It is my sincere pleasure to welcome fellow Inspired Prompt crew member, Gail Johnson to 3 Questions Wednesday. Gail recently released her memoir, Treasures of Hope, Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Overcomer, Encourager, Resilient
I love that. Those are all such positive words. Next question–
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
I didn’t have to think about this one. Medieval hill towns, walled cities, picturesque scenery, and mouth-watering cuisine. It would have to be Italy. Remember, Roman Holiday or Letters to Juliette? How can you watch those movies and not want to visit? Who knows, while I’m there, I may find a small out-of-the-way village and get lost forever. 😉
Letters to Juliette is one of my all-time favorite stories! Italy is on my bucket list, for sure. Now–
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
As a musician and music lover, this was an impossible task. A theme song depends on the seasons and struggles I’m experiencing at the time. So I decided for the purpose of this interview, I’d go with a song my daughter, Lindsay, chose for me years ago. Can’t Live A Day by Avalon. The truth contained in the stanzas have been my heart’s cry for years. Without Beloved, I have no hope. He alone is my hope. I can face anything as long as I have Him.
I think it’s so precious your daughter chose that for you. Readers, if you’re not familiar with this song, I urge you to Google it and read the lyrics. It is a lovely song.
Thanks, Gail, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions and help your readers get to know you better.
Readers, Gail is offering a print copy of her new memoir Treasures of Hope: Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past to one commenter. So, leave her a comment, or ask her a question, and your name will go into the drawing for the book.
Gail Johnson enjoys sharing her passion for life and Christ through the power of the written word. Whether it’s through stories, articles, or songs, she invites her reader and listener to “taste and see” the hope she has found in a faithful God and loving Savior. She is the author of Treasures of Hope, Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past, a memoir. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she writes fiction, non-fiction, and songs. Her Southern Gospel song “Less of Me and More of You” came in the top 5 runners-up in the 2010 Singing News/Solid Gospel Songwriters Search.
Born and raised in Georgia, she is a wife and mother of two adult children. She enjoys lots of family time, good music, maple pecan ice cream, and southern living.
When long-buried memories of abuse resurface, Gail faces a choice: continue ignoring the implications of her nightmares and remain a captive of fear and shame, or dare to remove the painful chains binding her present to her past.
Unearthing the sorrows of her past would not be easy and distressing questions would arise along the way to challenge her faith.
Why would a God of both love and justice allow this abuse? Why does He expect me to forgive my abuser? If He let this happen, does He truly love me at all?
In her memoir, Treasures of Hope: Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past, Gail Johnson shares the truths she uncovered while studying earlier daughters of both harm and hope. As she became better acquainted with women of the Bible like Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, Rahab, Tamar, and Esther, their stories spoke truth into her own, mining the jewels of Identity and Purpose, Intimacy, Incomparability, Courage, Peace, and Victory. With each new discovery, Gail traded a length of chain for a balm of gold . . . and unearthed treasures that would sever the past’s stranglehold on her life, allowing her to live joyously in the present and anticipate the future with emboldened hope.