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Taking the pulse of Christian fiction, Because Fiction explores the lastest trends in Christian fiction, discusses genres, specific authors, new releases, and classics as well. If it's Christian fiction (or something readers love), we talk about it.

The Because Fiction Podcast Chautona Havig

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Taking the pulse of Christian fiction, Because Fiction explores the lastest trends in Christian fiction, discusses genres, specific authors, new releases, and classics as well. If it's Christian fiction (or something readers love), we talk about it.

    A Chat with Naomi Craig about Ezekiel's Song

    A Chat with Naomi Craig about Ezekiel's Song

    Before I began the interview with Naomi Craig about Ezekiel's Song, I kind of went crazy and left it in to give you a chuckle. But Naomi and I chat about her upcoming release, why she chose to write about Ezekiel, and what areas she focused on. Listen in and hear her heart for the Word and for stimulating readers to love it and live it.
    Oh, and that song I couldn't remember? Well, I found it after a BUNCH of hunting on YouTube. Here you go!
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    Has Ezekiel Always Confused You? How about a Little Fictional Clarity? There's SO much to write about in Ezekiel, but after talking to Naomi Craig, I feel like I got a pretty good grasp of where she's taking this book without feeling like I don't need to read it now that we chatted, and that's always great. Naomi shows service in the temple, how Ezekiel could have had a mentorish relationship under Jeremiah, and even what kind of woman his wife might have been.
    Personally, I love the "Darcy-ish" meeting where he totally insults her and accuses her of being an idolatress. Let me tell you something. I cannot wait to read that! Seriously!
    God had Ezekiel do a lot of weird things, and I always wondered how he managed some of it, but Naomi brings out possibilities by focusing on this wife that we don't know much (anything) about. How cool is that?
    Naomi also gave us a couple of glimpses into what's coming next! She's #TeamBlue in the Keeping Christmas novella collections, writing about Herod's palace and the wise men's appearance looking for "the King of the Jews."  And... from a scribe's perspective!  How cool is that?
    Also... next up is a book about a woman in Ephriam's lineage who built three cities. A woman credited with the building of these cities!  I cannot wait! I love how Naomi focuses on how strong Biblical women were. So often we think of them as downtrodden and little more than cattle, but God shows how much He loves His daughters in the Word, and He definitely allows them to shine. We saw that in Naomi's debut novel Rahab's Courage.
    Ezekiel's Song by Naomi Craig A prophet's heart broken, a woman's joy gone. What does Yahweh have planned for His people?
    On the brink of Jerusalem's demise, devoted priest, Ezekiel, sees the insincerity of Judah's worship. Despite his efforts to call the people back to true worship of Yahweh, priests, artisans, valiant warriors, and royals are exiled to Babylon. When God gives him messages of continued judgment for the people in his homeland, his heart breaks. How can he minister to the people from so far away?
    The presence of the Lord is tangible when Shiriel sings in the temple, and her voice prepares the hearts of many to worship. When she is exiled to Babylon, her faith is shaken. Does the Lord's presence extend beyond Jerusalem and His holy temple?
    Ezekiel is struck mute and paralyzed as he begins his prophetic ministry, and Shiriel devises a plan to get the Lord's message back to the unfaithful people of Judah. Shiriel struggles with discontentment as serving the Lord looks nothing like she'd imagined. Can she provide for her family and carry out her husband's ministry when her joy is gone, and her own dreams are placed on hold?
    How will Yahweh save His people from themselves? Find out in Ezekiel's Song!
    Ezekiel's Song is available at 30% off paperback and at a discount for Kindle, too through release week, so visit Naomi's WEBSITE for more information.
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    • 30 min
    A Chat with Author, Nancy Naigle

