About this book
Kayla Musso has been married to her husband, Brad, for several years. Having just had a baby, Kayla feels her life couldn’t be more perfect. Then one day, Brad drops a bomb shell on her that threatens to destroy everything they have worked so hard for in their marriage. Suddenly she is faced with a choice to forgive or let go of the life she loves so much.
Emily Sorenson had always been the picture of health, but when a trip to the doctor becomes the shock of her life, she is faced with a decision, like Kayla, to either fight the battle before her or give up the life she loves. In addition, her husband Jake has to come to grips with the struggle before them as well. As he does, he begins to question God. How could He let Emily go through such pain? As he wrestles with his questions, he faces his own dilemma. Would he be willing to seek God in his time of despair or will he walk away from everything so dear to him?
Every marriage has it struggles. Into every life, rain must fall. At some point, we all question God and his motives. Although the characters in this much-anticipated follow up to Hope for Tomorrow are fictitious, the turmoils they face are very real for many people all over the world every day, and you may find the solutions are something you can apply to give you Hope for the Journey we call “life”.
I am so happy to have Joi Copeland back at FCB with her newest book Hope for the Journey. I’ve been priviledged enough to know Joi personally for several years, but I would like you to have the opportunity to get to know her a little better.
FCB: Will you share with us a little bit about your journey to become a published author?
Joi: It wasn’t an easy journey. I always heard that writing the novel was the easiest part. Boy is that correct! After I wrote my first novel, I started sending out query letters to any publishing company that would take them. Quite a few are only taking submissions from agents. Anyway, after many, and I do mean many, no’s, I received two yeses! One from Comfort and another from a different company. I prayed and sought advice and went with Comfort. It’s been a huge blessing! They are amazing people to work with!
FCB: In “Hope for the Journey” you tackle some tough subjects with both Brad and Kayla’s storyline as well as the Sorensons’, what motivated you to tell these stories?
Joi: I met a woman who had the type of cancer Emily does. She was my inspiration for that storyline. As for Brad and Kayla, well, I know couples go through that. I also realize it isn’t talked a lot in the Christian world, so after praying about what Hope for the Journey should be about, that’s what I felt I ought to write about. It’s a tough subject for sure!
FCB: What is your goal as an author?
Joi: To write what God directs me to write. To bring Him glory and point people to a deeper relationship with Jesus. I want to encourage people in their walks with Christ. I want to help people to go deeper.
FCB: Lastly, I’m privileged enough to know you personally as well as your wonderful husband. But will you share with us a little bit about your family?
Joi: My family is amazing. I have been married for 13 years to my wonderful guy. I have three boys that I love dearly! They are 8, 9, and 10 and simply awesome. I often get, “Oh my!” when people hear I have three boys, but I am truly blessed and wouldn’t change it for the world. My boys have three corn snakes as pets. That’s my family in a nutshell. 🙂
FCB: Thanks Joi! If you want to learn more about Joi you can check out her website at Books by Joi.
Once again we are in Colorado with the Johnson sisters, Brittany, Sue, and Josephine. This story picks up shortly after a book one ends, however, the author gives enough back story that you won’t be lost in this story. In a well written, well paced story the author tackles tough topics and does so in a very “real world” way.
This time, however, the author takes us to a new level. I enjoyed the first story, but this story went to a new level. Not only was it an engaging read, but has a strong theme on the topic of forgiveness. Not only the forgiveness we receive from God, but the importance of forgiving each other, no matter the wrong. In the Kayla and Brad storyline the author deals with a topic that is affecting thousands if not millions of men in our society and Christian men are not exempt. Not only does the author tackle the topic head on but she gives the readers resources and ideas for how to deal with it.
The other primary storyline with Emily and Jake deals with another tough topic that affects many families as well. As they face the uncertain future they have to examine their own faith and trust in God.
At times this story was very emotional for me, especially Emily and Jake’s storyline. But just like real life there are some laughs in this story as well. I love the way the author makes you feel like you are sitting there in the living room with the family enjoying time with them.
I look forward to what lies ahead for the Johnson sisters and their families.
The Give Away
Joi’s publisher is giving away a copy of her new book, Hope for the Journey. Leave a comment along with the state you are from, I’ll pick a winner Tuesday, December 11th at 9:00pm PST.
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I would like to think the author and her publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.