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AMY K. SORRELLS UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL 3 Book GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY



ABOUT AUTHOR AMY K. SORRELLS: Amy is an award-winning author and occasional poet writing words of hope for a hurting world. Amy got her start in journalism, has written for medical publications, and enjoyed a three year stint as a weekly op-ed columnist for her town newspaper. A graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband and three sons in central Indiana

How did you come up with the idea for Lead Me Home?

AMY: The idea for Lead Me Home began with an interest I developed in classic tent revival hymns and history. I began reading books about the Jesus People movement and how churches have evolved—or perhaps not—over the generations. From there, I sort of fell into research on the astonishing numbers of small churches that are having to close their doors across America, and I wondered what it would be like to be a part of one of those communities, losing not only a church but a way of life.

Nora: I appreciate your Note to Readers where you shared your passions and heartaches for small churches and dairy farms. I read that first. It really helped me connect with you, your story and the characters!

What do you hope readers take away from Lead Me Home?
Cow finished Milking

Milking time on Dairy Farm
AMY: I hope readers feel a fresh sense of the old saying “Bloom where you are planted.” Because it just might be that the Lord plants each of us where we are for a reason.

Nora: Amen to that statement. THANKS for all the great pictures from your cousin's farm. Grin!

How is the setting of Lead Me Home important to you? What do you hope it conveys to readers?

Amy's Cousin's Dairy Farm

AMY: I set my first two novels in locations I’ve visited (Alabama’s Gulf Coast and South Haven, Michigan) but never lived. I really wanted to set this novel in my home state of Indiana. In addition, my cousin owns a sustainable dairy farm that I’ve always been fascinated with, so I wanted to set a novel there, too. The interesting thing about farmers and pastors—just like Noble and James—is that they’re an awful lot alike. Whether dealing with temperatures or temperaments, the farmer and the pastor have to trust in the Lord to keep going. The same is true for each of us, since we’re never promised anything in this life except for the Lord’s grace.

Nora: This was a fascinating look at farmers and pastors. I never looked at either one close. This is the first novel I've read by you. I look forward to checking your other novels out!

I loved your discussion questions in the back of the book, and I wanted to ask you one. Noble is a young man who has struggles of his own—trying to run the family farm and care for his mother and brother—and has put his own dreams on hold. What do you hope readers see in Noble’s struggle? How does it parallel James’s and Shelby’s struggles? What hope do you want readers to grasp from their situations?
Mandi

AMY: I hope readers see that while few of us are where we want to be in life, we are often precisely where we need to be. If we take the time to look at the blessings all around us—even the ones that seem on the surface to be annoyances and difficulties—we can find reasons to be joyful and content where we are, with the Lord’s help.

Nora: So true. Key word "take the time" you are right, "there are reasons to be joyful and content even when the world is telling us other wise. I liked how you talked about this in your novel.

In the book, Noble’s friend Brock tells him, “Sometimes leaving ain’t the answer for our pain. Sometimes the dreams God has for us, the biggest difference we can make in the world is right where we are.” What do you hope readers take away from that statement? How do Noble and James come to realize the truth behind Brock’s words? How can we know whether forging ahead or staying put is the right thing to do?
Milking Time
AMY: We live in a time where little value is placed on the things and people Jesus teaches are important: the meek, the weak, the mourning, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and the persecuted. We are as a society one that values more and bigger, loud and famous, shock and awe. It’s very hard for most Americans—and I’m guilty of this too—to feel content in their towns, their homes, their jobs, their cars, even their families. Eventually Noble and James realize the wealth (though not by human measures) in their lives is right where they are, but how that happens is something you’ll have to find out by reading the book. Of course there are times when the Lord calls many of us to move, but that theme is for another novel.

Nora: I like how you handles this subject matter with grace and love. I like that the message was natural not preachy. It really made me stop and think. I look forward to read the book about the Lord calling people to move too!! Grin!

Can you tell me of a “wow” moment you’ve had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?

AMY:A “wow” moment happened recently when I visited a book club that had just read Then Sings My Soul. Two of the women there were weeping—like pass-the-tissues weeping—over Jakob’s story. I kept thinking to myself how odd and wonderful it was that they were talking about this character I made up entirely from my imagination as if he were not only real, but real to them personally. What more could a writer hope for, really?

