Christine Lindsay: Thinking Twice About Closed Publishing Doors

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Everyone’s Story welcomes back with a queen size hug the amazing and caring Christine Lindsay, author of historical and contemporary Christian fiction, as well as her new release, Finding Sarah, Finding Me, her first non-fiction book. I met Christine at my first ACFW conference and have been blessed since with by her friendship even though more than 3000 miles separate us. This week Christine shares about her non-fiction book, which is a piece of her heart, the blurb of the book, and a lovely  BookGiveaway. We’re both looking forward to hearing from you.

**Plus, want to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card? 

Check below, after Christine’s feature.

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BookGiveaway:

Christine is offering 1 ebook version to 1  randomly chosen commenter. Plus, if you share this post on Facebook and note it within the comment, you’ll receive an extra bonus point. The winner will be announced here on Friday, August 19th between 5-6 PM EST.

** Please note regarding BookGiveaways: email contact information within comments are no longer required. However, if I have a question regarding yours I’ll leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.

 

 

Back of the book blurb:

Adoption. It’s something that touches one in three people today, a word that will conjure different emotions in those people touched by it. A word that might represent the greatest hope…the greatest question…the greatest sacrifice. But most of all, it’s a word that represents God’s immense love for his people.

Join birth mother Christine Lindsay as she shares the heartaches, hopes, and epiphanies of her journey to reunion with the daughter she gave up…and to understanding her true identity in Christ along the way.

Through her story and glimpses into the lives of other families in the adoption triad, readers will see the beauty of our broken families, broken hearts, and broken dreams when we entrust them to our loving God.

Note: 100 % of Christine Lindsay royalties for this non-fiction book will be donated to the Mukti mission in India.

My books

Read for Free the first chapters of all Christine’s books on her website, but click HERE to read Chapter One of Finding Sarah Finding Me.

 

The Resurrection of a Book – by Christine Lindsay

Way back in 2000 I was convinced that God wanted me to write a non-fiction book. I had relinquished a baby girl to adoption in 1979 and we had been reunited 20 years later. I was more than convinced—I’m sure I was downright militant. I had an agenda for my book! I was a birth-mother, oh hear me roar. That sort of thing. I shudder now with the memory.

Not surprising the Lord stopped me just short of publication. That was, until 16 years had passed. But at the time I had no idea the book would take all those years to become a reality. All I felt then was a burning need to tell others about my rocky road as a birth-mother and equally rocky reunion with my daughter.

The following is an excerpt from my new release Finding Sarah Finding Me:

In addition to (my counselor’s) suggestions, (my husband) has one of his own. He finds me crying, as usual, in the living room one day when I assume the house is empty. He goes out and returns a while later with a brand new journal and lapis blue fountain pen. Gently placing these items in my lap, he says, “Here honey, write it. You’ve been an artist all your life, either with paint or words. Write your book.” . . . Like a blind man receiving his first braille writing slate and stylus, I accept my husband’s gift.

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How many of us writers use literature to express our personal vents or agendas? I smile at this answer—probably all of us, and there is nothing wrong with that.

But if you are a writer you will understand the frustration, to feel so convinced your book should be published and then to see the doors to the publishing world bolted shut, is tantamount to torture. Why does God put us through that?

Another excerpt below from Finding Sarah Finding Me:

Whenever I share with people about my writing, quite often they give me a perplexed smile, and a patronizing tone laces their words. “Good that you have a hobby. Must be so cathartic.” Thank God I have friends who don’t think I’ve just arrived from Mars. My writing is not a hobby but something seeded in me as far back as the days when I sat in the maternity ward and held baby Sarah . . .

And I’m sure by this time that all the catharsis I needed from writing is complete . . . I’m ready to launch what my experience has taught me about the Lord on the world. Just let me at ’em.

Typical. Most people going through emotional healing think they’re healed long before they actually are.

My journey to publication is like my search for Sarah— agonizingly slow. But I am learning, and I control my urge to growl at the Lord and pray with only a hint of my old whine, “Okay, okay, if you don’t want me to write this non-fiction account, how do you want me to use this writing gift?” The impression gradually emerges that I’m to paint what I’ve gained of emotional and spiritual healing into fiction to—God-willing—help others.

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Back in 2000 I didn’t know that the Lord would use my journey as a fiction writer to help me discover my birth-mother role. The past 16 years have been filled with moments such as when I asked my publisher if Sarah could be the cover model for my debut novel. At the time Sarah and I were still working out a tenuous relationship, but somehow the Lord put it all together, and her beautiful face is on that beautiful cover.

