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FRANCINE RIVERS TALKS ABOUT BOOK CLUBS and GIVEAWAY


ABOUT AUTHOR: New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include A Voice in the Wind, Redeeming Love, and A Lineage of Grace.

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 CBA’s top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade.

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 Hall of Fame. Francine’s novels have been translated into over twenty different languages and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

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What benefits have you received in having relationships with reading groups?
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The greatest benefit is connecting with readers, getting to actually hear what they think about the characters and story on which I’ve worked for months. Writing is often lonely. I’m in my office from early morning until midafternoon. I work alone and live inside my head for hours on end. It’s wonderful to find out what worked and what didn’t, what encouraged or convicted. It’s nice to know if I’ve done my job (giving God glory through story).

Where would you like to see your relationship with reading groups grow? How do you think your goals can be met?

I’ve only done a few book club meetings and I’d love to do more. Hopefully, by getting the word out, I can schedule more. The only problem is I seldom reread my work once it’s gone to press. Sometimes I forget elements of the story or characters. My mind tends to erase files so I can concentrate on the work-in-progress. It takes time to jog my memory. What I need to do is have an outline and character list for each book so I can prepare beforehand. Thankfully, readers have been very helpful in reminding me of what I’ve forgotten.

Is there a set size a reading group should be before you’ll talk to them on the phone or in person? What do you feel most comfortable doing?
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As long as I can hear them and they can hear me, numbers don’t matter. It’s always more fun to be with each other—face to face—but that’s usually not possible because of distance and my schedule. What I need to do is invest in a computer with a camera and learn how to use Skype. I’ll also need a knowledgeable instructor who is patient training a dinosaur to do new tricks.

Which type of book club meeting do you prefer? Why?

I have no idea how to answer this question. The only book club meetings I’ve attended (in person or via telephone) have been casual, friendly, open. That’s why they’ve been so much fun. I would probably avoid a club meeting that was looking for a formal presentation. I far prefer the open-forum style.

What have you learned about your books and yourself from book club meetings?


I learn that readers always put themselves into the story and learn things writers didn’t include. I find that interesting and exciting. God can use anything to reach into the hearts of His children, even a work of fiction. When readers share what they’ve pulled out of one of my stories (something I didn’t put in), I’m learning how God speaks to each of us in unique and very personal ways. I find that exciting.

Did you learn more about your characters than what you had originally intended? If so, what?

I can’t give specific examples, but I believe readers add to characters and flesh them out in ways the writer can’t. They read themselves into the story and draw out what they need. I know this is true of myself when I’m reading. I always have a pen in hand and often underline things that have special meaning to me, things I want to remember, things that encourage and convict.

Have you been surprised by readers’ reactions to one of your books? One of your characters? If so, which ones or what surprised you?

Sometimes the reactions are expected. When I wrote about Leota and the orderly who cared for her, I hoped for a reaction from readers. You will understand what I’m saying if you’ve read the book. There was one shocking and disturbing scene that left a big question hanging. I left it hanging for a reason. I wanted to make a point and have readers think about what’s happening right now and may happen even more in the future if we keep silent. I wanted to challenge readers to be aware and watchful.

Book clubs are always kind and encouraging. I don’t hear criticism. Of course, I’ve received letters that have hurt me terribly. At the same time, those letters make me take a closer look at my work. I may gather my thoughts and present a story, but it is the Lord who gives the right answer. Criticism isn’t always harmful. It can be constructive.

Has your book club experience—getting feedback from reading groups—helped you in writing future books? If so, how has it helped you?

I remember one reader who wrote to me because she was very upset that every Christian novel had to pair people up at the end. She was single. She raised a valid question, and I thought a lot about what she had to say. Paul wrote inspired admonishments and instructions regarding whether to marry or not. When I wrote Leota’s Garden, I decided the main character was going to face that question. Annie remained single at the end. She was very happy and fulfilled with her life centered on Jesus. She didn’t need a husband. She had one: the Lord. Although I was very happy with the ending, (and hopefully, so was the reader who first inspired me to have the story end in that way), there were lots of readers who wanted a sequel in which Annie would find true love and get married. I felt I had somehow missed the mark of presenting singleness as a blessed state, too. It brought me right back to that reader’s question. Why do we think people have to be married in order to be fulfilled and happy? It’s a question I may have to address in a different way in a future book—and do a better job of it.

