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TWO BOOK GIVE AWAY & CHRISTIAN SPEAKERS INTERVIEW WITH FRANCINE RIVERS



What is Her Mother's Hope about?
From the beloved, best-selling author of Redeeming Love comes a powerful epic that spans continents and generations in an unforgettable story about family and faith, dreams and disappointments, and ultimately the resilience and tenacity of love.

Best-selling author Francine Rivers pens a sweeping and lyrical two-book saga that explores the depths of grace and forgiveness in one of life’s fiercest bonds—the love between mother and daughter.

Near the turn of the twentieth century, fiery Marta Schneider is torn between her father’s declaration that she’ll never be more than a servant and her mother’s encouragement to chase her dreams. Determined to fulfill her mother’s hope, Marta leaves home for a better life. Young and alone, she earns her way with a series of housekeeping and cooking jobs that bring her ever closer to her dream of owning an inn.

Heartbreaking news from home strengthens Marta’s resolve as she moves to England and eventually to Canada. There, she meets handsome Niclas Waltert, a man just as committed as she to forging a better life in a new place. But nothing has prepared her for the sacrifices she must make for marriage and motherhood as she travels first to the Canadian wilderness and finally to the dusty Central Valley of California to raise her family.

Marta’s hope is to give her children a better life, but experience has taught her that only the strong survive. Her tough love is often misunderstood, especially by her oldest daughter, Hildemara Rose, who craves her mother’s acceptance. Amid the drama of World War II, Hildie falls in love and begins a family of her own. But unexpected and tragic events force mother and daughter to face their own shortcomings and the ever-widening chasm that threatens to separate them forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Francine Rivers 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 highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a 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 rereleased 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 by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade.

Christian fiction pioneer Francine Rivers talks with Christian Retailing Assistant Editor about her newest book, Her Mother's Hope (Tyndale House Publishers), and the lasting legacy of her collection of best-selling books. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes—all best sellers—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 honors, 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's Hall of Fame. Francine's novels have been translated into over 20 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 time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

PLEASE NOTE: A complimentary copy of this book was provided to the me as a blog tour host by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com for more information about blog tour management services.


FIRST CHAPTER:EXCERPT AT: http://rivers.authorsontheweb.com/books/84/excerpt



NOTE FROM FRANCE RIVERS:  I have just completed the second in a set of two books about mother-daughter relationship over four generations. This was intended to be one long novel dealing with the different ways generations have lived out their faith – but became so long it needed to be divided. Her Mother’s Hope was released on March 16, 2010. Her Daughter’s Dream will follow in September. There are numerous family and personal details woven into both books and I plan to share those things on my blog. You may find out more about my new book and more by visiting my web site at http://www.francinerivers.com/

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FROM FRANCINE RIVERS:

Can you tell us something about your Christian testimony?

I was reared in a Christian home. My parents were active in church, my father an elder, my mother a deaconess. I attended Christian summer camps, youth group and said grace at every meal. I thought being born into a Christian family and raised in the faith made me a Christian. It didn’t. Each person makes their own choice, and it took me years to surrender to Jesus – not until after I’d gone through college, married, had children and started a writing career. Rick and I went to church, but came away dissatisfied and knowing there must be something more. We both had personal issues that brought us close to divorce several times. We wanted our own way and to have control over our own lives. Having control is an illusion. As a child, I’d asked Jesus to be my Savior. What I didn’t understand is I needed to surrender my life to Him and allow Him to be LORD of my life as well.

Our marriage was on the verge of collapse when Rick started his own business. We moved to northern California to be closer to family. We made many outer changes, but no change of the heart. As we moved into our rental house, a little boy came over to help and said, “Have I got a church for you!” We weren’t ready to listen. The lady on the other side of our fence also invited us to the same church. Out of desperation, I went a few weeks later. It was my first experience with “expository teaching.” The pastor taught straight out of the Bible, explaining the historical context, what the scriptures were saying, and what they had to do with me in the present. I drank it in! I took my three children to church. They loved it. Rick resisted (after having a somewhat disheartening experience with a denominational church in Southern California). I asked the pastor if he would be willing to teach a home Bible study. He agreed -- if Rick agreed, which he did. Studying the Bible changed our lives. Our hearts and minds opened to Christ. We both accepted Jesus as Savior and LORD and were baptized in May 1986. Since then, God has been changing our lives from the inside out. The Lord also healed our marriage. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this year.

How did you get started as a writer?

