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 Francine Rivers
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"Earth Psalms"

 

 Best selling Christian author Francine Rivers currently is back on the Christian Bookseller's Top 50 list again. After successful top 5 runs on the chart with Leota's Garden and And The Shofar Blew, Earth Psalms has entered the list at #6.

  Francine has inspired and transformed millions of readers with her bestselling novels such as Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. In the latest Earth Psalms, her new devotional, she shares observations she's gathered over a lifetime from her travels to her own backyard. Francine reflects on what the Creator teaches us through the details of his magnificent creation, and she marvels that God can teach us valuable lessons from worms and beetles!

 Francine's 52 weekly reflections are accompanied by prayers, applications, and Scripture. Stunning photography will also inspire you as each devotional is designed to encourage, challenge, and comfort you. You will be left in with undeniable proof that we serve an omnipotent God whose attention to detail is precise, and His love for you is unfailing.
  As Francine explores the wonders of God's creation, you will clearly see how nature can change your outlook or the way you handle adversity.

  Sonoma contributor Ginny Dent Brant was thrilled to interview Francine about her latest endeavor in writing, which is a departure from her past of fiction writing.

What motivated you to venture into
your first nonfiction title?

  I love reading nonfiction but had never tackled it. When I shared with someone in South Africa about doing "earth psalms" about the way God speaks to me through His creation, someone mentioned turning those essays into a devotional. I love devotionals and read a new one every year, so the prospect of writing one was exciting. Tyndale partnered me with Karin Stock Buursma and we worked together as a team. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the project.

Was it hard to share personal stories about how God has worked in your life without the
safety net of fictionalization?

  Sharing personal stories about how God works in my life is a pleasure, and I love hearing how God has worked in other people's lives, too. It's the life experiences and hope we share with one another that brings God even closer. It shows how personally involved the Lord is in His children's lives.

Explain the title. How did you come up
with the idea of Earth Psalms?

  A psalm is a song, and the earth and everything on it, in it, above it, and beyond it is God's creation. Everything God created sings praise to Him, and I believe also teaches us many lessons about our Creator as well. It's exciting to look at things we might have taken for granted and see what they teach us about the Lord. We are never to worship any created thing or even creation itself. We are to worship the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Word that created it all.

What will readers find inside the pages of
Earth Psalms?

  Readers will find an earth psalm (essay) about something God has created and a lesson God has taught me through it. There are questions for readers to ponder or use for journaling: Reflect, Apply, Connect with God. There are also some additional facts, Scripture, and hymns, as well as beautiful pictures. The earth psalm essay was my part. The enriching questions and details are Karin's, and the beautiful artwork was put together by Jennifer Ghionzoli at Tyndale.

What is your hope for this book?

  I hope readers will look at ordinary things (and some not so ordinary) in a new way and search for ways God speaks to us through His creation. Just as an artist reveals himself through his art, God has given us evidence of Himself in everything He's created. We are to be good stewards of what God has given us. Nature is to be enjoyed and appreciated. It all points to Him. There are so many mysteries that can't be explained by evolution, but can easily be explained by God. We have the inside story of how the earth was made, and our place in it.

Why do you think Christians need to
hear this message?

  We live in a busy world, and even Christians can get in such a rush they forget to "stop and smell the roses." Imagine that wonderful scent reminding you that the prayers of believers are like the scent of incense to God. I hope readers will slow down, look around, discover the beauty, and then praise God for all the many blessings He has given us. And then, start looking for ways God speaks to each individual through His creation. The essays I've written are lessons I've learned, but God has things to point out to each individual that speak to their personal lives.

What first sparked your love of the natural world and when did you begin to connect its role to your faith walk?

  Both of my parents loved nature. My dad loved to fish. So whenever we traveled, we camped by a stream, lake, or the ocean. While Dad and my brother fished, Mom and I wandered the shore, looking at rocks and flowers, keeping an eye out for animals. We also lived a couple miles outside a small town, and our entertainment was hiking and exploring. My parents were Christians, active in the church, so I grew up knowing God created the world and everything in, on, and above it.
  My views temporarily shifted in high school and college, where evolution was (and still is) being promoted as "the answer" to how things came to be. But the closer you look at that theory, the more illogical it becomes, the more holes you find in the thinking. Looking for evidence of God in creation became important because I wanted to pass along that mind-set to my children and grandchildren.

How can exploring nature and God's creation help to expand our love for Him and result in a closer relationship with our Creator?

