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Ephesians tells us our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of this world. What does that mean exactly? We can’t see the spiritual battle happening around us, and yet we know it does. Author Tommie Lynn has tackled this subject, giving us an idea of perhaps what we might not be seeing, in her Princess Warriors series. Before we visit with Tommie, let’s take a look at the first book in the series, Princess Warriors Battle to Forgiveness.
Born out of wedlock and raised by a single mother with addictions, Maggie Johnson struggled to find self-worth, acceptance, and peace in her life. Tormented by thoughts of condemnation and worthlessness—she attempted to take her own life. But God had other plans for Maggie Johnson; to redeem, restore, and transform her into what he had created her to be—a Princess Warrior. Her elderly friend, Louise Zimmerman, would help her discover that prayer and forgiveness are strong weapons against the enemy and she would use those weapons to rescue others from his grip. Her prayer closet would be the battlefield into the world of angels and demons—where she would draw her sword and call on the name of Yeshua.
Welcome, Tommie! What inspired you to write this series or this novel in particular?
Princess Warriors Battle to Forgiveness is my first published fictional novel. I believe, with all my heart, it was God-given. Although I have a devotional type blog, I had no plans to write a novel. One day as I was working, the first scene of this book kept going through my mind. I couldn’t quit thinking about it, and I felt a stirring in my spirit. I went home and started typing it out. It all came to me with no plan or design, just God giving me the words. That’s the only way I can explain it. The next thing I know I’m on chapter seven. My teenage daughter comes in to see what I’m doing and says, “Mom, Are you writing a book?” My response was, “I guess I am.” Spiritual warfare has always been one of my strong interests, and I believe in the power of prayer—that’s the core of this story.
That makes an excellent foundation. Who is your favorite secondary character in this novel?
My favorite secondary character is Louise Zimmerman, a 96-year-old prayer warrior. Louise’s character grew from a lady I knew who lived in a personal care home. She has since passed away. Louise is spunky and strong, but sweet and graceful. In the story, she is one of the original Princess Warriors. You will fall in love with Louise.
She sounds like an amazing character, based on an amazing lady. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
As Christians, we have been given something supernatural and powerful—Prayer. The Holy Spirit within us gives us the power to overcome evil. I think we forget that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is within us. My hope for my readers is two-fold: one they will realize the authority they have over the enemy and claim it, and two that forgiveness brings restoration and freedom.
Both are great lessons! Can you share about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
He is a God of provision. I started a community-wide women’s ministry in 2014 from God’s leading. I felt inadequate and clueless, but God has brought the people and the resources practically right to my door. We are going into our fourth annual women’s conference. He has never let us down. The funds always come in. Furthermore, my thirteen-year-old daughter and I felt called to go on a mission trip to Honduras in June with a group from our church. God has provided every single penny for us to go. God is always faithful to provide when we are willing to do his will.
It’s tempting to look to our own resources to provide, and yet He is so much better at it! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I have two projects going on right now. The third and last book of my Princess Warriors series, Battle to Victory, and something a little different. I’ve started a book geared more towards teen girls that’s more of a mystery type story. Then later down the road, I have a devotional I’m working on as a follow-up to the Princess Warriors series.
You’re keeping busy! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
I would say, “Go for it!” The hardest part is starting. So sit down and start typing out your ideas. Then set apart a time every day to work on it a little. Before you know it, you would have written your first book. Something that helped me was I took what I had written that week to a friend at church, and she would read through it looking for mistakes then we exchanged folders the next week. She was so excited to know what would happen next that it kept me encouraged to keep writing. We felt like secret agents passing the secret plan each week. She has done that for everything I’ve written so far. It helps to have the moral support.
Encouragement like that is so important. Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, Tommie!
Your turn! Think of someone you would consider a spiritual role model (like the prayer warrior Tommie knew). Share something you have learned from watching this person that you hope to emulate.
More about Tommie:
Tommie is a wife, mom, grammy, and new author. She is director of a community-wide women’s ministry, Women’s Power Surge Ministry, which she founded in 2014. Tommie is the Worship Team Leader at her church and teaches a middle school age Sunday school. Besides her job as a part-time bus driver, she teaches art classes at a private Christian school. Her passion is encouraging others in their faith through devotions and stories.
Contact link information: www.riseandshinedaily.com, Facebook: Rise and Shine Daily Devotions @devoblogger, Twitter: Rise and Shine @tommieyoung100, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and at Instagram @riseandshinedaily.
Also by Tommie:
Five years later, Maggie has found her place in life. She’s happy and content living in her hometown of Porterville, but God is calling her to something different. Something out of her comfort zone—somewhere dark. Will she surrender to God’s will for her life or run the other way? Being a Princess Warrior comes with sacrifice. It means you are all-in for the King or not at all. Which will she choose? Battle to Surrender is a story of surrendering to the will of God. He has a plan, all he needs from us is a willingness to follow.
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
Mary was a young woman when she experienced the miracle of giving birth to our Savior. She was chosen by God—unexpectedly. What were her thoughts about giving birth to the long- awaited Messiah? How did she feel? What were her fears? Her hopes? Mary’s Journal is a short dairy type devotional of the days leading up to his birth. We don’t know all the details of her experience, but maybe it was something like this…
Princess Warriors Battle to Forgiveness Giveaway
Tommie has graciously offered to give away a paperback copy of Princess Warriors Battle to Forgiveness. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.