The story is getting good reviews from 70 year-old men to 12 year-old girls. It’s available through the Oaktara.com store and they offer 15% off right now. I’m also signing books for those in Central Oregon at Sisters Coffee, Friday,Sept. 5th, from 10-1 during the Sisters Folk Festival. Meanwhile, the 2nd book of the Believe in Love series is taking shape as the story continues in A Saint in the Eternal City. Many of you are patiently waiting for it. It should go to print in a couple months-it’s taking shape. Thank you all for your continued interest in my books!
“We have to be careful lest we take on the religious pose, or the evangelical pose, or the denominational pose, or any pose that is not real, when we come across suffering in which there is no deliverance and no illumination. The only thing to do is to be reverent with what we do not understand. The basis of things is tragic: therefore God must find the way out, or there is no way out. Human reasoning and a human diagnosis of things will do exactly what Job’s friends did: belittle the grief.” (from Baffled to Fight Better, 67 L)
Lord of Heaven, help me in my human-ness never to belittle grief, never to try to fix something only you can take care of: Your way, Your timing, Your mercy. Suffering bothers me. It baffles me and my mustard-seed faith. I have to grow in faith that You alone are El Roi, the all-seeing God and trust You completely, wholly. Help me to say the right thing with reverence and honor in the midst of pain, and to know when to say nothing but to stand. Just to stand.
What an honor to be a featured writer in the spotlight on OakTara.com for “A Gentile in Deseret”!
My first YA romance in the Believe in Love series is published at last! “A Gentile in Deseret” is NOW available at OakTara.com and OakTara’s FaceBook store.
It’s a “What if?” story: What if a young Evangelical Christian guy moves to Utah and falls for a gorgeous LDS girl? The idea began several years ago when our family moved to the suburbs north of Salt Lake City. (You’re reading the word ‘Deseret’ correctly; I didn’t know it meant Utah, either, until I moved there.) My first year was filled with cultural contrast almost as if we were in a foreign country. Living in an area of 85% LDS people, many of whom were kind, gracious, caring, salt-of-the-earth people, I still found myself outside a wall, living on Gentile Street.
My character, Alex Campagnaro, feels the same way. He enables me to confide my musings and observations living amongst the LDS people as a born-again Christian. My Mormon character, Jennalee, surprises me at times because she expresses my own background raised in a large church/religion; universal feelings that I know well because religion is religion.
In Utah, I befriended a number of beautiful and intelligent women, friends with whom I longed to have open discussions with about our beliefs, without defensiveness, only love. Those discussions only happened in my head until I wrote the book. I thank the Lord for the years in Utah and the growth and change that could only happen as a gentile in Deseret, so that He could mold me to write about all of us, Mormon and Gentile alike, in authentic relationship with Him.
“A Gentile in Deseret” will soon be sold at online outlets like Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Christianbook.com. Also available as an e-book at Amazon.