I can always rate how much I enjoy a book by how deeply it touches me. The black moment of a character, the point in which the hero has lost everything that matters to him, affects me like nothing else. In an inspirational book, this is the point of surrender, when the hero empties himself. He accepts help and relies on faith to change the course of his life. But just as literature is a reflection of life, so is the hero’s arch a reflection of the believer’s walk with Christ.

In a My Book Therapy chat the other night, Reba Hoffman mentioned how we don’t get as close to the Lord during the good times as we do during our rough patches. It’s in the pit that we find our strength in the Lord. And scripture bears that out.

Ps. 34:18 “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

At the times when we are at our lowest, the Lord comes close.

It’s easy to rejoice when the sun shines and the details fall into place. But joy also comes through with the knowledge that the God who gives peace carries us through hard times, too. The verses and promises tend to sound trite in the midst of the storm, but looking back on some of our lowest times, the Lord reveals His tenderness.

His strength is made perfect in our weakness, so that even in the worst trials of our lives, we can have assurance of comfort and peace.

John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you yet again.”

Your Turn: How has the Lord strengthened you through your brokenness?

This theme of Brokenness is reflected in the character of a new collaboration novella, A Dozen Apologies. When the main character, Mara, fell from her pedestal, she fell hard. With nothing left, she looked to the Lord and found a faith she never knew existed. But with that faith came a conviction to right all of the MANY wrongs she’d done to people. To read her story, find the posts on Write Integrity Press and today, you can vote for your favorite hero at the same site! A Dozen Apologies is free on Valentine’s Day at

Marji is a homeschooling mom of 4 with the oldest working in the mission field in Africa. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church.

With decades of leading worship, directing and performing in theater productions, and script-writing, Marji took the plunge to creating scintillating Christian romance and romantic suspense novels with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful read.

    SO true that people get closer to God in times of darkness


  2. How right you are, that we draw closer to God in our brokenness. I wish it wasn't true. I don't like going through rough patches. I prefer smooth sailing. But when reading, I like that point when all is lost, because I know it's about to turn. The same is true in real life, but sometimes the wait is longer.

  3. Agreed, Betty. That wait can be murder!