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: 
http://www.robinleehatcher.com/scavenger-hunt-stop-1/

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?
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     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  http://www.mesuandrews.com/christian-fiction-spring-scavenger-hunt/ to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down  this
Stop #2 clue: encounter  

ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE :

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 www.Facebook.com/stephaniegracewhitson AND
  •  go to www.stephaniewhitson.com 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.

YOU'RE DONE! ONWARD to 
http://www.mesuandrews.com/christian-fiction-spring-scavenger-hunt/ 
HAVE FUN!
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. 
http://www.robinleehatcher.com/scavenger-hunt-participating-authors-stops/ 



71 comments:

  1. I loved this book by Mesu! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on it as well as her story about her research! Thanks also for being a part of the scavenger hunt. I love online scavenger hunts - totally brings out the kid in me!

    I don't know if you ever participate in linky parties, but if you are ever so inclined, I'd love for you to join our book-loving community at Booknificent Thursdays on Mommynificent.com. We gather every Thursday and share posts about books we've been reading or writing and how books are impacting our lives. We'd love to have you join us anytime!

    Blessings,
    Tina

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    1. I'm not familiar with the term "linky party," but I will have to check it out. Thanks for the kind words about Mesu's book and for the tip on another place to meet book lovers.

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    2. Thanks for sharing your book link up! I just posted my latest book review there!

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  2. I liked your FB page and signed up for you e-mail subscription. Thanks for participation in the scavenger hunt!

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    1. bless you! hope you have fun this weekend making the tour.

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  3. I'm looking forward to reading A Captain for Laura Rose soon! :) (I liked your FB page and subscribed.)

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    1. Bless you. I hope you enjoy the steamboat story. I'm doing a program this weekend at a Nebraska library about that book and it will be fun to talk steamboats ;-)

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    I liked your Facebook & subscribed to your e-mail! Thank you so much!

    ~Lindsey
    http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspot.com/

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  5. I liked your Facebook page and subscribed to your email/book news :) Looking forward to reading A Captain for Laura Rose and think that the cover is stunning! I have read In the Shadow of Jezebel and it was amazing... I recommend it to everyone!!!

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    1. Thank you for those kind words, Lisa. I was thrilled with that cover and had a great time writing the dress into the narrative. FaithWords always does such gorgeous covers.

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  6. I liked your Facebook page and subscribed by e-mail. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! A Captain for Laura Rose sounds really good!

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  7. I liked your facebook page and signed up for the newsletter. I can't wait to see all the different authors and books coming up in this hunt!

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    1. Hope you have a great time making your way along our "yellow brick road" .... ha.

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  9. I liked your FB page (Debora Wilder) and signed up for your newsletter (debbiewilder (at) comcast (dot) net). Thanks for being a part of this year's scavenger hunt. I really enjoy going on them and meeting more authors. Your book A Captain for Laura Rose sounds wonderful. I'l love to win it.

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  10. I liked your page and subscribed to your newsletter, Thank you for being a part of the scavenger Hunt

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  11. I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for taking part in the scavenger hunt. All the books so far have sounded great.

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  12. I follow you on facebook and subscribe to your newsletter! Thanks for your generous giveaway!

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  15. I Liked and Subscribed. I'm happy to learn more about your writing.

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  16. I am loving this hop and getting to know so many new authors and their books. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  18. I have been a Facebook fan, and I just subscribed! :) Thanks for participating! Megan Wilson

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  19. I already was a facebook fan but i subscribed, too!

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  20. Thank you so much for participating in this fun scavenger and for the opportunity to be a winner! I "liked" your Facebook page and signed up to receive your newsletter.

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  21. Facebook fan and signed up for newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. Liked FB and subscribed. Thank you for the chance. Koala571 at msn.com

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  24. Very interesting article! I Liked your Facebook page and subscribed to your newsletter.

