This week’s author interview is with Christina Fox. She is the author of upcoming book, Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I grew up in Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. I went to Covenant College in undergrad where I studied sociology and then Palm Beach Atlantic University, where I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology. I met my husband at Covenant College, and we’ve been married 23 years. We have two boys, ages 14 and 11, both of whom I’ve homeschooled the last eight years.
My passion is to help women apply the gospel to their everyday lives. I have done that through discipleship ministry, teaching Bible studies, writing articles and books, and speaking at women’s retreats/conferences. I currently serve on the PCA’s national women’s ministry team as Regional Advisor of the Southeast and as editor of the enCourage blog.
I love writing, reading, traveling, hiking, and antiquing. I recently started taking seminary classes at RTS.
- What inspired you to write this book?
I think writers often write the book they want to read and Sufficient Hope is that book for me. It’s the book I needed when I had my oldest son. Motherhood is a wonderful role and privilege and is filled with great joy, but at the same time, it’s also hard. It challenges us in our greatest weaknesses. It reveals our insufficiencies. It stretches us beyond what we think we are capable. And it’s there where the gospel meets us. I wanted to help moms see how the truths of the gospel—of who Jesus is and what he came to do—intersects with their everyday life as moms. Both in the joys and challenges, the easy days and hard days, the gospel is sufficient to give them hope. I also love to write prayers and I wrote gospel focused prayers for each chapter of the book, encouraging moms to pray through the gospel in their prayer life.
- Do you have a specific spot where you enjoy writing most?
As a mom who wears many hats and is busy juggling multiple responsibilities, I write wherever I can. I do have an office where I prefer to write and where all my books keep me company, but I also write in a notebook while sitting on the bleachers during basketball practice or in a coffee shop or in the school room. I’ve learned to be flexible both in where I write and in how much time I have to write.
- What book are you reading now?
I’m always reading multiple books at one time. Because I’m in a seminary class right now, I’m reading What is Reformed Theology by R.C. Sproul, Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence, and Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper. I’m also reading a forthcoming book about suffering for endorsement. I love mysteries and am currently reading a mystery that takes place in Italy. I’m also going through Tim Keller’s devotional on Proverbs with my boys.
- What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
It’s an interesting question, because the two are related. My greatest fear in writing is that I would write something theologically wrong. The toughest criticisms have been when someone has either pointed out an error—and I get frustrated with myself for not spotting it—or when someone misread or misinterpreted something that I didn’t intend to say. I’ve learned to read and reread what I’ve written, looking for things that aren’t clear or things that could be interpreted different ways. That’s why I love and need my editors! The best compliment came earlier this year when a reader described me as “a female R.C. Sproul.”
- Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I go to bed looking forward to it the next morning. I love dark roast from a French Press.
- If you have a favorite book of the Bible, what is it and why?
I love the Psalms. The counselor in me loves how they give voice to our emotions and help us learn to bring our sorrows and fears to God in lament. I love their brutal honesty, their poetic metaphors, and how they remind me of the goodness and faithfulness of God. And I love how they point me to Christ, the One who meets and fulfills all the cries of my heart.
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