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 Francine Rivers

 

Francine Rivers currently has a pair of books on the Christian Bookseller's llist. "Leota's Garden" is at #1 on the General Contemporary Fiction list. Two spots behind sits "And The Shofar Blew."

  Francine began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes.
 Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote "Redeeming Love" as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid- 1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association's top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.

  Since "Redeeming Love," Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes - all bestsellers- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous awards including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent.
  In 1997, after winning her third RITA award for Inspirational Fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers' of America Hall of Fame. In 2007, the feature-length film version of her novel "The Last Sin Eater" was released in theaters by Fox Faith. In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when "Her Mother's Hope" debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, "Her Daughter's Dream," debuted at #12 on the same list just 6 months later, in September, 2010.
  Francine's novels have been translated into nearly thirty different languages and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries including Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa.

  Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

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Missing Dad

By Francine Rivers

  My father's birthday was on the Ides of March. He had heart problems from childhood due to rheumatic fever, but ended up dying of liver cancer when he was 71 years old. That seemed young to me when it happened, even more so now that I'm approaching 70. I thought I'd have more time with him. It seemed unfair, but then life can often feel that way.

  Dad was always busy. In today's vernacular, he would have been called a "Week-end Warrior," building our home from the ground up and remodeling, putting in backyard water features and terraces, planting an orchard of walnut trees. Dad and Mom worked side-by-side, not just on week-ends, but after work Monday through Friday.
  They also believed in playtime and saved up their days off so they could lengthen their once-a-year vacation time and take me and my brother to National Parks all over the country - by tent in the early years, then a small trailer, and later a larger one as we grew up. A couple times a year, they took a break and we went to the coast to camp at Pigeon Point or Dillon Beach. Dad loved to fish, and wherever we went, there had to be a place to cast his line; ocean, lake or stream.

  Dad also believed everyone should serve their community in some capacity. Being a "public servant" was/is a high-calling. Married with child on the way, he joined the Army and was a medic in the third wave on D-day. It was important to Dad to serve his country, and later, his community as a police officer. My brother enlisted during the Vietnam War, and I thought about becoming a Marine after college graduation - but married one instead.

  My parents believed in family dinners, and we gathered every evening at 6:00 p.m. for a four-square meal. We sat and talked, sometimes argued, about all kinds of topics. We debated every topic under the sun, sometimes at high volume and interrupting one another (the same way news anchors do today).

  Church was important to my dad, and he made sure we all went every Sunday. My parents walked a narrow, moral line, but that didn't mean everyone else did. The church split twice, and there were several squabbles that left rifts in the congregation. Despite egregious problems, Dad and Mom stuck with the church because they understood people, even Christians, sin, and church is family. You don't give up on people you love.

  I left the church for years. Whenever we'd get together, Dad and I would talk - and argue - and talk some more. We both tended to get on our soap boxes. He was a Presbyterian elder and I was born-again in a small non-denominational-evangelical church. We locked horns at times because we were alike; passionate in our beliefs, opinionated, always on fire about something. He didn't always understand me, nor I him.

  In the end, none of that mattered. The last time our family gathered, knowing he didn't have long on this earth, we talked, laughed and cried together. I told him I loved him, and I still do. Politics and religion aside, Dad and I shared what was most important: Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Our Redeemer is at the center of both our lives. And love is everlasting.

 

Stained Glass Mosaic

By Francine Rivers

  The theme of the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution this year was "Beauty," beauty that restores, refreshes, revives, reconciles and recreates. "You shall be a crown of beauty in the hands of the Lord." It fit perfectly with my WIP, a story of brokenness and redemption, and communication through art.

  One of the presenters, Rev. Mylinda Baits, from Washington State, offered a wonderful lesson. She found three large discarded wooden windows with peeling paint and broken hinges, along with a ruined stain-glass window. She broke the larger pieces of colored glass into smaller ones and laid them out on tables so that each of us could pick one. We needed to be careful in handling the pieces because they had very sharp edges.
  Even so, we carried our piece around for a full day before placing it into a swirling design of smooth blue pieces and a few "jewels". A thin layer of glue kept it in place. Most of us took our time before putting the shards of glass. It looked like a jumbled mess.

