A great author writes clear enough so that it is impossible for the reader to miss the point.
I hope someday to be a great author. Until then, here is the one morsel I hope everyone takes away from TSOS:
Like all enlightened people, Skye McAlister gets that life isn’t about helping yourself. It’s about helping your brother. As ever, Jesus said it best: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)
Everyone can think of real-life examples of this irony: The workaholic who saves every penny so he can buy the ultimate toy, but has no true friends to share it with because of his selfishness. The musician who is so busy touting her talent, she ends up just putting everyone off.
Positive examples also abound: The mother who sacrifices so much to raise her children, to find years later there is a priceless joy that only grandchildren can bring. The youth group that gives up a Saturday to bring happiness to the elderly at the assisted living center. Those who visit hospitals are especially impressive to me. People in hospitals are having the worst days of their lives. Ask me how I know.
Those who give most effectively give their talents, and Skye is in a powerful position to make a difference. I won’t give away the ending, but she has a choice to make between two rights. Anyone can choose between right and wrong. But sometimes life throws two rights in your path. Or even better, two wrongs. Those are the choices that define us.
As I write book 2, Skye is living out her choice. There are good things that play out as a result of her choice, and she is finding she was needed even more than she thought she would be.
But Skye also knew it wouldn’t be easy. Her path is becoming more perilous than she could ever imagine.
So there’s a sneak peek at the direction book 2 is going. It’s going to be even better than TSOS!