BOOK EXCERPT – A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE
You may have noticed that Tuesdays are when I post reviews on my blog. Due to—I’m not even sure what all!—I never got a copy of this book and cannot review. I do, however, want to give a shout out to Ms. Blanton and her newest book, A Promise in Defiance. Here, in lieu of my personal review, is an excerpt for your reading pleasure.
BOOK EXCERPT – A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE
“I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” – Heather Blanton
BOOK EXCERPT – A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE by HEATHER BLANTON
“Preacher! Preacher! Wake up!”
The pounding passed from Logan’s dream to the fuzzy edges of wakefulness, fading into the sound of thunder. Rain beat on his tin roof, steady and peaceful—
“Preacher!” the voice screamed again. “The church is burnin’!”
Logan’s eyes flew open. The orange glow reflecting on his bedroom walls pulsed with the pounding on his front door. He tossed back the covers, shimmied crazily into his breeches, and raced outside, still buttoning his fly. He nearly knocked down Deacon Taylor, the man who had been hammering on his door. Waving an apology, Logan raced past the man toward the burning building. He skidded to a stop though, halted by the hellish heat. Several men had formed a line leading from the water trough to the church, but the heat held them at bay as well, their buckets still full.
“Where’s that fire engine?” someone yelled over the roaring flames.
Logan pushed a hand through his dark, soaking-wet blond hair. God, no, not my church . . . my church.
Only then did he notice the rain. Hard and cold, huge drops drenched the futile firefighters, ran down his back, into his eyes. Yet his church burned at an astonishing speed, the ravenous beast of fire gulping it down from pew to steeple.
Deacon Taylor stepped up beside him and shook his head. “I’m sorry, Preacher. If this rain isn’t stopping it, then we might as well be spittin’ on the flames for all the good those buckets are gonna do. Shoot, they can’t get close enough to toss the water anyhow.”
Logan bit down the bitterness. If he’d only listened. And obeyed.
He’d clamped his hands over his ears, turned away from scriptures he knew he should study, avoided quiet time before the Lord, anything to drown out the still, small voice. Therefore, God had taken the final step to get this new preacher’s obedience.
Content shepherding a flock of good, God-fearing folk, Logan would not entertain the possibility the Lord had something else, someplace else, in mind. He couldn’t mean to send him there. Not back to real sinners.
Taylor slapped a hand on Logan’s back. “Don’t take it so hard, Preacher. You can do services in my barn until we get the church rebuilt.”
“I reckon you’ll be rebuilding it without me, Deacon.”
Taylor cocked his head as if he hadn’t heard quite right what with the flames and the rain.
“What’s that you say?”
“He’s been telling me to move on. If I’d listened, you’d still have a church.”
Taylor’s mouth worked futilely for a moment. Finally, he managed, “Well, where you going?”
Logan watched the flames claw at Heaven and heard the scripture as clear as if God were standing beside him.
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.
Dread pooling in his heart, he answered Taylor with one word: “Defiance.”
Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance. Heather’s writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love. A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among the fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand. She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!
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Christian Westerns is the genre that lets her write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in her stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly. Heather’s stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but she hopes they are heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.
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