In this tour, we invite bloggers to post on the same date, in this case, July 6, on the topic of "Finding Love in Unimaginable Places," one of the themes in Once Upon a Lie. You can be as creative as your want--post essays, photos, poetry, or any other thoughts on this topic.
Bloggers have the creative freedom to share a story or picture about finding love in an unimaginable place. I could talk about how I knew my husband as my friend's-brother's-best friend and knowing the day when I looked at him and told my friend, Von, I'm going to marry him one day. We both laughed, yet, here we are twenty-three years later happily married.
I could express how much I loved our kittens after we found them in my aunt's barn. For me to love a cat is unimaginable, but now I'm hooked, so much so that although our two older cats are gone, we let our daughter get a kitten and she is a great addition to the family.
But there is ONE Unimaginable place we can find Love...at the foot of the cross! For some, this is the easiest thing to visualize but for others I sound like I'm talking a foreign language, right? If you feel beaten down, depressed, discouraged, overwhelmed, discouraged, and just plain yucky then the most unimaginable place you will find love through faith and a relationship with Jesus. Plain and simple. John says it best, "Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions." 1 John 3:18
I haven't read Michael French's book, I know as much as you after reading the "about the book" section below. So I don't have a personal recommendation or word of warning, I do have the most unimaginable place to find love though...with God, at the feet of Jesus.
About the Book:
Twelve-year-old Jaleel Robeson is on the run after the police in his tiny Texas town try to frame him for the death of his father. A world away, Alexandra “Alex” Baten is growing up amid all the material comforts a wealthy Los Angeles lawyer can provide. One day, a simple cup of lemonade unites their lives, leading to a maze of adultery and murder that shatters Alex’s youthful innocence and Jaleel’s struggle to reshape his life.
While the forces of the law try to unravel the mysterious death―or at least find a scapegoat―the two youths see the trajectories of their lives entwine, unravel, and come together again. Justice, Alex learns, can be a strange and nebulous thing, easily enmeshed in webs of loyalty and betrayal. Justice, Jaleel finds, can be a powerful―but dangerous―rock on which to build a life of honor and courage.
As their stories play out over the years in cities far apart, best-selling author Michael French fills the world of Alex and Jaleel with a cast of vivid characters both supporting and threatening their efforts to build a life that “works” amid the expectancies of others and their own conflicting drives.
About the Author:
A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and of Northwestern University with a master’s in journalism, Michael French is the author of twenty-four books: adult and young adult fiction, art criticism, biographies, adaptations, and gender studies. A native of Los Angeles, he also is a successful businessman, an avid high-altitude mountain trekker, a world traveler to developing countries, an activist, and, with his wife, Patricia, a philanthropist raising money for programs aiding teachers in Santa Fe, N.M., public schools, which are some of the most challenged in the country.