Books that Inspired Us
by Gina Welborn
April. Come join with me in celebrating National Welding Month! No? Well, I figured relishing in the magic of manipulating metal for a whole month would be too much for you, so why don't you try these one-day events since April Fool's Day has passed us by:
National PB&J Day (2nd), Tell a Lie Day (4th), Draw a Picture of a Bird Day (8th) , Eight-Track Tape Day (11th), Big Wind Day (12th), Rubber Eraser Day (15th), Blah Blah Blah Day (17th), National Zucchini Bread Day (23nd), and National Honesty Day (30th), which just so happens also to be National Hairstyle Appreciation Day. (For more days to celebrate, click here.) What other month can you begin with lying and end with honesty?
While you are pondering what to wear on Tweed Day (3rd) and Look Alike Day (20th), please enjoy perusing this list of backlist books that inspired some of my favorite Christian fiction authors:
|Bethany House 2008|
Check out Amanda's newest release, Tomorrow’s Garden, Revell.
Harriet Kirk is certain that becoming the new schoolteacher in Ladreville, Texas is just what she needs—a chance to put the past behind her and give her younger siblings a brighter tomorrow. What she didn’t count on was the presence of handsome former Texas Ranger Lawrence Wood—or the way he affects her fragile heart. But can Harriet and Lawrence ever truly conquer the past in order to find happiness? Book 3 in the Texas Dreams series, Tomorrow’s Garden is a powerful story of overcoming the odds and grabbing hold of happiness.
Camy writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is her humorous romance series (Sushi for One?, Only Uni, and Single Sashimi) and her romantic suspenses, Deadly Intent and Formula for Danger. Visit her website at http://www.camytang.com/ and join her quarterly newsletter YahooGroup!
|Bethany House, repackaged 2009|
Christine writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories. Her debut novel, Shadowed in Silk, is set in India during a turbulent era. Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj was seeded from stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India. Shadowed in Silk won the 2009 ACFW Genesis for Historical under the title, Unveiled. The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. It’s a special time in her life as she and her husband enjoy the empty nest, but also the noise and fun when the kids and grandkids come home. Like a lot of writers, her cat is her chief editor.
|Love Inspired 2007|
Elizabeth is a 2010 Heart of Excellence Reader's Choice Award winner for her novel, Learning to Let Go, White Rose Press. For a free read of Elizabeth's novella, Cross My Heart, click here.
|Tyndale, repackage 2009|
Have you read yet Julie's latest release, A Hope Undaunted, Revell? Hope to it!
The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?
LAURALEE BLISS :: "The non-fiction book I found truly inspiring and faith-filled during a very dark time is Holding Fast: The Untold Story of the Mount Hood Tragedy by Karen James. It is hard to imagine the awful circumstances Karen James was forced to endure at the loss of her husband in a climbing accident on Mt Hood, but she has done well portraying it in this book. I liked very much how she wrote about the incident. The first part deals with the unending rescue and painful wait. The second part is the loss itself. And lastly, she paints a picture of what she believes happened during her husband Kelly's last days on the mountain. But what I found inspiring was her spiritual insights. It's hard to comprehend how one can continue in their faith after enduring such a terrible event and loss of a beloved spouse, but Karen's enduring faith is the real triumph over this tragedy. It is the light we can all cling to when life sometimes delvers us only darkness.
Lauralee is a multi-published author of over 20 books and an avid hiker, having completed the Appalachian Trail northbound and 90% of it southbound. Her next book, a Quaker Christmas novella entitled "A Crossroad to Love" is slated for release September, 2011. Visit her at http://www.lauraleebliss.com
LAURIE ALICE EAKES :: "Well, this is going to sound odd to some people, four little books got me headed back on the path to the Lord. I don’t even remember the names of all four, but do remember the names of two and the author of one. Drewry’s Bluff by Loree Lough and Dream Chasers, whose author I can’t recall. Both were Heartsongs published around 1997. I read them because I’d met Loree and liked her book. The message was plain and straightforward and just what I needed at the time. After that, I sought more Christian fiction and, though I read little of it, what I did read impacted my spirit until I began to follow Christ again. Those two books stand out as the beginning of my journey back. Getting called to write Christian fiction seemed quite natural to me when it came, and I am honored to have that first book in the Christian market published by the Heartsong Presents imprint.
Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added a novella to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and three of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. Her 3-in-1 collection, Jersey Brides, is available now!
Check out Margaret's April 2011 release, Trail of Lies, available now!
As the mother of a beautiful daughter and the wife of a wealthy entrepreneur, Melora Hudson seemed happy. No one knew about the secrets hidden behind closed doors—secrets Melora was forced to keep. Now, two years after her husband’s disappearance, the truth may be exposed. His body has been found, and everyone has questions. Texas Ranger Daniel Boone Riley comes to find answers and stays to protect the woman and child who win his heart. But the terror of Melora’s past isn’t over. Her late husband’s old “associates” want her to carry his secrets to her grave.
P.A. BAINES :: "Of late I have been trying to broaden my reading horizons, sampling such delights as What is Art? by Leo Tolstoy (his description of a dress-rehearsal in progress is simply brilliant) and Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo et al. (a wonderfully simple description of Heaven as seen through the eyes of a child). Along the way I encountered an award-winning novella that was spoiled by a gratuitous stab at the Christian world-view, and a novel written from a Christian perspective that contained just a single reference to God that was so out of place it actually spoiled the story. There is, however, one book that stuck with me and made me see the world a little bit differently. It is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer which tells the story of a nine-year-old Oskar Schell trying to come to terms with the loss of his dad during the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. The story is told from Oskar's point of view and follows his attempts to learn more about a mysterious key hidden in a vase that belonged to his father. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first. Oskar is bright and energetic (almost annoyingly so), and constantly coming up with weird inventions (the purposes of which become apparent as the book progresses). It wrenched my heart and, although not my favorite in terms of style, it changed how I looked at the world. By the time I had finished the book, I knew I would not easily forget Oskar Schell and his quest to make sense of the madness that robbed him of his father on that terrible day."
Gina says :: I highly recommend Paul's thrilling sci-fi, Alpha Redemption! I bought it because the premise fascinated me. Worth every penny I spent!
When Brett loses everything in a tragic accident, he gladly accepts an invitation to take part in a prototype speed-of-light trip to Alpha Centauri, knowing that he may not survive. His only companion is the ship's on-board computer, Jay. At first he finds Jay an annoyance but, as time passes, the two become friends. With the voyage drawing to a close, Jay develops a sense of self-awareness and a belief in God. When it becomes clear that they cannot both survive the return trip, one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Alpha Redemption is published through Splashdown Books.
RONIE KENDIG :: "I’ve read a lot of books and enjoyed them but the book that has most directly impacted me is Jim Rubart’s Rooms. Jim writes what I call 'living books,' because no matter where you are in your life, there is something in his stories that directly impact me. This happened with Rooms, because God used that to teach me a very deep and beautiful revelation about writing for our Audience of One. When I feel myself thrashing over my sales numbers, not winning awards, or feeling like a bottom-feeder, God reminds me Who I am writing for and why-simply to give Him the pleasure of seeing me use the gift He gave me!"
Ronie has a BS in Psychology and is a wife, mother of four, and avid writer. Her novels include an espionage thriller, Dead Reckoning and a military series that focuses on PTSD and our heroes: The Discarded Heroes series. NIGHTSHADE, Digitalis, Wolfsbane (7/2011), and Firethorn (1/2012). In addition to speaking engagements, Ronie is a monthly columnist at the award-winning blog, Novel Journey. Ronie can be found online at www.roniekendig.com or at www.discardedheroes.com.
QUESTION OF THE DAY :: What book have you read (recently or years ago) that impacted or resonated with you? Can be fiction or non-fiction.
Gina Welborn worked in news radio scripting copy until she took up writing romances. She is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. As a member of RWA and ACFW, she’s an active contest judge and coordinator. Her inspirational historical manuscripts have also finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, Duel on the Delta, Dixie, and Maggie contests. This Oklahoma-raised girl now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her youth-pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, and a Sharpador Retriever who doesn’t retrieve much of anything. Her first novella, “Sugarplum Hearts,” part of the HIGHLAND CROSSINGS anthology, will be released by Barbour in January 2012.