Genre: Christian Living
Why is life so very difficult? Can anything make it any easier? Why do some people get all the breaks, and I’m always struggling?
Now, from #1 Best Selling Christian author, Staci Stallings, learn the secrets to living with True Power and Real Peace– no matter what storms come up in your life! Stop struggling. Start living.
Learn the importance of taking “this step.” Learn how to work with God’s Will instead of against it. Learn how to live with the Source as your strength instead of trying to get strength from resources that are bound to fail.
Every page is packed with deep insights and real life solutions to your deepest problems. Be a better parent, a better friend, a better you!
Today can truly be the day to start on your path to True Power & Real Peace!
1. Tell us about your new release.
This one is a little different for me–okay, it’s a lot different. First of all, it was not one I planned on writing or even knew I was writing until huge chunks of it were already done. Crazy, I know. I thought so too.
You see, I was writing this book called “A Light in the Darkness.” It was the third book in this romance series I was writing. In the book, the guy is into reading good books–like life-inspiring books. Now, I’ve read countless types of these books, so that should have been easy, right?
Not so fast. I quickly realized that I had two problems–I couldn’t just lift whole sections out of some other book, and I needed my character to actually read with the reader what he was reading. So what to do? I finally decided I would have to write the book he was reading.
This didn’t start out to be a big deal, but as I wrote, I fell in love with what this other book was saying. So after finishing “A Light in the Darkness,” I went back and wrote “True Power & Real Peace.” The funny thing is, after A Light was published, several readers contacted me. They had been searching and searching for “True Power and Real Peace,” but they couldn’t find it.
Why? Because it was sitting on my computer! After the fifth person asked, I decided it was time to take a deep breath and let God have what amounts to my spiritual journey and the things I’ve learned on the deepest level of living and being with Him.
2. Can you share a little of True Power & Real Peace with us?
Here is one little excerpt that appears both in “A Light” and in “True Power & Real Peace”
True Power lies in following God’s lead and letting His Power flow through you at every moment, in every situation—no matter how big or small. Doing so gives the rich soul as the Gifts of the Holy Spirit imply: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Right Judgment, Piety, Fortitude, and Fear of the Lord. Perpetually acknowledging His presence in you and in your life will lead you to see that His Power works. Your power doesn’t. The power of the world doesn’t. Only His does.
The Bible says it best: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” Seek Him, put every moment in His hands, watch how He handles them, get to know Him, and you will begin to derive your power from The Source of True Power.
3. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
This is one of the most personal books I’ve ever written because it is how I live spiritually–surrendering to God, letting Him work in my life, breathing and stepping into what He’s asking me to do–even when it’s hard and especially when it’s scary. To be honest, I’m not even sure that a lot of people will “get” what the book is talking about because it is so 180 from how we normally live. However, if you can ever get off the treadmill of the world, and really get your life meshed into this way of living, it is a freedom that is literally indescribable.
4. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The way it came about. Most of the time when you write a book, first of all, you know at least some of what you’re going to write. With this one, in the novel, Gabe would pick this book up, and what he read had to speak to where he was in life, what was going on, what he was facing. In many of those instances, I didn’t know what God would want to say to this young man. I knew it couldn’t just be nice words and platitudes because he’s going through some very dark and confusing times. So I would put my fingers on the keys and ask God what He would want to say to this young man.
When I then went to put all these pieces together, that’s what I had–a bunch of pieces. I then had to link them with bridges that helped the reader to make sense of them. So it tends to be written all over the place in terms of tense and person, but it was the best I could do at wrapping some semblance of understanding around the immensity of what it means to really live with God at the center of everything.
5. Who designed the covers?
The story of my covers is one only God could write. For a long time, I had a hodge-podge of okay but not incredible covers. After putting one of my books for free on KDPSelect, a very good writing friend of mine posted a new cover for one of my very old books on a writing site we were a part of–literally out of the blue. I had not asked for one. We had not talked about it. Suddenly there it was. He then said that my books would take off with the right covers.
So I had him redesign two of my covers. But he’s busy with his own stuff, so I went on a cover design site, hoping but knowing the chances were slim that I would find somebody great. Well, God had other plans. This guy came on and posted the most incredible cover for “Deep in the Heart.” Within 2 days I had hired him, and over the course of the next 2 months, we redesigned every one of my 15 covers.
When I was going to do “True Power & Real Peace,” I asked my friend, that original one, to do this cover because he had done several that I just loved for other books much like this one. And that’s how this cover came to be. I will tell you though that I am incredibly blessed by BOTH of my cover designers! They truly are gifts from God!
6. What books have influenced your life most?
I read a lot of nonfiction Christian self-help. John Ortberg’s work is mentioned in “True Power,” and he really taught me the true meaning of love. Others that have shaped and influenced me are Steve McVey, Brennan Manning, and Joe Beam.
7. How did you come up with the title?
As I was writing, I knew the title had to capture what Gabe needed most in his life. In the story, he really feels powerless because of circumstances. He’s the son of the head groundskeeper and as such feels “less than.” However, I knew he is far more powerful than he feels because he has learned to put his life on The Rock and trust God. So the book title had to be something about power, but not like worldly power that’s selfish and harsh, but actual power that comes from God.
The other thing was, poor Gabe was just not at peace. He was fighting against so many things–how he feels about himself for past mistakes, how he feels about his parents, going to school, chasing his dreams. There is just this… yearning for something more than striving and searching and worrying. Of course, that is peace. But not just any peace, not peace that could be gone tomorrow if you mess up. Real Peace.
And thus the title, “True Power & Real Peace.”
Amazingly, the title is exactly what I have found in God. Don’t you just love how He works?
A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, #1 Best Selling Christian author, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Staci touches the lives of people across the globe every week with her various Internet endeavors including: http://www.stacistallings.net, http://ebookromancestories.com, Facebook, or Twitter.