Friday, September 4, 2015

Lynne Walding's extraordinary Pastor McAlester's Bride!

Happy Friday, everyone!  Today I have a special guest. I read Lynne Walding's book, Pastor McAlester's Bride, several years ago. It was recommended to me by my editor at the time.  If I'm honest (which I try to be. LOL)  most books I read leave me rather dry, if I finish them at all, but this book kept me riveted to the very end. You can see my review below.  Please extend a warm welcome to Lynne Walding as she talks about her book, her life, and why she wrote Pastor McAlester's Bride!
(P.S. Don't be fooled by the cover. This is not some sweet country romance story.)


The dynamic, compassionate Edward McAlester answers God’s call to serve a small, dying church in southwest Arkansas. Under his guidance, the church comes alive to the work of the Holy Spirit—awakening Satan from his complacency.

The Prince of Darkness declares an all-out attack on the pastor’s marriage. And the Evil One hardly fights fair. He sends a misfit handful of demons to lure Edward to Satan’s clutches and destine his wife, Casey, to be the first casualty of spiritual warfare. Their marriage and their ministry seem doomed to fail until God dumps the problem directly into the lap of one of His most trusted servants, Witt Gregory.

Caught in a bizarre spiritual triangle, the humble and submissive Witt must make a decision between divine obedience and mortal love when God requires him to intervene in Casey and Edward’s rapidly deteriorating marriage.

Check out these reviews!!



“I’d close the book momentarily, and look out the window—to absorb what I’d just read. I JUST COULDN’T PULL MYSELF AWAY FROM Pastor McAlester’s Bride.
                            Faye Headrick, Christian Evangelist

Still trying to catch my breath.....
Wow, so powerful! Lynne Wells Walding has a talent for writing about spiritual warfare. I didn't want to put this book down and all I can say is wow. Not even when I read Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, did I come away feeling so drained and yet content. Pastor McAlenster's Bride will grab you and take you on one fascinating spiritual ride. A ride that will have you gasping at each turn....wondering what lies around the next corner. Again, I say wow. I will definitely be reading more of Lynne's books. Demons ARE real and ARE a real threat.....do not be fooled by their whispers. I encourage you to pick up this book and enjoy the ride!
Debbie Mitchell, Book Reviewer

Here's my endorsement:
We are surrounded by invisible enemies who are out to destroy our lives, our marriages and our happiness. Don't believe me? Pastor McAlester's Bride may convince you otherwise. A unique blend of the movies Ghostbusters and The Exorcist, Ms. Walding crafts a story that rivals C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters, a story that allows the reader a peek into a realm beyond our five senses, but a realm that is no less real. This book dealt with so many topics and in such a real way--love, betrayal, marriage, spiritual warfare, sacrifice, pride, fear, and more--that I had a hard time putting it down each night. A refreshing and poignant look at a subject rarely addressed in Christian fiction.

MaryLu Tyndall, Best-selling author of the Legacy of the King's Pirates series. 


Purchase Options:

Can be purchased thru Amazon.com, or at LynneWellsWalding.com. At my author site, you can have it personalized and  even have it mailed to a gift recipient .

You can find Lynne on her BLOG at  THE BATTLE IS REAL

More about Lynne!

Transplanted from Illinois to Texas in her teens, Walding has moved to Louisiana (her husband’s home state), to the mountains of southeast Oklahoma, and back to Texas again, with her pastor husband, following what they felt to be the Lord’s leading in their lives. “We wanted to go wherever He sent us--but prayed we would end up in the Piney Woods of East Texas.” That’s where most of their children and grandchildren reside. And that’s where they put down their final roots. On a small acreage spread, along with their dog, Sarah, and assorted wildlife.
Twenty-five years in the Christian ministry pastoring mostly country churches turned Lynne from what her country-bred husband likes to tease her as “a high-class uptown fancy little dame” into what her grandchildren call a “mountain mama.” It did, in fact change her whole outlook on life, the church, and most importantly, her God.
She considers herself “on assignment” from the Highest Authority. Her job: write stories that  paint a true picture of the spiritual battle taking place daily all around us, as well as to plant a seed for God in lives that, so far, are untouched by a spiritual longing.
Since beginning her writing career, Walding has had three novels published. The fourth is “in the oven.” And countless ideas for more novels brew in her brain at night when she should be sleeping. Her goal is to write a book a year for as long as the He provides the ability. That may not seem overly ambitious. But part of the “benefits package” of her job requires that ample time be spent with family and friends. Orders from the Boss.
You can check her website at LynneWellsWalding.com to keep up with appearances and new works, or write her at Lynne@LynneWellsWalding.com. Every contact will be welcomed and answered.