What would you like to experience in reading groups that you haven’t experienced so far?

More time to chat and hear about other books the group has read or is reading and what they’re learning from them. Many of the books on my to-be-read stack are recommendations from friends who love to read.

What was your most memorable reading group experience? What made it so special?

My most memorable reading group was local. They contacted me through the Internet. I had never met them, though they met barely two miles from my home. It was a small group of ten women and they met in a private home. They asked lots of questions. We laughed a lot, shared testimonies. We drank coffee and ate cookies and chatted for two or more hours. It was great fun getting to know each of them. I felt like a member of their group, not a guest speaker.

Can you give us a sneak peek at what you are working on now? I heard it will be out in 2014. I’m curious as to what it’s about! Do tell!

You’ll have to read Ezekiel 16. That will give you a hint of the plotline and theme. It will be a love story. Of course, it will have a happy ending.
Here is the First Part of that Chaptaer. I knew you'd want to get a peek at it. Ezekiel 16 (New International Version (NIV) verses 1-8 - Wow, this book sounds like it will impact lives, be very moving and intense to read, but we won't expect anything less Francine.

Jerusalem as an Adulterous Wife

 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices 3 and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. 4 On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. 5 No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised.  6 “‘Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, “Live!”[a] 7 I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew and developed and entered puberty. Your breasts had formed and your hair had grown, yet you were stark naked.
 8 “‘Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your naked body. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine. 

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

Name three books you adored as a child.

Since I didn’t like to read, I can’t think of any. I was more interested in being outside, hiking and biking, swimming in the community pool, and invading forts built by my brother. I did love to look at the pictures in the first volume of the Childcraft book on poetry. My mother was very upset with me when I tore out my favorite pages and kept it under my pillow. The tape has yellowed with the years. My daughter, Shannon, now has custody of the book.

Nora: I loved to be outside too. Building forts, exploring nature and swimming were the highlights of our days up north. Dora the Explorer has nothing on me. I didn't read as a child too but for a very different reason. I'm dyslexic and reading wasn't fun. Great to hear I'm in good company about not being a reader!! Grin!

What movie most affected you when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies, what book affected you most in your youth?

The first movie that popped into my mind was The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, which I probably saw from the backseat of my parents’ station wagon parked at a drive-in. I’m sure they didn’t want me to watch it. It scared me half to death. It gave me nightmares! What did I learn? Stories can make an impact. Stories feel real.

Nora: I would get freaked out by movies and have nightmares too. My parents would say it wasn't real. It's just actors. My thought was it must have happened somewhere to give them the idea to act it out. Also after my parents watch the Exorcist and slept with the light on for a week. I saw how movies could affect even the ones that watched scary movies all the time. Grin. You are so right when you say "Stories impact us"

What is the most special thing anyone has ever done for you?

Rick married me. We’ve grown up together, literally, emotionally and spiritually. I’m blessed to have a wonderful husband who has encouraged me to do what God has called me to do. The truth is I wouldn’t have turned in my first manuscript without Rick’s prodding. It would still be sitting on a closet shelf gathering dust.

What three things would you rather not live without?

Faith, family, friends.

A friend of yours has a time travel machine and will let you have it for a couple of days. What would you do with it? Any events you’d like to experience? If so, which ones?

I have no tech ability and would probably push the wrong buttons and end up in a time and place I wouldn’t want to go and wouldn’t know how to come back through the time portal (or whatever). If offered a time travel machine, I would say, “Thank you very much for the thought, but you can have it back.” If they wouldn’t take it, I would put a canvas cover over it and have it moved to a storage locker. God planted me in the here and now. I think I’ll stay put.

