Monday, July 18, 2016

Love is... with Guest Gail Pallotta

The book I wrote about Christians worshipping underground some years ago lay in my desk drawer. One day I saw that Prism Book Group would publish a Love Is...Series based on I Corinthians 13:4 - 8. I wanted to be part of it, but wondered if I could write something worthy of the Scripture. How could I even choose? I kept reading the verses until finally “Love isn’t easily angered” caught my eye. Those who seek to destroy Christianity are angry people. I pulled out my manuscript and added a romance to the story. It’s book number eight in the series.

I wrote the original novel many years after I first noticed someone chipping away at Christianity. It was the 1960’s, and a faction proclaimed God dead. Stunned and angered, I told myself the notion wouldn’t last. It didn’t. However, the mantra was only the beginning.

In the 1980’s, we watched prayer disappear from our schools. Christian people in my neighborhood who counted on the institution for their livelihoods prevented Christian children from referring to their beliefs with drawn faces. Many tried in small ways to be available for Christian youngsters without speaking about Jesus or his Gospel of love.

One day my daughter was required to take off her cross because according to the teacher, school wasn’t a place for God. Some may choose to only acknowledge God in certain places, but He’s in our schools, our churches, our homes, our closets, our very being. No one can put Him in or take Him out of a place, and He knows our hearts wherever we are.

By the time my daughter started sixth grade, political correctness had replaced God’s commandment that we love one another. The schools had changed from a safe, nurturing atmosphere to an environment with students armed with knives and guns.

In the late 1980’s some states and counties prohibited Christians from displaying nativity scenes on public property. Since then Christmas has become a winter holiday, and most clerks in department stores will not say “Merry Christmas.” Occasionally, one will say it back if the customer says it first.

It’s only July. Is it too soon to talk about Christmas? It’s 2016, and we’re still allowed to worship God in our churches. Is it too soon to wonder if the freedom to do so is slipping away from us one tiny chip at a time?

The phrase, “Love Is Not Easily Angered,” for Breaking Barriers, book eight in the Love Is...Series comes from I Corinthians 13: 5: “It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong.”

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Visit Gail’s new website at


  1. It's so sad how far this country has fallen. I've definitely stepped up my prayers lately. The 'Love is" series sounds like something a lot of people need. Hoping it reaches a lot of souls.

  2. Hi Chappy, Yes, it is sad. Thank you for coming by and for the kind words. I'm honored and humbled to be part of the Love Is...series.

  3. Thank you for a timely wake-up call.

  4. Hi Carlene, Thank you for stopping by.

  5. This sounds like a wonderful series, and it is a great response to all that is going on in our world. God must be heartbroken about how far we have fallen.

  6. The Love S Series sounds like a must be read series. What a perfect series for Americans to read with all that is happening in the USA as well as around the world. Can we even imagine what our society would look like if everyone put I Corinthians 13 into practice?

  7. Hi Linda, Yes, I agree that God must be heartbroken.

  8. Hi Marilyn, I do love the Love Is...series, and yes, if only we could all practice it.