First off, congratulations to Anne Ferris! She won the copy of “Ring of Secrets”! Anne, I’ll get that book to you ASAP! Well…and your birthday present, too.
Last week, I met up with a friend of mine. She told me that she’d read Paint Chips. The first thing she said…
“I just LOVED Lola.”
Seriously. I hear that all the time. Everybody loves Lola. I love Lola. She was a joy to write.
I’ve been thinking about what makes Lola so very lovable.
Yes. She’s fun. She’s passionate. Her faith is deep…she humbled me so much as I wrote. She is forgiving and self-sacrificing.
I think that she represents what we would like to become.
But, also, I think we love her because of what she’s overcome. And how far life has taken her. That she didn’t stay a victim. But grew into a survivor. And that she is in the business of raising up survivors. And that is a beautiful thing.
The cause of her life is to let God use her to set others free. And to help them live in that freedom.
The really great thing is that people like Lola, with the drive and passion to help others live in freedom, do exist.
Let me tell you about a few of them.
You’ve heard me talk up Better Way Imports before…because I think they’re great. They work with anti-trafficking organizations around the globe to empower women to stay out of the “life”. How it works? BWI sells items made by the women who have been rescued. The women have a job that earns them a fair wage (BWI is a member of the Fair Trade Federation). Check them out.
These people live lives of sacrifice, compassion, and justice. They inspire me. Lola embodied a little bit of each of them.
And I’m proud to call them my friends.