Today I'm excited to welcome Vannetta Chapman. Be sure to leave a comment this weekend for your chance to win a free copy of her new book. (US only)
Thanks so much for allowing me to visit your blog! Today I thought I’d talk to you about my upcoming release, Anna’s Healing. I recently attended a writing workshop by Jeff Gerke. He said the number one rule for writers is “don’t be boring.” I just love that. As a reader, I know that I don’t tolerate being bored. I stop reading and turn on the tv.
When I began writing Anna’s Healing, I knew that I wanted the story to focus on a young Amish woman and her healing. I wanted you to know and care about this person before their accident, so I started the story when Anna is whole and feeling perfect fine. I needed her to suffer some terrible accident, so the healing would be truly unexplainable. And I needed to surround her with a strong community of believers who would pray with her, care for her, and remain strong for her throughout her accident.
But the title kind of gives the story away. Right? She’s healed! You know the ending. Only is that the ending? If someone in your church congregation were healed, how would others react? Would they wonder, “Why her?” Would they embrace the person or be a little afraid of them?
And how would the person healed react? Would they feel that they were worthy? Would they wonder “Why me?” What would their family say?
These were all important questions to me, and so the healing that Anna experiences is really only half the story. The other half is the how and why and what now and what next. I think those are very important questions, and I think that when we study scripture and the way Christ healed people, we can find the answers. For me, this is a powerful story of faith and God’s love for us. I hope you enjoy it, and I certainly hope that you are not bored.
Jodie here again. Thank you, Vannetta for sharing about your new book and for offering a free copy to a commenter.
Here's what it says on the back cover. :)
Anna’s Healing is the first book in a brand-new collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another.
When a tornado strikes the farms surrounding Cody’s Creek, Anna Schwartz’s life is changed forever. She suffers a spinal cord injury and suddenly finds herself learning to live as a paraplegic.
Three people—Chloe Roberts, Jacob Graber, and Ruth Schwartz—join forces to help Anna through her darkest days. Chloe is an Englischer who writes for the local paper. Jacob has recently arrived in town and stays on as a hired hand at her uncle’s. And Ruth is her grandmother, a woman of deep faith and a compassionate spirit.
Then one morning Anna wakes and finds herself healed. How did it happen? Why did it happen? And what is she to do now? Her life is again turned upside down as the world’s attention is drawn to this young Amish girl who has experienced the unexplainable.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com