Shannon McNear is the author of the historical romance novella Defending Truth, part of A Pioneer Christmas Collection, and her first published story longer than a thousand words.
Shannon, welcome to Overcoming With God. We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers.
Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
I used to think it was the depression, with which I struggled hugely through my teens and periodically after. Being in my middleish years now, though, I believe it’s anger. I was handed this legacy of rage by my family history, and for a long time bought into the lie that my own outbursts were justified. Eventually, the same thing which helped me overcome childhood abuse and depression—that anything we’re afflicted with, or tempted to, Jesus has experienced in some form or another—helped me release the anger. It isn’t that the wrongs done us are “nothing.” We sin, and we are sinned against, and it’s a big deal—it’s what sent Jesus to the cross. But He took it in His perfection and innocence, and paid for it all. If we truly believe that, and that He is our shield and defender, then we must trust that He’ll make all wrongs right, in His time.
And in the meantime, I’m responsible for my own actions, and reactions.
Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio? Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?
Being such a newbie author, I have no idea what Barbour Publishing intends to do in that department. I hope they’d consider audio format!
In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
A big one is combat-induced PTSD, as my hero grapples with that. I also touch on depression, forgiveness, and grief and loss issues.
Thank you, Shannon, for agreeing to answer these questions. Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!
Thank you for having me!
You can read more about Shannon at her website, www.shannonmcnear.com, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Pioneer Christmas is available at:
Christianbook.com (paperback and ebook formats)
Amazon (paperback and Kindle formats)
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