I’m thrilled to have my friend and fellow Scrivenings Press author, Liana George with us today, sharing about her debut novel, Perfectly Arranged. She offering a great Giveaway so be sure to stick around!
By Liana George
“For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” ~ Matthew 11:30
When I travel, I tend to overpack. Not because I want all the comforts of home with me while I’m away, but because I like to be prepared. Stained top? Muddy pants? Shoes that hurt my feet? I don’t have to worry about these situations because I always fill up my suitcase with more than enough and have back-ups on the ready.
But that’s not necessarily a good thing. In fact, when I do bring along more than I should, I usually have to check in my bags (which means $$), and I don’t have space for all the wonderful souvenirs I’d like to purchase at my destination.
Weighing the options, I find that traveling light is the best way to go. That’s because when we carry more than we’re supposed to, it can become a burden that’s tough to lug around (yet another negative for overpacking). And even though we know we need to pack as little as possible, we often refuse to lighten our loads.
Things aren’t any different for my main character Nicki Mayfield in my debut novel, Perfectly Arranged. A professional organizer by trade, Nicki teams up with her client, Katherine O’Connor, to uncover an O’Connor family secret. To learn the truth, the pair embark on an adventure to China.
When Nicki first heads out on the journey, she’s carrying a lot of baggage. She’s worried about her mom’s hoarding issues, anxious about finding a job once she’s finished in China, and concerned about Ms. O’Connor and what they might find when they arrive in the Land of Dragons and Tea Leaves. Clearly, Nicki’s suitcase is bursting at the seams, and that doesn’t include all the trinkets her mom has asked her to bring home!
With her back aching from all the weight, Nicki discovers she can no longer carry the load alone. Gleaning wisdom from an unlikely source, she eventually reaches out to God for guidance and strength. By studying the Bible and prayer-journaling her heart, Nicki finds the answers she needs not only to save herself and her client, but also to help those who can’t help themselves.
In the end, Nicki discovers the benefits of traveling light.
Jesus understood the importance of this as well. That’s why in Matthew 11 He encourages those who are tired and burdened with too much to come to Him. He’s more than equipped to handle whatever baggage you’re carrying and promises rest when you allow Him to do the heavy lifting.
Whether it’s in a fictional story or reality, traveling light is the best to journey through life (and on your next vacation). The question is, will we?
Liana George is a sought-after speaker, blogger, and author. Before pursuing a career in writing, she was a professional organizer and the former owner of By George Organizing Solutions in Houston, Texas. Her debut novel, Perfectly Arranged, was inspired by one of her eccentric clients and Liana’s love for China, where she lived for two and a half years. When she’s not putting things in order or scribbling away, you can find her reading, traveling, or playing tennis.
Connect with Liana:
https://www.pinterest.com/liana2404/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB8n4ov17hQo9LN9fRRTTgQ or https://bit.ly/BGOSYTchannel (organizing videos) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf9yjXiFnOS_wTe3dVDKCkw or https://bit.ly/LGWriterYT (writer videos)
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Liana is generously offering to give away a print copy of Perfectly Arranged along with a Travel Kit including a $10 gift card. Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win! (U.S. addresses only)