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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Widow of Saunders Creek

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I thought I'd take the day to tell you about my upcoming release from Waterbrook. The Widow of Saunders Creek.

When I was a kid, ghosts, witches, and vampires were the scary things of fairy tales and cartoons. Scooby Doo often forced me to watch filled with tension and some fear until the end came and the greedy business owner was revealed as the “real” ghost.

A mere thirty years later, our airwaves are glutted with ghosts, witches, and those who speak with the dead. Only, they're not explained away anymore. TV shows like Ghost Whisperer, Ghost Hunters, and Medium, have de-sensitized our society of “anything goes” mentality to accept that ghosts are the souls of our dearly departed trying to communicate and mediums are using “God-given” gifts to help us do that.

As a Christian and a mom, this really bugs me. The lines between fiction, fantasy and fairy tales have been breeched and our kids are blasted daily, hourly with intriguing bits of so-called reality that they can’t always recognize as a trap of the enemy to draw them into his purposes: accepting his lies as truth and furthering the gap between God and the creation He so loves. And it’s not only Christian kids. Christian men and women are beginning to rationalize and accept the presence of “ghosts” as departed souls rather than what they are…demons, out to kill, steal, and destroy.

To that end, The Widow of Saunders Creek began to develop in my mind, and then slipped into my heart as I prayed for truth. The word is clear… we must not engage in speak with the dead or witchcraft. One scripture among many:
• Deuteronomy 18:10-13
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.

I just think it matters to God whether we dabble in this stuff or not.

I wrote this book in holy fear, constantly reminded that if God didn’t involve Himself in the writing, the story, that I would fail. I couldn’t do this alone. I’m not that smart and I’m not that brave.

I interviewed Kristine McGuire, a former witch, medium, ghost hunter who has been featured on 700 Club, so that I could keep things authentic without writing a “how-to” book for those reading and curious about séances and witchcraft and ghost hunting.

Corrie Saunders’ journey begins with deep, heart-wrecking grief. She’ll do anything for one more moment with the man she loved and lost. As the story evolves she must come to understand that God’s ways are always higher and the enemy of her soul has one focus in mind where she is concerned: to separate her from the love of God and take her down a path of destruction. But for God…

It’s my belief that God spoke this book into my heart and crafted it into being for such a time as this. It’s my prayer that He will lay it in the hands of those who need it most.

On sale May 8, 2012
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Bekah said...

Interesting topic... not one most Christian authors dare touch out of fear of controversy or something. Kudos for being brave! :) I can't wait to read this one.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy.

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to read this book! I am a huge fan/supporter of Kristine; so I know this is going to also be good stuff!! :)

Melissa K said...

Sounds great...I'm always telling my kids you don't want to leave a door open for evil to walk in....we need to take this seriously. Can't wait to read your book!

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

This sound like an awesome read. I too have a problem with all of the supernatural things the devil uses to try to snare our people. I look forward to reading your book.God bless you.

glenda Parker

Tracey Bateman said...

Thanks for commenting you guys! Melissa, good advice! Tell them long enough and they'll listen!
Bekah, that's one of the reasons I took it on. Most books on this topic are nonfiction and lots of people don't read nonfiction. :)
Thank you Glenda! I hope you enjoy it!
Mere: Kristine is awesome!! I agree :)
Anonymous: Good luck!! :)

Ruth Tredway said...

It would have been a very different story if God was not in it. I look forward to reading it.

MaryC's Place said...

Praying the evil will be seen an the Lord prevail.

Joanne Bischof said...

Wow Tracy, it sounds like this book is a huge testament to your faith. I admire your desire to spread the truth of the Word! This sounds like a book very much worth reading. Best wishes as the release approaches!

Rhonda Gibson said...

I can't wait to read this book Tracey. You always amaze me.

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