From the time I was a child, I knew I would be a writer. Because I didn’t know what I would write, I majored in English (emphasis in literary writing) and minored in journalism (emphasis on who-what-when-where-why). My parents had always been non-fiction readers. Rick’s family loved all kinds of books – and lots of fiction. Mom Edith loaned me novels and I loved them. On a dare (from Rick) I decided to write a combination of my favorite genres and wrote a “western-gothic-romance”. Romance novels were booming in the general market, publishers were on the look-out for new writers. My first manuscript sold and was published. I was hooked! I followed with eight or nine more (of what I call my B.C. (before Christ) books). They are all now out of print, are never to be reprinted, and are not recommended.

When I turned my life over to Jesus, I couldn’t write for three years. I tried, but nothing worked. I struggled against God over that because writing was my “identity.” It took that period of suffering “writer’s block” to bring me to my senses. God was trying to open my eyes to how writing had become an idol in my life. It was the place I ran to escape, the one area of my life where I thought I was in complete control. (Hardly!) My priorities were all wrong and needed to be put right. God first, husband and children second (we had three children by then) and third-- work. I prayed God would change my heart. My love for writing and reading novels waned and my passion for reading and studying God’s Word grew.

Rick and I began hosting a home Bible study. I began working with Rick in his business. The children came along and played in the office, hiding in the shipping popcorn. Writing ceased to matter. I was in love with Jesus and my husband and children. God never stops with the transformation process. We began studying the book of Hosea, and I sensed God calling me to write again – this time a romance about Jesus’ love for each of us. Redeeming Love was the result. It is the retelling of the Hosea story, set in Gold Rush-era California. After I turned it in, I wasn’t sure whether I would write anything more. I had so many questions about what it means to be a Christian, how to live for God, different issues that still haunted me. I felt God nudging me toward using my writing as a tool to draw closer to Him. I would ask my question, create characters that would play out the different viewpoints and seek God’s perspective. I began work on A Voice in the Wind. Writing has become a way to worship the Lord through story – to show how intimately He wants to be involved in our lives.

Where do you get your ideas for your plots?

Almost every story I have written since becoming a Christian has come from a question that regards a struggle in my own faith walk. The plot centers around the different ways that question can be answered by “the world” – but the quest is to find God’s answer. Here is a list of my novels with the questions that started each story:

A Voice in the Wind: How do I share my faith with unsaved family members and friends who have no desire to read the Bible or hear me talk about my faith?

An Echo in the Darkness: How many times are we called upon to forgive people who hurt us deliberately -- and (in many countries) would like to see us dead?

As Sure As the Dawn: How do you deal with anger – especially when there is “good” cause? What is “righteous anger” and how does it look?

The Scarlet Thread: What does “sovereignty” mean in man’s relationship with God? If He is in control of everything, what does that say about the bad things that happen to people?

The Atonement Child: Is there complete forgiveness and restoration for a woman who has aborted her child? Does abortion have any effect on the woman and the man involved in the crisis pregnancy? Does it impact people around them? (This was my most painful and personal book because I needed to face and deal with my own abortion experience. The character of Hannah is based on my story; Evie is based on my mother’s.)

The Last Sin Eater: What is the difference between guilt and conviction? This book came out of The Atonement Child. What I learned: guilt kept me imprisoned for years. Conviction sent me to my knees before the Lord where I received forgiveness and experienced His love and grace.

Leota’s Garden: Are abortion and euthanasia connected? Is euthanasia merciful or an act of murder? This novel also came out of my work on The Atonement Child. While studying the abortion issue from all sides, I realized the arguments for abortion are exactly the same as those for euthanasia. While going through a post-abortion class with other women (one a nurse), I learned that the elderly are already at risk. One scene in the book continues to shock people. I wrote it for that purpose. I want people to understand life is precious. The movement toward legalizing euthanasia continues to gain momentum (and has less to do with “mercy” than saving money for care).

And the Shofar Blew: What is a church? How do you build it? During my travels around the country and speaking at various churches, I saw many struggling through building projects and massive programs to draw more parishioners. Size of building and number of people in the pews seemed to define success or failure. Like a government out of control, the “church” (in many cases) has forgotten its foundation and purpose. Christ is the cornerstone. Believers meet together to study the Word of God, worship Him and encourage one another – and keep their doors and hearts open to those seeking God. Unfortunately, too many congregations have left their first love (Jesus Christ) and turned to idolatry (placing a building/drawing a crowd/being “politically correct” above a relationship with the Lord).

