The Crux of the Matter

We all need an attitude adjustment  at one time or another. Today’s guest had an opportunity to write a story that changed her attitude. Read on to find out what God did in Paula’s heart.

-But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.-Romans 5-8, ESV

Behind The Crux
by Paula Mowery

The editor-in-chief at Prism Book Group put out a call to the authors through our private Facebook group for submissions to a series based on The Love Chapter. She printed out the passage and basically the different phrases were up for grabs as to be the theme for the amish-people-1036327_640story. I had my eye on one phrase but missed out on that one. I decided that I could come up with a story based on the section: “Love does not dishonor.”

God brought to mind my time living in Maryland near the Amish and their honorable ways. This is when my story started to take form. What if someone with Amish ties were to bring dishonor to the family? What if the supposed dishonor actually revealed long-concealed lies?

My next thought was about an unexpected pregnancy being the ultimate dishonor in the story. I recalled my time as a devotional leader at our local Pregnancy Crisis Center. Conjuring bitter feelings to portray through my characters wasn’t difficult. When God afforded me the opportunity to serve at the pregnancy center, I was definitely conflicted. These girls had become pregnant, many by accident. As a young woman I struggled with infertility and harbored ill feelings toward those who found themselves in unexpected love-699480_640pregnancies. But as I got to know these women and heard their stories, I realized I was wrong. What I needed to show them was God’s unconditional love, available to all.

Thus, the reader will encounter some Amish parts as well as a precious Pregnancy Crisis Center ran by loving Christian women. There are also some medical conditions that reflect research into the Amish community. Of course a romance buds within the pages of the reunion/second chance type.

My ultimate hope is that the reader will encounter an unconditional love available from God within the pages of this short romance.


LoveIs_CruxofHonor copyChelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

Find The Crux of Honor on Amazon.


DSC_0275 (2)Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. She is also pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school. Her books have earned a Selah Award and been a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards.

Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at


Let’s talk about this: Paula experienced a change of heart after working with young pregnant women. Has God ever used a situation you were in to change an idea or attitude you had? How did you use that experience to grow? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Before you go, if you’re local, I would love to see you this afternoon at the WordSowers Christian Writers Conference where I’m teaching a class on characterization. It’s not to late to join us! You can pay at the door.



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