Meet author Grace Fox
Grace Fox is a career global worker, popular speaker at international women’s events, a devotional blogger, and the author of ten books. She’s also a regular contributor to Guideposts’ annual devotional Mornings with Jesus and a member of the First 5 writing team (P31 Ministries). She and her husband are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where they live on a sailboat.
Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions to Calm the Chaos contains 90 brief meditations and relevant quotes written to encourage readers facing hardship of every sort.
What inspired you to write Finding Hope in Crisis?
Being involved in career ministry for nearly thirty years has given me countless opportunities to hear others’ stories of facing significant hardships. The majority of these people credit God’s promises with helping them survive. Often those promises come in a greeting card, in an email from a friend, or on a perpetual calendar. Regardless, they’re always brief, and their brevity is a blessing when one’s brain is on overload. I wrote this devotional with these people in mind. Interestingly, I submitted the proposal with a different title to several publishers in 2018 but they politely rejected it. I filled it with the intent of reworking it and giving it a stronger title when I had time. The current title came to mind in January 2020. Who could have guessed that COVID-19 would strike weeks later and thrust the world into crisis and chaos? I see God’s hand in the title and the timing, and I’m excited to see how He’ll use it to encourage people dealing with significant hardship in these crazy days.
Why do you write?
I write to fulfill my God-calling. I do it not to earn His favor but to demonstrate my love for Him. It’s an act of both worship and obedience.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?
My day begins early, like between 4 and 5 AM. I enjoy spending quiet time with the Lord and then working out before I sit down at the computer. When I’m writing under deadline, I sometimes have to ignore my household tasks. My husband, bless his heart, does the laundry and grocery shopping, and we eat simple meals. Sometimes I’ll write until 9 PM, taking occasional short walks throughout the day to stretch my legs and listen to worship music.
What is the hardest part of being an author?
For me, the hardest part is having to juggle so many responsibilities. I’d love to just write, but marketing is a necessity. So is maintaining a social media presence. And blogging. Technology changes so fast that I feel as though I’m on a learning curve that never ends. I’m constantly asking God to show me the things He wants me to do and to help me let the rest go.
What’s the best part of your author’s life?
The best part of my author’s life is when I receive feedback from readers saying that something I’ve written has changed their life for the better. That type of feedback makes it all worthwhile.
What’s one unusual fact about you?
Living on a sailboat is pretty unusual!
How have you changed or grown as a writer?
I’ve learned to trust God’s timing with my book projects. Finding Hope in Crisis was rejected in 2018 because He knew COVID-19 and its aftermath was coming, and the book’s message would be needed massively more then. I’ve also learned to rest more in God’s enabling power to help me write the books He assigns. When I learned that Aspire Press wanted to fast-track Finding Hope in Crisis, I knew I’d have to write fast to meet the deadline. I allotted myself two months, but the first draft took only twenty days. I was experiencing a crisis of my own during that time—a cracked tailbone and frozen shoulder issues. Writing it in twenty days, especially while in such pain, was truly God’s enabling.
What is your favorite pastime?
My favorite pastime is, of course, spending time with my three married kids and their spouses and my nine grandchildren. But next to that would be sailing with my husband. British Columbia’s coastal islands are absolutely gorgeous. I love anchoring in pristine harbors accessible only by boat.
Do you have other books? We’d love to know.
Yes, I do. Check out Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for the Busy Woman, Morning Moments with God: Devotions for Busy Women, and Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation.
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