From the Author
I invite you to take this journey with me through the lives of John, Jenni, and April. Their story has been with me for many years, and I am grateful for the chance to now share it with you. I pray that something in these pages spoke to your heart as deeply as it did to mine.
When I first "met" these characters, I was struck by the idea of how difficult and refining it would be to love someone through such a deeply traumatic situation as theirs. What would that be like? If God asked it of me, could I respond the way Jenni did? I don't know if I could, but she inspires me to dig down deep and let God have his way with me.
Writing this story challenged me to answer tough questions about my own faith. How do I respond when life gets hard? Do I become resentful and pull away from God, or do I surrender to His will? I pray to have a heart like Job's that answers "the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord," rather than the heart of the prodigal who fled from his father's shelter and provision.
It's so easy to sing "I Surrender All" until you're asked to surrender what's most precious. As I wove the details of this story together, God revealed my own weaknesses and areas I struggle to surrender to Him. I'll be honest, I still struggle. But I cling to God's promise that "He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it." Sometimes we are very slow to learn, but God is so patient! And Grace in the Flames has reminded me of our Father's perfect love, and ability to take us through any storm in life if only we will cling to Him.
Let that truth take root in your heart today as well.