Why I wrote Pastor McAlester’s Bride By Lynne Walding

For me, stories don’t necessarily fall into place in an orderly fashion. The pieces may be decades old, or revealed just yesterday. Some thirty years ago, one of the ladies in our church came on a Wednesday evening with her clothes and hair soaked and sticky. She was normally very well dressed and neat. Her husband, a business man and pillar of the church had decided that evening he didn’t want to go to church. She was dressed and ready to leave the house. He called her over to where he was reading the paper and drinking a glass of iced tea, ostensibly to kiss her goodbye. Instead he poured an entire pitcher of tea over her head.

They’d always seemed happy and connected. Unknown to us, she’d been enduring this sort of abuse for years. That evening she gathered her courage and came to church to share her heartache with her church family.

That instance stuck with me as I learned more and more about the havoc that demons wreak in our lives. And I began to wonder how many Christians were hiding secrets like this. Maybe even pastor’s families.

And thus, Pastor Edward McAlester was conceived. 
Often, every friend of a pastor’s wife is a church member. Where can she turn in a situation like this without destroying the church? (Since I’m married to a pastor, I’ve been asked many times, “Is Pastor McAlester fashioned after your husband.?” In case you’re wondering . . . no . . . he’s not. Praise God.)

This was a fictional dilemma I’d conjured up. And I became consumed with figuring out a way this marriage and ministry could be saved, in spite of the army of demons bent on total destruction. I painted myself into a few corners and stumbled down a few dark alleys before it all came to fruition. The solution had to be truthful, believable, and most of all, God honoring. The characters had be real--imperfect, as we all are. Only with God’s help was I able to navigate those tricky waters.
And, in the end, the story had to demonstrate to my readers that with God all things are possible.

GREAT OFFER ALERT! 
If you purchase Pastor McAlester's Bride from Lynne's website HERE, she will enter your name in a drawing to receive a FREE copy of one of her other two books  (your choice)!!
She will draw and announce the winner on her Blog on September 11th!


Have a Wonderful Weekend, everyone!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I rescued you!





You called in trouble and I rescued you;
I answered you in the hiding place of thunder

Psalm 81:7 




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Monday, August 31, 2015

The courts of our God!

My all time favorite psalm is Psalm 84.  It paints such a gorgeous picture of a loving all-powerful King who adores His children and who helps them along their journey only to welcome them into His home and adopt them into His family. 

The psalmist starts off by talking about how he yearns, even pines, and is homesick for the courts of the Lord.

How lovely are Your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
 My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God.

It made me wonder how many of us actually are homesick for heaven.  I meet so many believers who are so caught up in this life, they rarely give it much thought.  For me, heaven is becoming all the more real with each year that passes. Maybe it's because I'm getting older. Maybe it's because I've lived long enough to know that NOTHING in this world satisfies, that only the love of God makes me feel alive and gives me purpose. Honestly, I'm just excited to see my Father. I never had an earthly father, so I plan on crawling up in God's lap and getting a big hug!  

Yet heaven is much more than that. It is a magnificent city with tons of gorgeous houses and parks and lakes and gardens. And in the center is a court, a throne room where God rules. It is pageantry and majesty and ceremony!  Just think of all the great movies and fairytales you've seen with Kings and princes and princesses and all the pomp and glitter of the court. Heaven's court will be beyond anything we can even imagine! 


 The Psalmist continues talking about how though we have trouble on our way to Heaven, God will bless our trouble and turn it into blessing

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
 Passing through the Valley of Weeping , they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills the pools with blessings.
 They go from strength to strength, increasing in victorious power, each of them appears before God in Zion.


 And then he states one of my favorite verses in the Bible.

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell at ease  in the tents of wickedness.