    A Chat with Author, Nancy Naigle

    Hey, we're back after a couple of weeks of vacation, and boy did I need it. And, have I got a fabulous interview for you. Nancy Naigle and I talked about her books, her most recent release, What Remains True as well as her Christmas books and the one I'm most anxious to read, The Shell Collector. Listen in and learn about what Nancy says about this bet she has going on in What Remains True. Great stuff!
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    Need a Great Romantic Read to Wind Up Your Summer Reads? As I said in the podcast, a while back, someone told me I'd LOVE The Shell Collector--one of those people who recommends books you HAVE to read if they say you do.  So I bought it and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since. Well, now it's on my GoodReads shelf, and I'm about to start it (and I optimistically thought I'd be done with it by the time this episode released. Oh, me of too much faith in myself and my time management!)
    Author of over thirty books, not to mention a bestselling author who also has movies made of her novels (And The Shell Collector has been optioned! EEEP!), Nancy loves to write Christmas books and small-town stories. Seriously, as we talked, I felt like she was talking about me half the time. We're so very alike in so many ways. It was fun.
    Nancy also pointed out that her first books (if you go WAY back) are not Christian fiction and are a bit spicier than she prefers to write and definitely more than she writes today. So be warned there, but she did assure us that they are all closed-door books.
    What Remains True by Nancy Naigle One woman wants to win a bet. One man wants to become a rodeo champion. One little girl may give them both something even better—from USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle.
    “A commitment-phobic rodeo star and a divorcée with secrets find love in this wholesome romance. . . . As uplifting as it is sweet.”—Publishers Weekly
    Working at a little shop on Main Street in a small town is exactly the break that executive Merry Anna Foster needs following her divorce. She’s made a bet with her ex-husband that she can live on the amount of money she’s giving him in alimony. If she can do it, then Kevin will have to stop complaining and leave her alone. But after three months of this new life, will she even want to leave Antler Creek?
    Adam Locklear, bull rider and owner of the local feedstore, is having the best year of his rodeo career. He’s also a bit distracted by the pretty new neighbor living in his old bunkhouse. But Adam has no time for matters of the heart. He’s got his future all mapped out, and that future doesn’t involve a woman just yet. It doesn’t involve parenting a little girl either. However, Carly Fowler still suddenly leaves five-year-old Zan—the daughter Adam didn’t know he had—in his care.
    Is it possible that the future holds a life even better than what Merry Anna and Adam had each dreamed of? One that includes both tenderness and even love—not just for each other but for Zan too?
    You can learn more about Nancy's books and movies on her WEBSITE. Oh, and PSST... I'm loving the audiobook of this one!
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    • 40 min
    A Chat with Christian Women's Fiction Robin W. Pearson

    A Chat with Christian Women's Fiction Robin W. Pearson

    Nothing says good, Southern women's fiction like a feisty granny or a family secret, and Robin W. Pearson's got you covered on both fronts. Stir in a pot of faith, and well... you're bound to find a story you'll never forget. And isn't that a blessing? Award-winning, bestselling, and aspiring yodler on the other side of the Rockies, Robin writes stories of faith, family, and it sounds like some seriously delicious food.
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    What's Better Than a Great Women's Fiction Novel on a Summer's Day? New-to-me (or she was!) women's fiction author, Robin W. Pearson writes God-centered, family-focused fiction. Robin is a delightful homeschooling mom of seven and if that wasn't job enough, her debut novel won a Christy award! I mean, that takes some serious skills! Not to mention, it has a killer kick-off synopsis on Amazon. I was hooked from the first paragraph.
    Robin says she wants people to see love in her books--how to love well even when we don't know how. How to see each other as God does.  I think that sounds pretty amazing.
    Her debut novel, A Long Time Coming, is more than just a great-sounding book, it really deals with family issues and I'll just say I fell in love with the narrator of the audio.
    The next book, Till I Want No More, rips your heart out with the synopsis, stomps on it, and says, "There. Now what'll you do about that?  Well, I don't know what I'll do, other than read it of course!
    And her latest novel?  Oh, my gravy. It released just last week and it's amazing.  Well, the part I've read already is. Walking in Tall Weeds promises to keep your heart on tenterhooks as it takes you through a family's pain and trauma.  And what more could you want?
    Walking in Tall Weeds by Robin W. Pearson From award-winning author Robin W. Pearson comes a new Southern family drama about one family who discovers their history is only skin-deep and that God’s love is the only family tie that binds.
    Paulette and Fred Baldwin find themselves wading through a new season of life in Hickory Grove, North Carolina. Their only son, McKinley, now works hundreds of miles away, and the distance between the husband and wife feels even farther. When their son returns home, his visit dredges up even more conflict between Fred and Paulette.
    McKinley makes it no secret that he doesn’t intend to follow in his father’s footsteps at George & Company Fine Furnishings or otherwise. Fred can’t quite bring himself to accept all his son’s choices, yet Paulette is determined McKinley will want for nothing, least of all a mother’s love and attention—which her own skin color cost her as a child. But all her striving leaves Fred on the outside looking in.
    Paulette suspects McKinley and Fred are hiding something that could change the whole family. Soon, she’s facing a whirlwind she never saw coming, and the three of them must dig deep to confront the truth. Maybe then they’ll discover that their history is only skin-deep while their faith can take them right to the heart of things.
    You can learn more about Robin W. Pearson on her WEBSITE.
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    • 32 min
    A Chat with Liz Johnson about The Last Way Home

