From time to time, I offer others the opportunity to share a story to encourage us all in this journey called life. Today, welcome Theresa Lynn Hall, author of Ransom in Rio.
Overcoming obstacles is something we all learn how to do. Life isn’t easy. It’s not always fun and it doesn’t always go the way we want it to. No one has a perfect life. No one.
We often see Facebook pictures of smiling people who seem to have it all together. We’re jealous. We think no one is going through what we are. The truth is, if those pictures could talk and tell the real story, we’d probably all be surprised to learn that we each have some sort of battle we’re going through. Everybody has something. Everybody.
One challenge that I have faced over the past few years is learning to accept having an autoimmune disease. If you’re not familiar with autoimmune diseases, let me educate you for a second. They’re no fun. They affect each person differently, but most all of them cause fatigue, aches, and pains. Some cause internal damage and some can cause death. They often take years to diagnose and can mimic other diseases.
For some reason, the body’s immune system goes haywire and begins to attack healthy cells in the body causing damage and inflammation. Of course, this is the watered-down explanation, but to sum it up, people have to learn to let go of what it feels like to be “normal”.
One thing that has helped me is to daily rely on my faith and to look at all the ways the Lord has blessed me. There are so many people who have diseases that are much worse. There are people who are lost in pain—physically, mentally and spiritually.
When we focus on the things God has done in our lives, it changes our perspective. God has blessed me with so much. I am still able to write, work, and get out of bed each day. One of my favorite verses I have hanging in my office is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
In Ransom in Rio, Lexi is faced with some of the hardest times she’s ever faced. The loss of her brother and dealing with her family’s darkest secrets coming to light have caused her to search for the strength to go on. She finds it in one of the most dangerous places and her life is changed forever.
Bio: A native Texan, Theresa loves to write suspenseful stories that happen in small Texas towns with old fashioned Southern values. She’s an elementary teacher and mom to two boys—the oldest being in law enforcement, which comes in handy when she’s researching. When she’s not teaching kids or writing, she loves to cook, read a good suspense, and binge-watch episodes of Dateline. She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She actively promotes fellow Christian Fiction authors on her blog. She also loves to hear from readers who enjoy Christian Fiction and can be found at www.theresalynnhall.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Book Blurb: Private Investigator, Braden McCoy wants nothing more than to finish out the week doing a little fishing from his boat. The ex-special ops vet enjoys his peaceful life and loves his new career. He’s learned to put his past behind him and enjoy his blessings. Until a mourning redhead walks into his office and changes his plans.
Lexi Ramos always knew her family was dysfunctional. Until the sudden death of her brother, she never knew exactly how much. Consumed with questions surrounding his accident, she seeks the help of a private investigator. What starts out as a murder investigation in Cozumel, quickly crosses borders and escalates into a race against time to save them both from Brazilian kidnappers, who somehow know more about her family secrets than she does. Lexi soon realizes that life comes with a price.