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What Lies Ahead for America?
What Lies Ahead for America?

Colleen Coble
A
uthor's book heroine inspired by Celtic Woman performers


By Kevin Kilbane, news-sentinel.com

  Colleen Coble grew up loving Gothic novels. For the past 10 years, she also has been a big fan of the music of all-woman Irish group Celtic Woman.

  Coble, who lives in Wabash, Indiana, combined her two interests in her new novel, "Because You're Mine," which was released January 10. It is currently #2  on the Christian Booksellers' Fiction (Suspense/Mystery) list.

  The book will be a bit darker and more suspenseful than the Christian fiction author's past best-selling books, such as "Twilight at Blueberry Barrens," which are about 75 percent suspense and 25 percent romance, she said during a recent interview.

  Coble, who is in a writer's group with Fort Wayne authors, said she knew she wanted Charleston, S.C., to be the setting for "Because You're Mine" because the city has a very Gothic feel to it. When she went there to soak up the atmosphere, she saw a lot of Irish influence.

  That influence, and seeing a performance by Celtic Woman on public television, helped inspire her idea for the book's main character — a strong, red-haired female Irish violin virtuoso.

  "It's kind of funny where inspiration leads you," said Coble, who isn't of Irish descent.

  The heroine, Alanna, who is a composite of two former Celtic Woman performers, grew up in a camp of Irish Travelers — a cultural group much like gyspies — and was abandoned by her mother, Coble said.

  Alanna went on to become a talented musician and marry, Coble said. She and her husband, Liam, are expecting their first child when she is told he has been killed by a car bomb while their band is in Charleston for a performance. She then fears her husband's father will try to take the child away from her, and she can't bear the thought of losing that last link to Liam.

  To get the protection of U.S. citizenship, Alanna marries her manager, who has her stay in a creepy, old mansion he owns.

  "He's not the man she thinks he is," Coble said. "He has a locked room and lots of secrets, all the way back to her sister, who has been missing for years."

  The first one-third of the book is set in Ireland, where readers learn more about the heroine's past and the threat from her father-in-law, Coble said. The remainder of the novel takes place mainly in the creepy mansion in Charleston.

  Add in a case of mistaken identity, and "It's super fun," Colleen said of the mystery and suspense.

  Coble actually wrote the book in 2008, but her editor at the time thought it needed more romance in it, so Colleen shelved it. She pulled out the book about a year ago and showed it to her current editor, who loved it.

  Coble, whose books always have a basic thread of Christian faith winding through the plot, did some minor rewriting to get "Because You're Mine" ready for publication.


Courtesy photoWabash author Colleen Coble, center, stands with the performers of Celtic Woman while meeting them backstage after their concert Dec. 15 in Wabash. The main character in Coble's new novel, "Because You're Mine," was inspired by two former members of Celtic Woman, which consists of current members, from left, Susan McFadden, Tara McNeill, Eabha McMahon and Mairead Carlin.

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

  When she learned Celtic Woman would be performing Dec. 15 in Wabash, she and her husband bought tickets, and she asked her book publicist to contact the group to tell them about the new book and to try to arrange a meeting. The group, who was on its "Home for Christmas" concert tour, agreed.

  "It's amazing," Celtic Woman vocalist Mairead Carlin, speaking by phone, said of Coble basing her book heroine on group members. "I really just found out my Granny read one of her books."

  "They were incredibly gracious and friendly," Colleen said of meeting the group. "I’d spoken with Mairead on the phone the week before, and when I introduced myself, she hugged me and introduced me to the rest of the ladies. I gave them all copies of the book as well as a book for Mairead’s granny, who is one of my readers.

  "We had seats on the second row, and it was a fabulous night!"

From News-Sentinel.com - Click Here

   ​Colleen Coble wrote her first story in grade school. Basking in the praise of an encouraging teacher, a seed was planted for a future career in writing. However, a husband, two children, and over twenty years later, Coble was further from her dream than ever. Then came a fateful day in 1985 that changed everything.

  “The phone rang late that night with the news that my younger brother had been killed by lightning in a freak farm accident,” says Colleen, “In the coming months, as I emerged from the storm of grief, I realized that if I was ever going to follow the dream I believed God had put in my heart, I needed to get started. I was approaching my fortieth birthday, and time was marching on. I told God I was ready, but still nothing came.”

  As part of the grieving process, Coble and her husband made a trip out to Wyoming to see where her brother had lived during a two-year stint. While standing among the majestic mountains and valleys the first idea for a story came to Colleen. Seven years of writing and pitching her work finally blossomed into her first book deal. Now she has over 50 books (over two million in print) and numerous awards under her belt. While Coble often still deals with the scar left by losing her brother, she is thankful for God’s grace in such a difficult situation.

  “I am lucky that the Lord used the greatest tragedy of my life to propel me forward in his will,” says Coble, “I know that my brother would be proud of me and it is comforting to know that God never lets a single emotion go to waste.”

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28 - "For we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
(I saw this verse in action when the whole family was injured in a bad car accident in 1980
and we became Christians as a result).

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