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by Katheryn Maddox Haddad
Our guest blogger is Katheryn Maddox Haddad. Katheryn
grew up in the northern United States and now lives in Arizona where there is no snow. She lives with her palm trees, cacti, music, and a computer with most of the letters worn off.
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
She is a member of Christian Writers of the West and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.
Welcome, Katheryn. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would like to have dinner with a Christian martyr a few days or even hours before s/he is executed, especially if it is by torture (burning at stake, etc.). Actually, I doubt there would be any eating. Perhaps there wouldn’t be any conversing either. Perhaps I could listen in on their prayers. I think I would weep for them, but they would tell me not to weep, for their pain will be for a moment compared to living with God forever. To be in the company of such a one would be life changing.
Please tell us a little about your novel, STAR SONG.
Come meet the people who met Jesus. You are one of them. Probably
you are several of them. Go ahead and struggle with him as they did. Laugh. Cry. Do mental battle with him. Emotional battle too. Fight for your faith as they fought. Pause to listen for what you've never heard before. Then touch Jesus.
This is the story of faith in the impossible. Hope in the inconceivable. Love for the invincible. It is the dreams of youth, the desperations of infirmity, the hopes of age, and the song of eternity.
Follow the suspense as each person in Jesus’ life comes to terms with who they are, and who Jesus is. It is the story of doubts explained away, animosities melted away, misunderstandings cleared away. It is your story and mine. For deep within each of us is everyone who ever met and struggled with Jesus.
Mary was too young, Elizabeth too old, Joseph too gullible, the shepherds too smelly, Anna too senile, Simeon too idealistic, Salome too flippant. The wise men should have minded their own business, Zechariah should have accepted he'd never have children. King Herod dared control God, the Bible scholars dared interpret God.
What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
STAR SONG is dedicated to “everyone who has ever doubted.” It is book one in a series of eight lyrical novels on the life of Christ—Soul Journey With the Real Jesus— and 100 people who met and struggled with them.
Life is hard. Jesus was not born in order to create romances in the snow, bright lights, and parties. Jesus was born into a world where Herod’s spies were everywhere, and he killed three sons, a wife and numerous others to protect his crown. The people involved in Jesus’ birth were not always strong, but they did what they could. They did not always understand, but as their part in Jesus’ infancy unfolded, they were courageous. Anyone of them could have been you.
Where can readers find you online?
Webpage about STAR SONG
Pinterest about STAR SONG
Video #1 about STAR SONG
Video #2 about STAR SONG
Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble: “Katheryn Maddox Haddad”
Where can readers purchase STAR SONG?
Katheryn, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters on this blog post will win an eBook copy of STAR SONG, which you have offered.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Vigil by Marian Pellegrin Merritt is Britney. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
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