Nora: I was at a book club meeting when one my members talked to the author about her secondary character. She felt that siblings were too hard on him and he just needed a break. She went on and on. Finally the author looked at her, smiled big and said, "you do know that this character isn't real right?" I'm glad you had that moment too!! You know you've written a story people connected with and cared deeply for your characters!!

What three things are you most thankful for in life?

AMY: My Savior. My husband. My sons.
Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

AMY: As much fun as it was to write from the perspectives of two gentlemen in Lead Me Home, my next novel is written from the perspectives of two women and centers around the theme of motherhood. It is slated to release in 2017, also from Tyndale.

Nora: I've marked my calendar. That sounds interesting!!

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians—all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

AMY: I’d be a medicine woman or a scribe, of course.


 A friend of yours has a time machine and she will let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

AMY: I would love to go to Russia and meet Nicholas and Alexandra and all their children before the revolution. I would also love to sit and perhaps cast a line with Paul on the island of Patmos, meet my ancestors who immigrated here from Eastern Europe in the 1880s, have dinner with Theodore Roosevelt, spend a few days with people who were helping Jews escape the Holocaust, and try to befriend the accused witches in Salem, Massachusetts, because they probably just had epilepsy or other reasons they couldn’t help (and which were unknown at the time) for their seizures. I would also love to travel to the future to meet my great-great-grandchildren.

Nora: Sounds like an interesting trip. When you got back I'd like to know what you discovered!

Out of all the sounds in the world, which are your favorite?

AMY: Crickets in the evening on a country back road; squeaking wheels on the boys’ school bus when it stops in front of our house; the song of the mourning dove.

Nora: Fun!

We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given, what part of your day requires the most patience for you to get through?

AMY: Dinnertime. Cooking is not my forte. I’m done with the day. My family is done with the day. Did someone say carryout?

Nora: I'll Amen that!! Grin!

What causes you to pray the most?
AMY: Teaching teenagers how to drive.

Nora: Oh, Yeah!

THANKS Amy for stopping in and helping us get to know you and your books. Thanks also for the special pictures from your cousin's farm that show the cows on the farm and in the milking process that is mentioned in the book. Fun!
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1. Look around you, wherever you happen to be sitting as you read this. What are three things you didn’t notice before you sat down but that catch your eye now? Three things you didn’t notice that perhaps you could be grateful for?

2. Think of—or be on the lookout for—someone at work, your church, or in your neighborhood who is unnoticed, unpopular, left out. How can you be an encouragement to them next time you see them?


3. Think of a time you wished and hoped you could be somewhere else or do something else with your life. Did it eventually work out the way you wanted? How do you feel about those plans now?
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57 comments:

  1. Not sure where the questions are. Link would not open but I'd love to,read this book.

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    2. I see my sisters picture and i smile knowing she is in heaven no longer in pain. I see my son's picture and am glad he has retirer From the Army. I am greatful, over joyed that my grandchrildren are close by and am able to see them. My heart sings every time I see them. Gold has been good to me.

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    I'm grateful as I sit on my couch this afternoon that I have shelter from the rain coming down outside. I'm grateful for my husband sitting across from me who took great care of me this past year through a broken right leg and a total knee replacement of my left. And I'm grateful for the beautiful cross stitch pictures I can look at as I sit here done by my step-daughter who lost her life back in February.

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  3. We've had several new visitors in our Bible study class recently. Our class is a warm class and I've invited one or two to our socials we have routinely. We have a happy mixture of several races.

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  4. 3 things I see and didn’t notice before I sat down:
    Bananas that remind me of my grandkids who love to eat them.
    An unexpected gift from a friend at church.
    A toy on the floor under the piano bench…another reminder of the grandkids!

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  5. The article on pages 24-27 By Sylvia Bambola. Actually it was the blurb about Bambola that caught my eye. Seeing that she was born in Romania and the reference to Refiner's Fire. I was just on a missions trip to Romania (a 2nd in 6 years) and definitely getting a copy of Refiner's Fire to read. I have read 2 of her other books and loved them. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I definitely have regrets in my life (not sure that is where you were headed w/ the question!) and wish I had not done and said things. But I am so grateful for the gracious and merciful God who loves me in spite of my failures. He has made my life complete.

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  7. A robin in my driveway, how green the grass is, birds chirping! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I sometimes invite single ladies to my home for games and snacks.

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  9. #3. I really can't think of anything.

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  10. #4. I love the photography in the article beginning on page 140

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  11. The God's Not Dead 2 ad caught my attention. Loved the movie!

