Since giving her live to God more than 30 years ago, Lisa M. Wolfe has faithfully obeyed God’s direction for her life. She instills this same virtue in the female characters in her fictional books. Journal of a Lifetime, her debut novel, is the first in Wolfe’s Journal of Love series. Her other publishing credits include several fitness guides and stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Wolfe’s goal is to inspire readers with hope for their future. When not writing, Wolfe homeschools her two children, trains fitness clients, teaches karate and participates in various activities at church.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The inspiration for this book came after my Nana passed. I found her travel journal in the back of her closet. The trip in the book Journal of a Lifetime is based on a trip my Nana took. It helped me maintain a connection and learn more about the places she traveled.
Tell us about your book – who are the main characters, what is the theme, how does it relate to readers?
The strong female character in the book is a role model for women. Lindsey follows God’s direction and trusts Him with all her decisions. She takes care of herself and does not need to depend on anyone, but God.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
When I wrote this book, I felt that God was working through me. He gave me the words, the inspiration and the characters. I followed His lead and hopefully, communicated what He wanted me to say.
Tell us how you merge your faith and the craft of writing.
God has given me many opportunities to merge my faith with my daily life. I teach fitness classes at my church. I was a part of a Christian strength team as a female role model for young women. Writing is another chance to combine two of my favorite things and reach many people with His words of inspiration.
What is your favorite motivational phrase or Scripture?
My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, which I used in the book. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Being a Christian is about trusting that God has good plans—no matter what. In the middle of the worst day, to trust that He is in control. That I am in a traffic jam for a reason, etc., lets me remain relaxed. I trust Him that I am right where I’m supposed to be.