Are you participating in the Singing Librarian Books Christian Fiction Summer Reading Safari? During the month of August, reading adventurers are invited to log their books and reviews for points and chances to win books and prizes from sponsoring authors. I’m so thrilled to be one of those sponsors!
It’s time to dust the cobwebs off this blog and get back to regular posting.
Not to say we’ve not had some fun visitors, most recently my friend and fellow author Jaime Jo Wright who answered some fun questions. What’s more, the WINNER of a free copy of Jaime’s latest novella collection, Of Rags and Riches, is Diane Buie! Diane and I have already touched base and she’ll be getting her copy soon. Enjoy!
I’m THRILLED to break my hiatus to bring you a super fun author interview with none other than one of my favorite writers and all around awesome person, Jaime Jo Wright. Before we get to her answers, read a little about her latest novella…
I’m not sure if it’s the pace of summer, post-book release exhaustion, or just a phase of funk. But I’m feeling called into a season of rest and recharging. So, for a short time, I’m going to be ON A BREAK from posting and most social media. I’ll check in from time to time, I’m sure, but will mostly be unplugged. Enjoy your midsummer, friends!
I can’t believe it’s been one month since Someplace Familiar released into the world! A special thank you to everyone who has shown support and encouragement for the book these last few months. It’s been a whirlwind full of some unexpected lessons, surprises, blessings, and more. I thought it would be fun to share a few highlights recapping my first book release month!
This past week was a BLAST, visiting with several bloggers and fellow authors about Someplace Familiar. There were Q&As, behind-the-scenes, interviews, favorite quotes, and much more.
It is my pleasure to turn the screen over to my guest, Amanda Everett! Amanda is a tender-hearted author I’ve had the blessing of connecting with. I’m sure you’ll find her equally delightful. Take it away, Amanda!
There’s a wonderful quote by Cassandra Clare that says, “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
How true that is! Words are powerful, and what we fill our mind with will often overflow into other areas of our lives. It’s for this reason alone I primarily read Christian fiction.
Whether or not you’re an avid reader, I think it’s safe to say that we all have at least one book which has profoundly affected our lives. Here are five of my favorite novels, in no particular order, and the ways they have influenced my walk with the Lord.
- The Glenbrooke series by Robin Jones Gunn – Secrets, book one in the Glenbrooke series, was the first contemporary Christian novel I ever read. It opened my eyes to a world of romance and the joys of God-centered relationships as I’d never seen before. Gunn’s writing gave me hope and made me raise my standards for the type of man I wanted to marry. I know some people may say that romance novels give readers unrealistic expectations, but in this case they couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, they encouraged me to hold out for a man who loves and serves the Lord whole-heartedly.
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – No other novel has made me more aware of my own sin and of God’s relentless, unconditional love than Redeeming Love. While reading this book for the first time I was smacked across the face with the many ways I run from God and all the times he pursued me when I didn’t deserve it. Any book that points out my need for a Savior is a definite favorite.
- Though None Go with Me by Jerry B. Jenkins – The heroine in this novel makes a promise to follow Christ no matter what. That’s a cliché phrase we often toss around, but what does that actually look like? Though None Go with Me showed me the power of choosing to follow Christ in the small, everyday moments and the far-reaching impact it can have on those around me. It took the concept of laying down my life to follow Christ and made it relatable to me as a woman in the present day.
- The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers – This series. Wow! It had me examining my own walk with the Lord and the way I serve others. The heroine, Hadassah, is a humbling example of what it means to love and serve others, even our enemies, as Christ loved us. I often found myself questioning whether or not I would have the same kind of faith if I was in her shoes, and that alone challenged me to dig into God’s word more. It also gives a staggering glimpse into what early Christians endured for the sake of following Christ.
- A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade – I finished reading this book a week before we became foster parents to two little ones. During the sleepless nights and heart-wrenching days that followed, when I didn’t have the energy to shower let alone read my Bible, the message of Becky’s book stayed at the forefront of my mind. God is good. I clung to those words, repeating them over and over to myself when it felt like my entire world was falling apart. While the children have since moved on, the impact A Love Like Ours had on me during that time still brings me to tears. I know God used Becky’s writing to minister to me when I didn’t have the strength to seek Him on my own.
I’ve heard people write off Christian novels as being too preachy or filled with trite clichés, or worse yet, accuse them of being irrelevant. But as Cassandra Clare said, words are powerful. God himself gave us the greatest love story ever told—written on pages and bound together for us to read. While Christian novels are no substitute for spending time in God’s word, they have the unique ability to reveal different aspects of God’s character in a way we may not have known before. As a writer, what could be greater than impacting others for Christ?
I’m curious to know, what books have most impacted your life? Tell me in the comments section below.
It’s Teresa again… Thanks to Amanda for this great post! Have you been enjoying the tour around the blog-sphere this week, chatting with other authors/bloggers about Someplace Familiar? If you’ve not visited yet, be sure to check out these posts and chances to enter the Someplace Familiar Blog Tour Giveaway!
Someplace Familiar has been out “in the wild” for over a week now, but the celebration continues! For the next week, join me and 10+ of my fellow authors and bloggers in chatting about the book. You’re invited to visit each blog on the schedule below, leave comments to join the chat, ask questions you might have about the book (I’ll be visiting and answering any questions you may post), and even enter a special giveaway. More on that at the end of this post!
BLOG TOUR PARTICIPANTS!
GIVEAWAY – WIN IT!
At the end of the blog tour, one reader will win an autographed copy of Someplace Familiar, $10 Amazon gift card, and a one-of-a-kind 8×8″ canvas painting by artist (and my sister) Cyndi Browning!
Be sure to visit each post throughout the week (check my Facebook page for links each day) for more chances to enter.
I can’t wait to chat with you all about the book! Have a question? Post it below or visit each stop along the tour and see if I answer what you’re wondering about.
This is going to be fun!!!
I’m going to keep this short and sweet…because my excitement is making it hard to sit still long enough to type. It’s the BOOK BIRTHDAY of my very first novel (and certainly not the last). Someplace Familiar is officially OUT IN THE WILD and available for purchase!!!! You can get your paperback and eBook copies at Amazon!
Know that it’s my prayer that this book touches each and every reader in a special way with a message of God’s grace, love, hope, and the power of forgiveness and new beginnings. I sure hope you experience just that!
I’m also super excited to announce the WINNER of the big Book Birthday Giveaway – including a Kindle Fire, autographed copy of the book, Amazing Grace necklace, book sleeve, and more. The lucky winner is ALLY SWANSON! Ally, watch for an email from me with details!
You may now carry on with your originally scheduled daily activities. LOL