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Monday, February 14, 2011

Randy Alcorn

Here is a little something I managed to eek out of Randy Alcorn's book launching part for The Chasm. An allegorical book aimed at adults.

@Mr. Alcorn

What drove you to use illustrations in this new work of yours? What did you hope to gain from them?

Someone asked about illustrations. I really felt that The Chasm could be enhanced with the illustrations. But, with Stephanie's help, I searched around for different potential illustrators and finally found Mike Biegel. It was the right fit. I wanted that contemporary feel that is sort of a graphic novel sketch approach. I think Mike nailed what I was looking for and it definitely enhances the book. Allows you to picture something of the heavy imagery in the Chasm.

@Mr. Alcorn,

What sets The Chasm apart from your other wonderful books? The style of writing, the world building, characters?

The Chasm is unique, those who have read EOE will see that I extracted and then rewrote as a standalone some chapters in the middle of that earlier novel. From the time I first wrote EOE, 12 years ago, I have wanted to do this. I believe God can use it as an imaginative way of conveying the gospel to people who need to envision the old story in a fresh way.

@ Mr. Alcorn

As you continue to write these fiction books, what is your greatest source of inspiration for your writing? What is your source for creative
... juices?

On creative juices, hard to answer that. I seek to read and think and use my imagination, and improve my writing skills. I ask God for ideas and help and I sense Him answering those prayers. Whether we build or draw or fix things or make a home for our families, God wants us to yield our gifts to Him, and depend on Him for the next step, even the next breath. I don't always succeed, but that's what I seek to do in my writing.

@Randy Alcorn

What first sparked your idea for The Chasm? Was it something in particular or was it more of a slow idea percolating? Did you outline it, or go with the seat of the pants route?

The basic idea for The Chasm came to me thirteen years ago while writing Edge of Eternity. Seemed like God brought waves of imagination to me until I could feel the little people driving nails in the feet and hear the angels locked up in heaven pounding on the ground, the earth's ceiling, crying out to take vengeance on the little people for inflicting such misery on the Woodsman.

@ Mr. Alcorn,

To end with one last question. What was one thing different in the writing of The Chasm than your other books? Did you write it all while eating shrimp? ;)

No shrimps were killed in the writing of the Chasm, but a number of them gave their lives that I might eat well tonight, thanks to my lovely wife Nanci. The Chasm is in some ways the most purely imaginative book I've written. Yet it has some gritty references to the struggles and dead end streets of this life.

Hope you enjoy this short and informal Q and A!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

In Constant Prayer Review

In Constant Prayer was something new for me to read. I enjoy non-fiction but read primarily fiction. This book basically turns the clock back to early A.D. and makes the case that “The Daily Office of Prayer” may well be worth incorporating into your daily life. The Office was not something I was acquainted with previously so I got out my pencil and paper and started to pay attention. The case Mr. Benson weaves for his belief in the power of the Daily Office is if nothing else, intellectually interesting. He cites the New Testament believers as well as the more liturgical denominations and groups, such as Episcopalians or Catholics. He believes that their more formal and rote operations may indeed not be a bad thing. But be something to emulate in prayer.

The Daily Office of prayer requires praying certain prayers at certain times of the day. Example prayers were included at the end of the book and they were indeed useful for a personal reference on what was being discussed. Overall, I didn’t find the books’ message very compelling, but an interesting read. If you are interested in the idea of The Daily Office then I’d say read the book if only to learn. If not, it probably won’t convince you otherwise.

Find this book here at Deepershopping.
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Give us the series!![CLOSED]

Finally we can giveaway the last Echoes from the Edge book! Nightmares Edges, the final book in the series and man do I love this book!! Normally I consider this my second favorite book--eclipsed only by the FIRST book in the series.This book can be personalized to YOU if you win!

For those of you who haven't read the series before, this is a must read for anyone looking for an emotionally stirring, adrenaline pumping, and spiritually moving book.

In this last installment in the Echoes from the Edge series: In the final installment in the Echoes from the Edge series, the three Earths are headed towards imminent destruction, and only Nathan’s father knows the secret to saving billions of people from the celestial collision. But he is trapped in a dream world where nightmares are reality and the collapse of the cosmos is at hand.

When Kelly sacrifices herself on Nathan's behalf during a rescue mission gone bad, Nathan is faced with two formidable tasks: save Kelly, and repair the cosmic fabric before the three dimensions collide. With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, and the murderous stalker Mictar dogging his steps, Nathan must save the three Earths … or risk everything trying.

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This giveaway ends February 28th.

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