  The final stage of the project was mixing the grout and applying it to hold the pieces in place. Not a pretty sight. The process took careful handling, patience and time because the pieces were still sharp, very fragile and the grout would take time to cure.

  On the last day, the shades of the auditorium were lowered, the thick veil taken away and the three now-hinged windows and the glory revealed.

  What a wonderful lesson about how God works.

  Beauty is often hidden away in what the world throws away. If something is broken, why go to the trouble to repair it? Thankfully, God doesn't see us that way. He lifts the broken child struggling to survive, in pain, longing for hope. We're all broken in a thousand ways, but in Christ, we become whole - and part of the whole. One small piece carefully placed so that light flows through radiant with color, a single piece necessary to the beauty of the whole.

  God makes beauty from ashes. He created us for His good purpose out of His great love. No matter how broken we are, no matter the life we've lead or the lies we've believed, the truth is God can restore, refresh, revive, reconcile and recreate us through Christ Jesus our Lord.

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"Leota's Garden"

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Leota's garden was once a place of beauty, where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she knelt before a loving God and prayed for the children who couldn't understand her silent sacrifices.
Now, eighty-four-year-old Leota Reinhardt is alone, her beloved garden in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless, and she voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend.
Then God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student who thinks he has all the answers; the other, the granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?

 

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"And The Shofar Blew"

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In the Old Testament, God called His people to action with the blast of the shofar, a ram's horn. He still calls His people today. In this relevant and timely novel, dynamic young preacher Paul Hudson is committed to building his church-but at what cost? When Paul accepted the call to pastor the struggling church, he had no idea what to expect. But it didn't take long for Paul to turn Centerville Christian Church around. Attendance is up, way up, and everything is going so well. If only his wife, Eunice, could see it that way. Still, he tries not to let her quiet presence distract him. But Eunice knows that something isn't right . . . and it hasn't been for a long time.

FRANCINE RIVERS
"Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature"

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What do majestic redwoods, the persistence of a woodpecker, or a glorious sunrise reveal about the Creator? Join Rivers as she searches for God in a lifetime's observations of the natural world---and discovers that the proof of his enduring love is all around us! Features more than 100 stunning photographs and a ribbon marker. 224 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

 

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To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven, a sleepy little town in Northern California. Zeke and his son, Joshua-Abra's closest friend-watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown.

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"Redeeming Love"


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Sold into prostitution in childhood, Angel is a bitter young woman who trusts no man. But when God tells Michael Hosea to marry her, she learns to love and hope---until fear overwhelms her and she returns to her former life. Can she be redeemed? A skillful retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set amid the California gold rush. Includes Bible study. 464 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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"Her Daughter's Dream, Marta's Legacy Series #2"


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In the dramatic conclusion to Her Mother's Hope, the Cold War has begun and Carolyn is struggling to navigate her shifting family landscape and the changing times. With her mother, Hildemara, away in a tuberculosis sanatorium, Carolyn develops a special bond with her Oma Marta. But when Hildie returns, tensions between her and Marta escalate, and Carolyn feels she is to blame. College offers the chance to find herself, but a family tragedy shatters her independence.  Spanning the 1950s to the present day, Her Daughter's Dream is the final chapter of an unforgettable epic family saga about the sacrifices every mother makes for her daughter-and the very nature of unconditional love.

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Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra Madrid's life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and

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"The Scribe: Silas,
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Francine Rivers has based the entire Sons of Encouragement series on the lesser known biblical characters who were instrumental in shaping our history. Silas, born to the privileged class, was the man responsible for recording the details of the New Testament scripture that we read today. Along the way readers will be captivated by the growth of the early church and the trials Paul suffers before he is martyred for the cause of Christ.

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Behind the men who shaped history are the heroes who forever changed it. In The Prophet, the fourth book in the Sons of Encouragement series, beloved author Francine Rivers illuminates the life of Amos. Francine examines the life of Amos and his relationship to Israel during its prosperous years. Amos's message --and his relationship with God--made him unpopular. But his challenge to those who were enjoying the blessings of prosperity was crucial then and is strikingly timely today as well.

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