Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
I hope you’re up and ready for today’s Takeover Tuesday author, Linda Shenton Matchett! Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat with her!
Strength in Our Weakness
World War II was a pivotal time in U.S. history for lots of reasons, but one of the major impacts of the war was on the role of women. Prior to then, women were protected and provided for by the men in their lives: fathers, husbands, or brothers. It was assumed that women were limited in their capabilities, so they were precluded from many opportunities. Women who went outside the cultural norms and struck out on their own were considered anomalies who were alternately criticized or ignored. Then came the war during which women proved they were more than qualified.
As more and more of the WII generation pass away, efforts are being made to capture these people’s stories through interviews, memoirs, biographies, and documentaries. To prepare for writing Murder of Convenience, I watched a plethora of interviews of women who volunteered and served in the numerous organizations available them at the time, focusing on USO hostesses.
What struck me most about these women is that they didn’t feel they had much to offer, but chose to step forward anyway. They raised their hands saying, “I don’t know how you can use me, but here I am.” Many were excited to join the workforce to gain new skills that gave them confidence and poise, but others would have been just as happy to stay home and run the household. However, knowing their country needed them, they set aside their personal desires and took jobs or volunteer positions.
Writing Murder of Convenience got me to thinking how I often limit my service opportunities to those with which I’m most comfortable. Not a terrible thing, but perhaps obstructing God on the places He can use me. Sometimes, He calls us to a task, and we make all kinds of excuses as to why we’re not qualified, forgetting that He is strong in our weakness.
What weakness will you allow God to use for His glory?
About the Author
Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library. Click here to receive the free short story Love’s Bloom a prequel to Love’s Harvest when you sign up for her newsletter.
About the Book
May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have arranged for her, only to wind up as the number one suspect in her betrothed’s murder investigation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she must find the real killer before she loses her sight…or is convicted for a crime she didn’t commit.
Set in the early days of America’s entry into WWII and featuring cameo appearances from Hollywood stars, Murder of Convenience is a tribute to individuals who served on the home front, especially those who did so in spite of personal difficulties, reminding us that service always comes as a result of sacrifice. Betrayal, blackmail, and a barrage of unanswered questions… Murder of Convenience is the first in the exciting new “Women of Courage” series.
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