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.
ETERNAL HOPE IN CHRIST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Such a beautiful message. Looking forward to reading this!
It’s wonderful, Betsy. You’ll enjoy it.
Thanks so much for commenting, Betsy! I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it!
I have not read a book about counterfeiting
I hadn’t either until Crystal’s books. Intriguing to read about. Thanks for stopping by, Darlene.
It was really fascinating to research. You’ll find a lot of details (all true) in my books. I’m a bit of a history nerd! Thanks for stopping by!
Yes, I’ve read a book about counterfeiting.
Thanks for stopping by to enter, Caryl.
I found the subject really fascinating! Thanks for stopping by!
They sound amazing. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.
They are both very good stories, Barb. You’ll enjoy them. Thanks!
I hope you enjoy it whenever you get the chance to read it!
I’ve never read a book about counterfeiting.
Not too many counterfeiting books out there. Crystal found her niche. Thanks for stopping by, Perrianne!
It was a really fun topic to research! I hope you enjoy it whenever you get to read it!
I’ve never read a book about counterfeiting. We cannot live without hope.
You are so right, Beth! Hope is so essential to life, and Jesus is our hope! Thanks!
We certainly cannot live without hope. It’s the way we make it through every moment of every day. Counterfeiting was such a neat thing to research. I hope you’ll enjoy the story whenever you get to read it!
Great message, any other hope besides the hope and faith in our Lord and Savior is counterfeit.
Amen, Patty! What a great way to put it. Thanks for sharing.
No, I have not read a book about counterfeiting, both of these both sound like great reads. Thank you for the chance.
Hi Alicia! They are both thrilling reads. Thanks for stopping by to enter.
I’m glad they pique your interest! They were fun books to research! I hope you enjoy them whenever you get to read them. Thanks for stopping by!
I have not yet read a book on counterfeiting, but Counterfeit Love is in my TBR pile. Thank you for Crystal’s significant message in this post.
Thanks, Roxanne. Her spiritual emphasis is one of the things I enjoy most in her writing.
I’m glad that you enjoyed the message. Hope is so important. I hope you enjoy the story whenever you get the chance to read either of the stories. Thanks for stopping by!
Then you’re in for a treat. Thanks for stopping by to enter and signing up for my blog.
Yes, I’ve read several books about counterfeiting before. It’s a very interesting topic.
Oh wow! These books will fit right in then. =0
Researching counterfeiting was such a fascinating topic. Thanks for stopping by!
No, but it would be fascinating.
It was really fascinating to research! Thanks for stopping by!
Yes. Crystal makes it interesting. Thanks, Mary.
Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.
God bless you as well, Debra! The best to you in the giveaway!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Yes, I have read a book about counterfeiting a long time ago.
Hi Lucy! Fascinating stuff. Thanks for stopping by.
It’s really fascinating how it all worked. And there were so many ways that the counterfeiters would work to con people and each other. Thanks for stopping by!
I love giveaways……but I also lovvvvvvv books…..good Godly Christian books!!!!!
Yes! Me too, Judy! Thanks for stopping by!
Would love to read a print copy of this book, as I don’t think I’ve read one on this topic, but it does sounds interesting! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by to enter, Lual. It’s a good story!
I don’t believe that I have read any books about counterfeiting. This book sounds interesting and I’m looking forward to reading it!
Thanks, Stephanie! Glad you stopped by. I know you’ll enjoy it!