Saturday, February 22, 2014

Christian Fiction with Native American Characters

A reader who had just discovered my Dakota Moons series (pictured at right),
asked me about other Christian fiction with Native American characters, and so I asked some of my
writing friends for titles. Here's what I've compiled:

Burning Sky by Lori Benton
Walks Alone by Sandi Rog
Beneath a Navajo Moon by Lisa Carter
A Whisper of Peace by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Abraham's Well by Sharon Foster

Series by Marol Schalesky:

     Only the Wind Remembers
     Cry Freedom
     Freedom's Shadow

Series by Laura Frantz:
     The Frontiersman's Daughter
     Courting Morrow Little
     The Colonel's Lady

Tender Ties Series by Jane Kirkpatrick
     A Name of Her Own
     Every Fixed Star
     Hold Tight the Thread

Also by Jane Kirkpatrick
     Love to Water My Soul
     Sweetness to the Soul

Prairie Winds Series by Stephanie Grace Whitson
     Walks the Fire
     Soaring Eagle
     Red Bird

Dakota Moons Series by Stephanie Grace Whitson

     Valley of the Shadow
     Edge of the Wilderness
     Heart of the Sandhills



Friday, February 7, 2014

A Promise Kept

I don't often review a book on a blog, but I've just finished Robin Lee Hatcher's newest, and I can't just move on through my day without doing everything I can to tell others about it. Yes. I'm that enthusiastic about it. The book captured me from the first page. Of course it has all the elements that would draw a reader in--a flawed heroine in a difficult place, a glimpse at past lives through discoveries in an attic, a gorgeous setting, and a darling dog. What's not to like?

The thing is, this story begins with broken threads and weaves them into one of those tapestries that shows God doing some of His best work--taking brokenness and making it whole--but doing it in a way that no one would expect. Hatcher's characters know heartbreak. They know what it's like to pray and feel like the words got no further than the ceiling. They know what it's like to just go through the motions of everyday life ... waiting for something--anything--to happen. In other words, they know real life. Hatcher doesn't dodge the tough questions, but in the end she gives a message we all need, which is that God is sometimes doing His very best work when we think He's stopped paying attention.

Read it. You won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll probably put it on the "to be re-read" pile.