Everyone’s Story warmly introduces to this blog the amazing author Amy Sorrells. I fell in love with Amy’s storytelling when she swept me into her characters’ world in her novel Then Sings My Soul and knew I had to invite her to appear as my guest. And talk about uplifting! Check out Amy’s encouraging words below, and afterwards, she’d enjoy hearing from viewers about how they can or have learned to see God right where they are and in the simple things of life. Do check out Amy’s special and lovely BookGiveaway. I’m also looking forward to hearing from you.
Amy is offering 1 Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of Lead Me Home to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, February 19th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).
About the Book:
From Amy: Lead Me Home is my third, standalone novel and releases nationwide May 1, 2016 from Tyndale House Publishers. It is a story of the things we all search for, like hope, romance, purpose, place, and love.
Here’s a synopsis:
Amidst open fields and empty pews, small towns can crush big dreams. Abandoned by his no-good father and forced to grow up too soon, Noble Burden has set his dreams aside to run the family farm. Meanwhile, James Horton, the pastor of the local church, questions his own calling as he prepares to close the doors for good. As a severe storm rolls through, threatening their community and very livelihood, both men fear losing what they care about most…and reconsider where they truly belong.
On hearing God by Amy Sorrells
Do you ever feel like life is too loud? I don’t know if I’m just old-fashioned, but the cacophony of sensory input—whether the radio, social media, emails, or television—feels increasingly constant and overwhelming.
Where can a person find rest?
More than that, where can a person hear God?
These questions inspired the beginnings of my newest, upcoming novel with Tyndale House Publishers called Lead Me Home.
My heart feels grieved when I pass forlorn little clapboard churches in the countryside, usually from the interstate as I’m zooming from one big city to another. As much as I enjoy today’s modern worship experiences, I miss simple hymns and small communities of believers with potlucks after the service. Tragically, according to churchleadership.org, “Every year more than 4000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1000 new church starts.” What happens if and when a church has to shut its doors?
Where is the Lord in still, small places and of society?
And, what place is there for the unnoticed, uncelebrated and unloved in our world which places so much value on bigger and better and more? The protagonists in my LEAD ME HOME, James and Noble, wonder about the same things.
I am reminded of I Kings 19:11-12 (NLT):
“…the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper…”
I know I’m guilty of being mesmerized by the shiny and popular. I’m tempted to give in to trends and to focus on what the world says is valuable instead of what the Lord says matters most.
The other morning I stood in my kitchen waiting impatiently on my dogs to come in and out for their morning routines, so that I could get on with my day. The house was quiet. Daylight was only beginning to cast a glow around the yard. Then, I noticed a beautiful, chubby female cardinal in the tree near the patio, and not far beyond, in a grove of pines, was the male cardinal, bright red against the dreary brown and green winter landscape. Okay, so maybe they’re “just birds.” But the detail of their coloring, their life in the midst of a dormant garden…they were breathtaking.
“I love you with my creation,” I heard God whisper to my overburdened heart.
Thank goodness I stopped a moment to notice.
Thank goodness things were quiet enough for me to hear Him.
I fear what our society misses these days.
Questions for thought:
In what unlikely place have you seen or heard from God lately?
If you attend or grew up in a small town church, what’s your favorite memory?
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Amy’s writing career includes three years as a weekly op-ed newspaper columnist, over two decades of medical and freelance writing, and most recently (her favorite form of prose), literary novels, including the award-winning How Sweet the Sound, Then Sings My Soul, and LEAD ME HOME. Also grateful to be a registered nurse at a busy suburban hospital, Amy lives with her husband and three sons in central Indiana.
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