To Hope-Inspired Stories, for anyone who'd like to discover more about books and stories that uplift and encourage.
Several years ago, while teaching high school art, I found out I was as thrilled as my students when they won awards or were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and that promoting other people's good works was very gratifying.
So it's my hope you are blessed with a message of grace through the words of authors featured here.
Please join me each week as writers of fiction, nonfiction, and devotionals; of romance, mystery, historical and contemporary stories share their work.
My guest this week to celebrate August's contemporary women's fiction and romances is Beth K. Vogt, author of Things I Never Told You, her most recent book is a story about family relationships, both fragile and strong. Beth is a non-fiction author and editor who said she'd never write fiction....
Things I Never Told You
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing, Inc.
It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine—as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.
But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.
|Author: Beth Vogt|
And what Beth says about one of her favorite songs...
"One that reflects why I write: "Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe. I believe relationships are messy, but God steps into our lives, into all our messiness, and says, “There is more than this for you.” My stories reflect that. This song talks about how we can trust God when life hurts. How he heals our scars.
Reminder: The authors presented here value your insights, so don't forget to leave a comment. You will be included in a drawing for a book by the author featured during that week.
...And as a Follower of Hope-Inspired Stories, your name will be added to a multiple-prize drawing at the end of this month. August's giveaway: a pretty tote filled with gifts that include this month's DVD--the Hallmark movie, "Bound by a Secret," starring Leslie Ann Warren, a journal, a 25.00 gift card, lovely organic handmade bath soap and more, all reflecting this month's summery romantic mood.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).
Hope-Inspired Stories Photo: The beautiful photo of Sodus Bay, N.Y. during a particularly harsh storm on Lake Ontario earlier this year was taken by photographer and sister in Christ, Ginger Strom. Note the courageous lone seagull taking flight in the upper right corner of the photo.
Thank you...May you all be blessed and inspired!