Interview with Lori Morrison, Author of The Greatest of These

03 Mar 2020

What can you tell us about your new release, The Greatest of These?

It was a story desperate to be told because, even though I was in mourning for my husband who had just passed away, I felt strongly compelled to write it. It’s about a family tragedy which became the catalyst for a deeper faith, for standing against abuse and for reconciliation of a broken marriage. What happened clearly demonstrates that the greatest love means sacrifice of self.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

The extraordinary story inspired me to write. The great amount of suffering I was experiencing made it feel necessary. The sparks to actually push forward with it came in stages but the first thing was conversations I had with a work colleague during that time. I found out that he was a published author of poetry and, with his encouragement, I decided to try my hand at writing poetry.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

A Dog’s Life by Ann M Martin

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fray by Rachel Joyce

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing is that you can get lost in it. Finding the exact right words to capture depth of feeling for things that are difficult to talk about is like a release valve.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work at a full time day job in an office so that takes up most of my energy and I still have my 20 something daughter living with me and a dog so they are part of my day along with trying to spread the word about this book.

What scene in The Greatest of These was your favorite to write?

My favorite scenes to write were in the final chapter where I am reunited emotionally with my husband, after he did the most unexpected thing – standing up to his father’s abuse of me and him with a single word and while sitting in his wheelchair.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

C.S. Lewis was right in saying that the longings of the heart can’t be met by the things of this world. Even though we chase after that thing we long for whether it be a relationship, money, power or a career etc., even after attaining these things, the reality of it often disappoints.

If you find yourself disillusioned and at the end of your own strength in this life, you can be assured of what I found for myself; if you go to God in humility and honesty, He will meet you where you are because He really does care about you and wants you to invite Him into your life.

Lori Morrison is the author of the new book The Greatest of These.

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