I’m thrilled to have author friend, Crystal Caudill join us today sharing about her latest release, Counterfeit Hope! Stick around for a chance to win a copy of either of her inspiring novels.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25

Counterfeit Hope is very different from my first book, Counterfeit Love, in that the content is heavier and there is more suspense than mystery. However, one consistent thing is the strength of the spiritual thread. While there is a strong redemption arc for my heroine, there is a spiritual thread that I hope will encourage believers at all stages of their walk with Christ.

In Counterfeit Hope, both protagonists have criminal histories forced upon them and made by choice. But, just like in real life, bad things happened to them that they did not choose but led to a life of shame and poor choices in response. To escape their shame, they placed their hopes in things that wouldn’t heal them or their pasts—career success, running away, and a better “tomorrow” as viewed from an earthly perspective.


And how often do we put our hopes in something physical or nebulous?

“If I get this promotion, I’ll finally have proved myself.”

“If I can just make it through this week, next week will be better.”

We can attempt to put our hope in these things, but at some point, they will fail us. Those false hopes will never be able to fill the hole in our hearts and help us to face the challenges that life brings. We will continue to struggle because we were always meant to have only One Hope. An everlasting one—Jesus Christ. Only through him can we find absolute forgiveness, redemption, and healing.



But that does not mean we will escape the consequences of our choices. Whether it be a lie, a relationship gone too far, a crime worthy of a judge and jury, or anything else, inescapable consequences generally follow. That doesn’t mean you’re not forgiven. Instead, it means that Christ has given you an eternal hope to hold on to—a person to lean into—as you walk through those consequences. And often, He will redeem those consequences for His glory and your good.

By putting our hope in Christ, we have something to look forward to that no earthly consequence can take away. A personal relationship with our God and Savior, and an eternity in a perfect heaven with Him.

Any other hope is just a counterfeit that will leave you dissatisfied and hurting. It is my prayer that you will know the one true hope, Jesus Christ. Want to know more? Visit crystalcaudill.com/hope/ or email me at crystal@crystalcaudill.com

Crystal Caudill is a tea-drinking, book-hoarding, history nerd. Her award-winning stories are ripe with history, danger, love, and hope. When not writing, Crystal can be found playing board games with her husband and boys, caregiving for loved ones, hiding in a book, drinking copious amounts of hot tea, or connecting with readers. Connect with her at www.crystalcaudill.com.



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