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Monday, September 24, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Lillian Duncan Shares an Inspirational Devotional about the Dark Alleys of our Lives and Talks about Her New Book, Dark Alleys

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James 4: 8
Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.
We humans are not necessarily the smartest of God’s creations even though we think we are! We seem to go out of our way to hurt ourselves in so many different creative ways. At one time or another most of us end up in a dark alley of our own making through our own bad choices and actions. And sometimes other people put us in those alleys or at least lead the way.

It always seems so dark and so lonely there, but God never abandons us—it only feels that way sometimes.

And that’s what I want readers to take away after reading DARK ALLEYS. No matter what we’ve done, God never stops loving us. He is always there waiting for us to ask for His help. In James 4: 8 it says, Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you."

To me that means, God is always there waiting for us to come to HIM.
One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29: 14, I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity. Another way of saying draw close to God and God will draw close to you. Of course, His help may not come in the form we want or expect, but then again His ways are higher than our ways.

The important thing to remember is that God loves us and he won’t abandon us.
My latest book, DARK ALLEYS is a story about a woman who ends up homeless and alone in a dark alley on a cold winter night. She witnesses a murder while in a drunken stupor and almost becomes his second victim. She awakens in the hospital with no clear memory of how she was injured. She attempts to put her life back together but, of course, the murderer has other plans.

I wanted to write a story where the main character was the queen of underdogs and I think I succeeded. Tessa is a mess, just like the rest of us. She could give up and no one could blame her, but she doesn’t. She keeps going—putting one step in front of the other. And some days that’s all any of us can do. Those are the days we need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. And one step at a time He will lead out of that dark alley and into His light.

ABOUT DARK ALLEYS:  Being innocent and proving it are two different things, especially when a powerful politician is involved 
Tessa’s life spiraled out of control after the death of her only child, and she finds herself in a dark alley on a cold wintry night.  After she witnesses a murder, she almost becomes his second victim, but manages to escape—just barely.
Homeless and alone, she knows the authorities won’t believe someone like her, leaving her only one option—to run.

Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Learn about Lillian and her books here
Visit her devotional blog here 

Buy Lillian's book here


tickmenot said...

I really want to find out what happens to this lady! She is really in a mess.

Please enter me in your contest!



Miss Mae said...

What an intense blurb! A real 'grab hold and won't let go' one!

The premise sounds wonderful. Yes, so often we find ourselves in those dark alleys, don't we? And it's scary!

Wishing you the best! :)

Finbar said...

Sounds like a good movie plot... shadows, what-next, etc.... Very interesting. Keep the good ideas coming.

Glenda Bixler said...

Enjoyed the article. Book sounds fascinating...

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Your book has a good message - putting one step in front of the other. I like that. That's what life is all about, isn't it? I wish you the best with your book.