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RANDALL ARTHUR'S LATEST COMPELLING STORY - A QUIET ROAR - BLEW ME AWAY - INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY


Randall Arthur rocked the Christian world with his first novel Wisdom Hunter. Then there was The Betrayal and finally Jordan's Crossing. These were ground breaking books because nobody had written a novel like he did about legalism. He was transparent and brutally honest of it's affects on a community and the world. It was a wild ride that wasn't preachy. He gave the circumstances and let the readers make up their own mind. Many (including myself) found this refreshing.











Randall Arthur is back with a novel that has blown me away even more then his first novel. Again he brings up a subject and lets readers decide for themselves how to respond to what they read. I'm thrilled to introduce this new novel Quiet Roar: Sometimes disruption is overdue. That gives a peek into a congregations experience through change of Pastors, traditions, and a brutal look at what missionaries can get caught up in as they share the good news of Jesus. It made me think of the original disciples. They were on a mission to share the news Jesus told them. They weren't always well received but they kept sharing.

At the end of this interview I'll have three questions listed. Please Answer one of these questions to be entered to the drawing to receive a copy of Quiet Roar. This is a book I couldn't put down and one that will rock your book club meetings.

How did you come up with the idea for A Quiet Roar?
Downtown Lyons, GA setting for A Quiet Roar 












RANDALL: My wife and I were driving through the backroads of Georgia. As we approached Toombs County, we were discussing the subject of ‘women in ministry.’ As we passed through the small towns of Vidalia and Lyons, I asked out loud what would likely happen if the most prominent church in the area announced they were hiring a female pastor. 

We were in deep, central Georgia; a conservative, traditional, church-going culture. Being a Georgia native, I knew instantly how the community would respond. And within thirty minutes, I had built the basic outline of the novel. Even though I had another novel outlined and ready to commence writing, the story of A Quiet Roar took precedent. And it wouldn’t let me go until I finished it four years later.

NORA: Thank you for the opportunity to read this thought-provoking story that discusses much more than a woman pastor in a small town. Your story rocked my world as much as Wisdom Hunter did! I'm still thinking about this novel. There is so much in here. 

What do you hope readers take away from A Quiet Roar?

RANDALL:I want the story to provoke debate, discussion, and further study. The subject of ‘women in ministry,’ of course, is a controversial subject. But many people, I believe, base their belief about the subject on the opinion of their denominational leaders. 
Church in Tennessee Welcomed our Motorcycle group 












My hope is that the story of A Quiet Roar will provoke readers to step back, revisit the issue on their own, and study the subject in depth - to no longer be a simple echo on the subject, but to know what they believe, and why they believe it. Of course, a good story should always entertain, inspire, and enlighten. And I trust that A Quiet Roar will provide these experiences as well. I worked hard to make it so.

NORA: What I loved about Wisdom Hunter and A Quiet Roar is the fact that it's not a preachy in your face story. You bring up situations, point out scripture references and have readers and characters ponder on how to walk out this passage in every day life.  I found myself getting out my bible as I read some chapters. It's kind of like I've read that passage a million times but it jumped out this time and touched my soul in a surprising way.

Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has surprised you?
Wisdom Hunter written in our 4 1/2 yr stay in Munich










RANDALL: I never aspired to be a writer and, therefore, never had any fantasies or expectations of what it would be like to be a published author. 

My first three novels were born—not out of an ambition to be a bestselling novelist—but out of personal pain; out of a therapeutic need to put into writing the insights I learned during the dark, murky seasons of life that nearly destroyed my will to live. After learning these monumental insights and framing them in ways I could understand, I decided to incorporate the insights into true-to-life dramas, dramas that would help others find the redemption I had found. I am just honored and humbled that these stories have found a broad audience.

NORA: Wisdom Hunter, Betrayal, and Jordan's Crossing were game changers for many including myself. I didn't realize what Legalism was and was clueless about it's affects on a family, community and the world.

What was your favorite scene in A Quiet Roar? Which was the most fun to write?
Place in Alabama where A Quiet Roar was written










RANDALL: I love the entire story; I really do. But if I had to choose a favorite scene that was especially fun to write, I would say it would be the moment in one of the final chapters where an unlikely individual stands up in a public setting and highlights a dynamic revelation that instantly becomes the source of unforgettable and legendary gossip. At the same time, the ‘reveal’ becomes a heart-slap to the reader.

NORA: It was inspiring and eye opening as individuals see God at work in-spite of their negativity. That was a very powerful moment!

Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had in your writing career?
Mission team took to Lisbon Portugal
RANDALL:I’ll give you six such moments. 
(1) The first came when Quester publishers called me from Oregon—I was living and working as a missionary in Munich at the time—and offered to publish my first novel Wisdom Hunter throughout the U.S.A., Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia. 

