Hello everyone! I’m here today with a blog tour for a truly special story collection! And since two of the stories in this collection are World War Two stories, I felt it was the perfect day to post, since today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. May we never forget…
Happy release day to Miss Faith Potts! Her brand new book Behold, a Christmas short story collection was one of my three beta-reading projects this year, and oh! I so enjoyed it!
A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior
From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster
children in the US…
From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family…
You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these
pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with
settings scattered across America and beyond.
Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul
and bless the heart.
Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living
with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s
not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or
studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy,
daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.
Now, for my review of the book…
Oh, Behold was so sweet and a perfect Christmas read. Now, that being said, I didn’t read one of the stories…she told me ahead of time it had some minor spoilers for another of her stories I haven’t read yet ? So with that in mind…I read three of the four stories and instantly fell in love with the characters.
Home for Christmas
She so needs to make this one into a full length novel! Basicly, it’s about a nurse worrying about her MIA brother in the midst of WWII, a journey home, and the healing that God brings through family and friends. Warning: There is some kissing/handholding towards the end of the story and I think some hugs. Not a whole lot, but just saying.
Told in the first person (a new favorite of mine) this story was short and sweet. It's modern, but I'll admit, I wish there was a little more to this story, as it left me with a lot of questions about these foster kids (a topic near to my heart.) But oh! The end, y'all! It was sooooooo good!
MY FAVORITE IN THIS BOOK! Again, this needs to be a full length novel! I just loved this story so much! I mean, who doesn't enjoy a WWII Homecoming?!? I could read WWII Christmas stories all day long...any recommendations, lol?
So, even though I can't say what I thought of the fourth story, since I didn't read it, these three stories alone make it so worth it! Miss Potts is a very talented writer and I've enjoyed getting to know her over the last few months!
And now, for an interview! *Applauds as Miss Faith Potts takes center stage, setting in the cozy vintage chair I have set out for her across from me*
Ryana Lynn: Good morning, Faith! So, lets talk about this book! What inspired you to write Behold?
Faith: I love Christmas stories, and every year since I started writing, I’ve written at least one Christmas story during the month of December. Compiling them into a collection to share with the ‘world’ was an idea that came to be a few months ago, and it’s hasn’t left my mind since.
RL: Christmas Collections are the best! And I always enjoy your short stories! Which story was the hardest to write?
FP: Oh, wow. Surprisingly, I’d have to say the final story, which is a sequel/spin-off to my novella, Dandelion Dust. I had previously been able to write these characters so easily, but between the time apart (18+ months) and no longer being able to relate to Charity quite as well, it was difficult to find my groove.
RL: That is certainly a very real challenge...One I know all to well. Where did the title for this collection come from?
FP: The title came from several Bible verses, particularly a few in the Christmas story, that speak of “beholding” and being in awe of God, His glory and power, and the beauty of the story of Christ coming to earth to be our Savior.
RL: Don't those verses give you chills? He truly is an amazing God! How long did it take you to write it from idea to now?
FP: Being a collection of short stories, I wrote Behold over quite a lengthy span of time—nearly three years. Each story individually, however, took only a week or two to write.
RL: Impressive! What do you hope people will take away from Behold?
FP: I hope the readers remember to slow down this Christmas. Don’t get so caught up in the craziness—the gift-giving (or getting), the food and celebrations, the lights and displayed trees—that you forget why we celebrate at all. Take the time to slow down and “behold” the Savior.
RL: Wonderful advice and so easy to forget! What better way to slow down than with a good book? Any lessons, spiritual or writing related, that you learned from Behold?
FP: That Faith isn’t as invincible as she likes to think she is? ;) Quite honestly, I got a bit stressed out about the release of this book, when the blog tour dates were rapidly approaching and many things had not yet fallen into place. God showed me, though, to not stress. To let Him have control. They are, after all, His stories anyway.
RL: I think everyone can learn a lesson from that, Faith! We get so stressed so easily these days. It's great when we can learn to just hand it over to God. Any Writing Advice you'd like to share?
FP: Don’t stop. Even when you think your stories don’t have a purpose, or they aren’t any good, or your message is stupid… Don’t feed yourself those lies. Writing is a gift from God, and someone out there needs to hear what you have to say.
RL: Wonderful advice! I don't know how many times those very lies pop into my head and then God sends someone to encourage me in my writing. This can also apply to any form of ministry you do for the Lord! Thank you so much Faith! It's been a blessing to have you here at Life of Heritage Corner!
And now for the giveaway!
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And don't for get to check out Faith's blog for a list of other participating bloggers! (I would have linked them here, but when I copied them over, the links didn't work and...I didn't have time to relink them all. Sorry about that! #stillgettingthehangofthis
Until Next Time,
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
King James Version
Christian. American. Southern. Author.