Set in the Holy Land, Come to Me offers a unique glimpse into the life of
Jesus through the eyes of His mother. Share in Mary’s joy at the birth of the
Savior and mourn with her at the foot of the cross, as she shares her story with
compassion, humor and warmth.
Come to Me is a story about the faith and obedience of a young girl whose
absolute trust in God set in motion a chain of unprecedented events. It is a
moving tale about the life of Christ from the mother who raised Him to
become the Savior of the world.
1. Can you give us a brief testimony on how you got saved?
Hmm…I’m not sure how brief this will be, but I’ll give it a go. When I was about 17 and in my last year of high school, I was reading the book The Omen. In the book, there were several quotations from the Book of Revelation. These quotations scared me as they all talked about Jesus coming again, the judgment and of course the antichrist. I did not attend church when I was growing up and all I knew about the bible was Easter and Christmas. Intrigued, I found a bible and read the entire book of Revelation. Of course, I was very confused at what I read (it’s not something you should read the first time you pick up a bible!), however God in His mercy, gave me the gist of it and I went to bed afraid of where I would go when I died. That night, I had a dream. I was standing on a corner, under a streetlight and a voice shouted out to me, “Laura, where are you going?”, and I shouted back that I was going to hell. Next thing I knew – I was in hell! I was terrified and woke up in a cold sweat. I didn’t know what to do to make myself right with God. Then I remembered a tract I had received at school called The Four Spiritual Laws. I had thrown it in my dresser and forgotten about it, about a month earlier. I searched for it, found it and did everything it said to make myself right with God. Confessed my sins, repented and asked Jesus into my life. I spent the rest of the evening reading the Book of John. I went to bed at 5:00 am and had another dream. In this dream, I was coming out of the darkness and I was dressed all in white. I stepped into heaven, Jesus came, and He took my hand and said, “Now, everything is going to be alright.” It would be sometime later before I realized that I had just become a born again Christian!
2. What kind of advice do you have for aspiring writers?
If you have a manuscript you are working on – edit, edit, edit. Then, before you send it away to a publisher, (or if you self-publish to get it printed) edit it again! I took 3 years to edit my book and then called everyone I knew to look for mistakes, spelling errors, etc. and I STILL found things that we had missed! It’s maddening! I even had a fellow writer critiquing my novel as I went along. I welcomed all criticisms and if I thought they were valid, I made the changes. Don’t be afraid of negative comments – they will only help you grow as a writer.
3. Who’s your favorite fiction author?
That’s a hard one! Can I pick two? I love Liz Curtis Higgs and Lynn Austin.
4. If you were to die tomorrow, what’s the one thing you would want to do?
I suppose I would write a letter to each of my children, my husband, my best friend, parents so that they have something special from me and I would have a game night with my family and sit around, and talk. I would just want to be with those I love.
5. Who do you want to meet and why?