Unsinkable Faith and a Guest Post from Laura Frantz

I’ve always been admired Peter. When Jesus calls him from the boat to step out onto the water, he lifts his foot and places it on top of the waves. Now, Peter understood water. He’d been a fisherman all his life. He’d seen what waves could do to a boat and probably more than once had wished he could walk back to the shore from his boat in the middle of the lake. So when Jesus called him from the boat, you can imagine the leap his heart took.

Still, the Bible doesn’t imply Peter hesitated. He took the risk. He got out of the boat. And his faith didn’t slip until he took his eyes off Jesus.

In the next two weeks, here at Inkspirational Messages, we’re going to talk about developing an unsinkable faith. To celebrate this beginning, I asked Laura Frantz if I could share a post from her blog. Laura has a new book out called Courting Morrow Little. Each week, she is sharing a little about Morrow’s world on her blog. Today, I asked if I could share her first “Morrow’s World” post with you, and hopefully, Laura will stop by and share a little about the faith she needed to step out of the boat when Revell first called her.

Morrow’s World by Laura Frantz

 red river gorge kentucky treesFor the next few weeks, I thought I’d give you glimpses into Morrow’s world, though these pictures, lovely as they are, fail to capture the real essence of the place. Since setting is so important to a story, I’ll start with the Red River area of Kentucky. These photos give you a peek into the wild beauty of Morrow’s world. Of course an author can only guess what it must have been like two hundred or so years ago. When I was a girl wandering the Kentucky hills and hollows, I used to pretend I lived back then. So it’s not a wild leap for me to be there in my imagination. When I saw this picture, I immediately smelled the dry woods and felt the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. It’s autumn in this picture and the woods are especially memorable then.

red river gorge chimney rockI have one scene in the novel where Morrow goes with a certain suitor into the mountains. For a young woman who rarely leaves the shadow of her own cabin, this is a memorable trip. It’s one of my favorite chapters and contains almost no dialogue. Speaking would ruin the beauty of the moment. When you come across a beautiful sunset or feel something intensely words are unnecessary:) Imagine that!

best red river fallsThis is a pencil-thin falls that becomes one big icicle in winter. The Red River isn’t a large river but I made it large enough to pose a danger for Morrow both physically and emotionally. Another of my favorite scenes happens at the river early in the novel. But I’ll not spoil it here:) There are many unusual red rock formations and natural bridges and arches in the landscape that make it especially unique. I had to cut a great deal of descriptive narrative though I enjoyed it immensely while I was writing. Praying the story is blessing you in some way or providing you with a blessed escape!Morrow Little

 

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Morrow Little, run—don’t walk—to your nearest bookstore. As soon as you start reading it, you’ll forget all about how out of breath you got on your sprint to the store.

Be sure to visit Laura’s blog, too, for more of Morrow Little’s world and lots of other yummy info.

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Lorna Seilstad

Lorna Seilstad brings history back to life using a generous dash of humor. She is the author of the Lake Manawa Summers Series and the Gregory Sisters Series. She and her husband have three children and call Iowa home. Find out more at www.lornaseilstad.com or connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter.

18 thoughts on “Unsinkable Faith and a Guest Post from Laura Frantz”

  1. Blissful sigh. Lovely revisit to Morrow’s world. I bought it as soon as it hit the store’s shelf and have been tracking its sales in my humble town since then. Proud to announced that they ordered more in because it’s hopping off the bestseller shelf so fast they can’t keep up!

  2. Lorna, thank you so much for sharing Laura with our readers!!

    Like Kav, I bought it as soon as I found it on the shelf (and if you were on facebook that night, you’d have seen the picture of me holding it in my hot little hands! LOL). I absolutely loved it. I wasn’t sure I could love Morrow as much as I loved Lael (from The Frontiersman’s Daughter), but I did.

    Thank you, Laura, for sharing a bit of our home state of Kentucky today! It IS pretty, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. Lorna,
    I love how Peter took the chance to step out of the boat. Some of us never even make it that far.

    Laura,
    I can’t wait to read about Morrow. I’m afraid I have a couple ahead of yours in YA. More of research than pleasure. But I will get it done very very soon!

  4. What beautiful scenery. God’s an amazing artist, isn’t He?

    As for Courting Morrow Little, I’ve begun the book and am loving it. I love how Laura paints her scenes, breathing life into the settings. It’s easy to envision the Red River area. I’m one who would love to read all the narrative Laura had to cut out.

  5. Kav, thank you for sharing the book’s success in your area. I’m not surprised they can’t keep it on the shelves. Isn’t the cover just gorgeous?

