So this last weekend I am standing at my booth talking to a couple about my novel, The Pray-ers and Lisa comes up to the table. I had met her the day before and she left my table with the book. Standing there she, not so sheepishly, interrupted: (more…)
I do a number of weekly prayer conference calls. One of them is a women’s call at 6:45 am on Thursdays. One of the ladies on this particular call started telling the other women about my book.
“My daughter (who bought the book for me) called me and asked if I’d started reading it. Started reading it, I replied to her, I’ve already finished it! And I have to wait until Christmas for the next one to come out!”
I am so moved to get these kind of notes:
Mark, I wanted to tell you what just happened in my Sunday School class.
I teach teenage girls and I have been reading your book. This last Sunday one of the girls spoke very personally after I asked them to relate the lesson to problems in their life.
At first I was stunned not knowing how to respond, but then I remembered one of the characters in your book and knew IMMEDIATELY how to help her.
I haven’t read the whole book yet, I’m a few eras into it. I am enjoying it. I really like the subtle prayer hints, using them to improve the reader’s prayer time (I may be noticing it more because I’m currently working on improving my pray time). The eras are cool as well, I especially like the War of Northern Aggression era ( I haven’t read much further than that). I also like the way you have the demons slip in at the characters most vulnerable times of doubt. Making light of how wicked and how much they hate Christians, but also they know how powerful God is.
FROM CHAPTER 13
Doc had gone to Stanislaus State College, at the time a small college in the California state system. Now it had university status in a little town called Turlock, located 90 miles south of Sacramento in the central valley. The central valley became prominent to Dale’s generation by the old cowboy TV program, The Big Valley, where the matron Barbara Stanwyck ran her ranch. The San Joaquin Valley where the TV program took place is part of the “Great Central Valley” which is made up of The San Joaquin Valley in the south and The Sacramento Valley in the north. Together this “Great Central Valley” is hundreds of miles long from north to south.