A few years later the Lord used my writing and Sarah’s career as a nurse to draw us into the close birth-mother/birth-daughter relationship that I longed for. Sarah came to visit and told us as a family she was going to be a missionary with *GAiN that oversaw various orphanages around the world. One orphanage she would be working with very closely was the **Muki Mission in India.

Excerpt below from Finding Sarah Finding Me:

Sarah looks at me with a little grin, a half-knowing look in her eyes. “I think I remember now. You know about the Mukti, don’t you?”

“Yes.” My pulse leaps like a hysterical rabbit. “I’ve been interested in that mission for years. In fact, a portion of the book I’m currently writing features the Mukti.”

She gives me a wide, uninhibited smile, complete with the shared knowledge that God has entwined both of our callings—me as a writer and her as a nurse—for this one shining moment in time, upon this one mission in India…of all the missions in all the world.

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As time went by and my writing career bloomed, I considered my birth-mother book a thing of the past. I’d matured as a Christian, been healed of my emotional trauma of losing my first child to adoption, was rejoicing over the good things God was doing in my life, and then . . . out of the blue my publisher said they wanted to publish my non-fiction book.

God is the God of resurrections, the God of new beginnings. I shouldn’t have been surprised. He was just waiting until He had taken me through my complete apprenticeship as a writer, and until I had grown as a writer to write a very different book than the one I wanted to write in 2000.

Finding Sarah Finding Me, releasing this August 15, 2016, was written by a woman who can look back on the past with her hindsight untarnished by pain and cleansed by the love of God.

*GAIN

**Muki Mission

Christine’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Why does Christine Lindsay @CLindsayWriter question shut publishing doors? (Tweet This)

Christine Lindsay @CLindsayWriter : A birth-mother is reunited with daughter after 20 years.  (Tweet This)

#Giveaway of Finding Sarah, Finding Me, a birth-mother’s story by Christine Lindsay @CLindsayWriter (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction with complex emotional and psychological truth, who always promises a happy ending. Tales of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and explosive finale Veiled at Midnight.

Christine’s Irish wit and use of setting as a character is evident in her contemporary romances Londonderry Dreaming and Sofi’s Bridge.

A busy writer and speaker, Christine, and her husband live on the west coast of Canada. Coming August 2016 is the release of her non-fiction book Finding Sarah—Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story.

Places to connect with Christine:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Pinterest

Amazon

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In appreciation

of all those who downloaded their Free Kindle copy of 

Always With You, helping

to make it a Kindle Best Seller list, here’s a way

to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorElaineStock

 

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I’m interviewed on The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction

Wednesday, August 17th.  Hope to see you there!

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Christine and I look forward to your comments.

 

24 comments to Christine Lindsay: Thinking Twice About Closed Publishing Doors

  • Thanks Elaine for having me as a guest on your blog again. Always a pleasure. And our friendship over the years has meant so much to me. I forgot to add that 100% of all author royalties from this book will be donated to the Mukti Mission in India.

    • elaineadmin

      It’s a pleasure, joy, and honor to have you back, Christine. I’ve been truly blessed by your friendship… just wished we lived closer 💗

  • I loved Christine’s first two British Raj books. She’s a talented writer. I don’t get to the ACFW conferences, but I hope our paths will cross someday. Thanks for many hours of reading enjoyment.

  • Marilyn R

    Christine’s story tugged my heart strings. I’ve known parents who surrendered their children as well as parents who adopted children at birth after they had them for a while as foster children. ‘Finding Sarah Finding Me’is defnitely a book I’m going to have to read and have in my personal library to share with others. It’s exciting aboout the mission work, too. Elaine, glad you found a dear friend in Christine. God bless all.

    • elaineadmin

      I consider myself very blessed with His choice of people He’s honored me to know in my lifetime… and now, too, you’re part of my heart 🌞

      Thanks for visiting!

    • Hi Marilyn, oh yes the missionary aspect to the story was the one the Lord wrote into our lives. And I’d love readers to know that 100% of all author royalties go to support the Mukti mission in India. If you want to know the special reason for this, then I encourage you to read the book. Insert the twinkle in my eye as I write this. Don’t want to spoil the story for you. Let’s just say, our amazing God is always in the details. Which by the way, as I write this my very first granddaughter was born yesterday and her name is Hannah. If you read the book, you’ll know why that is also very special to me.

