Wedded to War – Interview and Book Giveaway

Wedded to War by Jocelyn GreenToday’s post features an interview with Jocelyn Green, author of  the new historical fiction release, Wedded to War. Be sure to leave a comment at the end of today’s blog to be entered in this book giveaway. Her book is an interesting read, and you’ll be amazed at the amount of research that must have gone into this historical fiction piece.

Let’s talk about Wedded to War (River North Fiction/Moody, July 2012). Please tell us about it.

This novel grew out of research I did for my nonfiction book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, which just released this summer, too. Wedded to War was inspired by the life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. So the book begins in April 1861, and the Union Army‘s Medical Department is a disaster, completely unprepared for the magnitude of war. A small group of New York City women, including 28-year-old Charlotte Waverly (inspired by Georgeanna), decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and social ostracism.

Charlotte leaves a life of privilege, wealth-and confining expectations-to be one of the first female nurses for the Union Army. She quickly discovers that she’s fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role. At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision: Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing?

An Irish immigrant named Ruby O’Flannery, who turns to the unthinkable in the face of starvation, holds the secret that will unlock the door to Charlotte’s future. But will the rich and poor confide in each other in time?

Ruby’s character is fascinating. She represents a lot of women who walk around in undeserved shame. How can we, as women, shed that identity when it’s wrongly thrust upon us?

I love Ruby’s character, too. I think we can all sympathize with her, or even relate to her. To answer your question, we can reject lies about ourselves, whether they form in our own minds, or are spoken by others, when “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). What does that mean, exactly? It means we make a habit of lining up our thoughts against the truth of Scripture.

For example, we’re all sinners, aren’t we? We make mistakes. We do wrong. Satan wants us to believe we are irreparably damaged by those sins, and that those sins absolutely define us. But here’s where we take that thought captive and obedient to Christ—what does God say about our sin? 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” So there you have it. We need to choose to believe God’s opinion of us rather than anyone else’s. And we can learn God’s perspective only from being rooted in the Bible and by prayer.

Charlotte is a strong woman who understands her identity and is not afraid to be authentic to that identity. What would you say to the reader who is struggling with knowing who they are, but are afraid to counter social or familial expectations to become that person?

I would remind them of Galatians 1:10: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” To me, this verse calls us to do what we believe God wants us to with our lives, even if others don’t understand it. Very often, doing the right thing is not the popular thing. But as long as you seek after God’s will for your life with all your heart and mind, you’ll be doing the right thing. That means you have to really search, with more than just your emotions. Study the Bible. Pray. Talk to your pastor and other trusted Christians. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22). One more caution here—sometimes we think we have our plan or our identity all figured out before consulting God about it. Be open to the idea that God may surprise you with a different path for your life than the one you’ve chosen.

Now, having said that, if you do have peace that you’re following God’s will for your life and purpose, go for it with full confidence, and if others don’t agree with you, let God work on their hearts. You just do what God wants from you.

The idea of being free or set free is a strong element throughout Wedded to War. What does the word freedom mean to you?

Yes, it is. Freedom often conjures up the idea of democracy, liberty, and rights. But the other side of freedom is internal. Even if I live in the “land of the free,” if my heart, spirit, or mind is bound up by sin or deception, I’m not truly free. Ruby’s character illustrates this—she wasn’t really free for a long time. She was enslaved to guilt, shame, and lies. But Jesus sets the captives free.

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It’s Your Turn to Comment

What about you? Why would you like to receive this book? For a chance to win a copy of Jocelyn’s new book, Wedded to War, please tell me your reasons in the comments section below. You will not be hounded, prodded, or automatically added to my mailing list if you do so. Feel free to email this Christian blog to someone or to re-post on FacebookTwitter, or other social media, using the buttons below. If you want to re-post any of my blogs on your own blog or website, please contact me for permission first. And if you’d like to, you can sign up for my blog/newsletter and updates through e-mail at the top of this website page/sidebar. Your e-mail address will never be sold or given to anyone!

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    13 Responses to “Wedded to War – Interview and Book Giveaway”

    1. Suzanne Aukema on September 9th, 2012 9:32 am

      No matter what others may say negatively about me helping others…I still continue to pursue God’s will even if it is a struggle personally. I feel this book would inspire me personally.

