I recently read/reviewed a book written by a friend of mine, and today I have the great honor of having her guest blog for me! To celebrate the release of her first novel, Crossing the Deep, Kelly Martin is answering a few questions you may have about the book. Enjoy!!!!
What would you do if you were stuck in a situation, a place, and you couldn’t see any way out? Do you think you’d rely on yourself to get out, or would you cling to God?
What we think we will do and what we would do are totally different things. I *think* I would hold on to God—but in reality, I don’t even totally trust him with everything day to day (ouch, that hurts to say). Do I worry? Yes. Do I stress? Yes…. There; two examples of not trusting God fully… and I’m not even stuck anywhere out of the ordinary. I’m in the same place, the same routine, the same environment as I always am.
But what if… what if something happened and I wasn’t. What if I was thrown in a situation I couldn’t control? What then? Would I trust God to get me out or would I do my own thing and hope (not pray… hope) it turned out alright?
In the book CROSSING THE DEEP (Astraea Press), Rachel and Asher face the same dilemma, but they face it in totally different ways. Rachel tries to believe that God will take care of them. After being lost for four days, she starts to have doubts. Asher doesn’t even think there is a God and IF there is, *He’s* probably against him. Asher wants to find his own way back… Rachel thinks they should rely on God.
That is one of their central conflicts in the story. How do you keep your faith when you don’t see your prayers being answered? Can you even get faith when you see your world crumbling down around you?
In some way, we all face the same issues as Rachel and Asher do in this story daily. Sure, we aren’t all lost in the woods with no idea how to get out, but we are in positions where we have to make a choice: trust the world or trust God.
Rachel and Asher make their choices—have you?
Sixteen year old Rachel Harker expects the church sponsored hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains to be short and painless. Four days later, injured and scared, Rachel prays to just make it home alive.
Asher Jenkins, fellow hiker and handsome skeptic who is only on the hike so he doesn’t have to go home and face his abusive ‘uncle’, finds Rachel in the woods and tries to get her back to Deep Creek Trail. A small hole hidden under the fall leaves causes her ankle to twist and forces Asher to leave her to get help. As night falls, he comes back, unable to find the right trail.
As hours stretch into days, an unexpected rainstorm bears down the mountain, flooding Deep Creek and cutting off their way home. Rachel puts all of her faith in God to save them. Asher thinks believing in God is a waste of time and does what he can to prove to Rachel that He doesn’t exist.
With their food gone and the temperature dropping, time is running out. Will Rachel be able to do what needs to be done to get home? And can Asher find faith when he needs it the most?
You can purchase Crossing the Deep for only $2.99 from:
~Kelly Martin is a writer, blogger, mommy, teacher, wife, sleep deprived lady (not necessarily in that order). She writes young adult/Christian fiction. Her second book, SAINT SLOAN, is coming late winter 2013. For more information on her, please visit her blog at http://www.kellymartinstories.com/

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