I must apologize to you for my sporadic blogging over July and August. Hopefully you’re as busy as I am and you’re enjoying a summer packed with fulfilling work and family fun!
I especially want to welcome our new members to this blog, Lift Jesus’ Cross. You are such an important person in my heart and in the heart of God. My heartfelt prayer is that you experience the amazing impact of the cross of Jesus in your life and that you are encouraged daily to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
I’m here today to let you know I’m alive and to give you an update on what I’m doing in the world of writing.
A few of you know that I write both fiction and nonfiction books and articles that focus on the religious persecution worldwide. I started in the late 90’s when the religious persecution was not well known and Osama bin Laden was not a household name. I was honored to participate in a grass roots movement to bring awareness to the church in the West that our brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide were suffering unbelievable persecution for their faith. All three of my novels include the topic of persecution:
My latest nonfiction book that I co-authored with Jessica Austen dabbles into the devastating human rights abuses in North Korea where the nation’s government is starving its own people. This topic was covered in both my last novel, I’ll Cross the River, and in a nonfiction book of pictures drawn by a 14-year-old boy named Gil Su. Out of North Korea shows pictures, captions, and a short story of Gil Su who drew pictures of what his life was like when he lived inside North Korea. (See the book trailer here).
My latest fiction book is co-authored with gospel singer David Stearman and is titled Hummingbird, a novel released just this month! It’s available in Ebook only for a whopping $4.99 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Hummingbird-ebook/dp/B008QMSBW8 (I guess now you understand why Hope’s been so busy!) This book also touches on persecution in South America and immigration to the United States.
If you do a google search with my name Hope Flinchbaugh you will find more than 60,000 hits. No, I didn’t write 60,000 articles and books (I wonder if that is possible?) but you can see various topics I’ve focused on, including this blog on lifting Jesus’ cross.
Very soon I will offer my blog buddies here a free Ebook (which I can send to you personally on email only). My publisher and agent have kindly offered me the opportunity to send a free file of the book to anyone who would write a review about Hummingbird on Amazon. If you like to read and you don’t mind posting a review, this freebee may be just the right offer for you.
I want to pause here and say that writing is what God’s called me to do. I always wanted to be a missionary, but God’s assigned me to write about what he is doing in this world. But whether you are a missionary in Asia or Africa or South America or an American businessman or soccer mom, the greatest assignment any of us have is to walk in love. What does that mean? It means to pause to look at the person in front of us. Really look at him or her and listen. It means to stop in our tracks throughout our busy day and LOVE the person God’s put before us that day.
Let’s put it this way. I can write books and articles from now until Jesus comes, but if I do not have love, I’ve done nothing at all. What about you? Has God challenged you to love someone this summer? If you’ve stopped your busy day to love someone, you’ve not only blessed their lives, but you’ve laid up treasure in heaven. For the greatest thing–greater than being a missionary or writing books or even being a pastor or businesswoman–is to love God and to love people.