I’m terrible at naming things.
Characters, books, series titles … you name it. When I decided to publish Unknown, I knew I had to come up with a series title. And of course, I was at a complete loss.
I thought about naming the series something to do with Russia, because that’s one of the huge underlying factors that tie all of the books together. Or maybe something about the church that ends up being quite central to the series? (But at that point, the church didn’t even have a name.)
So you can see I was in quite the conundrum.
For weeks or even months I thought off and on about what I should title the series, and nothing really sprang to mind. At this point, I should’ve prayed a lot more.
Then, thank the Lord, a title came to me.
Now, this name has a lot of special meaning to me. First of all, this is the title of the first “real” book I ever wrote. (Yes, those Civil War books that will only be known by vague references and will never be seen on the internet. I’m sparing you guys, I promise.) So that holds a very special place in my heart, because even with its flaws, that was the launch of my serious writing endeavors.
But second of all, and most importantly, the verse from which that phrase comes from has been very impactful in my life.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
Throughout many parts of my life, the Lord has brought this verse to me and reminded me of the precious promise that His grace is enough, no matter my feelings, sins, infirmities, doubts or fears. And it seemed an appropriate and fitting title for this series—a series that I truly need God’s grace to write and edit. For in my weakness, His strength in made perfect in spite of my infirmities.
As I thought of each book, I realized that God’s grace was sufficient in each character’s life, though in differing circumstances. In Unknown, God’s grace strengthens Gabe to endure suffering and grief, and the Lord’s grace in Jesus rescues Sofia from her sins. In the second book of the series, God’s grace carries the characters through utmost despair and shame. In the third, grace enables the characters to serve God and to stand strong in spite of a painful past. In the fourth, God’s grace overwhelms a character’s grievous, wicked sins. And finally, in the fifth, the grace of God overwhelms the lies a character has believed for so long.
I’m so excited to share these books with you and for you to read these stories I love so much, but most of all, I want each and every one of you to know that the Lord’s grace is sufficient. His grace is sufficient to save you and strengthen you and finally to bring you home to heaven. Nothing shall ever separate a believer from His love (Romans 8:38-39), and His grace is more than enough for you in every situation.
His grace is sufficient.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”