(2) The second came when the publisher later notified me by phone that Wisdom Hunter had become a bestseller. I was certain this was a fluke. Yet, the book—twenty-eight years old now—continues to sell, and is considered by many to be a classic.

(3) The third moment came when my mission board fired me because of their offense with the story of Wisdom Hunter. I suspected they would fire me. But after having served with them for seventeen years, it was still a difficult blow to take. Of course, today, twenty-eight years later, I consider the firing to be a badge of honor. 

(4) The fourth moment came when a dear lady at a book signing told me that half-way through Wisdom Hunter she literally pulled off the interstate one afternoon into an emergency lane, stopped, bowed her head, and seriously prayed out loud for Jason Faircloth, the main character of the story. This was a true validation of my effort to craft fictitious stories in such a way that the reader will step back and say, “I believe these characters must be real people.” 

(5) The fifth moment came a few weeks ago when several key people predicted that A Quiet Roar will have the same lasting impact as Wisdom Hunter. I didn’t expect this. But I am thrilled, humbled, and honored that the book is receiving this type of reception. 

(6) And the latest WOW moment came just today, when a prominent Southern Baptist pastor—a top 100 Christian blogger—gave A Quiet Roar a fantastic review and challenged all Baptist pastors to read it. 

NORA: Wow, for sure Randall! Thank you for sharing these!

Why write Christian Fiction? What’s the draw for you?

RANDALL: One-hundred percent of the people on the planet—Christians and non-Christians alike—struggle in life, some more frequently than others, some more intensely than others. But everyone struggles. Life is a battlefield, not a bedroom. Yet, typically, we all wear a smiling mask that implies we have a grip on life. On any given Sunday, however, there are thousands of believers all across America who stand in church, feeling that they are dying alone on the inside and that nobody cares or understands. 

My goal as a writer is to create stories that highlight these common behind-the-mask struggles. To show the reader that he or she is not alone. To give the reader hope. At the same time, I want to gently “force” the reader to step outside their normal, accepted way of looking at things and be shown optional ways to view life’s important issues. Christian fiction—especially fiction that is contemporary, plausible and true-to-life—is a fantastic delivery system for teaching, inspiring, challenging, and encouraging. As I say on my website, ‘My goal as a writer is to rip the mask of pretense from American Christianity and present stories that portray true-to-life struggles, true-to-life thoughts, and true-to-life reactions.’

Can you share your testimony with us?

RANDALL: Yes. I became a follower of Jesus at the age of 13 as a direct influence of a believing mother and a gospel-preaching church. I surrendered to be a foreign missionary at the age of 15 after taking part in a short-term mission trip to Mexico. I received my mission training at a conservative, legalistic Bible college in Tennessee. I graduated in 1975 with a degree in theology and with an extremely legalistic mindset. With my wife at my side, I moved to Oslo, Norway in 1976 to serve as a church planter. 
First International Church housed here in Oslo, Norway












My wife and I were so naive, we honestly thought we were Norway’s only hope. As we began to build an international congregation, we gradually discovered how destructive our legalistic worldview was, both for us and those around us. It was this eye-opening season in life that gave birth to my first novel Wisdom Hunter. I decided to write a book that would illustrate in a true-to-life drama just how catastrophic a dictatorial pastor can be. Eventually set free from a legalistic mindset, my wife and I went on to establish international churches in Munich, Germany and Berlin, Germany. Overall, we lived and ministered on the European continent for twenty-two years. Since 2000 I have based my ministry out of Atlanta and have served as the European representative for Global Ministries Foundation. 

In this role, my job is to introduce American Christians to the mission needs of Europe. My purpose is to help raise up needed laborers, supporters, and intercessors who will focus on this part of the world. I fulfill this job by taking groups of Americans on 10-day ministry trips to Europe and giving them a personal, hands-on experience in cross-cultural missions. I have now coordinated and led over 100 mission teams. I also have an extensive ministry with motorcyclists here in the States. I find motorcycling to be extremely therapeutic. And on the side, I write Christian fiction. I love life. And I love what I do.

NORA: Thank you for sharing all these photos and the story behind your novels.  I'm THRILLED to share your book and this interview with readers.
Thank you Randall for stopping by and giving us a look at your new novel; a peek into your heart and a front row seat into how Quiet Roar came to be. This book is about so much more than a woman pastor it's about the human heart, change, and a peek at missionaries on the front line risking it all to share the good news of Jesus. 

I love that your books cause me to go back to the bible and look at things for myself and let God do the rest. Like Wisdom Hunter (which is a book I still think about); readers will be moved to dig deeper into their heart and think about why they do what they do. This book would be great for book club there is so much to discuss. This novel is definitely a keeper.


