Tuesday, January 26, 2016

If These Walls Could Talk - The Sheldon Church

This past October, my family and I took a trip to North and South Carolina. As a writer, it's always fun to combine book research with vacation. I love Civil War history especially, and a friend of mine recommended that we visit the Sheldon Church ruins while we were there. I'm so glad we did. Nestled among enchanting oak trees and scattered graves, it is a beautiful and somewhat mysterious place.

The church is outside of Beaufort, SC. It was originally known as Prince William's Parish Church. Built between 1745 and 1753, this church was in a beautiful Greek style. It's building was paid for by Lieutenant Governor William Bull, who had a plantation in the area. The plantation was called Sheldon, and so the church is often referred to by that name as well. Lieutenant Governor Bull attended this church, and is buried on its grounds.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Interview with Linda Brooks Davis and Kindle Countdown SALE!

 I'm interviewing Christian Historical author Linda Brooks Davis on Stitches Thru Time! Linda shares about the inspiration behind her latest book, what made her become a writer, and the experience of winning Jerry B. Jenkin's Operation First Novel contest.
Welcome Linda! We're so glad you could visit us today. 
What made you decide to become a writer?

I have been a lifelong voracious reader but havent always enjoyed writing. I think I feared the critiques in my early school days. It wasnt until I entered high school that I learned there was something inside me that longed to put my thoughts and emotions onto paper. During my first year of college, a daily delight was writing letters home to Mother and Daddy and little brother Dale and imagining their vicarious enjoyment of my college experience. I was a bit stunned when a creative writing English professor asked if Id ever considered writing for a career. The thought of putting my thoughts and emotions out there for anyone to see was way too intimidating at the time. And then life happened. It wasnt until 50+ years later when my at-risk triplet grandchildren were born and survived beyond all odds in 2005 that the old longing returned. I knew I must pass along the legacy of faith my ancestors handed me. And I must do so through Christian fiction. 


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After generations of waiting, the Messiah has come at last. And not a day too soon. All his life, Malon Ben-Tyrus has been stifled beneath Roman laws and religious traditions, and he longs to be free. The oppression of the Romans worsens every day, and the religious system led by the Scribes and Pharisees has grown corrupt.

Malon believes his life calling is to become a disciple of the Messiah and help free Israel from bondage. When Jesus heads to Jerusalem for the Passover feast, Malon knows this will be a historic event. Jesus will enter the city as the Son of David and take His place as the Messiah of Israel. He longs to follow Jesus to Jerusalem, but his family won't allow him to go.

When at last his family consents, Malon arrives in Jerusalem only to discover that he is too late. The man he thought to be the Messiah has been crucified, and Barabbas—his greatest enemy—has been set free.

Appalled by the cowardice of Jesus' disciples, Malon returns home seething with frustration and despair. Everything he believed he was destined to become died with Jesus. Was he wrong about his destiny?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

6 Interesting New Year Resolutions From History

Today I'm blogging over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog! Join me to learn 6 Fascinating New Years Resolutions from History!

Happy New Year everyone! I can hardly believe it's already 2016. With the new year upon us, many are thinking about the past year and making goals and plans for the next. As I was doing some planning of my own, I began to wonder about the history of New Year Resolutions and decided to look into it.

Over 4,000 years ago, the Ancient Babylonians held a New Year celebration. They would often make promises to their gods in hopes of winning their favor. One of the most common was a promise to get out of debt. Interesting, huh?

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