I’m so incredibly HONORED to have Gail Pallotta back on my blog. Gail is such an incredible person. She is kind, patient, giving, and just plain AWESOME!!! When I started my publication journey, Gail was always ready to answer my questions. I will never forget her kindness! I feel very blessed to call her my friend.
Danele: Gail, I’m so glad that you’re able to be with us today!
Gail: Hi, Danele. Thank you so much for having me.
Danele: I know my readers are eager to learn more about you. Can you tell us why you think it’s important to pray?
Gail: Praying draws us closer to God and allows us to have a personal relationship with Him. There are many places in the Bible where we’re told God wants us to communicate with Him. These are a few of my favorites:
“…the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Romans 10:12-13
I especially like this one. “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayers and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
Also in Matthew, Jesus taught us how to pray with the Lord’s prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13)
Danele: What a wonderful answer, Gail! Those verses are terrific! Speaking of Scripture verses, why do you think it’s important to read your Bible?
Gail: God and Jesus reveal themselves to us through the Scripture. In the Old Testament, the Psalms bring comfort and hope in times of sadness and give praise to God for our joys. Prophecies in the Old Testament come true in the New Testament showing us how God’s word is fulfilled. Also, in the New Testament we learn how Jesus wants us to live and how we should treat each other. The miracles Jesus performed speak of God’s power and faithfulness to those who believe in Him and reassure us. When we read the Bible, we don’t need to wonder what God is like, what He expects of us, or whether or not He’ll be with us if we open our hearts to Him and strive to live by His will.
Danele: Wow! You’re so right! And I loved how you explained it! Thank you! Do you have a piece of advice for any new Christians who are reading this blog today?
Gail: I don’t think I could’ve answered this question had I not recently met a new Christian reading a non-fiction book about Christianity. This person said the book confused her, and she had a difficult time understanding exactly what to believe and what was expected of her. Because people can, and often do, interpret the Bible in different ways, I’d advise new Christians to read the Bible, pray to understand what God wants to say to them, and seek personal relationships with Him. If we keep seeking answers through prayer, we’ll receive them.
Danele: That’s terrific advice!! Here’s another question for you, Gail. How has being a Christian influenced your writing?
Gail: Christianity is such an important part of my life it seeps into my writing without being included in the plot or character sketches. It’s already in the heart and soul of at least one person in the book and that person will act on his or her faith. At first, I might not know which character it is, but as the story unfolds he or she will show me.
Danele: I love the Christian aspect of your books! Can you share a list of your books with my readers?
Gail: Sure! Stopped Cold, Mountain of Love and Danger, Messages, Barely Above Water, and Breaking Barriers.
Danele: Breaking Barriers has just released, hasn’t it? I’d love for you to tell us more about it!
Gail: Breaking Barriers is part of the Prism Book Group Love Is… series based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. The sub-title to Breaking Barriers is “Love is not easily angered.” In this action-packed thriller, gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting, she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart which is cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but he can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.
Danele: Wow! Breaking Barriers sounds like it is going to be a thriller! Can you share a purchasing link with us?
Gail: Of course. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GGEX7Z8
Danele: Gail, it has been such a privilege interviewing you again! Thank you for being here today!
Gail: Thank you letting me visit your inspirational blog.
Friends, Gail really is a wonderful person! If you would like to learn more about her or her books, please follow the links below. I hope you have a wonderful day!
Website – http://www.gailpallotta.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsandMore
Twitter – Gail Pallotta @Hopefulwords (https://twitter.com/?lang=en)