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  25. I liked you on fb and signed up for your newsletter, I also signed up to receive your blog by email. I used to get it, don't know why I haven't lately. I've been itching to read Laura Rose since I first heard about it a few months ago!
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    1. I haven't been very active on my blog, so it's probably MY fault not yours ... but I have plans to do better. Honest. Thanks for your kind words about Laura Rose. Hope you like it. It was really fun to research.

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  26. I have liked on Facebook and subscribed.

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  27. I liked your page and subscribed to your email! :)

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  28. Stephanie. Enjoyed this. I liked you on Facebook and subscribed for your book news. This is a wonderful gift box and April 7th is my 79th birthday,so to win would be a very
    wonderful birthday gift. Thanks for a chance to win. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com ( Please use this email to contact me. )

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  29. This is great! Thank you so much...you are new to me and I have just added you to my TBR list :-)

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  30. What a great giveaway. I love all things Nebraska since I am from there.

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    1. "There is no place like Nebraska ... " now I have that song in my head ... but I don't know the rest of the words ... ha. Hope you enjoy the "hunt."

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  31. I liked your page (have for some time) and subscribed! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  32. I have been a FB fan for a while now. and have subscribed. I am wondering if this is open internationally? Your knack for writing fiction from history intrigues me. Your process of digging through it all seems so similar to mine; though, I haven't any books to prove for it. :-) Thank you for this giveaway, and thank you for writing for Jesus.... Blessings hearts. :-)

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  33. Thanks for the chance. I liked your page and subscribed. :)

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  34. I have been a follower of yours for several years on your blog but I have subscribed to your newsletter and liked you on FB. I have read many of your books and look forward to the new one "A Captain for Laura Rose" ..thanks for participating ..

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  35. I enjoy your books so much! :-) And, I always love participating in these scavenger hunts each year!!

    Stephanie
    mybabylessings AT gmail DOT com

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  36. Hello Stephanie! I had trouble with my computer yesterday and was going back to make sure I commented to each author. When I got to you I was positive I had commented but I couldn't find it so forgive me if I have a duplicate comment. You and I are FB friends and I subscribed to your site so I can get updates on new books. My intent also was to thank each author for taking part in this for us. I always have such a good time with these Scavenger Hunts and look forward to them. You all always make them so much fun. Thanks again! and since everyone else gave their email here's mine shirleydotdatoutlookdotcom

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    1. You are so sweet to make this extra effort. I'm so glad you are enjoying "the hunt." God bless.

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  37. I have liked your Fb page and subscribed and I will not be unsubscribing ;-) I have already put A Captain for Laura Rose on my tbr and now thanks you to you I am going to put Mesu Andrews book on there as well because love biblical archaeology.

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  38. I subscribed to your newsletter and liked you on Facebook. I'm looking forward to reading A Captain for Laura Rose. It sounds like a good story with a wonderful setting.

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  39. I liked you on Facebook and subscribed to your newsletter. I look forward to getting to know you.

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  40. I'm not sure why I hadn't "liked" you on FB already, but I did today. I also subscribed. Here's to new friends. :)

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  41. I liked your FB and subscribed. I always enjoy your books. boernerb (at) fuse (do) net

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  43. I liked your facebook page and subscribed to your newsletter. Love your books! kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. Thank you for sharing about Mesu. I liked your facebook page and signed up for your email. I did want to let you know that when I received a confirmation email it simply said "Sincerely, Your Company Name" I just wanted to give you a heads up on that. Thank you again. God bless you.

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. thank you. I'll ask my webmaster about that.

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  45. Hello fellow Nebraskan! - liked and subscribed. I have not read your books, and I sure am hoping my local library in Elkhorn carries them. If not, I'll look elsewhere in Omaha for them.

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    1. I sometimes use Inter-library loan, too. Here in Lincoln it's a very small fee and they will get any book that's in print for me. It's a wonderful service, so try that, too.

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  46. I "liked" your facebook page and subscribed to your newsletter. Thank you for hosting the scavenger hunt & giveaway.

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  47. I liked your facebook page and subscribed to the newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway! I have enjoyed reading your Nebraska stories. I have relatives in the Holdrege area so I've made many trips to the area!

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