Unending Devotion is an inspirational historical romance set in an 1880's Michigan lumber camp. Since I come from a long line of lumbermen and am in awe of Hartwick Pines, a massive state park in Michigan with towering white pines and a logging camp museum, I've been counting the days until Jody's latest released!
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Secret #9: An aspect of my personality that I've struggled to accept
By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund
I confess that I'm a nit-picking neat-freak. Clutter causes me to convulse. Messes make me mope. And disorder drives me to distraction.
For as long as I can remember, I've been a tidy person. In fact, I can remember dusting the bookshelves in my bedroom as child—without being told! My handwriting was meticulous, my underwear folded, and my Barbie's hair combed.
Of course, I went through a period of time where I felt odd for being neat, and I "tried" to be messy so that I could fit in with what I perceived as the normal way of living.But eventually, I realized that I'm special just the way I am—neat-freak and all. God made me unique. And I needed to accept and appreciate myself the way I was and not be ashamed of any part of the package that makes up who I am.
So, once again I began to dust my bookshelves. And I felt no shame. In fact, I relished the peace of having an organized and clean house.
Then I had five kids.
I became a full-time teacher to my kids.And I delved into a career as a published author.
As much as I'd grown to appreciate the neatness aspect of my personality, I've also learned that we grow the most in character when we're stretched.
Over the years, I've learned to be flexible, patient, and to be able to work in the midst of chaos. I've had to prioritize. I've had to learn that when time is limited, relationships take precedence over fingerprints on the walls, mammoth dust-bunnies under furniture, and crumbs lining the refrigerator shelves.The busyness of life and the messes of living in a large family have made me into a better person—someone who can handle more stress, be more flexible, and live life with more purpose.
Sure, I've trained my kids to pick up after themselves. We keep the house in order as best we can. I'm still a neat-freak. I haven't changed who I am.But I've become a more mature and balanced neat-freak.
Isn't that what character growth is all about—becoming more mature and balanced in who we are?How about you? What character quality have you found difficult to accept about yourself? Is there any trait in which you've grown or become more balanced?
Jill's review of Unending Devotion:
Ooo-la-la, love the premise! And the execution made me swoon!
I'm a huge fan of Jody Hedlund's historical romances. This one is set in 1880's Michigan around a lumber camp and all the vices that go with it. Lily, the heroine, burrowed into my heart from the first page. I found her to be so sympathetic, so heroic, but she had real feelings, real flaws, and very real problems. I also loved Connell and how he grows into the man he was meant to be--all because of the courage of Lily.
This book tackles heavy themes and portrays a realistic vision of the push/pull between the wealthy and the poor, one of the biggest problems of the era. The romance ribboned throughout, leaving me satisfied and smiling in the end. I also liked that not every problem gets tied up with a pretty
bow. Actions have consequences. But God's love is always with us. Excellent book!
**I received an advanced reader copy of this book with no obligation to review it. Opinions are my own--and I urge you to give this one a try!**
Publisher's Weekly calls Unending Devotion "A meaty tale of life amid the debauchery of the lumber camps of 1880s Michigan . . . exciting and unpredictable to the very end."
To celebrate the release of Unending Devotion, Jody is giving away a signed copy. Leave a comment (along with your email address) to enter the drawing. Valid only with US or Canadian addresses. Giveaway ends Sunday, September 16, 2012.
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Thank you all for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment with your name and e-mail address to be entered in the giveaway. I'll be selecting a winner on Sunday (using the trusty picking-a-name-out-of-the-hat method) and announcing the winner on Monday, September 17, 2012!
Have a wonderful weekend!