be adopted into His family. The theme of Christmas, then, that really stood out to me more than any other (because I’m personally acquainted with a couple who is currently undergoing the fostering/adoption process because they have been unable to have a child of their own) was adoption.
And, because of one very brave, very wonderful, woman who shared her painful abortion story with me (and she’s been using it to counsel women both pre- and post-abortion for years now), I had the catalyst for the adoption that would take place in my story. I had my Noelle. But I wanted to give Noelle a chance my friend Fran never had – I wanted to give her a chance to please God by saving her unborn child.
So, I guess you could call this is an anti-abortion story… but it’s really more of a pro-adoption story. It’s a story of unconditional love, sacrifice, and hope against all odds.
For the first time, PROTECTING ZOE and all the other amazing stories in Kathi Macias’s Christmas collection are available together in one paperback. You can buy the book now on Amazon, or you can leave a comment on this blog post to win one signed (by me) copy.
I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook page on June 1, 2014. So that gives you until May 31, 2014 to leave me a comment.
But I’m not the only one who’s giving away a paperback. Several of the others are too, during this blog tour. Check out each of their links below. Comment on their blog posts, and you’ll increase your chances of winning!
Kathi Macias’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour
May 19 – Ruth L. Snyder
May 20 – Anne Baxter Campbell
May 21 – Marcia Lee Laycock
May 22 – Mishael Witty
May 23 – Christine Lindsay
May 24 – Sheila Seiler Lagrand
May 26 – Jessica Ferguson
May 27 – Kathy Bruins
May 28 – Peg Phifer
May 29 – Jeanette Hanscome
Thanks for stopping by, and if you’ve read my story, please leave me a review on Amazon or GoodReads (or let me know what you thought of it in the comments section). We writers love to get feedback on our writing – good or bad. 🙂