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Victim of Grace – Now Available for Pre-Order

How have things been going for you lately? Are you feeling discouraged due to circumstances that seem out of your control? You’re a victim, you know. It’s true. Not a victim of circumstances. No, you are a Victim of Grace. God is accomplishing His purposes in you and through you regardless of what it going on around you. He has His heart set on you.

This is the theme of my new non-fiction book, Victim of Grace.

May I be completely honest with you?  It took me almost five years to coax this true tale out of my shy soul. When I was asked to write this book I wasn’t sure I was ready to share the truths that I knew were going to spill on the pages.

You see, I’ve always hidden behind my fictional characters. I give them all the problems and watch as they work out a solution. So when the invitation came to write about my journey as a writer, a wife and a mother I knew that the fictional veil would be removed. The book would shine a spotlight on all my foibles. The vulnerability frightened me.

I pulled back.

I told my agent this was a bad idea. Someone else could write a book like this, not me. Her response was to come to my house along with the editor from the publishing house. The three of us spent the day in heart to heart conversation sharing, summarizing, outlining. These two gracious women gave the book its bones. They reminded me that for a book to touch a heart, it must come from the heart. Then they asked if I would be willing to share my heart with women who are just like me.

I said yes.

As the deadline approached I circled the project like a panther waiting for the right moment to move in and commit my everything to the page. When at last I sat down to write the words flowed. To each chapter I added the equally true tale of one of the women in the Bible. God had no qualms about putting the spotlight on their complex lives. I found comfort in that. I also found that I was a kindred spirit with each of these women in one way or another. Hannah had a dream that would not go away. Leah learned how to keep on going even though she knew her life situation wasn’t going to change. Ruth experienced God’s loving kindness in the midst of great loss. Writing this book was both humbling and exhilarating.

At last the book is ready.

I offer it to you with my whole heart and with much aloha. I have a feeling you are going to find yourself on these pages. When you do, I pray that a seed of hope will grow inside and you’ll hear your soul whispering, “Lord, Thank you for allowing me to be a Victim of Grace.”

Why does this keep happening to me?
It’s not fair.
I never asked to be treated this way.
I did nothing to deserve this.
And yet
Every moment of every day, completely unprovoked,
God pours out His love on me.
He blesses me in unexpected ways.
His mercies are new every morning.
No matter what I do I cannot stop Him.
Even in the worst situations His goodness prevails. He is relentless.
I am a victim of grace.

– From Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn ©2013

Pre-order your copy of Victim of Grace now in the Online Shop.  The first 200 copies purchased will include an exclusive autographed peel and stick bookplate.  Pre-order now through Friday, January 25 and get $1.99 shipping (USPS ground only) on your entire order.

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  • Karene Wells

    Robin, I am so looking forward to this new book! God has been speaking to me lately about sharing my own story, but being so vulnerable in print is a scary thought. I can already relate to your title–thank you for listening to God, and your agent/editor. May many women come to know His healing power through your book.

    • Karene Wells

      I thought I was replacing the image next to my name with my sunset picture. Not sure why it didn’t happen, haha. Well, I guess it’s obvious that I’m a little tech-challenged!

    • Yes and Amen! And you know, Karene, when the Lord speaks to you about doing something it’s always a good idea to respond. :-)

  • Mona Hodgson

    Congratulations on the completion, Robin. You are open to wise counsel, faithful, and honest. You inspire me beyond words. Can’t wait to join you in the pages of Victim of Grace. XO

    • Mona, Your encouragement is always such a sweetness to my soul. Looking
      forward to the next time our paths cross. Until then, may the Lord bless
      the fruit of your very busy hands as you write your little heart out
      for Him!

  • Kathy Dalton-Fuchs

    Robin, when are you writing the next Sisterchicks novel. I was so happy to meet you when you were in Enterprise Alabama. Every book of yours that I read brings me closer to the heart of Papa God! Best wishes for 2013!!!

    • Kathy, I will never forget the women’s event in Enterprise! What a
      lovely group of women. So good to hear a little hello from you. I do
      have some ideas for future Sisterchicks books but we’ll see how the Lord
      leads. He’s always so full of surprises.

  • This book sounds lovely. I’m glad you were courageous enough to share the wisdom God has given to you with us. I can’t wait to read it.

    • You are so kind, Angela. May the Lord continue to bless your writing projects!

  • You are so kind, Angela. May the Lord continue to bless your writing projects!

  • Kathy, I will never forget the women’s event in Enterprise! What a lovely group of women. So good to hear a little hello from you. I do have some ideas for future Sisterchicks books but we’ll see how the Lord leads. He’s always so full of surprises.

