Monday, November 5, 2012

Staci Stallings' "To Protect & Serve"

Love as a Verb
My newest series is called The Courage Series (To Protect & Serve, White Knight, and For Real, which comes out the end of this week). The Courage Series revolves around a firefighter who becomes kind of the center-pin for a whole group of friends. In the course of the three novels, the characters again and again face situations that call for great courage.

However, many times when we think of courage, we tend to think of dangerous situations--fires, wrecks, etc. There are certainly enough of those portrayed in the three books, but I think by the third one (For Real) we begin to see a different kind of courage called for--the courage to love with your whole heart, to be "all in" with someone and to love no matter what.

That's a tough one because most of us have learned the art of loving when it's convenient, when it's easy. We have friends who seem great until we need something, and then they disappear. "Fair-weather" friends. But this series really points out that real friends aren't just there when things are good. Real friends are there particularly when things get rough.

When life keeps throwing curveballs meant to take you out, that's when you need friends the most--and when you, as a friend, need to be there for others the most. This is really hard, and it requires having a verb kind of love, not just a noun kind of love.

See, the noun kind of love is all hearts and flowers and champagne. It's going out to party together, celebrating, having fun. But the verb kind of love is the part that happens after the end of the movie. The part you have to step into when he loses his job or she loses her health.

It's the part that society doesn't like to focus on--the being there for someone when the chips are down and they have been stomped on by this thing called life. It's showing up when someone close to them has died and being willing to be there, with them, through the trials and the tears, through the heartache and the healing. That's the verb kind of love, and it takes immense courage.

It's the kind of courage that The Courage Series is ultimately about. Having the courage to live love, to be love, to give love--when it's easy, and when doing so might just tear your heart right out.

I think the challenge of this series is first to show the reader what the verb kind of love is, what it looks like with this set of friends, and then it challenges you to live the verb kind of love. The question is: Do you have the courage that will take?

Copyright Staci Stallings, 2012

Staci Stallings, the author of this article, is a Contemporary Christian author and the founder of Grace &a Faith Author Connection. Check out Staci's brand new release...

Houston firefighter, Jeff Taylor is a fireman's fireman. No situation is too dangerous to keep him sidelined if lives are on the line. However, when control freak Lisa Matheson falls for him, she quickly realizes she can't control Jeff or the death wish he seems to have...

To Protect & Serve
The Courage Series, Book 1
To save other's lives, they will risk their own

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-Cindy Reiger


  1. Your 'To Protect and Serve' new book sounds like a real page turner! Thank you for the free book drawing! God bless you, Dawn

  2. Staci your book To Protect and Serve sounds very interesting. To have the courage to protect and serve is something I do know if I have or not. I am very protective of my family and I do love to serve others. I need to read this book and see if I am on the right track! I would be delighted to win a copy.

  3. thanks for the chance to read this story

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  4. So glad you all stopped by. Good luck in the drawing!

  5. thanks for the chance to win

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  6. I have the utmost respect for Firefighters.

    I would love to read TO PROTECT AND SERVE thank you.


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  8. "Protect and Serve" sounds like just the kind of book that is a page turner and I love to read. Thank you for the opportunity!


  9. Staci, I enjoyed the interview about this book. My twin sons are firemen. What really drew my attention was what you said about the meaning of real love/friendship. I know all about that. It's sad when you're really in need and you find out just who your friends are. I look forward to reading your book. I thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. I wish you all the best with it.
    Thank you, Tracey Krieg