Francine



Finding Hope Book Club March 2012 And the Shofar Blew

Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your book club experience and writing career. It was a thrill and an honor to talk to you on the phone about And the Shofar Blew with Finding Hope Book Club. We took a picture at the meeting for you to see (I took the picture first thing so some are not in it and some were out sick)
What an impact this book made on all of us. Sad to say that several members have gone through the very experience in their personal lives with their Pastors. It was exciting to hear how the Lord has used your book to be a tool for future Pastors to help them be aware of what they are getting into. It was also fun to hear that because of the title your book made it into Jewish book stores.

Tyndale Publisher has repackaged of two of your back list titles The Scarlet Thread and The Atonement Child the books are out now. These are powerful novels! I highly recommend them both.

Praying the Lord continues to inspire your writing Francine! It was great to speak to you at book club!


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network CEO
www.bookfun.org 


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY - I'm Giving away TWO HARD BACK copies of RAHAB! 


If you haven't read the women of the bible series Francine Rivers wrote you should. Here's Rahab to get you started. They now have the whole set in one large book. It's called A Lineage of Grace - Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity. I highly recommend every book in this series. It will give you an insight into these the bible and these women that will touch your soul.
GIVING AWAY TWO HB COPIES


TO ENTER CONTEST - LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME YOUR TWO FAVORITE FRANCINE RIVERS BOOKS YOU'VE READ!! and Why you Loved it!


If you haven't read Francine Rivers - Tell me what book you'd Like to read!!


You have from now until JUNE 15th to leave a comment. Winners will be announced on my blog.


Can't wait to hear about your favorite Francine Rivers book!!


Blessings


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org 



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This giveaway is open to USA and Canada Residents Only!! This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Twitter.

Winners will have 2 days to respond to email with your name and address - If we haven't heard from you another winner will be picked. WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED so please leave your email address.

LAST DAY TO ENTER IS JUNE 15th

NOTE FROM FRANCINE RIVERS JUNE 11, 2012
 Russia and Baltic Sea Trip MAY 2012

Dear Nora,  

Rick and I have been gone over a month, sight-seeing in Russia (St. Petersburg to Moscow) and visiting capitols around the Baltic Sea.  As soon as we returned I visited your blog.  I’ve read every message and am so encouraged by the comments readers have sent in.  I just wanted to write a quick note and offer a big Thank You to everyone who responded. 

I am back to work on my current WIP (work-in-progress).  Jet-lag can be helpful!  Early to bed (7:30 p.m.) and early to rise (3 – 4 a.m.) and there seem to be more hours in the day to get things done!  I may finish this novel ahead of schedule.  

May the Lord bless you and each one of your readers!
Francine

NOTE TO READERS - COMMENTORS - Francine Rivers tried to leave a comment here but had difficulty so she asked me to post this on her behalf!


THANKS Francine for the note and the lovely picture. I bet you had an amazing time!! I appreciate you sharing this!!


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network



THANKS to EVERYONE for sharing about how much you've been touched by FRANCINE RIVERS books.

THANKS FRANCINE for sending a note to the people that have commented her and for giving me that picture of you in Russia. Can't wait to hear more about your trip!!

I used RANDOM NUMBER.org to generate the winners.

CONGRATS TO SHAWNA K. WILLIAMS and LANE HILL HOUSE. Your numbers came up!! THANKS for your comments and encouraging this author!!

A HUGE Giveaway starts the 19th at THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK!!

More Book Fun Ahead!!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org

42 comments:

  1. My favorite Francine Rivers books? Oh my--one would have to be Atonement Child. I read that right after graduating college, when my hubby and I were first beginning to think about trying for a baby, and it just haunted me. I wrote one of my first-ever book reviews on it and called it "a frantic read." I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

    Second would have to be A Voice in the Wind. Biblical fiction--ah, a special in my heart to be sure. That book is what inspired me to consider the genre for myself when I was only 15.

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  2. A Voice in the Wind - It was my first read by this talented author.

    Redeeming Love - This really pulls the reader into the story and tugs at all of the heart strings. It is so emotional and raw. A very interesting story with a lot of heart.

