Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn’t get it. She always does the right thing- doesn’t God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.*
Although this is labeled Young Adult fiction, it transcends age groups. Worth the Wait is filled with vital lessons for teens today. Purity, honoring God, and dating are all the foundation of this emotionally charged book about a high school girl learning her place in the world. It doesn’t hold any punches when addressing issues like cancer and faithfulness. I loved that the message goes deeper than a typical YA book. I think my favorite part was when she took a mission trip, as a reader, you could see the changes in her heart. It’s a satisfying read that will leave you reaching for the next book in the series.
Hi Laura, thanks for joining us! I really enjoyed your book and would love to know more about you. I know you are an elementary librarian. I think that would be an amazing mission field. I love how passionate you are about your job, of course, it does involve books.
Thinking of ministering to others, do you view writing as your personal mission field?
I do. I don’t want to beat someone over the head with the message of Jesus, but if I get to spend a couple hours with someone I don’t know as they read my book, I don’t want to miss my once chance to tell them about Jesus, the one who loves them and gave himself for them.
I honestly loved the scenes where Ellie is on her mission. I know this is like asking a mother who her favorite child is, but…. what was your favorite scene to write?
Josh invites Ellie over to paint, and I loved that scene because I believe art is powerful. Ellie’s such a reserved girl and it was fun for her to finally let her emotions out.
Okay, let’s have some fun.
Fun facts about Laura!
7up or Sprite? Chocolate milk?
Adventurous or cautious? Cautious
Antique or brand new? Antique
Apples or oranges? Apple
Asking questions or answering questions? Asking
Bagels or muffins? Muffins
Baked or mashed potatoes? Mashed
Bath or shower? Bath
Be older than you are or younger than you are? Younger…but with the knowledge I have now
Beach or pool? Beach
Okay, last but not least…. Personal questions…
Use one word to describe your family: Quirky
What did you want to be when you grew up: So many things…lawyer
Favorite book: Sold by Patricia McCormick
Favorite vacation spot: Homer, Alaska
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You can find Laura here: http://authorlaurajackson.blogspot.com/