Today I am delighted to bring you a guest post from Dana K. Ray, author of “A Second Chance.” One of the themes of the novel is forgiveness, so I asked the author her thoughts on forgiveness and why it’s important in everyone’s lives. From Dana K. Ray:
When I wrote “A Second Chance” it was a form of therapy. It’s a story about forgiving others, forgiving yourself and giving another chance to those who may not deserve it.
In it are some lessons I’ve personally lived and learned yet it’s purely fiction. I was asked at a speaking gig about whether the character of Raven was based on myself. I can honestly say that there is a piece of me in every character in the book. I’ve been Raven; done so many bad things that I felt like God and people around me would never forgive me. I’ve been Matthew; way too judgmental towards others to the point people couldn’t stand to be around me and choosing to go down a road that God didn’t want me on.
I’ve been touched by one friend and two family members that have fought Leukemia. I’ve experienced the effects of suicide four times in my life, from a close friend’s attempt to two friends and one relative following through with it. Suicide is never the answer and I’d plead with anyone thinking about it to please, please, please reach out for help. Your life is SO important and you are loved more than you can even imagine, even if you don’t feel like it.
Real life is messy. People hurt you and you hurt people. There’s no way around it. Many times we have to offer forgiveness, not for the other person, but for yourself. It’s freeing to forgive.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean you always jump right in and trust the person because they often have to earn that trust back. But you can start to mend relationships.
I love the quote (and I don’t know who said it) “I don’t forgive people because I’m weak. I forgive them because I am strong enough to understand that people make mistakes.”
I think we always have to remember that we aren’t perfect, we do make mistakes and we hurt people. In turn, other people aren’t perfect, they will make mistakes and they will hurt us. Our choice is to forgive and move on or harden our hearts and become bitter. It’s a choice.
Choose forgiveness and offer people a second chance.
A Second Chance by Dana K. Ray
Publication date: June 14th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Raven will do just about anything to forget a horrific event from the past that still haunts her. Forced to attend church because of a promise she made at a party, she is immediately attracted to the young, handsome preacher but is unconvinced of his promises of a better life.
A future he refuses to accept…
Matthew has everything planned out until Raven walks into his church and turns his life upside down. Repulsed by her lifestyle, yet fascinated by her beauty and charm, he finds himself drawn to her by a force he can’t explain.
Raven and Mathew’s unlikely friendship leads them through escalating troubled waters that threaten to doom their growing relationship. Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness, and love?
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