--- Isaiah 40:31
There are books I read, books I enjoy, and then there are books I love. Lori Benton’s novel, Burning Sky, is a book I LOVE!!
When my copy arrived about 2:00 in the afternoon mail, I put a load of clothes in the washer and decided to read until the washer turned off. I figured the 30-40 minutes that it took to do a load of laundry would give me a nice start in Burning Sky and then I’d probably read 10-20 pages every night before bedtime until I eventually finished the book.
When my husband arrived home from work that evening, I was still reading. We had no supper, unless you count a bowl of cereal—my husband does not—and the clothes were still in the washer.
I stayed up late—reading. Near midnight, I went to bed, but got back up after an hour because I just had to know what was happening to Willa, the children, and Neal. I read till 4 a.m., then slept for two hours before returning to the action. I finished Burning Sky in time to order pizza for supper and throw on some clothes so my husband wouldn’t think I sat in a chair reading all day.
Months later, I still think of Burning Sky, and I often ask God to let me write as well as Lori Benton.
A historical fiction set in the New York Frontier in 1784, Burning Sky is the story of Willa Obenchain, abducted by Mohawk Indians at age fourteen and renamed Burning Sky. After living with the Indians for many years, Willa returns to her family’s frontier homestead. There, she confronts—no, I’m not going to ruin the book by telling you more.
If you enjoy superbly written colonial historical fiction, then this is a book for you. But, before you begin reading Burning Sky, please warn your family that the washer and oven will be out of service for a while.
Lori Benton is graciously putting up one autographed paperback copy of her incredible novel, Burning Sky, for a Book Giveaway Contest here at Soar With Eagles. To enter a chance to win this book, you must be a Soar With Eagles subscriber and you must also leave a brief comment. The Book Giveaway Contest starts now! And will end at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, with the winner announced on SWE that day.
Please note: due to the costs of international mailing, the author, regretfully, must limit the book giveaway to people living within the United States.
Tomorrow, please check out Lori Benton’s interview on Soar With Eagles! Among other things, we’ll learn what inspired Lori to write Burning Sky and what her typical writing day is like.
You can visit Lori Benton’s website at: http://loribenton.blogspot.com.
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There are times in a person’s life that are difficult to describe with words. Even if you are a writer.
Can the setting of a wedding capture the essence of two people’s joie de vivre?
Can the perfectly played notes of Bach’s Wachet Auf stir the passion in a person’s heart?
Who can read the thoughts of a father whose only and beloved daughter is about to embark on a new life with another man?
How does one describe love?
Is there a look, an expression that conveys one heart’s desire to commit to another for a lifetime?
What makes the ecstasy of joy so contagious?
How can someone’s happiness touch so many hearts?
Will you remember the description of a setting or the picture forever engraved on your heart?
This is a way to say that all of the prayers you’ve ever prayed for the spouse that God ordained for you have been perfectly answered.
Congratulations, my precious daughter Megan Kelly and wonderful new son Tyler!
All photographs by John Nettles, Jr., of City Light Studio, Charleston, South Carolina. ©John Nettles, Jr. http://citylightcharleston.com
A special thank you to Karen Hewitt Hagan and Sandra Ericksen of www.CharlestonGardenWedding.com, 27 1/2 State Street, French Quarter Gallery District, Charleston, South Carolina, for providing their beautiful art gallery (Hagan Fine Art Gallery – http://haganfineart.com ) for Megan and Tyler’s wedding.
We also thank our incredible wedding officiant, Christy Loftin, who guided Megan and Tyler through the spiritual and legal details of their Charleston wedding, and who, unflustered and with great poise, conducted the wedding ceremony in candlelight due to a spur-of-the-moment electrical outage. http://christyloftin.com, and on Facebook: Details Charleston.
To God be the Glory!
© Cynthia Howerter 2013
Have you ever wondered how colonial men and women kept their stockings from falling down? Well, you’re in luck! Stop by Colonial Quills today and read my article on colonial clothing for the common folk. Click here to go directly to Colonial Quills-> Colonial Quills website.Read More
Last week, I had an epiphany: electronic communications have recently scooped up much of the time I should be spending with the Lord.
Let me state that more accurately: I have allowed the many forms of social media to take priority over the time I once spent with God.
Rather than read my Bible, rather than pray, rather than spend time simply talking with God, my epiphany revealed that I have an idol that steals my time from God.
Little wonder I’ve felt less peace and joy in my life, but have been experiencing more stress, more worry, and an abundance of anxiety.
I knew this needed to be rectified, but what could I do?
I completely unplugged from all forms of social media—including email—for the past three days. Rather than read what others are doing, rather than addictively clicking the “Like” button, rather than looking at endless emails, I focused on God.
Because it’s been a while, there was a lot to talk about with the One who is never too busy to listen—starting with admitting that I’ve sinned by making something more important than God.
I read my Bible—and because I now had the time—I contemplated what I’d just read. Amazingly, I was able to view situations in my life with clarity and discernment.
Now, four mornings after unplugging, the joy in my heart and spirit has been restored. The things that were stressing me have been handed over to the One who can best deal with them. Gone is the worry and anxiety that had become heavy burdens. And in their place is peace—the perfect peace that can only be provided by God.
Social media has become an important part of our lives, and I need to use it. But I need to limit the time I spend with electronic communications and make my personal communication with God my first and foremost priority. I can already see the difference.
Do you need to unplug for a while? Leave a comment and tell me what you do when you’ve reached your stress limit.
Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
“Mom, Benni’s going to be put down tomorrow.” The grief I heard in my daughter’s voice stabbed my heart.
“The cancer’s spread, and there’s no hope.”
My heart sank, recognizing that the decision no dog lover wants to make had to be made.
Benni was an incredible dog, and she will always have a special place in my heart. A rescue animal, Benni was friendly, and had a tail that was quick to wag in the presence of those she loved. I’m certain I saw her smile, too.
But, make no mistake, Benni knew how to protect the ones who cared for her.
When Benni’s “parents” needed someone to keep her for several months, my daughter stepped to the plate and took Benni in.
Within several days of coming to stay with Megan, Benni woke during the night and rushed to the front door where she snarled and barked as she frantically paced. The sounds wakened Megan who coaxed Benni back to her bedroom after she’d quieted. A short time later, Benni once again ran to the front door where she let whoever was on the other side know that they weren’t entering the apartment without some serious hurting.
Upon learning of Benni’s protection of my daughter, my husband and I thanked the Lord. We shuddered to think what might have happened that night had Benni not been in the apartment. A mother’s earnest prayers for the protection of her child were heard and answered. When I’d asked God to surround Megan with angel guards, I didn’t realize that He used four-legged ones.
There were no more middle-of-the-night scares after that. Several months later, Benni’s parents moved into their new home and Benni went to live with them.
God found a new angel guard for my daughter—a full-grown German shepherd who loved to romp with Benni whenever their “parents” visited each other.
Evil discovered, in the middle of one night, that God had been expecting his visit. A mother learned that some angels have fur and four legs. And several families cried at the passing of a faithful friend.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NIV)
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