The over-arching theme of Stones of Remembrance is that God is good, period. This has been a truth that I have really wrestled with over the years, and I expect that I’ll probably continue to wrestle with it from time to time.
The most difficult scene to write was the one where Allaya hears God speak to the question in her heart about who he really is. This is the scene that I mentioned in the Indiegogo campaign video — it took me months to hear the answer. Months to really believe that he is who he says he is (well, years really, but months of struggling to come to terms with his answer.).
As I’ve signed books for some people, I’ve written many times, “God is good!” and every time I write it, I just know that the enemy is going to test my belief in that truth, and that the Father is going to as well. I can foresee a time when it will be incredibly difficult to hold to his goodness and believe that he knows what he is doing, but I am in practice, conditioning my heart to lean on what he has revealed to me over the past few years. He is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, good. There is no evil in him, and I can see a pattern of his goodness following everything that has happened in my life and the lives of my family. I don’t understand his ways — but that isn’t what it’s about. It’s about blind faith in his promises. Absolute trust that he is good no matter what is going on.
Stones of Remembrance was for me as much as it was for anyone else. God is good. Period.