About the Book
Book: I Know the Plans
Author: Melissa Wardwell
Release Date: October, 2018
All the plans Tiffany and Brad made for their lives as individuals were thrown to the wind the moment they met. Now, after almost a decade of marriage, they spend more time apart than together. Though plans remain unfulfilled, their hearts seek to remain steadfast and connected.
After Brad returns from his latest tour in Afghanistan, it is evident that the man Tiffany married is no longer the same. As Brad struggles with reacquainting himself with his life, Tiffany questions how it could be part of God’s plan. Have the sins of their past finally come back to haunt them? No matter how much support they have in their family and friends, the choice is still theirs. Will they continue to trust God with their lives or will they choose their own course?
About the Author
Melissa Wardwell resides in the quant town of Owosso, Michigan with her husband and their three teen aged children. She began her writing journey in August of 2014 with her debut novel “What God Brings Together”. She decided to give writing a try after she shared a story that nagged at her with a friend. Unsure in her own abilities to craft a story she plunged ahead anyway. After reading the first draft of that first book, she then understood that God had a much bigger plan. “God does not give his children a desire just so that it can go to waste.” Since then, she has added three more novels and taken part in two anthologies. Melissa also has a review blog and is a contributing blogger for Heart”wings” Blog.
Being a mother and wife herself, Melissa understands the importance of taking care of yourself from time to time. So, all her stories revolve around women who are mothers: single mothers, widowed mothers, young mothers, married mothers, and even women who have a mother’s heart but no children of their own.
To see the full list of her work, visit www.melissawardwell.com
Guest Post from Melissa
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
This verse has been my “Go To” verse since the day I married. It is a constant reminder that no matter what struggles I endure, God has a plan. I may not be able to see through the fog, I may not like or understand the journey, but it is all part of a plan. All I can do is trust God’s design for my life and be willing to move when He tells me to.
God used the writing process of “I Know the Plans” to remind me that He has a plan for me and book and I need to just trust the process. This book has taken me over a year to complete. If it wasn’t one thing to keep me from committing to it, then it was another. I don’t begrudge the events that kept me away, but as soon as I would begin to grumble to God about not having the energy or the brain power to write, I would get this preverbal reminder that I was not the one in control. If I am going to write faith lessons in fiction, I need to trust the Master Author.
In “I Know the Plans”, Sergeant Bradley Jones and his wife, Tiffany, are hit with one whopper of a plot twist that leaves them wondering if they can get through some major medical issues, PTSD, and infertility in one piece. Their family and friends do their best to support the couple but sometimes, trusting God’s plan is all they can do. Something we all try to learn to do in our own lives.
Due to the military thread in this book, I asked my veteran friends what charity they hold in high esteem. Almost every single one of them suggested “Wounded Warrior Project” and offered rave reviews of their humanitarian efforts in the military community. So, a portion of my royalties from this book will be going to “Wounded Warrior Project” in honor of their service and the service of thousands of others.
There is another group of people I wanted to honor. Those who fight with infertility. I know many who have fought the battle to have children of their own. Some eventually find success, while other have not. Some have even taken the route of adoption and have saved the lives of young ones who needed all the love in the world. Then there are some that just choose to embrace the fact that children of their own was not going to happen and have given all their love to others. All of these groups of people fight a battle that is riddled with pain, confusion, endless medical procedures, and thousands of dollars. There isn’t one group or anther that could support these people as much as our love, prayers, and thoughtful kindness can. So, I encourage you to embrace those around you and shower them with love. Sometimes what they need is just a friend that will listen and not try to mix the problem. Just as you have received the Father’s love, now you can give it away.
Finally, I want to thank the CelebrateLit blog team for signing up for this tour. I am honored that they choose to read this story and offer their honest opinions on this book. As always, I pray it ministers to the readers as much as it ministered to the author. “You all are amazing!”
This book is filled with compassion and God's love. I believe this is the author's best book to date. She addresses some tough issues like infertility and PTSD. I loved getting to know Tiffany and Brad. They seemed to have a good life but things quickly change when they deal with a devastating loss. My heart hurt as I read the pain they went through. There are so many people that suffer from infertility and miscarriages. The author does an excellent job of walking us through the lives of one couple who face heartbreak that no couple wants to go through.
I loved that Brad was in the service and how dedicated he was to being a part of protecting our country. He has been away for awhile and there is a time that Tiffany wonders if she will ever see her husband again. I don't want to tell the whole story but I will say that Tiffany and Brad will face one of their most difficult trials when he comes home. I live with PTSD and everyday is a challenge for me and my family. Like me, Brad has flashbacks that consume him at times. What happens when Brad comes home with no memory of who he was? Tiffany cries for the husband she used to know.
When I read this part in the story as Tiffany is broken before God, I cried for her pain and hurt to go away. She cries out to God saying, " What have I done to deserve this? Why have you taken everything I dreamed of from me? God, I don't understand." This is one of the best scenes in the story. Tiffany has come to a point where she can't go on. I have been there. I have blamed God for the suffering I have and still do go through. The author reminds us through beautiful words that God does have a plan for our lives. We can't see the other side of pain, but God is right there. I loved every word written in this book. I'm thankful that I read this story that showed me how much I have slipped away from God. I think I became so wrapped up in my own little world, I forgot to invite God back in.
I won't say how the story ends because readers need to experience this moving story on their own. Tiffany and Brad could be anyone of us and they are easy to identify with. Marriage is not always easy, but as long as you communicate with each other pray together and allow God to be part of your marriage, you can get through anything.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away a grand prize that includes an “I know the plans” coffee mug and print copies of books 1, 2, & 3 from the Promises From Above Series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d76f/i-know-the-plans-celebration-tour-giveaway