  • Mona, Your encouragement is always such a sweetness to my soul. Looking forward to the next time our paths cross. Until then, may the Lord bless the fruit of your very busy hands as you write your little heart out for Him!

  • Karene, When the Lord speaks to you about something it’s a really good idea to pay attention! :-)

  • Melissa

    I love your books! They inspire me to live a life filled with purity and having Christ at the center. Thank you for writing another book!

    • Hooray! Your words are honey to my soul, Melissa. The abundant life is never what we expected but oh-so much more amazing because God never ceases to surprise His children.

  • Jill Jones

    I recently ordered your Victim of Grace charm because I love the phrase and remembered it from your books. I couldn’t remember the details of the Sisterchicks book or the Katie book that it had been used in, so of course I had to go back and read them. :) In Finally and Forever I discovered I had actually underlined several passages on that topic where God had spoken to my heart and woke up this morning pondering how to tie it all together in my head by writing it all out. Then I checked my email and discovered your news of the book by the same title! I can’t wait to get it for myself and others who need reminders of God’s grace in difficult circumstances. Thanks, again, for letting God use the gift He’s given you to share His word with so many!

    • How cool, Jill. This is so encouraging. I just wish the book was ready to send out TODAY!

  • Kirsten Paschal

    Dear Robin,

    One day I will write you a potentially lengthy letter on how much your books have inspired me, comforted me, and encouraged me over the years. How I stumbled upon the 3rd Sierra Jensen book accidentally at age 13, and slowly discovered her world and how it overlapped with another character, Christy Miller. How I continue to read those books over and over to this day, even though I am now 26. (And perhaps I’ll admit to you that I could only read the Katie series once, because I so wanted an ending that corresponded with what I thought would happen to her when I was reading Christy Miller’s “I Promise”!)

    But that letter will have to wait. I just wanted to tell you how excited I am to be purchasing this book and to have the honor of learning a little more about your life. The pastor of my church has been doing a series over the past few years (and has now co-authored a book) called My One Word, and my one word for this year may end up being Grace, so this book will come at a good time! :) Thank you for your stories and for this new one to look forward to!!!

    P.S. On that fateful day when I write to you, you can expect for me to beg and plead with you to dive back into Christy Miller’s world, and to write her life (and perhaps lessons she must grow from) as a wife and even a mother. I am the former but not yet the latter… and I have to say, nothing would thrill me more than to have those stories to enjoy and learn from in the same way I enjoyed and learned from her teenage years when I was a teen (and perhaps even now). 😉

    • Kirsten, I loved hearing this highlighted version of your story. It never ceases to amaze me how God uses unlikely means to draw us to His heart. How awesome (as Doug would say) that He used stories of these imaginary characters to accomplish His purposes in your life. Grace is a powerful word for your year ahead! May you delight yourself in the Lord even more.

  • Elisa Pompili

    This is wonderful news! Since the phrase came up in one of the Katied Weldon books I have had the words on post-it notes all around my house, and I made sure to give a similar post-it to the women in my small group. This is a message to be shared. Looking forward to it!

    • Very cool! We’ve included discussion questions with this book so it’s going to be perfect for you to use as a study with the women in your small group.

  • Ladyinwaiting

    Miss Robin,
    This is a bit off topic but I wanted to thank you for listening to God that day and writing that first Christy book. I recently saw a statistic saying that only 4% of people over the age of 20 are virgins. I am proud to say that I am 29 and waiting for my God chosen Prince Charming, and a large part is because of your books. They started many a discussion with my parents and also caused me to sit back and watch my friends. I realized even from a common sense background a lot of dating “practices” just don’t make sense. So once again – Thank You!!!!!!!

    ladyinwaiting :)

  • Gail Helgeson

    HEllo Robin
    I just finished your book..Cottage by the Sea…It brought me back to saying goodbye to both of my parents and all that entailed. It has been a few years now and lots of memories, good and bad, surfaced. I spent some time at a CS Lewis retreat in Houston a few months back and was told that God is not going to “waste” this time traveling and being at that retreat. I have journaled and desired to write for years. During the retreat, I remember someone in the program looking at me and saying “tell your story.” Was he really looking at me and what story was he talking about? I continue to TRUST…my word for the year…and blog and write and look for that story. THank you for listening to God and using your talent for His glory. Warmly Gail

    • Trust is an awesome word, Gail. May the Lord bless the fruit of your hands. Keep writing your little heart out!

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