Build Your Own Homestead— Celebrating the Launch of Jolina Petersheim’s New Novel, The Divide

Would you be ready?

What would you do if the world as you knew it came to a standstill, and what we currently find valuable in our culture no longer had worth? The smartphone in your hand wouldn’t be able to reach into the void of cyberspace, connecting you to loved ones to find out if they were okay or even alive. Money would merely be the physical elements of paper, plastic, or metal—no longer exchangeable for anything you needed. And the only way to get from one place to another would be on foot or by animal, if any were left . . .

In The Divide, the gripping conclusion to The Alliance by bestselling author Jolina Petersheim, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. But when long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?

Though Leora’s Mennonite community is used to living off the land, the world-altering effects of the attack have led to a grim reality for the Englischers as the deterioration of modern society poses a threat to their survival. And so you have to wonder . . . would you be ready?

While there are many scary realities to face in The Divide, this story is a reminder that though we often surround ourselves with busyness, it is through fellowship and God’s Word that we are sustained even through the harshest of times.

Join Leora and the cast of The Divide in the Montana mountains and imagine a simpler time.

Unencumbered by social media and the need to keep in contact 24-7, what might your family routine look like?

With more time to prepare, might you grow your own vegetable garden?

What would your garden look like if a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers was the only centerpiece for your table that money and time would allow?

Create your very own landscape and homesteading board on Pinterest and be entered to win:

  • GRAND PRIZE: Deluxe Organic Fruit Basket (Value $99.99)
  • SECOND PRIZE(S): a gift card to REI (we’ll offer TWO $25 gift cards)
  • a signed copy of the book

 

Here’s how to enter:

  • Fill out the Gleam form below.
  • Create a Pinterest board titled “The Divide Homestead.”
  • Click the red “Save” button on the pin above, and pin it to your newly made “The Divide Homestead” board.
  • Start pinning! What do you think the landscape and Mt. Hebron’s new community in the mountains would look like? What types of supplies and tactics would you use to live off the land? Be sure to include the hashtag #TheDivideHomestead in your pins.

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Good luck, readers!

Build Your Own Homestead—Celebrating the Launch of Jolina Petersheim’s New Novel, The Divide

When Fact and Fiction Merge: Author Melanie Dobson’s Call to Encourage and Support Refugees

Today on the blog we are talking about the intersection of fact and fiction. It’s always amazing how real-life themes can run through a novel. When Melanie Dobson penned Catching the Wind, she hoped that this WWII story would cause people to stop, think, and discuss the very real issue of refugees throughout history.

A refugee crisis is not anything new to modern times. Just as in today’s world millions of refugees are relocating across Europe from Syria, Iraq, and other countries, a similar refugee situation happened in Europe during WWII when many persecuted people fled Germany, Poland, and a host of other nations.

Fear of welcoming refugees was common then as well. Many countries were afraid that the influx of people would include Nazi sympathizers and Nazi spies hidden among their numbers. This scenario echoes what is happening in the world today.

It is important for us to remember how these types of humanitarian crises are not problems that belong to someone else—they are our problems, especially as Christians. Catching the Wind is a beautifully written reminder of the type of upheaval, fear, and uncertainty that affected those who had to flee Nazi dominance in their countries. Catching the Wind was inspired by Melanie’s historical research, which she adorned with the most endearing and honest characters that will touch your heart.

Read Catching the Wind and let Melanie remind you of the ordinary people who helped and intervened in order to resist the spread of evil in the 1940s. Then ponder the ways you might be able to respond to our present-day refugee crisis. Maybe you can play a part in helping displaced people.  Melanie has more information on her web site about how you can get involved.

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Thank you for stopping by today, readers!

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Join us—June Book Release Prayers

Morning, #Crazy4Fiction readers! As we do on the last Sunday of every month, let’s give thanks and praise for the books that are releasing this June.

 The true power of fiction is evident in inspirational novels, and we are continually pleased—and blessed—by the stories of people who are impacted by books like these.

Tessa Afshar, Bread of Angels

Dear Father, You are able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. May You place this book in the hands of the ones You know would be blessed by it. Use this story to bring encouragement to the dismayed heart, hope to the despairing one, trust to the shaken soul. May you banish fear, anxiety, and self-condemnation in the hearts of those who read this book. Bless this simple novel to bring joy, laughter, and treasured friends to those who need it. I thank You, Jesus, for the privilege of writing for You.

Available in bookstores and online.

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Jolina Petersheim, The Divide

I pray that readers won’t be able to peel an orange, tuck a bulb into the soil, even put a load of whites into the washer, without rejoicing in the miracle of our convenient, modern-day lives. I also pray that Leora’s story–and the story of her community–will help readers understand that even the hardest crosses are easier to bear while surrounded by believers and friends who can help share the weight. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, I pray the The Divide will encourage readers to contemplate the balance between having faith and taking action and will cause them to reflect on their faith journey and how they might deepen it by truly relying on the One who keeps our beautiful blue/green world spinning in orbit and that sacred breath filling our lungs.

Available in bookstores and online.

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Prayer from the #Crazy4Fiction team

Lord, we thank you for these talented authors. The stories they weave are both beautiful and steeped with truth; we pray those truths make their way into readers’ hearts. Amen.

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Thank you, readers, for joining us in prayer. Visit the blog and our Crazy4Fiction Facebook page throughout the month of June for book giveaways, contests, quizzes, and much more. In the meantime, happy reading!

#Crazy4Fiction May New Releases + #BookGiveaway

Afternoon, readers!

As we do each month, we are pleased to present you the Crazy4Fiction titles hitting shelves this month (plus an opportunity to WIN these must-reads!).

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons—and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough—the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

Available in stores and online.

The Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot
A Novel of Dunkirk

2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Fiction category)

England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright—a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she’s counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler’s darkest schemes and prompt America to action.

Across the Channel, Hitler’s Blitzkrieg has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows Maggie Bright must answer the call—piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth.

The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.

Available in stores and online.

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Do any of these novels seem like a must-read to you? Enter through the Gleam app below for a chance to win a softcover copy of Catching the Wind or The Maggie Bright!
5 winners will be chosen at the beginning of June.

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