Iâ€™m excited to welcome Joi Copeland to Favorite Christian Books. Iâ€™ve known Joi and her husband, Chris, for many years and it was exciting to hear she had written a book. It was also a little scary because what happens if I didnâ€™t like it? Little sneak peakâ€¦ I had NOTHING to worry about! But before I get to the review. Let me introduce you to my friend Joi.
FCB:Tell us a little bit about yourself and when you first knew you wanted to be an author?
Joi: I have been a Christian for over 20 years now. It is the best and hardest thing I have ever done! I am married to the greatest man alive, Chris, for 12 years, and have 3 wonderful boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. I homeschool all three of them. It is a blessing! I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in fourth grade. I loved writing and making up stories!
FCB: What type of books do you enjoy reading? Who are some of your favorite authors?
Joi: I love reading anything by Francine Rivers. I also enjoy Karen Kingsbury and Tracie Peterson. Lori Copeland, Catherine Palmer are also a few of my favorites. I love contemporary books and historical fiction.
FCB: With three boys your life is pretty busy, what do you do to relax and have fun?
Joi: I am busy, that’s for sure! I go on dates with my husband (my favorite), game nights with my family, I have tea and coffee with friends, I scrapbook (when I have time, not very often), and of course, reading!
FCB: One of my favorite questions to ask authors is what Biblical character, other than Jesus, are you most looking forward to meeting when you get to heaven and why?
Joi: Enoch. Because he walked with God and was no more. 🙂
FCB: What would be the first thing you ask him/her?
Joi: I would ask him, "What did that even feel like, being no more I mean? How did you walk with God for so many years? What were your struggles?"
FCB: Lastly, what do you see happening next in your life?
Joi: Writing more novels! The second novel, Hope for Today, is complete and at the publisher’s as we speak. I am currently working on the third in the series, Yesterday’s Hope. Then I have my first historical book already taking form in my head (and computer). I was asked to write a book about a friend’s daughter, as well as another friend’s life story. I have a lot going on in my head! As long as Jesus gives me the opportunity, I will continue to write!
FCB: Thanks so much Joi! Iâ€™m looking forward to reading your other stories! I love the sisters and am anxious to see what happens next.
Review: The author deals with tough subjects in this story. We are reminded that our decisions both good and bad have consequences. Early in the story I was thinking, â€œOK, this is a little too simple.â€ But as I read on the author took me on a journey where I saw these consequences play out, both the good and the bad, very similar to real life. That is one of the things I really enjoyed about this book, itâ€™s messy, just like real life.
A second aspect that I really enjoyed about the book is the first response of many of the characters. You often see the characters doing what we all should do when making decisions or facing difficult times, they prayed.
The last aspect of the this story that I really liked, was the ending. Many authors will take you through an amazing story and then put a big bow on the ending making it a happily ever after. The author doesnâ€™t do that, she stays true to what real life might look like. Itâ€™s a good ending and youâ€™ll be glad you got there, but it might not be what you expect.
Giveaway: I have a copy of Joiâ€™s book, Hope for Tomorrow. Leave a comment along with your state. The drawing will be October 10, 2011 at 9:00PM PDT. Open to US residents only.
I purchased this book with my own money.