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  3. I already own two copies of this book, so please don't enter me in the contest. I LOVE Francine Rivers and this was a great interview!! I have read almost all of her books (couldn't get into the Mark of the Lion series, but haven't tried in a while).

    Anyhow, I've always LOVED to read. It's a great way to "escape." When I was a child, I also loved to be outside, in the woods... climbing trees....playing ball.... swinging, etc. Whenever I could, I would take a book with me though. One time I accidentally left my book out in my neighbors tree house and it RAINED. It was one of my Little House on the Prairie books and we had to put it in the oven at low temp to dry it out. :)

    My favorite Francine Rivers books... Leota's Garden because it was the first Francine Rivers book I read and I've been reading her books ever since. Also, The Lineage of Grace/Sons of Encouragement are amazing! I get bogged down when reading the Old Testament and trying to learn about the men/women of the Bible. In the Lineage/Sons books, she makes their stories come to life!! I actually LEARNED more about the Bible by reading these books.

    My daughters (ages 14 & 16) have just recently started reading her books that I own and they too think she is wonderful!!

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  4. Redeeming Love was the first book I read and really liked. It was a historical setting, but still very real and applicable to the human condition. And the Shofar Blew was also a great and enthralling read.

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  5. NORA AND FRANCINE ... WONDERFUL interview, ladies!!!

    I absolutely adored Francine's Mark of the Lion series, so that is one of my faves and the other is The Scarlet Thread. All of Francine's books are fabulous, of course, but those would be my top two. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  6. I have only started to read Francine Rivers. The first was because I had just gotten my ereader and Leota's garden was free. I just loved it. From there I have read Sin Eater and Redeeming Love. I am so amazed how the biblical stories can be brought up to date and yet we still can see Gods messages so clearly.I have just gotten the women of the bible and can't wait to read how their lives truely could have been.

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  7. My two favorites? Well, can it get any tougher since I like them all? Oh well, does a series count? Then I'd have to say Redeeming Love and the entire Mark of the Lion series.

    joyfulhutch[at]msn[dot]com

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  8. Redeeming Love. My daughter is rereading it again for about the 3rd time during these last idle days at school (she's 16) and commented just yesterday that it's "the best book on the planet".

    Loved the interview!

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  9. One of the first Christian fiction books I read was Francine's wonderful "Redeeming Love." Years later I was fascinated by "The Sin Eater." Both gave me so much to think about.

    I appreciate Francine's open heart of faith and wise character development--all for a God-driven purpose!

    I'd love to read "The Scarlet Thread" and "And the Shofar Blew."

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  10. My favorite by far is Redeeming Love. I've read it more than once and led book club discussions of it. I've recommended it to men and women, who I've ministered to. The second is The Scarlet Thread. I haven't read the Rahab book and would love to have a copy.

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  11. My favorite would have to be Redeeming Love. Seriously the best book I've EVER read! And I just recently read The Atonement Child. It gave me a lot to think about!

    Loved the interview!!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. My first Francine Rivers book was And the Shofar Blew. I totally loved this book and thought the theme was so applicable for today. Given that first taste for Francine Rivers, I read Redeeming Love and loved it because the picture of perfect love was so overwhelming. I have gone on to read a few other of her books and have been gripped by each one.

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  13. The Scarlet Thread was the first book I read by Francine and I loved it and was hooked! My other favorite was Redeeming Love.

    Thanks for the interview Francine & Nora!

    Gail Mundy

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  14. Thank you so much for this insightful interview with the incomparable Francine Rivers. I think the Scarlet Thread is one of the best books in Christian fiction I have ever read. Utterly creative and emotionally moving, this was a book worth reading again and again. I would say the same for Redeeming Love. A classic book by a classic author.

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  15. A friend of mine suggested Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series to me at a time when I really, really needed encouragement. I read all three books in a week, so I'm going to count that as one. I think I've bought the series about eight times to give away as gifts, if that tells you how much I loved it. I equally love Redeeming Love, which made me cry and I'm not a crier (well, at least not in front of people anyway). But I also equally loved And the Shofar Blew. My teenage daughter and I read it at the same time and shared some precious moments as we talked about the story. I am always so amazed at Francine's ability to connect with readers through the vulnerability of her characters. Helps people like me realize we're not so alone in our struggles after all. So thanks, Francine. You've had a tremendous impact on my life. God bless.

