Monday, May 21, 2018

Celebrating Love by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
I’m an unapologetic royal watcher.  I’m also an ever-hopeful believer in fairytales. By that, I don’t mean I hold to unrealistic expectations in perfection – but I do believe in the power of love to overcome daunting odds. I suppose that’s the reason why my genre of choice, as an author and reader, is romance.

So, join me for a few moments at the just-celebrated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!). The fascinator's, the dresses, the pomp and pageantry, the stunning wedding gown and sparkling tiara! In a blink I was swept into the world of Windsor. The day just sparkled with sunshine and blue skies.

Then came Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon about the transformative power of love.

His words, to my mind, put the ‘Royal’ in this historic event. They got me thinking about the nuances of love, the struggles of love, the victory of love over daunting odds.

Let me share some of the quotes from this amazing, passionate sermon. Truth resonates, so does a level of encouragement I latched on to immediately.

‘We must discover the power of love. The redemptive power of love. When we do that, we will make the whole world a new world.’

‘There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t over-sentimentalize it. Just know it. There’s power in love.’

‘There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There’s power in love to show us the way to live.’

‘Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.’

I realize anew, after watching a royal wedding that took me to church, the reasons why I gravitate toward books based on the discovery of love. The stories, the truth of love's power, calls me. Love celebrates the best of who we are and what we can become.

Could anything be more encouraging as we go about our writing journey?

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Amy Monarch is a tireless volunteer at the Dupont Rescue and Recovery Center, an establishment for the destitute founded by her mother. There, Amy has kept her identity a carefully guarded secret. She is actually Princess Amelia Marguerite Louise DeLaGrande of Remeth. Working at Dupont offers the opportunity to serve in blessed disguise.

Fresh into a promising career in commercial real estate brokerage, Patrick Sawyer returns to the picturesque isle of Remeth intending to reconnect with his collegiate study abroad friends and figure out ‘what’s next’ in his life. Since his father’s passing, the world he knows leaves him uninspired. He volunteers at Dupont during his visit, and becomes enchanted by Amy.

But Amelia is trapped within a silken web. When she reveals who she is, Patrick pulls back. He’s not interested in royalty—at all—but how can she ever break free? How can she find a way to service and God’s plan for her life? Most of all, how can she reconcile the call she feels toward a remarkable man who may be ‘common,’ yet is ‘uncommon’ when it comes to matters of the heart?

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Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laude her work as “Riveting,” “Realistic and true to heart,” “Compelling.”

Her Christian fiction debut, Devotion, earned the Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Her follow-up novel, Forgiveness, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors as did her book Hearts Communion. She is also a two-time recipient of the Selah Award for her books Then & Now and Finding Home. 

Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. You can connect with Marianne at www.marianneevans.com.

9 comments:

  1. I'm with you, Marianne. The wedding was beautiful, inspirational, and full of affection. I cheered over Prince Harry's words to Meghan: "You look amazing." And "I'm so lucky." And how elegant and poised and genuine she was. Gorgeous tiara! :) Thanks for the post, Marianne!

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    1. Thanks, Annette! After watching that breathtaking wedding, and absorbing the Bishop's words, the post just kind of 'wrote itself.' :-D Hugs to you!!!!

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  2. Beautiful post Marianne! I heard his sermon too and was amazed and awed and humbled and encouraged!
    Good luck and God's blessings
    PamT

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Pam!!! I was, too! So glad you dropped by!!! Hugs!!

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  3. Thanks for writing this touching post. I loved the wedding. Your comments truly add to the beauty of this glorious Royal Wedding.

    It was stunning! There was so much love and beauty throughout their wedding day. I am grateful that they featured the gospel of Christ through songs, hymns, and the preaching of a sermon by Bishop Curry. What a wonderful surprise!

    I love seeing Harry and Meghan seated there listening and taking in Bishop Curry's powerful message of Love! This expresses what they represent. I know that Harry and Meghan will live a marriage life of purpose and missions.

    I love your article! Marianne, I am with you...fairy tales, romance...and seeing the world as...we can make this world...better or bitter. I am for making it better!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, your encouragement and your visit!!! I agree wholeheartedly with your observations, and hope the future remains bright for them both. They are poised to do so much good..... :-) Blessings to you!!!!

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