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I discovered a few new Christian fiction authors last year. One of my new favorites is Lisa Wingate. A highlight of my Pinterest life was when she not only noticed that I had one of her books pinned on my Book Board, she liked it and re-pinned it! Lisa Wingate is a very generous author. She promotes other writers on the Tyndale House blog she helps maintain, on her Facebook page, and on Southern BelleView Daily. That generosity appeals to me. I like the recommendations that are made for other authors I have yet to meet. I also like this spirit of sharing new authors with her fans, and sharing her fans with other authors. Did that make sense? Read it again and see if you can make it come straight. Got it? Okay.
In December I was reading the blog and was introduced to Jolina Petersheim. This lady writes Plain fiction. Plain as in Old-Order Mennonite. I like Plain fiction but I am VERY picky about it. So far the only authors I really enjoy are Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall. I've tried others, and haven't been able to finish most of them because they are so poorly written. I was a little uncertain about trying another one, but decided to risk it. The first book, The Outcast, is touted as a modern-day re-telling of The Scarlet Letter. I don't care for modern-day re-tellings as a general rule, but I decided to forge ahead anyway. I am glad I did! I enjoyed this first book so much that a) I finished it and b) I already have the next book, The Midwife, ordered from our library.
A day or two after I ordered it from our library, I was back on the Southern BelleView Daily blog and read that Jolina Petersheim's husband was going through a health crisis (she shares the story on her blog), and I began to pray. It is interesting to connect with an author. I think that connecting through prayer is one of the best possible connections to have. Having had this opportunity to pray for Jolina and her family has been a good reminder to me to pray for other authors I read and enjoy. Sometimes we have the privilege of praying over a crisis that is shared through a blog or a Facebook post. Sometimes we have the privilege of praying over something that the Holy Spirit whispers to us. Sometimes we are able to pray over the family who are keeping the house going while Mom or Dad finish up the latest book. Sometimes we can pray that the book itself will be what God wants it to be, and will honor Him and reflect Him clearly to the world.
In a small and peculiar way, I get to be a part of something I love;
A new good book!