I had an entirely different post planned for this month. My book, Song in the Dark, came out on the 3rd, and I was excited about sharing it with you. Then I watched the Chinese economy collapse from Coronavirus, and my European friends get hit. Their warnings of the coming tsunami tempered my joy.
You see, even though me and my family are healthy and probably will only get a mild strain if we are exposed, I am passionate about working and being an ally of the homeless, the working poor, those who live with chronic illness and disabilities, and so many others, and I know I may lose some of them. Not only that, but the economic slide is impacting retirements and investments that support endowments. When those folks get hit, they stop giving to non-profits and churches and small businesses who help those less fortunate.
So as an author that desires to spread hope, I’m torn. Torn because I write books that offer hope, but I know every cent, every minute of energy counts right now. My base of friends are all holding their breath to see how this will impact them. For those of us fortunate to have homes, running water, health, and some savings, it’s up to us to keep the economy moving. It’s up to us to invest into others who can’t do for themselves.
Half of all income I make the first three months is promised to the North Texas Doberman Rescue in honor of the three dobies who stole the show in my book. But three months from now, we’ll hopefully be recovering from this storm. I’ve decided to donate the other half of my earnings to paying it forward for others. Whether that’s helping someone purchase food or helping them make rent. Whatever I am blessed to receive will go back to the Lord as a firstfruits offering directly to those He puts in my path.
So if you love a good romance with a bit of suspense, three lovable dogs, lots of Greek mythology easter eggs to find, and that digs deep into dealing with narcissistic relationships and setting healthy boundaries, consider purchasing Song in the Dark. If not, and you’re blessed to have extra time and funds right now as you are spending more time at home, go buy a book and support an author. Know that I’m praying for each of you. Praying that this disease passes over thanks to people heeding the warnings to stay home. Praying that those who do get sick get quality medical care and recover. Praying that God uses this time to restore family bonds, to make neighbors become good friends, shake us loose of trusting in storehouses instead of Him.
I love to hear from readers, so share below how you see God working through this pandemic.
Jessica White writes stories that shape the soul. She has two historical novels out in her Seasons of Healing series. Her first contemporary romance Song in the Dark, released March 3rd with Mantle Rock. You can learn more about her and her books at her website. Sign up for her email list to receive a free 30 day devotional and join her as she journeys with God on her Facebook page.