Her Mother’s Hope / Her Daughter’s Dream: What caused the rift between my grandmother and mother? When my grandmother had a stroke, my mother raced from Oregon to the Central Valley of California to be with her. Grandma died before she arrived. My mother was heart-broken and said, “I think she willed herself to die just so we wouldn’t have to talk things out.” I have wondered since: What causes people (even Christians) to hold grudges? What might have brought resolution and restoration to these two women? Could my grandmother have loved my mother without my mother understanding it? The two books have many personal, family details woven in and I will be sharing this information in my blog.

Which is your favorite book of those you’ve written?

My favorite book is Redeeming Love. It was my first as a born-again Christian, my statement of faith, and the most exciting year I’ve spent writing anything. I felt God’s presence throughout the months of work, as though He were telling me His story through thousands of Scriptures as well as explaining the inner heart-ache and quest of each “my” characters.

Which book was the hardest to write and why?

The Atonement Child was the most personal and difficult to write because I had to face my own abortion experience. Added to the considerable research I did, and women who shared their experiences with me, I went through an intensive post-traumatic stress Bible study for post-abortive women at our local pregnancy counseling center. Reliving all aspects of my abortion decision and experience was excruciating – but healing. After twenty-six years of being imprisoned by guilt and shame, I was free through the power and love of God. Though the book was the most heart-wrenching to write, it also proved to be the most life changing. I’ve received countless letters from other post-abortive women and have learned my experience is not unique. Our nation is filled with wounded men and women. The character of Hannah is based on my story, Doug is based on Rick’s, and Evie is based on my mother’s.

Which character is your favorite?

My favorite character is Michael Hosea from Redeeming Love. He is like Jesus – the lover of my soul. I have another favorite: Hadassah from A Voice in the Wind. She is the kind of Christian I want to be.

Christian fiction continues to boom. What would you like to see happen in the field?

I want to see Christian fiction speak to the hard and real issues that tear people’s lives apart. We need writers who are willing to ask the hard questions and go through the soul-searching and agonizing to find answers – and present these stories with skill that surpasses the general market. Some of the greatest works or art and literature were rendered by Christians. I believe God is at work in these areas now. I would also love to see more Christian stories make it to the big screen and into the world of television, and to have the Christian worldview presented fairly. Much of what comes out of “Hollywood” appeals to the basest side of mankind and crushes the spirit. Right now, with war and a failing economy, people are hungry for stories that inspire them, lift them and give them hope. People need to know there are solutions and we can have peace and an abundant life -- even in the midst of trials.

What is your goal or mission as a Christian writer?

I want to whet the appetite for the real thing: the Bible and a personal relationship with Jesus. I try to weave Scripture throughout the story so people receive the Word and see what it might mean in their lives – how the Lord is present and real and passionately interested in each of us. He is not an idea. He is real, all-powerful, all-knowing, the embodiment of love, deeply involved in our existence, and He created each of us for a purpose.

Tell us about your family life?

Rick and I met in the fifth grade. We were good friends through school, and graduated together in 1965. I went away to college and he joined the Marine Corps. When the hometown newspaper carried the story of my brother’s capture in Hue during the Tet Offensive, Rick wrote to me from Vietnam and we began to correspond. We married a year after he returned from Vietnam (1969). We have three children and five grandchildren. (Note: My brother was seriously wounded, escaped from his captors when the Marines entered Hue, and is alive, well, happily married with two grown children and living the blissful retired life in the woods of Northern California.)

Are any of your novels going to be made into movies?

The Last Sin Eater was produced and directed by Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird (They did an outstanding job.) The movie was released in theaters in 2007 and is now available on DVD. You can see the trailer on IMDB.com. Rick and I were invited to visit the set during filming in the mountains north of Salt Lake City. We had a great time and there are pictures of our trip in the movie-edition of the novel.

A film based on Redeeming Love is currently in development with Abba Productions/ Christy Lee Taylor. She has partnered with producer Ralph Winter and they are trying to pull together funding to get The mother/daughter relationships in Leota’s Garden are very realistic.

What did you base these on?

