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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's Listed!

It was a pretty wonderful moment when I found my book listed on the "Coming Soon" page of my publisher's website.  The official release date is April 1, 2010, but you can check their website for pre-ordering information.

A big thanks to my editor, to the Lord who really owns the truths in this study and to my own sisters in faith for whom  I'm so grateful. 

Here's the official blurb:

God has monogrammed His beauty on you. Beauty attracts us, because it is the visible imprint of God's image on His daughters.

Your Father delights in you.

In this volume of the Sisters in Faith Bible Studies, you will meet several women who embraced their God-given desire to be beautiful, as well as God's command to live a holy life. As you share and grow together with sisters in Christ, you, too, will be empowered to resist our culture's destructive beauty messages and embrace God's heart of love for His daughters.

For more info, visit Wesleyan Publishing House/Reflecting Beauty

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Double Take ~ an exciting new novel from Jenness Walker

I'm pleased to announce that Steeple Hill has just released a novel of romantic suspense written by my friend, Jenness Walker.

Cole Leighton can barely believe his eyes. A woman on his bus has just been abducted—in an exact reflection of a scene from the bestselling novel he’s reading. Someone is bringing the book to life…and isn’t above forcing an innocent woman to follow the story to its tragic end. Using the novel as his playbook, Cole catches up with the beautiful victim—but rescuing Kenzie Jacobs doesn’t keep her safe for long. The killer is writing his own ending, and none of the twists and turns lead to happily ever after.

Jenness Walker has loved to read and create stories since she was a little girl.  She is happiest when dreaming up a new plot or crafting a new character, but she also enjoys decorating and taking roadtrips with her husband and web-designer husband, Jason.

Jenness lives in Florida where she occasionally takes a break from writing to indulge in a strawberry smoothie or delight in a deli sub lunch by the water.  One day she hopes to own an Infiniti G-35 Sports Coupe with shiny chrome rims, but in the meantime, she gets a kick out of old books and sepia-toned pictures and of course, spending lots of time with her friend Hyacinth--yes, her laptop has a name. 

Jenness' debut novel, Double Take, has just been released from Steeple Hill.  Look for it at your local Walmart or favorite bookstore or click the book icon in the upper right corner to visit Jenness' website.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Guest Article

I discovered the following article while doing some research for some writing I am doing. I think this lady has captured something significant here--there were so many women unnamed in the Bible who lived and breathed and experienced wonderful things. It made me see them from a different persepctive. I hop you will enjoy it too and will be challenged to think of yourself, as Ms. Donahue says, as an "ingredient woman" used in God's recipe for history.     -- VQ

Nameless Women of the Bible

(Mentioned "Between the Lines")

by Lois Donahue
The last group is by far the largest because it encompasses the remaining, legitimate, unnamed women who existed ‘between the lines’ of the Bible. They were part of that same majority of people who live day-to-day during any given historical time-frame -- the kind of people usually lumped together in the overused expression ‘great masses’ or, worse yet, so often grossly underrated and mistakenly described as ‘ordinary’. In reality, of course, these are the people who are an absolute necessity in ‘making history’ but, in most instances, overlooked in recording it. This does not mean we intentionally overlook these particular Bible women - we know they were there - we just need to be reminded - we need to occasionally ‘bring them to life’. First, by realizing that they were as diverse as we are - in size and shape and disposition and personality and temperament; but even more importantly, by making an effort to extract them from the homogenized crowd and think of them as individuals. After all, let’s face facts by using the following examples. At any given moment during the Bible time slot, there was an actual living, breathing woman who most likely --

- feared for her life as the flood waters rose -

- was a neighbor to Lot and his family in Sodom -

- also laughed at the possibility of Sarah getting pregnant at her age -

- had calloused hands from working as a slave in Egypt -

- walked on dry land through the Red Sea with a child in her arms -

- had a relative who fought with Joshua at Jericho-

- had dry and wrinkled skin from the desert sun --

- worked as a servant for Elizabeth and was there when Mary visited -

- saw her infant son killed because Herod was paranoid -

- asked Joseph to make her a table -

- lived in Nazareth and watched Jesus grow up -

- drank wine at the Cana wedding -

- got too old to carry water from the well -

 knew personally one of the lepers Jesus cured -

- cleaned and cooked fish caught in the Sea of Galilee -

- questioned her son about the missing barley loaves and dried fish -

- knew her husband paid his taxes to Matthew -

- sat in the shade of one of Gethsemani’s olive trees -

- on a hot day sat with her feet in the cool water of the Jordan River -

- waved palms when Jesus entered Jerusalem -

- helped prepare food for the meal we now call the “Last Supper” -

- shouted “crucify him!” -

- was frightened by that Friday afternoon “eclipse of the sun” -

- lived on after Jesus died -

- stayed in a tent made by Paul -

- cried when she heard Stephen had been stoned to death -

- at some point had to decide - remain Jew or become ‘Christian’?

I hope the above sampling of women from this final group will help you think of other women, just as real, who, for whatever reason, have been ‘overlooked’.

Here at the end I would like to repeat the quote I used at the very beginning of this two-parter on Bible women, “people are the ingredients from which history is made”. I hope it will always be remembered that women who lived in Bible times as well as each of us and all those women yet to come -- whether they are a ‘pinch-of’, a ‘teaspoon-of’, a ‘cup-of’ or a ‘quart-of’ -- are all “ingredient women” obviously chosen by God to be part of what we might think of as His “recipe” for history.

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