COVER REVEAL!!! Then Sings My Soul, my sophomore novel!

I’m BEYOND excited to share with you the cover of my second novel (coming March 1, 2015 from David C. Cook), Then Sings My Soul! In the coming weeks I’ll share more information about the history and inspiration behind this story.

But there’s one amazing thing I want to share with you about the cover today.

See the beautiful image of the stone? My paternal grandfather was a truly savant hobby lapidarist, meaning he cut and polished rocks and minerals…

… including the one you see below.

Yep. It’s something that the designers tell me rarely–if ever happen–in book designs, using something the author has on the cover.

The incredible Cook designers came up with the cover draft, but they didn’t know where they were going to find an accurate and usable image of a blue stone (which is part of a bit of a mystery subplot in the book). I happened to be looking through my grandfather’s stones, and the very week the designers showed me this, I found this stone in his collection! This was one of his favorite designs, and if you’ll notice, the crown is shaped like the Star of David.

Though this is not a story of my paternal ancestors, the plot was heavily influenced by their trek from Ukraine to America at the turn of the century. In the process of researching their journey, I discovered they were Jewish immigrants! They did not practice their faith once in America, but they were Ashkenazi Jews, just the same, a fact I find extremely moving and humbling.

So, enjoy this cover and stay tuned as the release date nears for details. In the meantime, here’s a synopsis about the story.

*****

His Memory is Being Stolen…But God Never Forgets.

With her father succumbing to dementia, Nel has little time to discover the decades-old secrets from his past that could forever alter both of their futures.

When Nel Stewart returns home due to the sudden death of her mother, she realizes her beloved father, Jakob is struggling with the loss of his memory.

With the reappearance of an old high-school sweetheart, deliveries from Ukraine, and the mysterious discovery of a vintage aquamarine gemstone, Nel senses God pulling her into the past to restore her and her father’s futures before it’s too late.

Told partially through Jakob’s flashbacks of fleeing the Jewish genocides of eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century, this novel reveals how even when mankind strips humans from their homeland and attempts to erase their faith – God will never leave his people.

 

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Peace and plenty are not the rule or the right

“. . . there in that pleasant corner of the world they plied their well-ordered business of living,
and they heeded less and less the world outside where dark things moved,
until they came to think that peace and plenty were the rule in Middle-earth
and the right of all sensible folk.
They forgot or ignored what little they had ever known of the Guardians,
and of the labourers of those that made possible the long peace of the Shire.
They were, in fact,
sheltered,
but they had ceased to remember it.”

The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

*****

The times they are a-changin’.

So maybe that was the mantra forty years ago.

But it sure feels that way again today.

From the two police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in Indiana yesterday, to the deserts overseas where our young men and women bled and died to keep peace but which are falling once again to terrorists, to our own backyards where choosing a craft store for my sons’ 4H project feels more like a political statement than…well…a trip to the craft store…

The times they are a-changin’.

And sometimes I don’t feel like I see any good.

That is, until I’m still.

And I listen.

And peace comes in a

whisper

in the eyes of my

smiling son

in the

braiding

of my 102-year-old patient’s long gray hair

in the thunder rolling across corn fields

green and thriving

in this long overdue damp, cool summer

in the

sun dappled

by the locust tree leaves pouring through my living room window in the evening

in the

whoops and hollers

of teenagers leaving by the bus full for Young Life Camp

Yes, the times they are a-changing.

Which means we just need to

look

for the good

fight

all the harder for the faith

and

drop to our knees

faster and than ever.

And the peace we find there–He promises it’s there–hunched and bent before the Lord will be all the sweeter.

 *****

But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced…

I Timothy 6:12 (TMV)

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And the winner is…

thCAORBE9OCONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Veronica Leigh, winner of last week’s summer celebration book giveaway contest! She’ll receive a signed copy of How Sweet the Sound and three skeins of embroidery thread to make friendship bracelets!

Thanks to everyone for entering, and if you didn’t win, there’s plenty of places where you can pick up a copy of the novel. I’ve listed a few direct links in the sidebar for you.

Hope everyone had a blessed July 4!