    2. pat coombs on September 9th, 2012 11:36 am

      I am a 57 yr old single woman who has a ministry just beginning with women who need to break away from their abusive husbands.
      3 yrs. ago Jesus freed me from a 20 yr abusive marriage and I know how tough that can be. I want to breathe life and hope into these women who feel stuck in abuse.
      I tell these women one of my heroes is Clara Barton. While in Honduras in a small valley town Jesus de Otoro I read her while working in a Bilingual Christian School. Now when I get weary I remember Clara and her bravery. I share that with the women in my life. We can keep on even though we feel guilt and shame. My favorite time period is the late 1800′s. Wouldn’t you just love to interview a woman that was brave enought to face the Oregon Trail?
      I would love to start my library with this book. I am going to live in a home with 2 other women that is going to help them get back on their feet. They both love to read and we are accountability partners through Celebrate Recovery. So all three of us could meet our new hero!

    3. Pamela Sheldon on September 9th, 2012 11:39 am

      I LOVE well written historical fiction, especially the Civil War period. This book has caught my attention and I would love to read it! It’s very cool that non-fiction research led to a work of fiction – says it all about how historically correct this work is. THANKS!!!

    4. Lynne Williams on September 9th, 2012 12:54 pm

      As a retired nurse, I can envision working with these women in this groundbreaking way. You see suffering, you MUST do whatever you can. God truly laid a mission on Charlotte’s heart and she stepped up despite the difficulties.
      Really looking forward to reading this book and sharing it with my daughters and granddaughters.
      I see you as a woman of excellence for God, Rebecca. Thanks for sharing this new book with us.

    5. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 9th, 2012 5:59 pm

      Thanks for entering, Suzanne. I’ll be drawing a name in a couple of weeks.

    6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 9th, 2012 6:00 pm

      Thank you for entering, Pat. Our drawing will be in a couple of weeks.

    7. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 9th, 2012 6:01 pm

      Hi, Pamela! Non-fiction and fiction do go hand in hand sometimes. Thanks for entering. We’ll be drawing a name in a couple of weeks.

    8. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 9th, 2012 6:02 pm

      Thank you, Lynne. We’ll be holding a drawing for Jocelyn’s book in a couple of weeks.

    9. Patricia Terrell on September 10th, 2012 5:31 pm

      HI, I would love to receive “Wedded to War”, because I am currently going through a time of intense change with Jesus’ help, and I am being set free inside my heart. My identity is being restored, my courage and strength is being established like never before. My deep love for Christ has recently become a daily constant conversation and intimate love and confort as I go to sleep at night. Jesus is my one true love, and He is helping me be set free from a situation that has bound me for most of my life, and is working to send me on a journey for His glory! My closest friend is going through similar things as well, so as we go through this difficult time together, we are able to love each other through it and cover each other in prayer and support. This book speaks to me in what is going on it my life right now with Christ. I believe it would be a great inspiration that the Lord may use to help me continue to be set free in my heart to the life He is establishing for me. A new life in Him!
      If it is His will, I would love to receive this book!
      In Christ,
      Patricia Terrell

    10. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 12th, 2012 10:38 am

      Patricia, I’m so grateful for what the Lord has been doing in your life. Thanks for entering, and our drawing will be in a couple of weeks.

    11. Jocelyn Green on September 12th, 2012 6:32 pm

      Hi ladies! Thank you so much to everyone for your interest in Wedded to War. It’s so great to hear you share a little bit about yourselves. I hope each of you get a chance to read the book, if not from the drawing, from your own local library or book store. I pray it blesses and encourages you!

    12. Sylvia Belcher on September 16th, 2012 7:33 am

      I am a 58 year old woman who is vigilantly searching for God’s will for my life. I have felt for some time now that God has a ministry for my life that would speak to broken women. My own adult daughter is struggling with deep emotional wounds caused by her mom and dad’s divorce when she was just 12 years old. Now she is a mother of two, one of which is autistic. He is uncontrollable and my daughter and her husband have almost lost their faith in their struggles with him. My daughter has even told me recently that she wants to leave it all behind. They won’t attend church anymore because of the judgements of Christians regarding their special needs child. My daughter is a registered nurse who loves her patients on a women’s unit. She ministers daily to broken women, but ironically needs someone to minister to her brokenness, someone who will love her and not judge her and who will give her direction in the rearing of her precious children. She is a good mother, but is at her wit’s end. I believe this book will speak to her in many ways and I know the Lord and the Holy Spirit can work through this novel to give her a new hope and promise for her future. Thank you for the opportunity of this new read. So appreciate your ministry.

    13. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 17th, 2012 1:30 pm

      Sylvia, Thank you for sharing your story. Praying for God’s encouragement for you and for all the ones who have written their comments. We will have the drawing next week. May God bring restored faith, strength, and hope for you and your daughter.

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