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  12. The three things that caught my eye are a saying about family on our mantle. How the sun comes into our living room. And three how green everything is right now. I am grateful for each of them.
    Being an encouragement to someone in the community: our neighbor is very very hard to get along with but a few weeks ago I went over and gave him a beautiful hanging basket with flowers as a sign of peace and friendship.
    I had always wanted to be a veterinarian but God had other plans for me. I became a nurse and meet my husband and we have three beautiful sons. I am glad I followed God's plan because who knows if I would have met my wonderful hubby.

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  13. Sitting here, I noticed an angel that a friend had given me a while ago that has been partially hidden by work items.

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  14. The article that caught my eye: Page 60 God does give us more than we can handle. It quickly caught my attention because of the title and the Wizard of Oz pictures.

    The article about Cheri's new book caught my attention and I am in the process of reading it now.
    Thank you for the chance to win your books. Loved the blog.

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  15. There are some people at church who I always try to talk to each week. They are trying to read the Bible, but need a children's Bible to get started and are getting one from our education director since we couldn't find one for them in the church library.

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  16. The time that I wished I could do something else with my life is now so I don't know how it will work out.

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  17. I can't find the link that works. Please advise.

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  18. Read Gina Duke's article on pages 170-175. Loved it! I loved the part where she learned her grandma had prayed for someone in the family to take up her calling. Can't wait to read her books!

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  19. I really enjoyed reading the story Kingdom Conversations by Deborah Piccurelli. Thinking that I need the same lesson right now too!

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  20. Just sat down and noticed how quiet it is! I have had company for the last couple of weeks and am enjoying the quiet. Also noticed that I need to do some cleaning and am thankful that I am able to do it! And the sun is shining. How can you not be thankful for that!

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  21. I really enjoyed the story on pages 8-18 Kingdom Conversations by Deborah Piccurelli! Thinking that I needed to hear this same lesson right now too!

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  22. I don't know if it qualifies as an ad, but I read the Ace Collins blurb on page 4 and was happy to read that his Helen Meeker stories are coming out in print soon!

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  23. The snow on the mountains, now that the clouds have lifted, the sun peeking through the clouds and a few flowers still on the trees after the snow -- after about a week of gray skies, I am thankful for the sunshine, even late in the day.
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  24. First article
    Summary- This article deals with the autobiography of author Bill Morgenstein A kid from Brooklyn and how he has made it easily available through the online book business.
    It’s quite a feeling to read a good book, in Amazing Autobiography- A kid from Brooklyn Online
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    Date-26/4/2015-Tuesday
    Keyword- A kid from Brooklyn
    fact, at times one feel like a scholar while reading a book that has interesting stories to tell. In modern times there are millions of books, but a kid from Brooklyn is a great story to read. It’s all about Bill Morgenstein and his wonderful adventurous life as a kid in Brooklyn. In this beautiful book one can get past the life of the author in a realistic manner. The book is so interesting that as if one lives the life of the author as he or she reads through it.
    The manuscript is based on the author’s trials & tribulations of life, his wonderful time with his buddy Louis and of course his time with his family. The book showcases the innocent child’s dreams, his family business and every relative’s life in short description as well as his future planning and execution as well. At times one may feel like going through the life of the kid of Brooklyn. The hair-raising childhood topics can really intimidate quite a few. Over all we may attribute that it’s an honest effort to showcase a kid from Brooklyn in an effective and heart-touching manner. Louie and the author had many adventures. One of it was when the author used to get slapped because of Louis mischief. Right from hitting him with snowballs, to creating many other mischiefs the childhood was an experience of great order. The book describes the early mischiefs and childish pranks in a lovely manner that grabs every reader’s attention. Well looking at this work we may state that now the online mode has new and interesting topics from established author and authoress.
    Getting into the online book business is really good as author Bill Morgenstein has published his book a kid from Brooklyn online and wait it has a confirmed website too. This beautiful auto biography is available for buying on Amazon.com and hey it certainly creates an interesting new career growth too apart from the income and the popularity as a writer. Before you know it, you can be on your way to big profits and the great benefits of owning your own business. It doesn’t necessitate a huge time commitment either apart from writing it, because writing does consume time. A good book like this one has many buyers online and of course online readers too. Primarily to sell off a book like such one requires communicating more with emails and LinkedIn. Another major part is to contact an online selling portal like Amazon that offers ample online promotion that is good enough for the traffic. Well, we hope this wonderful autobiography must have stimulated many other writers who want to scribe down a manuscript like this and to make it globally available through the online book business. Now, isn’t that inspirational?
    About Author- Bill Morgenstein is a sensitive author who has portrayed his character as well as all about his childhood to adult life in his autobiography a kid from Brooklyn. He has also discussed how to have an online book business effectively.
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  25. The Simple Things on page 24 is a wonderful reminder of slowing down and enjoying God's simple, but beautiful blessings!

