Every once in a while you encounter a book that completely blows you away. I didn’t know what to expect when I came across Sally’s debut novel, but I had heard good things from trustworthy sources, so I figured it was worth a shot. And boy oh boy it was! I can’t say enough how fabulous this book was (see more of my gushing here) and I’m so happy to have Sally on the blog today! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Sally Bradley writes big-city fiction with real issues and real hope. A Chicagoan since age five, she now lives in the Kansas City area with her family, but they still get back to Chicago once in a while for important things—like good pizza and a White Sox game. Fiction has been her passion since childhood, and she’s thrilled now to be writing books that not only entertain, but point back to Christ. A freelance fiction editor, you can find Sally at sallybradley.com and on Facebook at Sally Bradley, Writer.
Before I dive into the 4 Questions, I asked Sally to share a bit about Kept. It was such a fantastic (and much needed) read, I had to get a bit more!
I wanted Kept to be an honest look at the immorality our society is embracing and how that affects us, whether we accept God or not. Kept is big-city fiction centered in a gorgeous few blocks of downtown Chicago, and the book focuses on real issues our society faces but offers real hope that only comes through a life surrendered to Christ. We can do all the self-help we want, listen to all the experts, and follow our hearts. But our hearts are wicked, and the foolishness of God, as the Bible says, is beyond the wisdom of man. That’s what Miska, an unchurched, modern-day woman, learns as she realizes that the dreams she’s been chasing are nothing but chains and destruction.
Love it! Now on to the 4 Questions!
1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
Teaching a kindergartner to read. The thought of being in charge of that foundational basic terrified me. But he’s doing awesome and already reading words and sentences. Phew! So my answer is that and having two teenagers in the house. Talk about going from one extreme to the other! Life is never boring.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would enjoy my two oldest more when they were preschoolers. They’re only half a year apart, and while I wouldn’t change that aspect, it was exhausting at times. I didn’t enjoy them like I should have.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Steve and I have been asked this, and we both instantly had the same reply–the day our surprise baby was born and we got to introduce our then eight-and-a-half-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter to him. They grinned from ear to ear and couldn’t get enough of him. It was a special moment as their parents and a very special moment between me and my husband. We’ve never forgotten that.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
No matter what happens in our lives, in our society, and in our country, God is big enough for all of it. Things change and become outdated, but God never does. The only peace and happiness we’ll ever find is when we focus completely on Him and His Word and live how the Bible tells us to.
THANK YOU so so much Sally! I’m so glad to have you here! Alright readers, what’s one of the last books that made a deep impact on you? Have you had a chance to read Kept??