  • Becky Smith

    I enjoyed this blog and look forward to reading this book. Thanks for interviewing Christine! I have not yet read any of her books, but have put them on my TBR and am following her on Amazon now. I purchased Always With You and look forward to reading it soon also.

    • elaineadmin

      Becky, thanks so much for your visit!! I love Christine’s stories–they’re so powerful and gripping.

      May Always With You fill your heart with hope and inspiration.

    • Thank you dear Becky for those encouraging words, and for following me on Amazon. I hope you get a chance to read Finding Sarah Finding Me especially as it is the true-life story that inspired all my Christian Fiction. Hugs to you, and I ask that the Lord’s face shine upon you.

  • God is amazing!!! The story about Christine, her decision to have her baby girl adopted out, the journey to find Sarah, and then the writing and publishing of her book. When we humans step aside and let God do His work, it is amazing how much better our lives are. I have not read any of Christine’s books, but this one is a must read. I have ordered it and will move it up on my TBR list.

    I bought a paperback copy of Always With You a month ago, and honestly have not read it yet. It is looking at me everyday as it sits on my desk. I have now moved it to the top of my TBR list; and then Christine’s book after that.

    A wonderful blog.

    • elaineadmin

      Wow and wow, Karen! First, I’m thrilled that you’ve enjoyed Christine’s feature (bear with her concerning responding back to comments due to the 3 hour time distance, plus I believe she works Saturdays). I know what you mean about about us humans stepping aside… slowly, I’m beginning to come to grips about this. I’m even beginning to laugh about what I thought was un-laughable matters. Second, thanks so much for ordering Always With You 💗 You still have some time to enter my Amazon Gift Card Contest! LOL. Okay. Commercial is over. But really, Karen, thanks for putting a smile on my face, and I’m sure Christine’s.

    • Dear Karen, you are so right. When we humans step aside and let the Lord work He is amazing. Even when we humans mess it up, like I did, He will often step in and create something out of this world from our mistakes. Thank you so much for ordering Finding Sarah Finding Me. 100 % of my author royalties will go to support the Mukti Mission in India. And I hope you get a chance to read some of my fiction. Hugs and blessings on you.

  • I always enjoy reading about Christine. Thanks for having her again, Elaine. I really love this blog and the writers you have here. I always come away lifted up.

    Christine, isn’t it amazing how God just at the right time resurrects a dream! So glad your story is published and look forward to reading it.

  • Forgive me Elaine for my tardiness in responding. Yesterday (Saturday) my very first granddaughter was born to my son Kyle. They named her Hannah which is amazing since they had no idea that the original title for this non-fiction book was Just Like Hannah. I find it so serendipitous that not only is this non-fiction book being released the very same week as my first granddaughter is born. As usual, as my birth-daughter Sarah said yesterday, “our amazing God is in the details.”

    • elaineadmin

      Although I just congratulated you seconds ago in another reply, Grandma Christine, warm and hearty congratulations. I love the name Hannah. And here I thought maybe you were working at the day job… the birth of a grandchild is so much better 😍 So happy for you!!

  • As someone who was given up, we’ll better yet in my case abandoned as a new born in the early 70’s. I never really understood being adopted until I accepted being adopted by my heavenly Father. Since then I have begun to write my story and get similar responses from friends and family. My book I hope will bring healing to both those adopted as well as those that live with the nagging missing piece the rest of their lives. Look forward to reading your story.

    • elaineadmin

      Charles, thanks for finding your way here and welcome to Everyone’s Story. I believe Christine will be quite touched by what you’ve shared. I am, and for someone who first accepted Christ into her heart at the age of 22, I truly appreciate and can relate to “being adopted by my heavenly Father.” I’ve never thought of it that way.

      Hope to see you again!

    • Hi Charles, so many different adoption stories—as different as the individuals involved. I’m so glad you were found by your heavenly Father. As a birth-mother that’s mt story too. Blessings on you as you write your story. I’m sure it will encourage many.

  • elaineadmin

    Christine, my sweet friend, what a true joy and honor it’s been to host you this past week 💗 One quick look of the comments you received and it’s an easy conclusion that you’ve uplifted many hearts. And that’s why you have an open invitation to appear as my guest… just say the word!

    Thanks for the exciting BookGiveaway of your first, and powerful, non-fiction book, Finding Sarah, Finding Me. And the winner
    is…

    Becky! Congratulations, Becky 👍 Both Christine and I will email you shortly on how to get the book to you.

    Blessings to all.

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