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  26. Three things I'm thankful for from where I sit: my hardworking husband, sunshine after a storm, and a cozy, happy home!

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  27. There is a quiet person I know that m going to talk to more.

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  28. I had different career plans than what I'm doing. Sometimes I regret not being more brave in pursuing those plans, but I remind myself that I an where God wants me and can use me.

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  29. The ad for the book Love Comes Softly made me stop. Now that book is on my TBR list!

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  30. On my last post, I meant to write that the Love Comes Callin ad caught my eye! 😳

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  31. -- a time you wished and hoped you could be somewhere else or do something else with your life: I originally got my teaching degree because I thought it was a good option for me, in case I needed to support my family, in the event that something happened to my husband. I never dreamed or hoped that God would keep me at it for 25 years.

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  32. I can see the work being done in my yard. The beautiful weather that the Lord has provided today.

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  33. 2. I try to be encouragement to my neighbors come along side and offer prayer or a helping hand.

    3. The times that I wished for things to be different, the Lord helped be to be content in my current circumstances.

    4. I liked the article on page 20 Watching my Wait.

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  34. 5 I like the ad for Fast Freddy Book, nice and colorful eye catching.

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  35. This book looks wonderful. I would love a copy of it.

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  36. This book looks wonderful. I would love a copy of it.

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  37. This book sounds like a wonderful read. Would love to win a copy.

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  38. Pam Graber posted on May 5, 2016 at 11:41 AM
    3. Seven years ago I was laid off from an office job I loved. I spent 13 months searching for work and ended up taking a job writing for a local newspaper. While I enjoyed the writing and the interesting stories I ran into, I HATED all the evening meetings I had to attend and the thousands of miles a year that I put on my car to do the job. After 3 years of doing that, I got a call out of the blue from the Administration Commission at my church asking if I would ever consider taking the job of church secretary. That's the job I had hoped for when I originally lost my first job!! I have enjoyed every minute of being in the church office and it would take a PERFECT job offer to lure me away!

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  39. Pam Graber posted May 5, 2016 at 11:27 AM1. Sitting at my desk at church I see the inspection tag on our fire panel for the church. This means that panel is working correctly and has been thoroughly checked for this year. I feel safer because it's there. I also see the list of the members of our church youth group and their sponsors. They are a blessing to our congregation and I'm thankful for them. The third thing I see that I am thankful for is a picture of my grandbabies. They make me smile just by being themselves.

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  40. Pam Graber posted May 5, 2016 at 11:35 AM
    2. My work IS my church! I think we have a number of people who come on Sunday, sit in the pews to worship and quietly leave without feeling they've made an impact on the congregation. I think it's encouraging to speak to them and ask how their week went or if they have any special plans coming up. Just making the connection is encouraging, as much for me as for them.

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  41. Pam Graber posted May 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM
    4. The article on "Living a Romance Novel" looks fun!

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  42. Pam Graber posted May 5, 2016 at 12:05 PM
    Yes! The crime scene tape on the "Who Killed My Church?" ad drew me in and made me want to read about the book.

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  43. I had taught school for 34+ years and looked forward to retirement. I have enjoyed traveling, volunteering at church and with ESL, and also a 3-year P/T teaching position. So, yes, it worked out great. Jacquir613@gmail.com

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  44. The things I notice more each day is the sunshine in the morning, the birds chatter and the moving of the wind. All three items reassures me of a loving Father God would cares for me and gives me light and life.

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  45. I could not open the post through Rafflecopter either. My comment is on Think of—or be on the lookout for—someone at work, your church, or in your neighborhood who is unnoticed, unpopular, left out. How can you be an encouragement to them next time you see them? - This is a habit of mine - I guess because I felt ignored most of my life, I try to look for the people in the background and let them know they have been noticed and that what they do is important. We all have the same basic need - to be heard and that is always my goal - to engage someone and hear a bit of their story! Your book and your research sound amazing and I would love to win a copy!

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