  I start with the thought: God created this thing, and there is a purpose in it and for it. What does this unique creation say about God? What lesson might He be trying to teach me through this plant or animal? The world is full of evidence and clues, and they all point to Him. It's a treasure hunt! You have to spend more time with the Lord to find answers.
  As we ask our questions and seek answers from Him, He gives us the ability to find what He wants us to know. We are blessed that God wants us to have a personal, intimate relationship with Him and has made that possible through His Son, Jesus.

What does nature reveal about our creative and generous God? How might these lessons and observations shape our faith?

  Searching for earth psalms has encouraged my faith in the Lord. God has been generous in His creation. He's given us vast variety and diversity. He's given us color and shape and texture. We haven't even begun to fully explore the wonder of His creation. It's only been in recent history that we've "discovered" black holes and nebulae and dwarf stars. We haven't even seen all the things on the ocean floor. Everything was made by God, an endless wonderland of things to study and explore, all to the glory of God, who made it all.

What have your observations about nature taught you about God?

  My observations about nature have taught me how much God loves me and every person on the planet. He could have created a simple, functional, plain planet for us to live on. Instead, He created one filled with beautiful, interesting things from the bottom of the oceans to the mountaintops and beyond. It makes my heart ache sometimes that my love is so limited by my human nature. He's given us so much, gifts beyond counting. Enjoying nature makes me love and praise Him all the more.

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Missing Dad

By Francine Rivers

  My father's birthday was on the Ides of March. He had heart problems from childhood due to rheumatic fever, but ended up dying of liver cancer when he was 71 years old. That seemed young to me when it happened, even more so now that I'm approaching 70. I thought I'd have more time with him. It seemed unfair, but then life can often feel that way.

  Dad was always busy. In today's vernacular, he would have been called a "Week-end Warrior," building our home from the ground up and remodeling, putting in backyard water features and terraces, planting an orchard of walnut trees. Dad and Mom worked side-by-side, not just on week-ends, but after work Monday through Friday.
  They also believed in playtime and saved up their days off so they could lengthen their once-a-year vacation time and take me and my brother to National Parks all over the country - by tent in the early years, then a small trailer, and later a larger one as we grew up. A couple times a year, they took a break and we went to the coast to camp at Pigeon Point or Dillon Beach. Dad loved to fish, and wherever we went, there had to be a place to cast his line; ocean, lake or stream.

  Dad also believed everyone should serve their community in some capacity. Being a "public servant" was/is a high-calling. Married with child on the way, he joined the Army and was a medic in the third wave on D-day. It was important to Dad to serve his country, and later, his community as a police officer. My brother enlisted during the Vietnam War, and I thought about becoming a Marine after college graduation - but married one instead.

  My parents believed in family dinners, and we gathered every evening at 6:00 p.m. for a four-square meal. We sat and talked, sometimes argued, about all kinds of topics. We debated every topic under the sun, sometimes at high volume and interrupting one another (the same way news anchors do today).

  Church was important to my dad, and he made sure we all went every Sunday. My parents walked a narrow, moral line, but that didn't mean everyone else did. The church split twice, and there were several squabbles that left rifts in the congregation. Despite egregious problems, Dad and Mom stuck with the church because they understood people, even Christians, sin, and church is family. You don't give up on people you love.

  I left the church for years. Whenever we'd get together, Dad and I would talk - and argue - and talk some more. We both tended to get on our soap boxes. He was a Presbyterian elder and I was born-again in a small non-denominational-evangelical church. We locked horns at times because we were alike; passionate in our beliefs, opinionated, always on fire about something. He didn't always understand me, nor I him.

  In the end, none of that mattered. The last time our family gathered, knowing he didn't have long on this earth, we talked, laughed and cried together. I told him I loved him, and I still do. Politics and religion aside, Dad and I shared what was most important: Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Our Redeemer is at the center of both our lives. And love is everlasting.

Stained Glass Mosaic

By Francine Rivers

  The theme of the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution this year was "Beauty," beauty that restores, refreshes, revives, reconciles and recreates. "You shall be a crown of beauty in the hands of the Lord." It fit perfectly with my WIP, a story of brokenness and redemption, and communication through art.

  One of the presenters, Rev. Mylinda Baits, from Washington State, offered a wonderful lesson. She found three large discarded wooden windows with peeling paint and broken hinges, along with a ruined stain-glass window. She broke the larger pieces of colored glass into smaller ones and laid them out on tables so that each of us could pick one. We needed to be careful in handling the pieces because they had very sharp edges.
  Even so, we carried our piece around for a full day before placing it into a swirling design of smooth blue pieces and a few "jewels". A thin layer of glue kept it in place. Most of us took our time before putting the shards of glass. It looked like a jumbled mess.

  The final stage of the project was mixing the grout and applying it to hold the pieces in place. Not a pretty sight. The process took careful handling, patience and time because the pieces were still sharp, very fragile and the grout would take time to cure.

