I’m pleased to have inspirational author, Jodie Wolfe as guest today on Sowing Seeds of Hope sharing an excerpt and spiritual impact from her recent release, Taming Julia. She’s offering an e-book copy of the novel to a selected winner so be sure to stick around to the end!
Talking to God by Jodie Wolfe
I’ve been asked before if I’m religious and I said no. Faith is just a natural part of who I am. In the same way, prayer, or talking to God is a natural flow of my relationship with Him. Prayer doesn’t require saying the right words, flowery speech, or only saying the things you think God wants you to say. It’s just like any other communication you have in life. It’s the same as talking to your spouse, a child, a coworker. The best part is that He knows us thoroughly, so we don’t need to hold anything back. He can handle our frustrations, fears, anger, insecurities, etc.
My new release, Taming Julia has many spiritual messages buried within the pages. My heroine, Jules (Julia) Montgomery doesn’t have much experience when it comes to living in a town or knowing what it means to talk to God. Her brother, Josh, arranged for her to be a mail-order bride to Drew Montgomery, the local preacher. Because Jules has had such limited experiences, she’s naïve about many things.
Here’s an example of the way she thinks:
Drew’s fingers shook when he held her hand a moment later. “Did you want to pray today?”
So that was what that funny talking was called. “No. I mean, you’re the one who has more experience with praying speeches.”
His gaze remained fixed on her with an odd expression lining his face.
She hoped he didn’t repeat his question.
“I wouldn’t say I have more experience. Talking to God is the same as talking to you, Jules.” Drew smiled.
Except He and I aren’t rightly friends. Good thing Drew couldn’t hear her thoughts. She bowed her head hoping to end any further discussion on the matter, waiting for him to start the pray-thing he did. Josh had told her about God, but only enough for her to know He’d created the world and them, and she had to respect that.
If you haven’t tried it before, talk with God today as if you’re sitting down to talk with your best friend, because guess what, that’s what He is!
Learn more about Jodie on her website, BookBub, Facebook, and Twitter. Purchase the book here.
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Jodie Wolfe is a new-to-me author and her Taming Julia sounds like my kind of book! But I couldn’t get any of the links in the Rafflecopter to work.
Hi Sharon! Thanks for stopping by to enter. So sorry you’re having trouble with the links. Now that your comment is up, can you give it another try? Hopefully the links will work now. Blessings!
Cynthia, I still couldn’t get to the FB pages, the blog, or the newsletter. The Tweet link worked though! I don’t know what the problem is. Thanks for checking.
I’m so sorry about that, Sharon. I’ll do my best to figure something out.
Hi Sharon. So glad you stopped by today. I hope you’ll enjoy Taming Julia. 🙂
The book Taming Julia sounds really good. My favorite western TV show is either Gunsmoke or The Rifleman. We watch them on METV. My husband really likes them.
Ah! Don’t you just love all the old shows on METV?! It’s about all we watch on TV. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! =)
Hi Linda. Sounds like you enjoy westerns. 🙂 So glad you stopped by today.
This book sounds awesome. Looking forward to reading it.
Hi Barbara! So glad you stopped by to check it out! The best to you int he giveaway!
Hi Barbara. It was such a fun book to write. I hope it’s one you’ll enjoy.
I enjoy sharing conversation with God. I am comforted in knowing He is always listening and always available. 🙂
Amen, Melissa! I’m thankful for that as well! His constant presence in our lives is one of the few assurances we can count on! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Amen. So thankful too that He knows my heart, even when it’s heavy and I can’t find the words to express in a prayer. Thanks for taking the time to comment today.
I enjoyed Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn, the Medicine Woman.
Great choices, Sonnetta! Both are favorites of mine as well! Thanks for dropping by to comment and enter!
Reading and watching Little House on the Prairie is what got me interested in writing historical fiction. 🙂
I love Westerns, my favourite old show is The Big Valley, its true prayer is not a religious thing its being real with God and telling Him stuff you would tell a close friend, blessings.
Love Big Valley, Ann! Good choice. You are so right. The Lord should be our closest friend and confidant! Thanks for stopping by, my friend!
Love the way you worded that, Ann. So glad you stopped by today.
My favorite western growing up was actually a musical called Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I loved it. So romantical. LOL
Oh, I love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. So much fun!
Oh, yes, Debbie! My husband and I just watched that again a couple weeks ago. My favorite musical!! Love it!
Lovely book, don’t remember, but a some cowboy series.
Thanks for stopping by, Calvin.
So glad you stopped in!
I always enjoyed Bonanza the tv series. Shane is definitely my favorite movie. I live in that beautiful land and my middle son’s name is “Shane”! God just IS for me. Ever there, ever caring, I can curl up and just be when needed.
Hi Vicki! Yes. So thankful for God’s abiding presence! Oh, is Shane with Alan Ladd? That’s a good one. Also love Bonanza! Thanks for stopping by! Your comment had to be approved since this was your first time commenting. Now all should work! Please try again! Thanks!
I never heard of Shane before. I’ll have to check into it, Vicki. So glad you stopped by.
My husband watches westerns all the time. Right now, we are enjoying The Virginian.
Hi Beverly! The Virginian. Is that with John Wayne? Thanks for coming by to enter! The best to you in the giveaway!
Hi Beverly. I don’t know if I’ve heard of that one before or not. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.
I didnt watch westerns growing up but i use to watch bonaza with my great grandpa when he was bed ridden .
How wonderful that you have those special memories, Danielle. Thank you for sharing them.
Bonanza was great! Thanks for stopping by, Danielle!
Taming Julia sounds like a book I would love to read. I read a variety of books – it’s the synopsis that catches my eye and draws me in. My favorite western(s) to watch when I was younger (and still watch in reruns) would be Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.
Hi Sharon! Yes. Little House is one of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by! The best to you in the giveaway!
Loved Little House on the Prairie, both the books and the TV series. 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy Taming Julia, Sharon.
The book is so interesting, thanks for sharing it, I love reading it all the time.
Glad you stopped by, Kim!
So glad you stopped by to comment, Kim. I hope you’ll like Taming Julia.