Monday, April 7, 2014

Scavenger Hunt DeBrief

I hope everyone who stopped by over the weekend enjoyed the process.
Congratulations to the winners of the three main prizes. A Captain for Laura Rose will be on its way to the two runners up within the next 48 hours.

I'm announcing that Polly S. will receive the box of Nebraska goodies as soon as she provides the shipping address I should use to send it. I've contacted her.

THANKS everyone, and happy reading.

P.S. A couple of you noted that the confirmation e-mail that came when you subscribed to my newsletter didn't even have my name on it. I apologize. I've fixed that for the future, but if you got a generic one signed by "your company name" ... that's me, the cyber-dinosaur who didn't realize she hadn't customized it. Sigh.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring 2014 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #2

Here we go again, “scavengers”! 
Things you need to know:
1. The hunt begins on April 4 at noon and ends at midnight on April 6 (MOUNTAIN TIME). You have an entire weekend, so there’s no need to race. Collect the clue in RED at each stop, writing them down as you go. 
2.  GRAND PRIZE: a Kindle Fire HDX (valued at $229) PLUS a $100 Kindle gift certificate 
3.   TWO RUNNERS UP will receive all 31 books written by the authors you will meet while you’re on the hunt.
4. I am also sponsoring my own prize this time as well, so keep reading to learn how to enter for that. It's EASY.
NOTE: If you have landed here mid-hunt, you can find the beginning over at Robin Lee Hatcher's:

And now it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Mesu Andrews
and her fabulous biblical fiction. Mesu’s life as a pastor’s wife is one of the things that informs her deep understanding of and love for God’s Word and that, in turn, brings the biblical world alive for her readers. Mesu and her husband, Roy, live in the Pacific Northwest, where she now writes snuggled in her recliner on rainy Northwest days. She enjoys waterfalls, movies, and her grandkids.

     Mesu's newest book, In the Shadow of Jezebel, introduces readers to Princess Jehosheba, who wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. To further Athaliah and Jezebel’s strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest and enter the unfamiliar world of Yahweh’s temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family—and the nation—she loves?
Order from your favorite local bookstore OR: Barnes and Noble: Amazon:
     Mesu is going to take us back in time to ponder the question, "What's fact and what's fiction about the quarry tunnels under Jerusalem's Temple?" If you love biblical archaeology as much as I do, you'll enjoy the quest! Here we go:

Asking Questions, Finding Answers…

Imagine yourself as a blue-collar worker among Jesus’ followers 2000 years ago, and you hear Him say:
     “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”       Mark 10:25
     Maybe you’d ask: What kind of camel? What kind of needle? What kind of ignorant Philistine would try to shove a camel through a needle anyway?
     Too often, our 2014 Western-culture minds read Scripture on a deadline or to complete a task without stopping to ask questions. What questions does this Scripture prompt for you?
     “When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed. He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.” 2 Kings 11:1-3 (emphasis added)
     My research brain churned out questions, and God’s Word gave me answers:
·       Queen Athaliah was daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of Israel—grand-daughter of Omri, who was Ahab’s father. (2 Kings 8:26)
·       Like her mother Jezebel, Athaliah influenced her husband and spread Baal worship throughout the nation—Jezebel in Israel; Athaliah in Judah. (2 Chron. 21:13)
·       When Athaliah’s husband died, her son, Ahaziah became king—but she ruled through him. (2 Chron. 22:3-4)
·       Queen Athaliah’s father-in-law—the faithful King Jehoshaphat—built a new courtyard on Temple grounds during his reign that wouldn’t have had the strict clean/unclean regulations of the priestly courts. A woman could have lived here. (2 Chron. 20:5)
But I still had questions about cultural context that were left unanswered by Scripture, like: How did Jehosheba hide a baby in Yahweh’s Temple for six years?
     For this and other questions, I turned to ancient rabbinic texts, archaeological records, and other historical writings and resources.
     I discovered Solomon’s Quarries
—a labyrinth of tunnels beneath present-day Jerusalem believed to be the source of Solomon’s Temple building stones. Jewish tradition portrays the tunnels as a secret, saying Solomon destroyed records of their existence after the dedication of the Temple. The secret beneath them was passed from high priest to high priest through generations in order to secure safe and secret passage for the Ark of the Covenant in case of Jerusalem’s invasion.
     These historical tunnels became fuel for my imagination as I pondered Scripture’s unalterable Truth that Jehosheba somehow hid a child for six years.       I hope you’ll enjoy the other questions and answers in my new release, In the Shadow of Jezebel. You’ll see Queen Athaliah, Jehosheba, and even Jezebel as never before, and perhaps you’ll find your own questions and answers in God’s Word...the Greatest True Story ever told.
     Thanks, Mesu, for taking us to Jerusalem in my imagination ... NOW: Before you move on to Stop #3, Mesu's own site to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down  this
Stop #2 clue: encounter  


If you want to be entered in my own drawing for a Nebraska gift box (made-in-Nebraska goodies and a book or three, total retail value $50), please do two things: 
  • like" my Facebook page AND
  •  go to and complete the subscription request (lower right corner of the home page) to receive future book news from Stephanie Grace Whitson. Of course you can unsubscribe after the drawing, but I'm hoping you won't.
This drawing will take place on Monday, April 7. The winner will be announced here on my author blog AND on my Facebook page, and the prize will be on its way within 48 hours of receiving the winner's shipping address.

If you are having trouble navigating, here is a "cheat sheet" listing all the participants' individual URLs, directly to the page they have created just for the Scavenger Hunt.