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December 2017

Featured Winter's Prey

Narrator Lance Rasmussen on Winter’s Prey

December 6, 2017

It seems that everything important in life comes with a waiting period: marriage, children, the perfect job, and, yes, even audiobooks. As we’re in the waiting period for the release of Winter’s Prey in audiobook format, I have the privilege of sharing something really special with you. Narrator Lance Rasmussen has put together the following video to say thank you to everyone who has helped make this project possible and who has cheered it on along the way.

We hope you enjoy the tour of Lance’s studio and the story of what inspired him to become a voice actor. He also shares which Winter’s Prey character is his favorite, which voice was the most difficult (This one might surprise you!), and a whole lot more!

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Featured Roses at Sunset

Christmas in Twin Pines

December 5, 2017

I had hoped to have Book 3, Roses at Sunset, out by Christmas. That has proven to be impossible. (Because I’m making some awesome changes that will make the story SO much better!) So, I thought I would share a little from the Christmas celebrations in the book. Below you’ll find the first excerpt. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into Christmas in Twin Pines! Be watching for Christmas in Grassdale later this month.

Christmas was as Christmas should be. A fresh dusting of snow covered the ground, and a sapphire sky gleamed above. Inside, the hearth was warm and the love of each heart was warmer still. Jon and Hannah arrived with Samuel shortly after the others had finished their morning chores and were putting the finishing touches on breakfast. Jon and Marc moved Papa from his bed to the red chair, and carried him to the sitting area so he could join the family for the day. Just as Marc tucked a quilt over his father’s legs, a knock at the front door signaled the Nausbaum’s arrival, and their circle was complete. Soon, they were crowding into their places in the sitting area.

“Ah,” Jon said, dropping onto the floor near the Christmas tree, “he’s thinking it again, Ma. I can see it in his eyes.”

“What are you talking about?” the woman replied as she made her way to her rocker.

“Marc. He’s sitting here thinking he should build another sofa, and then reminding himself that he’d have to build another house to put it in.”

Marcus laughed. “It’s true. That’s exactly what I was thinking.” The young man glanced around the room, taking in the happy faces of each member of his family, and sighed. “Well, Jon, since we’ve all managed squeeze in here, would you like to read the Christmas story this year?”

“I’ll pass. I can’t compete with your reading.”

“There’s no competition.”

Jon shook his head. “I don’t even like to hear myself read aloud. I don’t want to subject anyone else to that misery.”

“It’s not that bad, love,” Hannah encouraged.

The doctor grunted. “Not that bad, but not that good either. I’ll tell you what, Marc, I’ll practice with my boys over the next year. When Christmas rolls around next year, I’ll be ready to take my turn.”

“Your boys?” Cynthia said indignantly. “You’re still convinced the baby will be a boy. I’m telling you, son, it could be a girl.”

“There’s no convincing him of that, Cynthia. I try every day, but he’s determined we’ll have two boys in our house come March.”

Jon shrugged. “You’ll see.”

“And what about you, Cynthia,” Hannah continued, “are you making any predictions about your little one?”

The woman shook her head emphatically, her eyes wide. “Absolutely not. Every time I’ve guessed, I’ve been wrong. I stopped guessing after Mary—who was Martin until the day she was born. No, I’m not making any guesses.”

Marc cleared his throat, trying to retake the conversation before it descended into the realm of cradles, blankets, and lace.

“Well,” he said, re-positioning his Bible in his lap, “we know for sure that Mary and Joseph didn’t have to do any guessing in that area. Let’s get started.”

Cynthia couldn’t help but chuckle as her son picked up his Bible and began to read. She reached for her husband’s hand and listened to the familiar story, watching the faces of her children, and occasionally snapping a finger to remind her youngest son to pay attention. She had to admit that, on more than one occasion, she had looked at the boy, or at his sister Gretel, and wondered which of them was about to lose their claim of being the youngest brother or youngest sister. She smiled at the thought and squeezed her husband’s hand. How she loved him. How she loved them all.

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When the cruel elements of the Montana Territory inflict tragedy on the Bennett family, life is forever changed. Jess is certain the answer to her pain lies in starting over. Her brother Marc is determined to stay true to what he has always known. Amidst the constant battle for survival and the conflict in their hearts, both siblings stand at the threshold of surrender to God. What will they choose?

From the moment she steps foot in the untamed cowtown of Grassdale, Jess discovers a whole new world of challenges: An unruly superintendent, a ramshackle school, drunken cowboys, and a letter from home that changes everything. When the hidden wounds of her heart are discovered, will one man’s secret past hold the key to her healing?

The Messiah Series

Mr. Handel, Where’d you Find that Verse?

December 1, 2017

If you’re like me, you’ve always assumed that the Scripture used in Handel’s Messiah came from the King James Version of the Bible, simply because of when Handel lived. So imagine my surprise when I went to study the next section of Scripture and couldn’t find that verse! I found something similar, but it wasn’t exactly the same. Did I have the right verse? Was I missing something? Misspelling something in my word searches? What was going on? It turns out, the problem was right there in my assumption.

Because the very next section of the Messiah that I was working on was only 37 seconds long, I’d decided to study it in conjunction with the one following. Both are sung by the alto and seem to go together. That was when I stumbled upon my dilemma. The song says,

“O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain: O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!”

But when I started searching, the closest thing I could find was this,

“O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up on a high mountain; [b]O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God!”

Which comes from the ASV (American Standard Version). The ASV has quite an interesting history of its own, but it wasn’t published until 1901. So if it wasn’t published until after 1900 and Handel died in 1759, what was he using?

It turns out he was using the King James Version of the Bible. Just like I thought. But the KJV hadn’t quite reached its final state yet. The version we use today is the fourth revision, completed in 1769, twenty-seven years after the Messiah was composed. So today, our Isaiah 40:9 reads,

“O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!”

They primary difference in the two translations is the addressee. In the first translation, the command is to the one bearing the message to Zion, Jerusalem, and Judah. In the final translation, Jerusalem is given the message directly to go to the mountains, lift up its voice with strength, not be afraid, and declare to all the cities of Judah (of which Jerusalem is a part) to Behold their God.

And this last part, is the one thing that is most important and unchanging between the two versions, Israel, at the appointed time, would behold their God in a way no man had ever seen Him before.

When we live is important. How we participate in the time we live is important. We don’t always get to see the end of what begins in our day. Just as those living in the days of Isaiah did not get to see the coming of the Messiah and as Handel (and those who helped compile the Scripture for his music) did not live to see the King James Version of the Bible completed. Things will begin in our day that we may never see completed, but that does not lessen the importance of our part in them. Isaiah remained faithful to declare the word that God had given him. Handel was faithful to proclaim through his music the glory of the Messiah that had come. Today, just as Isaiah 40:8 says, their work continues to bring glory to God, not because of who they were but because:

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

It is no less important that we finish our course well, even if we never see the work completed. Whatever God has given you to do today, do it with all of your strength, even if you never get to see the end of it. Do it for His glory. Don’t be afraid. Lift up your voice. Lift up your eyes. Behold, your God.

“In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6

This year, I’m doing something I’ve never done before, completely unplanned. I’m going through Handel’s Messiah and meditating on the Scripture used there. For accountability’s sake, I’ll be sharing it here and on Facebook. If you’d like to join me for this series and other updates, simply fill out the form below.

 

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