The Road to "My Compass Home" : 1 Corinthians 13

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

As you already know, the Faith, Hope, and Love collection is inspired by the Bible chapter 1 Corinthians 13, also known as the "love chapter."  I attempted to  mirror and incorporate the ideals of this chapter in Welcome Home, and My Compass Home will be no different.  Here are some themes that tie the book together:

1. Love is patient. 
Ellie and Levi will have a lot of things to deal with.  I won't go into detail because otherwise, you'd know everything and the surprises in the book wouldn't be surprising anymore.  However, Ellie has a lot of mistakes to deal with from her past, which affects her self-worth and confidence.  Levi has to wait by her side before she's willing to let him in. 

2. Love is kind and not self-seeking. 
The last relationship Levi dealt with before My Compass Home stands as a stark contrast: while his former girlfriend is very selfish and took advantage of him constantly, the relationship between Ellie and Levi is more biblical: neither is selfish and they seek to please one another instead.  The difference should be stark! 

3. Love keeps no record of wrongs. 
While Levi may at one point become frustrated with Ellie's "two steps forward, one step back" tendencies that seem as though she's toying with his emotions like his ex did, he realizes that he's equally wrong in keeping track of her wrongdoings when he doesn't know the full story.

4. Love remains. 
As usual, we'll incorporate...
Faith: Developing a closer relationship with God
Hope: Levi learns to hope for goodness in the world; Ellie, for a life unaffected by her past decisions; Spencer and Lucy, for a family and recovery from worsening PTSD symptoms.
Love: Seeing as it's a romance novel, I doubt I need to explain this one.

However, above all else, love remains, just as the chapter tells us.