Stacey is a member of The Word Guild in Canada and has authored two fiction books. She is finishing up a short Christmas Novella, is waiting to hear back from her publisher on a romantic suspense submission, and is outlining a fourth novel.
Stacey’s debut novel, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, released in 2016 and was named Best Christian Romance in 2017 at The Word Awards.
He Wants a Second Chance. She Says There’s No Going Back. Ten years ago, a public disgrace sent Jenna Jenkins running from her hometown. Now, the success of her professional future hinges on joining her hometown church restoration project. Her partner and team leader on the job is William Scott—expert renovator, volunteer fireman, and the ex-flame who ruined her life. William is in crisis, facing the tightening screws of personal and professional failure. When the interior designer on the church renovation project turns out to be Jenna, William sees it as a chance to make amends. But Jenna wants nothing to do with him. How much will William sacrifice to redeem his mistakes and prove his love? Can Jenna protect her heart this time or will William break her for good?
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What inspired you to write The Builder’s Reluctant Bride and what do you hope the readers takeaway from The Builder’s Reluctant Bride?
I wanted to write a story about the messiness of real life. Too often, following the Lord Jesus Christ is portrayed as a simple fix to our troubles. But Scripture teaches us something quite different. Turning to Jesus does not guarantee a removal of our troubles. In fact, it is more likely to increase them as we walk in opposition to the world. Following Jesus is not easy. We are commanded to do things that are impossible in our flesh, but they become possible as we depend on the Holy Spirit’s power and live in submission to God.
My characters struggled with forgiveness because I want my readers to see that forgiveness is easy to speak but much harder to live. That’s truth. I also challenge a misconception I hear frequently that forgiveness is free. Forgiveness is never free.
Timothy Keller wrote in The Prodigal God: Recovering the heart of the Christian faith, “Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, than it isn’t mercy, but forgiveness always comes at a cost to the one granting the forgiveness.”
Christ freely extends forgiveness, but it cost Him much – his life. He loved us too much to withhold forgiveness. He died for us while we continued to sin. Someone always pays for forgiveness. I want my readers to consider that truth. Christ paid for their forgiveness. Perhaps it is their turn [the reader’s] to absorb the cost and extend forgiveness to someone in their life. I wanted to illustrate God’s call on believers to set aside their rights as they seek Him, so in The Builder’s Reluctant Bride Jenna must do the hard work of cultivating a heart that forgives those who don’t know, appreciate, or understand how their actions have affected her, and she struggles with it.
With the help of meddling community, a matchmaking brother, and an ex-flame that refuses to be extinguished, she learns that Christ died for the sinner who wronged her and died for the sinner that is her. He loves them both.
I asked Stacey to describe herself in her own words:
I am from the and generation. I’m a cool-off-in-the-sprinkler, drink-straight-from-the-hose, and fish-off-the-pier kind of girl. I’m loyal even when others are not. I’ve wrestled with brothers, played Barbie with neighbors, and stayed up too late reading child of God. I believe that nothing matters more than the Lord Jesus Christ and who I believe He is. I’m from Sunday dinners, steaming hot tea, and Saturday morning coin-sized pancakes. I grew up with Tupperware, paper bag lunches, Yorkshire pudding, and mashed potatoes. Lots of mashed potatoes. My family is a finish-what-you-start, bargain shopping, home cooking, and respect-your-elders kind of family. I am one of four children framed in memories on a wall. I jumped off docks, endured eight-hour trips that took twelve, and sat in the middle bench seat of the family sedan. I am a kind of mom. I boil the kettle in a crisis, and I know that a job worth doing is worth doing right. I am a fixer of old things, painter of everything, cleansed and forgiven
Can you direct us to where readers can find you?
Website: www.staceyweeks.com - I post weekly devotionals and regular home renovation projects and crafts under the blog tab. You’ll find links and information on all of my books.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/writerSWeeks - This is where I post questions to readers and collect feedback for projects. It’s also where you’ll find the most up to date information.
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