by Cindy K. Green
When I first wrote the original draft of Andrea & the Five Day Challenge, I didn’t know it was going to be a novel or a series for that matter. I didn’t know it was going to be an inspirational. I’d intended to just write a cute, short and sweet teen story. But then the Lord stepped in and changed everything.
The key verse for this book is Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
The reason I chose that verse is because a large majority of the conflict my heroine battles is self-inflicted. She is her own worst enemy. How many of us know what that’s like? I know my hand is raised.
Part of Andrea’s problem has to do with a lack of faith or courage in herself and in God. Through the course of the book, she grows as a person and as a Christian. As teens we’ve probably all experienced that feeling of inferiority. We’ve fallen prey to thoughts of inadequacy and believed the idea that the world and everything in it was working against us, and it was more than we could battle.
Andrea tries to hide herself away from making a fool of herself and in the course of it she’s been missing out on the blessings the Lord could bring to her life. In knowing Luke and in accepting the Bible Challenge, she is forced out of that bubble and amazing things begin to happen. Some of it’s hilarious, occasionally it’s painful but always it’s rewarding.
Cindy K. Green has worked as a middle school history & English teacher, a frozen yogurt server and a golf magazine employee. Today she's a multi-published, award-winning author, a mother, a wife, and a homeschooler too. This native Californian now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and two cats named Chloe & Kassey. Visit her website www.cindykgreen.com & her blog cindykgreen.blogspot.com. She's on Facebook (Cindy K. Green & Cindy K. Green Author) and Twitter (@cindykgreen) too.