The eighth child of a sharecropper, Peggy Purser Freeman, award-winning author, & inspirational speaker, writes for the family in middle-grade, Christian women's fiction, & lifestyle magazines. As a journalist, Peggy brings twelve years of experience as a magazine editor. Her books, student writing workshops, and many published works in magazines across Texas inspire readers of all ages. She loves to teach children to write using games.
Peggy has written and hosted Kid Talk, a DCTV production, and Radio Disney's public affairs show 620 AM. She received the Austin League of Writers Teddy Children's Book Finalist Award from Laura Bush for The Coldest Day in Texas. Greg Abbot presented Peggy with the Yellow Rose of Texas Award in 2019 for her books about Texas, her work with the Elizabeth Crockett Chapter of the American Revolution's Constitution Camp for Kids, and the Texas Heroes Foundation Stroll Thru Texas History.
Peggy loves to inspire families to reach beyond all odds, even poverty, and dyslexia to find a dream.
This is my favorite book in this series. These characters find their happy-ever-after at an age I call middle-of-the-day age– not the twilight of life age. I know so many people marrying in their 70s and 80s. Love is Ageless. So are God’s promises. Connie Lewis Lenord is good at sharing the promises of God. In this book, she shares the Promise that God will give us the desires of our hearts.
Deidre Andrews fell in love with Roberto Cordova as a teenager, following him on her family’s ranch and at school. He taught her about honesty, character, and integrity, making her believe in herself and showering her with true, unconditional, unselfish love. However, he never wrote back to her letters. After Roberto returned from serving in the Vietnam War, he attempted to reconnect with Deidre and find out why she never responded, only to discover that she had gotten married and started a family. Roberto also got married and had children, but now that his wife has passed away and his children are grown, he is free to pursue his long-lost love.
Deidre, who had two failed marriages, is determined to fight for her dream. She plans a reunion and invites Roberto, who is now a successful rancher. At seventy, Deidre realizes that most of her life has passed, but she wants to spend the rest of it with Roberto. They are both old enough to make their own decisions, and nobody can stop them. Or can they? Roberto Cordova had loved Deidre Andrews, the ranch owner’s daughter since they were young, but their passion could have overwhelmed them. Roberto had joined the Army and went to Vietnam, planning to marry Deidre once they were old enough to make their own decisions, without her parents’ approval.
This is the best in Connie Leonard Lewis’s In Texas series. Roberto is such a lovable character. The plot is solid in this book and full of action in a clean story that lifts up God’s grace. In this story of God giving his children the desires of their hearts, the reader is reminded of the conditions.
3 “Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness.”
Your Action – Trust… rely… Do good… Dwell in the place where you can stay close…
“Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.”
Your Action – Delight…
“Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it.”
There are many books that symbolize the ultimate romance, the love of God for humanity. In our relationship with others, we experience good and evil. God uses both to bring us closer to him. Does the book you’re reading speak to you in a special way? Leave me a comment or a prayer request.
The following devotionals are based on the parables in some of my favorite books, and stories of people like me. In an English ballroom or chained to a burning ship deck surrounded by pirates, these characters help build my faith. Conflicting problems stand between them and their dreams. Like me, they need God-sized solutions. Like me, they need to know more about the Creator of the universe and how to serve Him better.
“When we read for escape or entertainment, if we listen, we will see beyond the story to the parable beneath”
Peggy Purser Freeman
In these well-crafted books, God pulls me closer. If I lean in and listen, He whispers to me. Sometimes He laughs with me. Always He reminds me of His love and carries me down the path where joy waits. Reading Christian fiction doesn’t replace my Bible study. Nothing can replace God’s Word. It’s amazing how often a Sunday School lesson or a study offers the same truth as the book I’m reading. When this type of coincidence happens, I thank God for the author and ask God to bless them.
To my readers, my prayer is that you have asked Jesus into your heart, and you are filled with His peace.
For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 (AMP)
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