What’s Your Dream?
Dreams are tough. Hard to define. Hard to achieve. Costly. Time consuming.
Yet dreams are worth our time and our effort.
I had several dreams growing up. But the one that surfaced the most and stuck around the longest was to write novels.
In ’93, as I approached my first wedding anniversary, the Lord tugged on my heart to quit my day job. My well paying day job, mind you, with benefits. Little did I know the Lord was whispering the same thing to my husband.
I thought I’d quit and work with him in ministry. Maybe have a baby or two. Instead, I stepped up my reading of the exploding Christian Fiction Market and in ’94, I started my first novel, a WW 2 epic set on the Aleutian Islands.
The book was never published in complete form, though aspects of it showed up in my book, Love Starts With Elle.
See, my whole life I’d been telling stories. Playing make believe with my friends. Creating 4,254 diary entries, pouring out my heart, detailing my life.
Thinking and imagining on the long drives from Tallahassee to Ohio State University where I studied Journalism.
I wrote stories in my heart while traveling all over America as well as Australia, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Ireland and Canada in my post college job as a software trainer.
Growing up Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Florida and being the second oldest girl of five children, stories formed in my heart. Next came my married life, decades of youth ministry, leading worship and helping other writers as a writing coach… Every aspect of my life is the underlying tapestry of my novels.
You see, everything is… story.
Yet, what really moves my heart is the pure power of story itself. One reader wrote to me and said, “I work at a bridal boutique and after reading The Wedding Dress, I’m going to change the way I do my job. I’m going to see each bride as beautiful and unique.”
This reader incorporated the power of story in her real life!
When the disciples asked Jesus, “Explain what you mean,” he answered, “Let me tell you a story.”
Since I started writing full time in ’04, I’ve discovered dreams are best realized when running in partnership with a living God. And I’ve never looked back.
So what’s your dream? Whatever it is, partner with the living Lord.
What Others Are Saying…
“Rachel Hauck’s stories are filled with twists and turns that leave the reader breathless and longing for more. She … stirs hearts for God.”
Debbie Macomber – #1 NYT bestselling author
“I have become the biggest Rachel Hauck fan! Not only from working with her in writing my books, but just reading her stand-alone novels! She is truly so smart, witty and seems to have a direct insight to human nature and our emotions. She knows the right things to say that always confirm what I’m feeling, and I’m sure many many others too!”
Award-winning, multiplatinum recording artist Sara Evans
“Hauck writes with an authenticity that is hard to find.”
My first novel was published in 2004, and since then my books have won awards, hit bestseller lists and hopefully helped readers escape into worlds where they can breathe in the fragrance of Jesus’s love. My hope is my novels take what is true in heaven and imitate it here on earth, in the form of story.
My prayer is that you will know true JOY and the pleasure of your dreams coming to life! And if my stories can ease your heart for just a moment from what ever load life is laying on you, then I am honored and blessed.
My Favorite Things
• Watching the Buckeyes and college football. It’s a “season” in our house.
• Worship/Singing (I’m the worship leader at our church)
• Movies (like Remember The Titans, The Proposal, Notting Hill, It’s a Wonderful Life)
• Love stories (real and made up!)
• A good prayer meeting!
• Family and friends – the spice of life.
I think people are fascinating. Which means I think you are fascinating. I loved hearing personal stories of romance, tragedy and triumph, hope, and doubt, sorrows and joys. So I’d love to hear your story if you care to write. You can reach me here.