I've just seen many people who never seem to work out the misunderstandings in their relationships. They never sit down and talk things through in a calm manner so that each person can truly hear both sides. In the story, Leota and Nora never really could communicate. Annie was the catalyst that helped them understand each other. I wanted to write about a family who was dysfunctional and explore questions that many people grapple with. One of them was employed mothers versus those who stay home. Leota had been employed, and her daughter, Nora, bitterly remembers all the times her mother had not been there for her. Nora, now a mother herself, was always "there" for her children … always there to control and manage every aspect of their lives. Which is the better mother? The answers are not as simple as some might like to think. The Proverbs 31 woman worked and was a blessing to her family. It all comes down to living our lives in obedience to Christ, in the home and outside it.

Lack of communication can destroy a family. In Leota’s Garden, why did Leota keep her secrets even after her husband was gone?

She kept silent out of deep hurt and pride. Her mother-in-law had poisoned Nora against her, but Leota couldn't bring herself to destroy her daughter's love for her grandmother. Leota made peace with her mother-in-law and actually took care of her in her old age. Perhaps she hoped the woman would tell the truth to Nora. Unfortunately, she didn't. Like many people, Leota hoped "time would heal all wounds", but time didn't heal anything because the truth had never been revealed. Nora still judged Leota by the bitter gossip she heard as a child, and her stubbornness cheated her out of a relationship with a mother who loved her deeply and sacrificed greatly for her. One of the things I wanted to show in this book was that sometimes you don't get another chance to mend relationships. We have to jump at any opportunity to say "I love you" and hear each other's story. Otherwise, the story may never told, the relationship never mended, the project off the ground.

Tell us about your God box and how it inspired you to write this story.

Before I started writing Redeeming Love, when I was still rather new at loving God with my whole heart, I had been a secretary at one point, and regularly used an inbox and outbox. I got the idea to start using what I called a God Box—an inbox for God. I would write out prayers and put the papers into the God Box. This practice helped me to let go of the issues, to put them into God's hands by physically putting them into the box. Every few months I would read the papers and marvel at how God had answered the prayers, often in unexpected ways.

I also put into the God Box things like the Angel Tree Project ornaments, or the ornaments from the Salvation Army tree. I'd never know those children or what happened to them, but putting the ornaments into the box was a way to give them to the Lord and trusting them to his care.

When I was asked to write a short story for the Angel Tree Foundation, I wasn't sure I could do it. I had never written a children's story before. One afternoon the story came to me, based on the practice of the God Box. I wrote The Shoe Box in one afternoon—it just flowed out, and I knew exactly what I needed to say. That's the only time a story came so easily!


REVIEW:


HER MOTHERS HOPE
By Francine Rivers
Published by Tyndale House
ISBN# 978-141-43-186-3-9
450 pages

Back Cover: The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland, determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta's experiences convince her that only the strong survive. Marta wants Hildie, her oldest daughter never to doubt her love-but the challenges of life conspire against her vow. Each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.

Review: I’ve read and have been deeply moved by Francine Rivers’ books, so I anxiously awaited my review copy of this epic story. Francine does an amazing job of creating complex characters which instantly grab at your heart strings.

The reader first meets Marta Schnieder as a young girl doing her best to cope with a task master father. She loves to learn and has great dreams of speaking many languages, going to college and maybe even owning a business. Marta's dream crashes when her father demands she work several jobs to make money for the family. Marta vows she will never be just a servant girl. She would prove her father’s image of her wrong.

Her mother comforts Marta saying, “Marta, listen to me…It doesn’t matter what your father plans, nor what his motives might be. God will prevail. God will use anything to His good purpose if you love and trust Him.”

Marta says, “I know what I want in life, and I’m going after it. I’m not going to let things happen to me. I’m going to make things happen.”

Not only is Marta feisty, but she has a good eye for business and will fight for what is right. I was amazed at how Marta embraced modern conveniences as they were available. The first big leap was indoor plumping. What a treat for her and her family.

Since I’ve grown up having all these new gadgets I found it quite interesting to read about people discovering them for the first time. It was fascinating to see how it changed family dynamics and the way people lived life. I was intrigued by history with all its changes and how people treated one another during each phase.

I enjoyed the use of personal letters written between the characters. It was very affective in getting to know the heart of each character; it also made the story very personal. You’ll be as interested as I am to see how this family survives the war in the sequel, which is due out Fall of 2010.

Nora St.Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator

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THANKS to EVERYONE that stopped by to encourage Francine Rivers or read about her for the first time. Thanks also to Christian Speakers for provding the interview with Francine Rivers. I'm glad I got to know a little more about the woman behind these great moving stories. God is good!!

