How to Restore Your Brother’s Faith at Christmas

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Couple in beach chairs holding hands. Christmas on Breakers Point

The man is dying. His last request, impossible. But Nothing is impossible with God. Come check out Christmas on Breakers Point, and learn how to help someone restore their faith!

This Christmas novel has everything you could wish for. The Great Romance, a beautiful human romance, and a real solid community who cares!

I’m grateful for the opportunity to be on this Celebrate Lit Christian Book Publicity Tour, and I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did! I can hardly wait for book 2! The challenge to restore your brother when they’ve lost faith is something I take personally.

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Christmas on breakers point

The Bookish Example of How to Help someone Restore their Faith

Book:  Christmas on Breakers Point

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction, Christian Romantic Fiction, Christmas

Christmas on Breakers Point: a lesson in how to help someone restore their faith

One man’s last Christmas wish might change two lives forever.

Mallory Barrows has one last Christmas with her uncle.  She’s determined to make it the best one he’s ever had.

She knows when she asks what he wants as his final gift, it won’t be a tie or a new mug. He won’t need those where he’s going, and he’s quite happy about that.

Mallory just didn’t think he wanted a miracle wrapped in paper and tied with a shiny red bow!

Christmas on Breakers Point is the introductory book to the Independence Islands Series.

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Christmas on Breakers Point: Restore Your Brother (or Sister)

Christmas on Breakers Point really got me thinking. There was plenty of fun, but there was a lot of depth.

I’ve been reading Galatians lately, and Mallory and Uncle Bud really live out chapter 6, verse 1. Finding a way to “restore your brother {or sister, in this case}” takes courage, and kindness.

To restore your brother who still believes in Jesus is hard enough, but when they’ve gone so far as to reject Jesus, well… that’s where God’s grace is an absolute necessity.

I loved Mallory’s strategy sessions, and how she accepted God’s provisions even when she did NOT like his timing. Knowing how to help someone restore their faith, especially when they aren’t sure they want to, is beyond hard!

And the whole Mobile Bookstore? Wow! I’m so excited! I hope she is successful. It’s a genius method of industry for a group of small islands (or towns).

The community culture on these Independence Islands makes you feel right at home. From the teasing to the praying for each other, to the practical assistance, these characters feel like family.

Christmas on Breakers Point: Five star fun, and a solid message: How to help someone restore their faith.

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About the Author

Chautona

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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The book opens with a phone call that goes like this:

Her phone buzzed. Without taking her eyes from the page, Mallory Barrows fumbled about until her hand closed around it. The book held her bound in ropes of suspense as the villain slipped into the party unannounced—unseen. While she followed him around the edge of the imaginary room, her thumb swiped, tapped, and answered the call as if on autopilot.

Even as Mallory said, “Hello?” her breath caught. The guy had found his prey.

“Mallory, honey?”

Without a second look, she dropped the book and sat up, feet planted firmly on the floor and all attention on the call.  “Is it time?”

“’Fraid so, darlin’. Doc says it’s a matter of weeks or a month or two. And I promised.”

“I’ll be there Friday afternoon.”

Now for Real Life

Just days after I wrote those lines, I woke up to a message from my sister.  “Call Mom.”

I called.  Mom said, “I need you to come.”  That was Thursday.  I walked into Mom’s house on Saturday evening and our lives changed forever.

I don’t know if God prepared me for this change by having me write that scene just days before, but I have to say it felt like it!  Everything went crazy for over a month as I tried to wrap up my mother’s affairs in Missouri, I had to try to finish three books in a time of upheaval and turmoil.  No, it’s not the same as trying to help a young woman reclaim her True First Love so she could reclaim her first earthy love.  It isn’t the same as starting a whole new life and a new business.  But… oh, how it felt like it.

Another parallel in the story and my life was how Mallory struggles to try to get Uncle Bud to eat. I did the same thing for most of my time in Missouri.  Mom struggled and hard just to swallow and just wanted to eat.  So, while I was writing, I worked hard to come up with a recipe that Mallory might use to convince Uncle Bud to eat something.  The result were these Coconut Lime Cookies. I hope you love them as much as Uncle Bud did.

Coconut Lime Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups white flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 oz room temp cream cheese—cubed
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Zest of 1 lime (key limes may be preferred)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter (warm)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS milk (whole is the most delicious… and half & half is even better)
  • 1 TBS lime juice (again, some may prefer key limes)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar  (reserved for rolling cookies in)

Directions: (oven preheats to 350)

  • Stir together the first five ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside
  • Stir together sugar, cream cheese, and lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Cream butter in. Repeat with egg, milk, and lime juice, one at a time. Make sure your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Add dry ingredients slowly. Mix well.
  • Roll dough into approximately 1” balls.  Roll each ball into powdered sugar and place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for approximately 11-12 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Before you eat, close your eyes and imagine yourself beneath swaying palm trees with warm sand between your toes.  Merry Christmas!
"When you know you're right, you don't have to shout it from the rooftops. That's why God says he uses a still small voice. Quote from Christmas on Breakers Point

Do You Know How to Help Someone Restore their Faith in God?

I know it takes prayer, and being intentional. Not giving up, but not pushing them away from him either. I think Mallory did an amazing job, and I hope you’ll read the story. It’ll give you some good ideas!

Restore Your Brother With Prayer

Mallory made plans and lists. She had ideas. Good ones. But to restore your brother (or sister) to faith, you need prayer. The two-way conversation with God that has you pouring out your heart for someone who’s lost their way, then LISTENING, and following God’s promptings

Restore Your Brother with Patience

Those prayers will help you to have patience, when ‘restore your brother’ becomes long, confrontational, or hopeless. Because God is Faithful.

Sometimes, a heart is soft, and willing to be restored, but other times the journey to restore your brother can be a really long process. Patience and Prayer are the tools that will keep you going.

Restore Your Brother with Questions

Asking questions, and LISTENING to the answers can go a long way to restore your brother’s faith. I’m not saying you have to agree with them. But let them feel heard instead of attacked and belittled. Maybe their answers will give you a clue, or maybe them saying things out loud will help them make corrections themselves.

To Restore Your Brother, Trust God, and Persevere

If you’re wondering how to restore someone’s faith in God, remember to trust God. He wants to restore your brother or sister even more than you do.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9 NIV

And remember, perseverance matters. I may want to give up, but that’s not going to help anyone!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” 

Galatians 6:9, NIV

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!

5 Comments on “How to Restore Your Brother’s Faith at Christmas”

  1. So thrilled that you both enjoyed and “got” the story. It’s not an easy Christmas read… and yet it is, too. OR maybe that’s just my weirdness. Anyway, thank you for reading and reviewing it.

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