Friday, June 29, 2012
Author Michelle McKinney Hammond, 'No Matter the Situation, There's Opportunity for Joy'

Author Michelle McKinney Hammond, 'No Matter the Situation, There's Opportunity for Joy'

Michelle McKinney Hammond has been incredibly busy writing two books that were recently released. Hammond is the author of "A Woman's Gotta Do What a Woman's Gotta Do" and "How to be Happy Where You Are" and took some time to speak with The Christian Post about her passion for writing and finding joy no matter the situation.

"I do a lot of women's conferences and inevitably met up with the women afterwards and shared questions with one another. Really, that's where the idea of the books came from, from the conversations that I had with these women," Hammond explained.

In "How to be Happy," Hammond examines the story of the Shunammite woman, a story that is incredibly relevant in today's society. "People get stuck on what they don't have and it paralyzes them … I thought she was a great example of continuing to live … She chose to still be charitable, be hospitable and cared about someone other than herself," Hammond said.

"It's so easy to be self-involved when we become busy. Of course, the cycle of fulfillment is something relevant: we want something, we finally get it, and then we want something else. The question is whether you love God even when you don't get what you want," she added.

Most authors would not release two books within one month of each other, which is an incredibly daunting task. Hammond, however, said she could not see herself doing anything other than writing. Writing is a way of life for the author and public speaker.

If there's one additional message Hammond would like to share, it is this: "Life isn't always as out of control as it may seem to be."

"I'm convinced that God sees it all," she explained. "It has to get past His desk, and He uses it for the good, if we allow him to! I think sometimes we get into the 'why me' syndrome instead of asking God, 'What do you need [or] want to get out of this situation?' No matter what the situation is, there is always the opportunity for joy."

Both of Hammond's books, along with several other titles, are available now.


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