Blessings

Nora :D

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41 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed Francine's interview...I can relate to her in so many ways. Now I'm on a quest to read all her books, especially those first books that I missed.
    Thank you for the interview and her latest book review, I can't wait to read it. Please enter me in your giveway. Thank you.

    Many Blessings,
    Sandee61

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  2. I so loved reading this interview and can't wait to read this book. Redeeming Love is my favorite book, Francine. I loved reading about the reasons you wrote each book now I will read them again with a new perspective. Please enter me. I would love to read it.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Wonderful interview! Thanks, Nora and Francine!
    Please enter me. melaniedickerson at knology dot net

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  4. Enjoyed the interview! To know as a child that you were going to write and to take classes in preparation--unbelievable! You were prepared. I've love all your books. The most intriguing one is The Last Sin Eater. When I got it, I couldn't imagine what it could be about. Leota's Garden is my all-time favorite book.
    Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  5. I have heard so much about Francine Rivers and would love to read one of her books. The bond between a mother and daughter is a special one but can be wrought with ups and downs. This I know from experience. Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Deborah M.
    debbiejeanm[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. I really like Francine's books and am looking forward to reading her newest book. She never disappoints.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  7. Terrific interview! I love learning about some of my favorite authors, and especially one as well respected as Francine! I'd love to win a copy of this book.

    Blessings,
    Carla

    http://writingtodistraction.blogspot.com

    carlagade [at] gmail [ dot ] com

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  8. Nora/Francine

    What an amazing interview, as ever. I truly enjoyed hearing about the internal author's process behind each book. The question you posed yourself, behind each title. The Mark of the Lion series was introduced to me during a time of significant trial. I've recommended those, and Redeeming Love to more people than I can count.

    As a relatively new Christian Author, I'm ever inspired by your journey.

    Thanks for entering me in the drawing, and God Bless! Look forward to reading these...

    ~Ashley

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  9. Loved the interview Redeeming Love is one of my Favs. I read Her Mother's Home. I must it was a very different story. I thought at first I wouldn't like it because it deals with hard relational subjects. But I am waiting for part two.

    Thanks fir following Gid's heart Francine and thanks for sharing the interview Nora.

    tpinson.co(at)netzero.net

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  10. I am a big fan of Francine Rivers. The first book by her I read was "Redeeming Love". I cried through the whole thing but oh how it brought me closer to God. The "Mark of the Lion" is one of my favorites. Please enter me in the drawing! I would so like to win these.

    Wonderful interview and Francine... please keep writing! You are a blessing!

    walkinfaith4him(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I shall try to leave a comment without going all fangirl crazy -- suffice to say, Francine Rivers made a huge impact on my life with Redeeming Love, and her God-Given talent has continued to be a source of inspiration to me over the years.
    shawnawilliams(at)allegiance.tv

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  12. What a fantastic interview! I absolutely adore Francine's writing. Personally and in our book club, Redeeming Love is a favorite! I've also read And the Shofar Blew and A Voice In The Wind.

    Whether I win this book or not, I WILL have Her Mother's Hope on my bookshelf!

    Blessings,
    Mimi
    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

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  13. Thank you Nora and Francine for the wonderful and honest interview. I really enjoyed it. I think I have read all of Francine's books, and I am very anxious to read this new one. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings to you

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  14. Sounds like a great book! Thanks Nora for the interview. Really want to read the book!

    Gail Mundy

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  15. I'm very impressed by thFrancine's answers to how she creates her stories. Since my debut novel The Fence My Father Built, deals with fathers and daughters, I'm also very interested in mothers and daughters and their relationships. I'd love to win the book copy.

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  16. Thanks so much for the interview. I especially love the part where Francine talks about how each of her books comes out of her own faith questions.

    --Marlo Schalesky

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  17. Great interview! Loved getting to know Francine Rivers better. I am a great fan and an avid reader! AND I hope I win the book. :)

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  18. This is my first visit to your blog and it is beautiful!

    I absolutely LOVE Francine's work. Redeeming Love & The Atonement Child are my FAVORITES but I'd love to read A Mother's Hope.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    pthib07@yahoo.com (that's zero7)

    Thanks.

    May God bless you all!
    PamT

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  19. Great interview, Nora. It was great to get the background of some of my most favorite books. I have read all of Francine Rivers books and she is my all time favorite author. I have already read "Her Mother's Hope", and it does not disappoint Francine's fans. I can't wait for the follow up book this fall.