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  16. Thank you for the interview Francine and Nora. Very insightful.
    As for the books. I liked Redeeming Love. I am one of those who went huh with Leota's Garden, but given some thought, I understood where you were headed, Francine. My mother gave me the Atonement Child as a gift. I like several of Francine's books. And The Shofar Blew gave a clear look at things behind the scene at church, if God is taken out of the equation.

    Thanks again

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  17. I have not read any of Francine's books but would love to read the women of the Bible series then Her Mother's Hope and following book. Well I guess I can say I want to read all of her books and have added to my wish list. Enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading my first Francine River's book.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  18. A friend of mine suggested Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series to me
    at a time when I really, really needed encouragement. I read all three
    books in a week, so I'm going to count that as one. I think I've bought the
    series about eight times to give away as gifts, if that tells you how much
    I loved it. I equally love Redeeming Love, which made me cry and I'm not a
    crier (well, at least not in front of people anyway). But I also equally
    loved And the Shofar Blew. My teenage daughter and I read it at the same
    time and shared some precious moments as we talked about the story. I am
    always so amazed at Francine's ability to connect with readers through the
    vulnerability of her characters. Helps people like me realize we're not so
    alone in our struggles after all. So thanks, Francine. You've had a
    tremendous impact on my life. God bless.

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  19. My most favorite book by Francine Rivers would have to be "Leota's Garden". I remember telling all my friends about the book and telling them, how much they needed to read it. I gave the book to my daughter, but found the book again and bought it. This was one book that I knew that I wanted to have on my book shelves.
    The second one would be "The Atonement Child". This book took a hold of me and I believe it was one that I just sat down with and read until the end.
    I have some others that I have not gotten to. I would love to win Rahab. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  20. I loved And the Shofar Blew and of course my first read Redeeming Love. The second was one of the first Christian fiction I read. Wonderful interview!

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Great interview! I loved "A Voice In The Wind" and "Echo In The Darkness", because I fell in love with Hadassah and Marcus. They were such endearing characters. I'd love to win "Rahab". Thanks for the opportunity!

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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  22. I loved getting to talk to Francine Rivers. I loved As the Shofar Blew.......thanks for all you do.

    Marcia massie

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  23. Leota's Garden is my all-time favorite book. The relationship issues really grab your attention. Tossing in the college student brings in a ton of humor and insights into the grandma. I think everyone should read it!!!

    Bathsheba would be my next favorite of Francine's. The intricacies of a marriage and having to share a husband. Bathsheba's early desires are very interesting.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  24. I have not read any of Francine River's books, but I have recently bought Leota's Garden and Voice in the Wind. After reading all the good mini-reviews here for both books, it will be difficult to decide which to read first!

    It was delightful reading the interview. Just gave me more reason to get excited about reading Francine's books!

    I have also wanted to read Redeeming Love since so many people think of it as their favorite book. Rahab looks good, too. I was recently reading that story in the Bible and the red string to be hung from her window brought to mind the passover story.

    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I've only read Redeeming Love, and I loved it. Such a beautiful story.

    kleehar[at]gmail[dot]com

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  26. "The story of two women, centuries apart, who 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. When Sierra discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Catherine Murray, she finds that their lives are amazingly similar. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance and Mary Catherine endured the hardships of life on the Oregon Trail, many of the issues and problems they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Catherine’s example, Sierra learns to surrender to God's sovereignty and unconditional love."

    I needed to go to Francine Rivers' website to read about her book contents and came to this one!
    I would like to read The Scarlet Thread because I have written journal entries for years of sermon notes, quiet time reflections and prayers for my children. I am a new quilter machine-piecing and quilting my second quilt. The first one was a California King size for our guest room bed. This one and hereafter! is a queen size for our new mattress/bed size! I have read Jane Kirkpatrick's stories about the bravery of the Oregon Trail women, forging ahead and sometimes returning. Would love to read The Scarlet Thread. Also wondering if it is the story of Rahab, and then adding Boaz and Ruth?
    Thank you for this excellent post. Enjoyed reading it very much. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  27. "Once Leota's garden was a place of beauty, where her flowers bloomed and hoped 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 of 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?"