  On the last day, the shades of the auditorium were lowered, the thick veil taken away and the three now-hinged windows and the glory revealed.

  What a wonderful lesson about how God works.

  Beauty is often hidden away in what the world throws away. If something is broken, why go to the trouble to repair it? Thankfully, God doesn't see us that way. He lifts the broken child struggling to survive, in pain, longing for hope. We're all broken in a thousand ways, but in Christ, we become whole - and part of the whole. One small piece carefully placed so that light flows through radiant with color, a single piece necessary to the beauty of the whole.

  God makes beauty from ashes. He created us for His good purpose out of His great love. No matter how broken we are, no matter the life we've lead or the lies we've believed, the truth is God can restore, refresh, revive, reconcile and recreate us through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

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"The Masterpiece"


Roman Velasco is a successful commercial and graffiti artist with a mansion overlooking the Topanga Canyons of Los Angeles, California. On the outside, he appears to have everything he could possible want including money, women and fame, yet everyday demons from his past haunt him.
Grace Moore is a single mom who was in a marriage that crushed her dreams. She is Romanís newly hired personal assistant, wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. She will never lose sight of her dreams again.When the unexpected happens, it changes their lives & relationship forever.

Francine Rivers
"Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature"


What do majestic redwoods, the persistence of a woodpecker, or a glorious sunrise reveal about the Creator? Join Rivers as she searches for God in a lifetime's observations of the natural world---and discovers that the proof of his enduring love is all around us! Features more than 100 stunning photographs and a ribbon marker. 224 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

Francine Rivers
"Leota's Garden"


Leota's garden was once a place of beauty, where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she knelt before a loving God and prayed for the children who couldn't understand her silent sacrifices.
Now, eighty-four-year-old Leota Reinhardt is alone, her beloved garden in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless, and she voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend.
Then God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student who thinks he has all the answers; the other, the granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?

 

Francine Rivers
"And The Shofar Blew"


In the Old Testament, God called His people to action with the blast of the shofar, a ram's horn. He still calls His people today. In this relevant and timely novel, dynamic young preacher Paul Hudson is committed to building his church-but at what cost? When Paul accepted the call to pastor the struggling church, he had no idea what to expect. But it didn't take long for Paul to turn Centerville Christian Church around. Attendance is up, way up, and everything is going so well. If only his wife, Eunice, could see it that way. Still, he tries not to let her quiet presence distract him. But Eunice knows that something isn't right . . . and it hasn't been for a long time.

 

Francine Rivers
"Bridge To Haven"


To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven, a sleepy little town in Northern California. Zeke and his son, Joshua-Abra's closest friend-watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown.

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"Redeeming Love"



Sold into prostitution in childhood, Angel is a bitter young woman who trusts no man. But when God tells Michael Hosea to marry her, she learns to love and hope---until fear overwhelms her and she returns to her former life. Can she be redeemed? A skillful retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set amid the California gold rush. Includes Bible study. 464 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

Francine Rivers
"Her Daughter's Dream, Marta's Legacy Series #2"



In the dramatic conclusion to Her Mother's Hope, the Cold War has begun and Carolyn is struggling to navigate her shifting family landscape and the changing times. With her mother, Hildemara, away in a tuberculosis sanatorium, Carolyn develops a special bond with her Oma Marta. But when Hildie returns, tensions between her and Marta escalate, and Carolyn feels she is to blame. College offers the chance to find herself, but a family tragedy shatters her independence.  Spanning the 1950s to the present day, Her Daughter's Dream is the final chapter of an unforgettable epic family saga about the sacrifices every mother makes for her daughter-and the very nature of unconditional love.

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"Her Mother's Hope"

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"The Scarlet Thread"


Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra Madrid's life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and

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"The Scribe: Silas,
Sons of Encouragement Series #5"



Francine Rivers has based the entire Sons of Encouragement series on the lesser known biblical characters who were instrumental in shaping our history. Silas, born to the privileged class, was the man responsible for recording the details of the New Testament scripture that we read today. Along the way readers will be captivated by the growth of the early church and the trials Paul suffers before he is martyred for the cause of Christ.

Francine Rivers
"The Prophet: Amos, Sons of Encouragement Series #4"



Behind the men who shaped history are the heroes who forever changed it. In The Prophet, the fourth book in the Sons of Encouragement series, beloved author Francine Rivers illuminates the life of Amos. Francine examines the life of Amos and his relationship to Israel during its prosperous years. Amos's message --and his relationship with God--made him unpopular. But his challenge to those who were enjoying the blessings of prosperity was crucial then and is strikingly timely today as well.

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"The Atonement Child"

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