    A Chat with Liz Johnson about The Last Way Home

    With the release of her latest Prince Edward Island shores novel, Liz Johnson ramps up family tension and romance in The Last Way Home. This romance with elements of a prodigal tale promises to be another great island book. Not only that, readers of the first island series, Prince Edward Island Dreams, will have a treat. Liz is taking us to The Red Door Inn again! Listen in as we chat about the series, writing, and even a bit about desert life! It'll make you grateful for not living in America's oven (unless you do. Then please commiserate with us!)
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    Are You Ready for This Amazing, Long-Awaited Beach Read? Author of some of the most endearing Christian romances (not to mention suspense and mystery), Liz Johnson has done it again with The Last Way Home. I know this and I've only read the first chapter. EEEP!  Still, I'd planned to read it as a birthday treat, and I at least got it started. #BecauseLiz
    The Last Way Home has prodigal vibes as well as sports, fame, and family drama all tangled with a romance that I suspect is going to have a few fireworks--or perhaps cause some.  One or the other... or both.  Either way, I want to be there for the show!
    Liz and I talked about writing, family and their support, research, her republished series starting with my first read of hers, The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorne, and of course, the books Liz is reading.  I don't know about you, but Soundtracks by Jon Acuff sounds great, and I'm thinking I need a copy.
    The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson When Eli Ross left Prince Edward Island to join the NHL, he left a broken family behind. More than a decade later, he's broke and headed home to an uncertain welcome. He wants to make things right with the family he wronged, but his mom's business partner isn't making it easy. To top it off, the coaching job he's accepted turns out to be far more difficult than he anticipated.
    For years, Violet Donaghy has put everything she had into making Eli's mom's ceramics shop a success, and she's not eager to forgive the man who hurt the family that's taken her in as one of their own. But when the kiln at the shop starts a fire that nearly destroys the studio, she'll need all the help she can get to save the business and their summer income.
    Can these two strong-willed people come together to mend the broken pieces of the Ross family? Or will the ghosts of the past continue to haunt them?
    Return to Prince Edward Island for a romantic story of family, forgiveness, and the power of love.
    You can learn more about Liz Johnson and The Last Way Home on her WEBSITE.
    Don't forget, you can get the paperback from Bakerbookhouse.com through August 1, 2022, for just 9.59!
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    • 43 min
    A Chat with Biblical Fiction Author, Mesu Andrews

    A Chat with Biblical Fiction Author, Mesu Andrews

    Biblical fiction can be a sticky wicket, but one beautiful thing it has going is providing cultural context to familiar stories. It can also offer reasons that people may have acted as they did. Its very strength in making us familiar with things its original audience already understood can also be a means to blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Great authors know how to throw a "what if" scenario into the mix and leave us digging deeper into Scripture to understand what the Lord is teaching us in His Word, and isn't that the main point? Listen in as Mesu Andrews and I tackle my issues with Biblical fiction and see why it is such an important genre in Christian fiction.
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    What Happens When a Woman's Passion for the Word Meets Her Love of Story? I've always been honest about my concerns with Biblical fiction, but as I chatted with Mesu (we didn't have time to discuss it), I realized it really is the same issue as with all Christian fiction--allowing creativity and recognizing the ways different people understand the same passages while holding fast to Biblical truth. In Biblical fiction, it's more overt. If an author tries to say that David was a twelve-year-old girl, we're going to have problems. If another book shows the possibility of Paul having been married as M.D. House talked about in Episode 133, well that's something we don't actually know. How that's done makes all the difference.
    Mesu Andrews has a deep love and passion for the Word that shines whenever you talk to her, and this interview was no exception. She lets us peek into her writing process that starts pretty generically (Hello, Google!) before digging deep into more academic sources. She made it very clear that every Biblical fact mentioned in the Bible never changes in her stories. However, she does look at cultural and traditional aspects of life at the time and asks those wonderful "what if?" questions.
    Why write about someone like Potiphar's wife? Because women often prefer reading about women, Mesu looks at familiar stories like that of Joseph and Potiphar's wife from an unfamiliar angle. Of course, you can read all the spoilers by going straight to the Bible, but I have to admit that I'm fascinated to see where this book takes us.
    Finally, we discussed a few authors and the kinds of Biblical fiction they write. From concepts to deep dives, Old Testament to New, these authors have carved out niches for themselves. I know you'll find something you need to check out. Me, I'm going to be reading Potiphar's Wife soon and seeing what Mesu Andrews has for us.
    Potiphar's Wife by Mesu Andrews One of the Bible’s most notorious women longs for a love she cannot have in this captivating novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah’s Legacy.
    “Mesu Andrews yet again proves her mastery of weaving a rich and powerful biblical story!”—Roseanna M. White, author of A Portrait of Loyalty
    Before she is Potiphar’s wife, Zuleika is the daughter of a king and the wife of a prince. She rules the isle of Crete alongside her mother in the absence of their seafaring husbands. But when tragedy nearly destroys Crete, Zuleika must sacrifice her future to save the Minoan people she loves.
    Zuleika’s father believes his robust trade with Egypt will ensure Pharaoh’s obligation to marry his daughter, including a bride price hefty enough to save Crete. But Pharaoh refuses and gives her instead to Potiphar, the captain of his bodyguards: a crusty bachelor twice her age, who would rather have a new horse than a Minoan wife.
    Abandoned by her father, rejected by Pharaoh, and humiliated by Potiphar’s indifference, Zuleika yearns for the homeland she adores. In the political hotbed of Egypt’s foreign dynasty, her obsession to return to Crete spirals into deception. When she betrays Joseph—her Hebrew servant with the face and body of the gods

