I remember being at a women’s Christian conference many moons ago around the time I had finished a series my mom got me written by Robin Jones Gunn (The Glenbrooke Series). Guys, I loved the series. Like read it multiple times loved it. At the conference, she was one of the authors there and we had the opportunity to meet her. You would think I would have jumped at the chance. But let’s be honest, we’re talking about me, not a normal human being. I got too nervous, walked by “casually” (could have been considered creepy by some) a couple of times and then chickened out. Stellar behavior. I know. I had the chance and I DIDN’T MEET ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS.
I also was speechless when I met David Robinson at the airport (literally too, my brother had to do all the talking and I only managed to shake his hand) and I screamed out loud when Denzel Washington walked in front of me at a Laker game. Good thing it was loud. He totally didn’t hear so next time, I’ll play it cool guys.
In case you’re wondering if she really is that big of a deal in the writing world and I’m not just being dramatic, let me tell you, yes, yes she is. Unless you considered 4.5 million sold books no big deal. Or 82 published books. Right??? And she lives in Hawaii. I’m sooooo excited she’s her on Books and Beverages!!
Over the past 25 years Robin has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. To her great delight, Robin’s books are doing exactly what she always hoped to do – they are traveling around the world and telling people about God’s love. She is doing the same. Over the past ten years Robin has been invited to speak at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe and Australia.
Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live in Hawai’i where she continues to write and speak in rhythm with her life verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the LORD Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
At the moment there aren’t a lot of surprises. The biggest change from how life was rolling along five years ago is that we now live in Hawaii. We were actively praying and seeking God’s direction five years ago because we had longed to live in Hawaii for over 35 years. What I never would have imagined was the way God brought us here and all the ways that He has been directing our lives. My husband and I had formulated our own ideas about how we might be able to move here but God closed door after door and then opened a completely unexpected door that we walked right through. I wrote about the process that brought us here in my new non-fiction book, “Victim of Grace”.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would worry less. Whenever I read over my journals from previous years and see the prayers I wrote out during those seasons, I’m always stunned at the many things I fret about that never ended up happening. I’ve taken some big steps of faith and trusted God in extraordinary ways and He has always blessed in His timing and in His way in great abundance.
In the writing world one thing I would do differently is trust my gut more. And in seasons when I was too emotional or confused to discern my true gut feelings on a matter I would trust the insights and advice of those who are closest to me.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
I loved our wedding day. I didn’t “love” the day our son was born or the day our daughter was born because their births were difficult. But I have memories of lots of happiest moments while they were growing up.
One moment that comes to mind was captured in a photo that I framed and placed on top of our dresser. It was taken over twenty-five years ago on the last evening of a wearisome vacation. We were in Hawaii (no surprise) and after several days of rain and fussy, sick children and very little sleep we’d gone to dinner at a beachfront restaurant. In the photo I’m holding our daughter who is about 18 months old. She is wearing a cute little dress and is content to be in my arms. Our five year-old son is cuddled up next to me with his white blond hair and sun kissed cheeks. I have a big, red hibiscus flower behind my ear and I’m smiling at my husband who is taking the picture. That’s a happy memory. Those of you who have small children and who have attempted a grand vacation when they are not at their best will understand why it’s such a sweet, small victory to have an entire dinner at a nice restaurant when your children are compliant and you have one of those rare moments when you love your life and your husband and children all at the same time.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
As followers of Christ we have been set apart to be His peculiar treasures. We are not wired to find contentment in this world’s system. We are created to find all our delight in the eternal things that He has blessed us with on this earth. Set your heart and your focus on the Kingdom of God and all that is precious to Him and you will live a life of purpose and joy. Oh, such joy!
As Robin mentioned, her new release Victim of Grace is now out! I haven’t read it, but I plan to. I know it will be encouraging and inspiring. Now all you have to do is leave a comment on this post! If you want to earn extra entries, here’s a few easy ways (just let me know that you do)!
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