I talk a lot about story on this blog—the power of storiesand how they change us, how God can use them to shape our lives. But sometimes, stories can just carry you away—to another place, another time, even another world, a mini-vacation in themselves. And this too, I think, can be God’s gift.
The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz has been doing this for me lately—sweeping me away to the romance and heartache of frontier Kentucke in 1779. Not away from troubles, to be sure, but somehow after reading of those of Roxanna Rowan and Colonel Cassius McLinn, my own can seem easier to handle. ‘Tis a story to recommend, along with the rest of Laura Frantz’s novels.
Then twice a week, our whole family is swept up in another story, as our theater company rehearses for our June production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. It’s one of my favorite parts of putting on a show—when I see the story actually coming together, the characters and their hopes, struggles, and dreams coming to life before our eyes.
So what about you? What stories have carried you off lately? Do share!
Kiersti, Bless you for enjoying TCL! I think it’s wonderful that you’re working on a novel of your own – the premise and location sound so interesting. I have a heart for native themes but you probably know that if you’ve read TFD and CML:)
Hmmm, as for stories that carry me off lately… I’ve just begun a Biblical fiction novel by Mesu Andrews called Love Amid the Ashes. The cover is so beautiful and I’m honored to call Mesu a friend. We just spent last weekend together at a signing in Seattle and Portland. The story I’m most looking forward to this year is Liz Curtis Higg’s novella, A Wreath of Snow. Love Liz!! Her Bible studies are great, too.
Now that I’ve written a novella of my own here I’d best say bye and get back to work! Bless you for your kind words about Roxanna and Cass’s story. And happy writing/reading to you:)
Laura–thank you so much for sharing! It’s such a thrill to have the actual author of a book I mention pop in with a comment. 🙂 Your books are truly some of the most beautiful I’ve ever read–I fell in love with Courting Morrow Little last summer (as you can see here: http://www.kierstiplog.com/2011/10/book-review-courting-morrow-little.html), received The Frontiersman’s Daughter for Christmas, and now, of course, loved The Colonel’s Lady. And yes, I’ve really enjoyed the way you weave Native Americans and their little-told stories through yours.
I’ve heard Mesu’s name since joining ACFW a year ago but have yet to get a copy of one of her books. I’ll have to do that–thank you for the recommendation! And I’ve just recently discovered Liz Curtis Higgs’s novels–and also got to hear her speak at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference this spring. She’s amazing!
Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by! And also for writing such beautiful stories to bless readers and writers like me. 🙂 May the Lord bless you and your family!