    • 51 min
    A Chat with Historical Christian Fiction Author, Stephanie Landsem

    A Chat with Historical Christian Fiction Author, Stephanie Landsem

    A few weeks ago, I had a chat with author Stephanie Landsem about her newest release, In a Far-Off Land. A historian, Landsem has a passion for seeing faith in stories set in different eras. Stephanie set this book in Hollywood in the 1930s. In it, she tells the Prodigal Son through mystery.
    Just a note: midway through the recording, my audio went nuts and after trying for ages to fix it, my half of the second half sounds a bit like I recorded underwater. I apologize, but I decided an imperfect interview was far better than none. I did my best to cut most of me out of that section to save ears and sanity.
    Listen in to learn more about A Far-Off Land and her 2023 release, Code Name Eidelweiss. 
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    What's Better Than a 1930s Mystery of Biblical Proportions? Author of Biblical fiction about women who met Jesus and how their lives were changed, Stephanie Landsem didn't stop with stories set in Palestine. Instead, she fast-forwarded a couple of millennia and wove a tale of rebellion, murder, and forgiveness that doesn't shy away from the reality of man's depravity or the Truth that sets us free. Landsem assures us that while gritty, this novel is not graphic or gratuitous in the content.
    I've got my paperback copy right here, and I actually started listening to the audio as I set up tonight's episode release.  Speaking of audio, you can even read an interview with the narrator HERE.
    But that's not all we talked about.  As we examined the issues Hollywood faced as Stephanie's character lived there, we also got a hint of what's coming next.  Landsem goes from murder mystery to spies, and oh my... if you think In a Far-Off Land has a gorgeous cover, wait'll you see Code Name Eidelweiss. Inspired by a little-known incident regarding the infiltration of Germany's Nazi party in America, this book sounds like the best of so many favorite combinations. EEEP!
    In a Far-Off Land by Stephanie Landsem It’s 1931 in Hollywood, and Minerva Sinclaire is on the run for a murder she didn’t commit.
    As the Great Depression hits the Midwest, Minerva Sinclaire runs away to Hollywood, determined to make it big and save the family farm. But beauty and moxie don’t pay the bills in Tinseltown, and she’s caught in a downward spiral of poverty, desperation, and compromise. Finally, she’s about to sign with a major studio and make up for it all. Instead, she wakes up next to a dead film star and is on the run for a murder she didn’t commit.
    Only two unwilling men?Oscar, a Mexican gardener in danger of deportation, and Max, a too-handsome agent battling his own demons?can help Mina escape corrupt police on the take and the studio big shots trying to frame her. But even her quick thinking and grit can't protect her from herself. Alone, penniless, and carrying a shameful secret, Mina faces the consequences of the heartbreaking choices that brought her to ruin . . . and just might bring her back to where she belongs.\
    You can find out more about Stephanie Landsem on her WEBSITE.
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    • 39 min

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