By Lisa Samson
Hello! I'm Patti Lacy, a displaced Southerner who has watched God gather with loving hands the shards and bits of my life--Christian, mother, wife, teacher, writer, daughter, sister, neighbor, and, as of today, BLOGGER! We 21st century women integrate so many roles in our Work in Progress. But God, our master artist, will fashion our perfect design...if we'll let Him take control. Like a kaleidoscope, our design can morph into breathtaking new patterns. As long as He's rotating that eyepiece, it's okay!
Since I'm a writer, I inhale books under the theory that good reading leads to good fiction! If your idea of writing is slapping out a to-do list or nailing a "clean this room now" note on your kids' bedroom door, you can still benefit from Christian fiction. How?
A good book can whisk you, like Calgon Bath Beads, off a ratty couch and transport you to a dazzling beach. A good book can spark gray cells dulled by the tedium of a 9:00 to 5:00 day. Has your circle of significant others gotten dingy, even with your rose-colored glasses? A good book will introduce you to exotic princesses or slumdogs or the neighbor next door...who's hiding a dark secret.
Ladies, I've found not one but fourteen good books for you, written by Lisa Samson, "artisan of hope." Now DON'T click that mouse quite yet! I'm NOT reviewing all of Lisa's books (though I'd like to.) With the blog bytes left, let me introduce you to The Passion of Mary Margaret, a book so well-crafted, so poignant, so full of questions--and answers--it has carved out a niche in my heart, my mind, my soul.
When word filters through the tight-knit community that Jude has disappeared into the promiscuous alleys of Baltimore's red light district, Mary-Margaret prays for his soul but resumes her path to sisterhood. Jude drags home, infected with syphilis and hopelessness. Only Jesus' daring plan can rescue Jude--but it will cost Mary-Margaret her safety. Dare she leave all she ever knows and thinks she wants for a chance at reckless, life-changing love?
Oh, friends, this book will stretch your views of Christianity. Of sacrifice. Like Shane Claiborne's Irresistible Revolution, The Passion of Mary-Margaret yanks away pretense to explore the "death to self" that Jesus demands. And battles rage between Mary-Margaret's physicial and spiritual appetites, between God and Satan, between literary writing and story-telling.
The Passion of Mary-Margaret embraces diversity, explores reality, and pushes faith's limits while exalting Jesus Christ as Maker, Redeemer, Defender, and Friend. Samson's book transported me to exotic Africa, to an East Coast lighthouse, to dark and nasty places, and I never left my home in Normal, Illinois. By eavesdropping on Mary Margaret's mystical conversations with Jesus, I examined the way I talk to God. Through her book, Lisa spurred me to create a more breathtaking design--that I can one day present to the God who helped me shape it. Christian fiction can do the same things for you, dear readers! So....get ready to design. Ready, set...grow!
If you’d like to be entered to win The Passion of Mary-Margaret, just leave a comment on this blog. Please leave an email address so we can contact you if you're the winner (include spaces or brackets around the "@" sign so Net spiders, etc, can't phish your address). We'll pick a winner at random on September 21. Remember, all comments left today will also be entered in our grand prize drawing on November 1st.
For more about Lisa Samson, visit http://www.lisasamson.com/.
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Congratulations to Sandee! You won a copy of The Passion of Mary-Margaret! The rest of you bookies, hurry on over to the giveaway of Francine Rivers' novels. And thanks to all of you for stopping by!