  6. Regina, it’s my honor to share Laura’s post with all the Inspy readers. And Morrow is every bit as wonderful as Lael, isn’t she? All those Kentucky pictures make me want to hit the road.

  7. Marlene, that line “speaking would ruin the moment” caught my eye, too. I think I tend to fill in too many moments with dialogue. I’ve said before the Laura’s writing reads like music. She understand the power of a “rest” too.

  8. Dawn, I couldn’t agree more. At least Peter did step out of the boat. We can learn a lot from him.

    Brenda, painting scenes is one of Laura’s true gifts. Her books should be savored like a fine piece of chocolate, not devoured like a handful of M&M’s.

  9. It’s wonderful to be here with you all this morning. Thanks so much, Lorna, for including me! I was thinking how good God is to have brought us together through our mutual love of books. When I first began my writing journey with Revell 3 years ago, I didn’t have any writing friends. Not one:) Kind of shocking. Nor had I ever attended a conference or read a writing blog. I’d kept myself isolated from those very things because like Peter, I wasn’t ready to step out of the boat. There were a few years right before publication that I wouldn’t even go into a bookstore as it was simply too painful. My 40 year writing dream seemed to be just a dream that came true for other writers but not me. I limited myself to visting my library as that had been my closest friend since childhood.

    Since I didn’t have any writing friends to prod me along, the Lord used my brother, Chris, a missionary in Spain (then Ecuador). Long-distance, he began to talk to me about coming out of my writing closet. He arranged for a professional critique of The Frontiersman’s Daughter (then titled Dogwood Winter). Since I knew how difficult it was to get an agent, I decided to go through the Writer’s Edge while this edit was going on, not having much faith that it would amount to anything. Still not ready to step out of the boat!

    The day after TFD was posted on the Writer’s Edge, several major pubs began contacting me. Nothing panned out, however, but it gave me a taste of what publishing would be like. And I wasn’t sure I liked all that rough water:) When my current editor contacted me 6 months later, I had decided to pull my submission and just do what I’d always done ~ write for the joy of writing, just for myself, like I’d been doing since I was a child. So I didn’t return my editor’s call, just thought about it for a couple of weeks. Then my brother got wind of my wait:) And the Lord used him to help me see that any gift we’re given is not given simply for ourselves. So I contacted my editor. You know the rest of the story:)

    I’m so glad I stepped out of the boat, if only because it has moved me so much closer to Jesus. Like Peter, I had to risk my personal comfort to get my feet wet but stepping out brought me so much closer to my Savior. And that’s the only thing that matters in the end.

    Now you know why I dedicated this second book to my brother, Chris:) It’s a joy coming over this morning and reading your comments. Love them all! Love you all!

  10. Since you’re Kristen Heitzmann fans over here, thought I’d add that Kristen and I were the only fiction authors contracted with the CBA from the Writer’s Edge. Or so I’ve heard. I’ve never met Kristen but love the wonderful things you’ve said about her and now have her books on my list to read.

  11. Oooh — a new author name. I haven’t read any Kristen Heitzmann books but just put a bunch on hold at my library. Yippeeeeeee!

  12. Laura – thanks for sharing your writing journey. Isn’t it interesting how God has a different path carved out for each of us? I’m so glad you took that step of faith and got out of the boat. And family is so good at giving those much needed nudges, aren’t they?

    Kav – you’ll like Kristen Heitzmann. She has a very unique voice in Christian fiction, in both contemporary and historical.

  13. Kav,
    So amazed Kristen is new to you, my very well read friend!! But I’m constantly finding new reads thanks to blog friends:) And bless you so much for telling me Morrow is liked by Canadian readers. That will make me smile all month!

    Brenda,
    It is so interesting and unique that each of us are on a different writing path and are helped along by different people along the way. It really shows God’s amazing creativity that our journeys are so very different yet He directs each one!

  14. Peter gets a lot of flack because he often backed down, but I’d love to have his boldness.

    Laura, glad you could here. That waterfall is awesome. Sounds and looks like such a lovely place.

  15. Laura, thanks for sharing with us. I haven’t read the book yet, but like others, it’s in the “to be read” pile. I’m always intrigued by anything that’s set in Kentucky, because that’s as close to anything that I can call home. I kinda grew up in and around Somerset. I love Kentucky. The only thing it’s missing is a beach, but there are some seriously beautiful lakes that will suffice!

    Thanks again for joining us. I loved reading your story. It gives me hope that some day I’ll be able to get out of the boat, too!

  16. JerriLynn, Thanks so much for your gracious words. Love every one! Glad we have a KY connection:) That sure makes me smile. I have every confidence that you will get out of the boat someday, just as I did. If I can do it, anyone can! Bless you in your writing and all else.

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