For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows grace and favor and future glory honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly


So, don't dismay. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Be comforted with these thoughts!

 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Need help with Raven Saint Cover!

Hi everyone! I'm back from my writers' retreat at Lake Tahoe. It was fabulous. We had about 10 attendees, all staying in this gorgeous cabin in the woods around Lake Tahoe. Susanne Lakin and I held a morning session of instruction and then we had one-on-ones with each attendee to go over their writing and answer any questions. I met some incredibly wonderful people with fascinating lives and really cool stories. Some people there weren't Christians and it is my utmost prayer that just hanging around with God's children planted some seeds in their hearts. I also pray I was able to help some of them with their writing!

Some of you are fans of Tamara Leigh and her fabulous medieval romances! Well, I got to meet her. She's super sweet and fun. I wish I'd had more time to get to know her. Here's a picture of me, her, and Susanne Lakin.  



NEED HELP!  OPINIONS PLEASE!   I just received the comps from my cover designer for possible covers for The Raven Saint.  For those of you who haven't read it, I'll post the back cover blurb below. The backgrounds can be swapped, and I believe the hero and heroine can be swapped (have to check on that)  So, leave me a comment and pick your favorite one or your favorite two!   Thanks! 

The Raven Saint



Grace Westcott has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor—not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. But while on an errand of mercy, she is kidnapped by a French mercenary and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia.
Determined to hold on to her faith and see God in every situation, she believes she must have been sent to help someone find God’s love. But no one will listen to her please, warnings, and prayers.
When Grace’s situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn’t prepared to face her biggest weakness of all—falling in love with the nefarious Captain Rafe Dubois.
Will Grace discover god’s purpose for this harrowing journey? And what will she do when she realizes His purpose for her is not to redeem the captain and his crew, but herself?

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Songs of Joy!


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The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.  

Psalm 65:8

 

 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

When tragedy strikes.....

My pastor gave a great sermon yesterday on fleeing from temptation, but in the middle of his talk he spoke about a personal tragedy that had struck his family just last week. His three year old was rushed to the hospital with a fever of over 105 and the doctors said she may have cancer.  It took 36 hours for the test results to return with a negative diagnosis, but during those 36 hours and while his precious little girl was undergoing all sorts of painful tests, he began to question God. 

How we as Christians react when tragedy comes our way is one of the best indications of our faith and our walk with God. There are usually two different ways believers react:

1. Why, God, Why? Why is this happening to me? I'm a good person. I go to church, pray, read my Bible, give to charities, volunteer for various ministries, even go on mission trips!! 

OR

2. I must have done something wrong. Surely God is punishing me.

Both reactions have ONE answer... and that answer is Jesus.

 Jesus never sinned. He was flawless in all his doings, thoughts, and actions. Can you imagine? I can't. Yet He was perfect in every way. If anyone deserved to live a life of comfort and happiness without suffering, it was Him. Yet, His 33 years here on earth were nothing but suffering. In fact, I venture to say He suffered more than any other human being who ever existed.  So, the answer to the first question is that if Jesus suffered so much and He was perfect, why should we expect not to suffer in our lives? In fact Jesus Himself said that we would suffer

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33


And the Apostle Paul said

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, Phill 1:29
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  Phil 3:10

Yet, the answer to the second question is Jesus also. God does not punish us for our sins, our mistakes, our flaws. Why?  Because Jesus already paid the penalty for ALL of them, Past, Present and Future.!!

So, what is our correct response when tragedy strikes?
Let's take our example from the Old Testament story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3.  Upon their refusal to bow down to the King's image, King Neb threatened to toss them into a fiery furnace.  Talk about a tragedy!   I LOVE their response.

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

Our response?  Pray, cast your cares upon God. Trust Him, Honor Him, Love Him, and serve Him, no matter whether He heals that cancer or saves that loved one or gets you that job or restores your marriage or brings you a spouse.  No matter if you get tossed into a fiery furnace or are threatened with losing your head.  God is able to do all things and often does perform miracles in our lives and delivers us, but even if He doesn't, we trust Him.  And just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we will find that Jesus is right there in the fiery furnace with us.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015



But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?” 

Luke 8:23-26 



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