    Leota's Garden sounds interesting too! To pick just one???!

    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  28. I've read numerous Francine Rivers books, and I've enjoyed all of them. "Her Mother's Hope" and "Her Daughter's Dream" are two of my favorites. Thank you for offering this contest.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

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  29. I've never read any of her books however, the one on Rahab sounds most interesting actually they all sound wonderful.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  30. " it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. " i find that fantastic ! what a blessing for any writer!
    i have not , to my recollection, read any of Francine's books.. would love the redeeming love just by the cover !! and my luv of hebrew stories would lead me to believe the shofar blew would be another.. Thx Nora for the offer..
    faithhopecherrytea at *gmail.*com

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  31. I have been a die-hard fan of Francine River's for a while...and I love her books...my favorites would be Redeeming Love' ...and 'Leota's Garden'.......such a wonderul writer...keep writing em Francine...cause I LOVE reading em.....babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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  32. I have read ALL of FR's work! Love it all, she is one of my most favored authors. A favorite title is hard to pin down - I cherished my time with Hadassah in A Voice In The Wind & Leota's Garden spoke my heart's language...but I loved Mother's Hope too! Thank you for the chance to win a quality copy of Rahab. God's blessings over your year!

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  33. NOTE SENT TO ME BY FRANCINE RIVERS 6-11-12

    Dear Nora,

    Rick and I have been gone over a month, sight-seeing in Russia (St. Petersburg to Moscow) and visiting capitols around the Baltic Sea. As soon as we returned I visited your blog. I’ve read every message and am so encouraged by the comments readers have sent in. I just wanted to write a quick note and offer a big Thank You to everyone who responded.

    I am back to work on my current WIP (work-in-progress). Jet-lag can be helpful! Early to bed (7:30 p.m.) and early to rise (3 – 4 a.m.) and there seem to be more hours in the day to get things done! I may finish this novel ahead of schedule.

    May the Lord bless you and each one of your readers!

    Francine

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  34. I've only read Redeeming Love, and I would love to read more! kleehar[at]gmail[dot]com

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  35. My favorite Francine Rivers book is Redeeming Love. It's the only book I've ever finished and immediately turned over and started again... without a pause! I got so much more out of it on the second read when I understood where it was going. The analogy to how we continually turn our backs on a God who loves us moved me to my very soul. twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  36. Checking back to see if winner has been picked! Thank you. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  37. Okay, see it will be June 15th. Will be back! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  38. I positively adored "Leota's Garden"!! It was such a touching story and one that I couldn't put down til I saw how it ended! I haven't read any others to date, but hope to get more to add to my reading list

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  39. Thank you for the Post/Interview, i loved reading it, Francine your one of my favorite Author and read most of your Books, the firast one was the Trilogy "Mark of the Lion" I loved them Books, I still have them, it as one of them that I will keep as long as I live. Atonement Child is another one and so many more. Please add me to your Contest.
    Many Blessings to all.

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. THANKS to EVERYONE for sharing about how much you've been touched by FRANCINE RIVERS books.

    THANKS FRANCINE for sending a note to the people that have commented her and for giving me that picture of you in Russia. Can't wait to hear more about your trip!!

    I used RANDOM NUMBER.org to generate the winners.

    CONGRATS TO SHAWNA K. WILLIAMS and LANE HILL HOUSE. Your numbers came up!! THANKS for your comments and encouraging this author!!

    A HUGE Giveaway starts the 19th at THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK!!

    More Book Fun Ahead!!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  41. Thank you, Nora! Blessings to you today. My address is on the way to you!

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  42. Nora! Thank you so much. My copy of Francine's book has arrived!! Appreciate it and look forward to reading Rahab's story. Kathleen

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