It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Christian author, Nancy Shew Bolton. Nancy is a wonderful woman who is strong, caring, and giving. Although she deals with physical pain, she has an indomitable spirit and an unwavering faith in God. Several times, we have prayed for each other as we deal with our illnesses. She is such a fabulous person, and I feel very blessed to have her on my blog today.
Danele: Hello, Nancy! I’m so glad that you’re able to be with us!
Nancy: Thank you! I’m excited to be on your blog!
Danele: And I’m excited to have you! I’ve really enjoyed being your prayer partner this last year. Even though you are often in pain, you have such a beautiful way of looking at things. Can you tell us how God helps you deal with your chronic illness?
Nancy: I came down with rheumatoid arthritis in 1996. Over these years, and through many difficult times of flare-ups and great pain, I have learned to let go of my lifelong tendency to worry and doubt, and hold in all my emotional pain. Due to an early childhood trauma, it was very hard for me to trust God or people. I wasn’t suspicious, just somehow sure that help would probably not arrive when I needed it, and I had to learn to tough things out on my own. I thought that was the right way, and God would want me to be strong. It’s been quite a journey, as I learn to unpack all my cares and cast them upon Him. He’s taken me to so many deep, dark places in myself, so that He could shine His light in there and set those parts of me free. It’s an ongoing process, but I have learned so much about what love and trust really mean. I’m still learning, and despite the challenges of my illness, I can truly say I’m thankful for rheumatoid arthritis. It’s drawn me closer to God, and is teaching me things I would never have slowed down to learn and listen to otherwise. God is good!
Danele: God really is wonderful! I love how Romans 8:28 always proves to be true—God really does make everything work for our good. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Nancy: I enjoy the NASB version of Isaiah 42:3: “A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.” The first time I read that verse, it spoke volumes to me about God’s character, and of course, I fell hopelessly in love with Him and His Son.
Danele: What a beautiful verse! Sometimes, as human beings, we feel so weak and uncertain—it’s good to know that God treasures our efforts and that He will protect us in our weakness. I love the fact that we have such a nurturing God. The Bible can be such a point of inspiration. I know that some people don’t think it’s important to read God’s Word. Why do you think the Bible is important?
Nancy: Because through reading, I learn so much about God, and Jesus, and human beings, and my own heart. I have a curious mind, and the Word nourishes me and answers my endless questions, as does God’s Spirit. He often teaches me by bringing to mind the situations recounted in Scripture. I love Psalm 119. It celebrates what God’s Word does in the believer’s life. It’s so true!
Danele: Wow! Thank you, Nancy! You really explained that well. The Bible can be such a help to us as we journey with God. Another thing that helps us is experiencing God’s peace. There have been times in my life when I’ve felt God’s peace in such a powerful way. Has that ever happened to you?
Nancy: Yes, it has. The birth of my fourth son taught me a profound lesson. After a very difficult pregnancy and a birth during which my son and I almost died, we both experienced a miraculous deliverance. (Sorry for the unintended pun there!) As I lay in the hospital recuperating and marveling at the fact that my son and I were both mending fast, I realized I was afraid to go home. I’d felt so lousy for so long, and at home I had 3 boisterous boys waiting: an 8 year-old, a three year-old, an 18 month old, and now I had a newborn, too. My husband worked long hours and I was afraid I wasn’t up to the task of caring for everyone. The dread got louder inside as the too-short hospital stay drew to a close. I knew God had wrought a wondrous miracle through this difficult birth, and I felt a bit guilty asking for more, but I was desperate. I prayed that He would give me a thankful heart to help me stop being scared to go home. Almost at once, a sweet, strong peace grew in me, and in the coming days I found myself so overcome with gratitude that I’d cry happy tears as I went about all my constant Mommy chores. I’ve never forgotten that incredible blessing, so freely given. Thank you, Lord!!
Danele: That’s so lovely, Nancy! God really is an awesome God! Now, before I let you go, I’d love for you to tell us a little bit about your writing. Can give us a list of the books you have written?
Nancy: Sure! The Right Ingredients, Hidden Storms, and A Work in Progress. A Haven in the Woods and Answering Sarah are due out later this year.
Danele: I’m glad that you mentioned A Work in Progress—it was released just a few days ago. Can you tell us more about it?
Nancy: A Work in Progress is a novella, and it is part of the Love Is series from Prism Book group. It was released on February 26th. My theme was ‘Love does not Boast.’ Here’s the back cover blurb for this unique little book: There’s something cooking outside the kitchen…. They’ve worked together for two years, but that’s all they have in common. Like oil and water, they just don’t mix. Julie thinks he’s a shallow flirt, Mark thinks she’s a cold fish. Despite their mutual dislike, they’ve carved out a civil work relationship at the restaurant. But after each of their inner worlds suffer a jolt; the careful, polite kitchen routine becomes a stew of conflicting emotions. Things are about to get interesting.
Danele: That sounds like fun! Can you give us the Amazon link?
Danele: Nancy, it’s been so much fun talking with you today! I enjoyed it!
Nancy: I’m honored to be on your blog, and I hope your readers will check out my books! I enjoy writing stories that inspire as well as entertain! Thanks, Danele!
Friends, Nancy Shew Bolton really is an amazing woman. I admire her tenacity and courage. If you would like to learn more about Nancy or her books, please follow the links below. I hope you have a wonderful day!