PLEASE ANSWER ONE 
of the Following Questions to be Entered into the drawing for chance at a copy of this book.




1. Have you been on a mission trip? If so, please explain where you went and what you did?

2. Have you ever wanted to go on a mission trip? If so, what have you desired to do?

3. If you've been on a mission trip; how was it different than you've expected?

4. If you've read and/or met missionaries how have they inspired you, encourage you, surprised you? Do tell!


CONGRATS TO SHERYL BARNES
 your name was drawn to receive a copy of Randall Arthur's new novel.

THANKS to everyone that has entered here on TBCN blog and on TBCN Ning Site. BLESSINGS to you all! 

THANKS for helping Make TBCN A Book Fun Place to Be!


Nora :o)


LAST DAY to Enter Drawing FEB 9th

PLEASE remember to include your email address!

Want to read Randall's book Now he says, "
At the moment, the two major sources for A Quiet Roar are (1) Amazon, where you can find the book as an e-book or as a paperback sold by Amazon and third-party sellers, and (2)  www.RandallArthur.com, where you can find the book as a paperback sold by Life Image Publishers, personalized and autographed by Randall. 

Compare prices before purchasing.

Randall

If you have any questions please contact me at nora@bookfunmagazine.com


THANKS for Helping Make TBCN The Book Fun Place to Be!

Nora :o)


MY COMMENT: I wanted to tell you about this missionary family and how their experiences changed the world. (I'm sharing it here because it wouldn't accept the HTML in the comment section.) 

I think the missionary experience that rocked my world was that of Jim and Elizabeth Elliott. 

Their story was made into a novel called The End of the Spear by Steve Saint (pilots son) and then later made into a movie. I met Elizabeth Elliott and hear her speak about her experience and how after all that went down on the beach that fateful day where her husband and several other missionary menwere killed she and her daughter lived among the tribe that did the killing. https://www.amazon.com/End-Spear-Steve-Saint-ebook/dp/B00DW9NCSS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549807605&sr=8-2&keywords=steve+saint
  

The pilot's son wrote a book sharing his experiences and how the Lord had him also work with the man that killed his father. That story was mind blowing.  His book Walking His Trail: Signs of God https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1414313764/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1



Listen to his story in this powerful video - It reminded me of Katherine's experiences in RANDALL ARTHUR'S NOVEL!

33 comments:

  1. 1) Sadly, no. I've always been afraid to do so due to being profoundly deaf. I have attended events sponsored or given by missionaries and all were excellent or good.

    2) Yes. Today, I wish to join something along the lines of Samaritan's Purse disaster relief. Again, my fears and deafness is holding me back.



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    1. Hi, Lee Ann; Thanks for sharing. Our book club helped out at a Samaritan's Purse center one year. It was quite the event. I think you would do great there.

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  2. Yes, I’ve been on several mission trips. To an orphanage in Arkansas where I helped the nurse with her files. To Romania where I scrubbed carpets, cleaned out a moldy fridge, cooked meals and cared for babies and preschoolers. To the Dominican Republic where I helped fit people for reading glasses. And on Saturday a team of us are going to El Salvador. Not quite sure our work there other than holding a day long retreat for ~70 women. It is a humbling exit to be able to serve this way. As a child in a pastors family we often had missionaries in our home and I wanted to be a missionary when I grew up. God is fulfilling a desire of my heart.

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    1. Oh, wow, Anne; Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

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  3. I have never been on a mission trip but our church supports a husband and wife team who have served in Brazil for almost 40 years. When they come home for furlough they often come to our church to speak. I was amazed that every home has bars over the windows because the crime rate is so bad but one of the comments that they always make is that it is good to visit family in the U.S. but they are eager to get back home!
    Thanks for introducing me to Randall and this new book.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm glad to share Randall's books with you. I'm thrilled about his interview too. It's very insightful. We have a missionary family at TBCN Ning site www.bookfun.org He's the man that gives a pound of coffee away every month. The mission is called Abundant Life Coffee!

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  4. 1) I went on two different missions trips as a high schooler: Mexico and Utah. Loved the experiences (each were very different) and how much I learned about different cultures, sharing my faith, being hands and feet for God, and just deepening my relationship with Him because we learned to depend on Him in ways we hadn't before. I loved that time in my life and encourage my kids to experience it too.

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    1. I've never been on a mission trip but many of my friends have. They describe learning about things they'd never learn staying at home. God does far more than we could ever imagine!

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  5. For my senior high school graduation trip I went on a mission trip to West Virginia with our youth group. We taught Bible School twice each day to different groups. My mom wanted to go to Honduras with our church several years ago before her health got bad and I secretly sponsored her through the church. She passed a little over a year ago but I have her pictures she took on that trip and cherish them.
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com
    Gail Hollingsworth

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    1. Oh, wow, Gail! What a great story. I'm so glad that you were able to do that for your mom! What a blessing you are!

