It’s been quiet in this corner for a lot of reasons.
- End of school year madness. Why does it surprise me every year?
- Loss of a dear, dear friend
- Tom’s travel schedule
- Co leading a small group study with Tom
- Oh, and I’m releasing ENGAGED this month!
ENGAGED is the third book in the Surrendering Time Series. ENTRUSTED was about surrendering the present. ENTANGLED was about surrendering the past. ENGAGED? You guessed it. Surrendering the future.
I loved ENTRUSTED, but the process was a challenge because it was new and I was full of doubt. I did not love ENTANGLED. The story has been a favorite with readers, but I couldn’t relate to Carla, so it made the writing process difficult. I struggled more with doubt. The second book syndrome is real.
ENGAGED has been fun to write. It brings back some humor and sass that I had in ENTRUSTED and carries a theme I know too well. Surrendering your dreams for God’s plans.
I’ll share more as time is closer, but for now, there is a chance for one US winner to win a signed copy of ENGAGED.
Visit Patti’s Porch and leave a comment on the post. Of course, you need to read the post. It’s a good story, and all true. I’ll never forget how that all came together. Only God.
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It’s a pleasure to introduce you to The Writing Sisters, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers. Not only is their video the book trailer of the week on my right sidebar, but their first adult book, The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances, releases today.
Shortly before suffering a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote the simple but powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper to give to her wayward and confused son.The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . . As she loses consciousness from her injuries, she wonders if she’s done enough with her life.
When a lonely dry-cleaning employee finds Kate’s humble, handwritten copy of the psalm, it begins an incredible journey around the world, forever changing the lives of twelve very different people. From a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing with her family to Turkey, to a Kenyan runner about to begin the Rome Invitational Marathon, the power of the ancient words begins to take shape in various ways, drawing us into these stories inexplicably linked by the passing of the psalm from one recipient to the next.
Betsy and Laurie are natural storytellers. They place readers right in the scene from the first sentence and give a journey, courtesy of the 23rd Psalm, written on a paper, to travel the world. Twelve people experience aspects of the Psalm from a wounded solider to a Kurdish girl to a family impacted by a car accident. Each story fit the verse without being forced. I loved how they brought the story back to the beginning by updating on Kate and her son that walked away from God.
This is a read that stays with you because each chapter is vivid and gripping. It’s hard to believe this is their first adult book because the characters and writing were top-notch. I encourage you to watch the book trailer to learn about the authors. Their story is fascinating.
I think you’ll find The Shepherd’s Song fascinating, too. I look forward to more from the Writing Sisters.
Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God moves and changes lives through even our smallest actions.
To purchase The Shepherd’s Song, click here.
I received a copy of The Shepherd’s Song from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.