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  20. So glad to hear there's a new book from one of my favorite authors! I worked at a Christian Bookstore for 7 years and Redeeming Love stayed on our weekly reorder list. It still amazes me when I find people who haven't read it, which happened last week at my government job. Thanks for the interview, it really gave me a glimpse into how as writer's our lives are woven together with our characters.

    Mrs. Rivers is a treasure.

    Thanks for your site! So happy to have found it.

    Kathy B
    kathyburnett27@gmail.com

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  21. Thanks for posting this interview. I would love to entered into this contest!

    Stella
    StellaMize1@hotmail.com

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    Amy Clemen said... One of my favorite authors!

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    Sharon McDonald Stone said...
    I will have to read this book. I loved her others.

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  24. Frabcube Rivers has always been one of my favorite authors since I worked in a Famly Christian Storea almost 10 yrs ago. It has been interesting learning more about her.
    Tks.
    Penny
    hull.margaret@ocls.info

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  25. Thank you so very much for the wonderful interview. I especially loved her concept of a God Box.

    Please enter me into your giveaway and thank you so very much for the opportunity!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  26. i enjoyed this interview/posting very, very much. thank you for the opportunity to read francine rivers latest masterpiece. her books are 'classics.'

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  27. I met this amazing woman at a my first ACFW conference (ACRW back then)when she was the guest speaker in Denver. I thought I wouldn't get a chance to meet her and low and behold she was right behind me in the serving line the first night! When I turned around, she greeted me warmly. I know she won't remember me, but I was thrilled that whenever we saw one another in the hallway, she would stop and ask me how it was going. Redeeming Love is definitely a Christian Classic. I didn't bring my book with me so didn't get her autograph. One thing I felt about Francine was that she was "real" and never considered herself above anyone else. For an unpublished writer then, I knew I had been honored to have met her and be encouraged by her. Nora, I'd love a chance to be included in the giveaway! Thanks for the great interview Francines and Nora.

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  28. Great interview...so nice to learn more about Francine. I have read all of her books and loved them all; guess Redeeming Love was my favorite. Please enter me.
    Thanks!!!
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  29. I have to admit I've never read Francine's work but am fairly new to Christian fiction. In my process of renewing my faith I am making an effort to read more books by Christian authors. I love the detail you put into your interviews and I leave feeling like I know the author personally. I was particularly fascinated with the question "Where do you get your ideas for your plots?" Putting all of Francine's books on my 'I wanna read' list!
    fdchaffon@yahoo.com

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  30. Thanks so much for this interview. Now, more than ever, I want to read more of Francine's books. I know so many people that when asked for a favorite book, say Redeeming Love. I believe this book must go to the top of my to be read stack.
    I look forward to reading more of her books.
    Please enter me in the drawing.

    RedeemedReaders@bellsouth.net

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  31. I would love to read Francine's new novel. It looks great and I love generational fiction. Thanks for the chance!

    Email in profile.

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  32. A friend let me borrow her copy of Redeeming Love. It was wonderful. I would love my own copy and to read another one of her books. Thanks for the giveaway! :O)

    www.dianeestrella.com
    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

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  33. I have heard of Francine Rivers but have never read any of her books.
    She is definitely on my list of authors/books to read.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. The questions asked were very interesting as were the answers.

    I liked her idea of a God box.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    b(dot) werts(at)sbcglobal(dot) net

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  34. Lovely interview. Would really like to read Francine's newest book. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  35. I loved the interview. Getting to know people we like to read enhances the stories they write. I would love to read this book.

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  36. I loved the interview, especially the idea of a God box! How wonderuful!
    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I appreciate Francine's honesty in the first question about her Christianity. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  38. CONGRATS go to

    FAITH DRAPER - you've won Her Daughters Hope

    BEV WERTS you've won Redeeming Love

    MARLO SCHALESKY you also won a copy of Redeeming Love (I found I had another copy to give away on my shelf)

    THANKS to EVERYONE that stopped by to encourage Francine Rivers or read about her for the first time.

    Blessings

    Nora :D

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  39. Nora once again I just want to thank you so much for your terrific book reviews & interviews - and I am of course thrilled at having won the opportunity to read 'Her Daughters Hope'

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  40. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

    Angie
    angjay@bellsouth.net

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  41. I really enjoy fictional books. I like how they portray actual events on occasion. It's probably my favorite genre.
    John Bond | http://homecaretwinfalls.com/contact.html

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