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  6. I have been on several mission trips and it has changed my life. I went to Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Trinidad. You go to serve and you receive so much more. Even though it does not last for long you return with an appreciation for what you have. You learn that happiness or joy does not depend on material things. Fortunately for me my church has local, national and international mission trips.

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    1. "You learn that happiness or joy does not depend on material things" What a great lesson. I'm so glad you were able to go on those trips!

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  7. I would love to go on a mission trip!. What a privilege it would be to share the love of Christ with others!

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  8. I have had the opportunity but because of physical limitations have not gone on any mission trips. I have gone to Mexico with my son's youth group. They went for the day to help build a home and mingle with the children. It was an eye opener for me. My husband has been on several.
    We have missionary friends who live in Belgium who have a motorcycle club as part of their outreach.
    I'm inspired to reach out in love to those who are in need with material goods, financially, and as a friend. I would like to join the English as a second language program for the middle eastern families in our area.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity. My email address is sh2rose(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Sharon.

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  9. I haven't been on a mission trip.

    Missionaries are an inspiration. They live out their faith and see amazing results.

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  10. I have never been on a missions trip but I would really love the opportunity. Right now I'm working with a community emergency response team and trying to be an example to them. I'm the only Christian in the teaching group, and the only Christian on the team. I'm using this as my mission. I know that my ability to go to another country for missions is lacking because of age, disability, and finances. But! I can be a missionary in my community, even if it isn't recognized as such. The mission field is wherever folks need the message, right? I have not yet had the privilege of reading your books. I'm an avid reader and occasionally do reviews for authors who send an advance copy. I'm going to find your books and start reading as soon as I can afford to get them. Looking forward to a new reading adventure!��

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I agree with you, you don't have to go some where to be on a mission adventure. You'll be glad to read Randall's other books. You might want to check your library and/or the inter lending library program.

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  11. Unfortunately I've never had the opportunity to travel and be a part of missions. I've read a lot of books about it, but that isn't quite the same. I admire and appreciate those that do missions work. I can't wait to read your books! Thank you for this opportunity! Fricker@santiam.org

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    1. I haven't been on a mission trip either but appreciate those who have been and do work. I supported my friend who lived in Africa and learned so much from her experiences as she lived there for many years.

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  12. No I haven't been on a mission trip but I do a lot of local
    Mission work. My daughter goes to Kenya and shares awesome stories of God's work among the people there

    Redeemedreaders(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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    1. Oh, wow, great to hear about your daughter and what she is doing on the mission field. I bet she shares amazing stories of how the Lord works in mysterious ways. Thanks for sharing Sheryl.

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  13. I left the 2 "unknown" comments above. :)
    Can't wait to read your books! Looking for them on Amazon right now!
    I've never been on a missions trip but I would really like to make a difference and teach others about God.

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    1. I'm sure that God will make a way when there seems to be no way. You have a willing heart. Excited to hear about how the Lord uses you.

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  14. Yes, I went to Lima, Peru, and a few other cities in Peru for a crusade. We went to homeless people in the mountainous regions and to an orphanage.

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  15. I never had the privilege of going on a missions trip. I did send both of my daughters on multiple short-term trips, including one of them spending a year in China after graduating from college. My email address is bevlewis@usa.net.

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    1. Oh, wow! I'm glad that your children were able to go.

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    2. CONGRATS TO SHERYL BARNES your name was drawn to receive a copy of Randall Arthur's new novel.

      THANKS to everyone that has entered here on TBCN blog and on TBCN Ning Site. BLESSINGS to you all!

      THANKS for helping Make TBCN A Book Fun Place to Be!

      Nora :o)

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  16. I think the missionary experience that rocked my world was that of Jim and Elizabeth Elliott. Their story was made into a novel called The End of the Spear by Steve Saint (pilots son) and then later made into a movie. I met Elizabeth Elliott and hear her speak about her experience and how after all that went down on the beach that fateful day where her husband and several other missionary men were killed she and her daughter lived among the tribe that did the killing. 

    The pilot's son wrote a book sharing his experiences and how the Lord had him also work with the man that killed his father. That story was mind blowing.  His book Walking His Trail: Signs of God.

    Listen to his story in this powerful video I've included at the End of this interview. I wanted to put it here but it would not accept the HTML coding. Thanks everyone for sharing!

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  17. Sheryl Barnes,

    Congratulations! I will mail your winning copy of A Quiet Roar tomorrow. May the story entertain and inspire.

    Blessings,
    Randall Arthur

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