Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dreaming with Amy Deardon - WIN HER BOOK!

It's my pleasure to welcome debut novelist - and first time Musings guest - Amy Deardon.


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11



My first published book, A Lever Long Enough, is my dream. My hope for this book is that God may use it to open the heart and mind of a skeptic.

A Lever Long Enough is about a small military team that travels back in time to film the theft of Jesus' body from the tomb. While the emphasis is on the story, Lever fairly presents the arguments for and against the resurrection, and demonstrates (without the use of fictional miracles) that the case for the resurrection is remarkable. I tried to write the kind of book I love to read: full of action, a love story, and exotic background and ideas.
It's been a long journey to hold this book in my hands. My first efforts were terrible, but slowly, the characters and story took shape. I didn't want to stop until it had been born. My husband was encouraging but clueless. "Good job," he'd say, and then fall silent. Writing was the secret dream I nurtured in my heart; God alone walked with me to do this.

When it was finished I gave this book to the Lord. It's OK, I told Him, if it's not published. I wrote this book for you, and it's my best.

Lever came out in January, and I am humbled and awed to see the enthusiastic responses. Reviews on Amazon have been amazing. I have some wonderful endorsements, including from Wayne Batson, Thomas Phillips, and Randy Ingermanson. I am so grateful to people like you, Jen, who are kind enough to allow me to visit with your readers on your blog. I have spoken at book clubs, and am looking forward to an online discussion this week on the ACFW book club.

Lever has opened opportunities for me to speak about writing and my faith. I don't care if it sells two or two million; I simply want this to be a tool that a believer can place into the hands of a non-Christian to open discussion of Who is Jesus? I have discovered a new career -- I love writing, and am eager to produce more books soon. I believe with all my heart that before my dream for me to write, this was the Lord’s. How awesome!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m married and fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with our two children, now 15 and 12. In my life B.C. (before children) I did bench science research and taught anatomy and physiology at an undergraduate level.

I undertook a personal quest to investigate the claims of Jesus’ resurrection with the goal of destroying them. To do this I studied biblical and extra-biblical accounts of Jesus and numerous commentaries by believers and skeptics alike, listed the facts agreed upon, and began to explore scenarios that could explain what was known. To my surprise and considerable dismay, the evidence kept pointing away from naturalistic explanations and eventually formed a virtually certain case for the resurrection of Jesus. Finally I admitted defeat and became a Christian.

Visit Amy's web site at: www.amydeardon.com


ABOUT THE BOOK – A Lever Long Enough

A small military team travels back in time to film the theft of Jesus' body from the tomb . . .

The Israeli team, led by Benjamin Finan, has exactly seventy-two hours to collect the data. Failure threatens the existence of Israel and may cause the world to slip into all-out war.

Drawn into a web of first century deception and death, the only way to escape is for Benjamin to change the past.

In the present, a traitor determines to sabotage the mission and seize control of the complex housing the time machine. Only Benjamin can reveal him, but he is trapped two thousand years away. Even with a time machine, time is running out.


WIN THE BOOK

If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of A Lever Long Enough, just leave a reply to this blog. I’ll pick a winner at random on March 25th. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) Good luck!

11 comments:

traveler said...

Thanks for featuring this amazing novel. I am enthralled with this story and would love to read it. My son's name is Benjamin everything about this book appeals to me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

mrs.cupcake said...

Yes, please include me in your giveaway. QallieQ (at) gmail (dot) com

bigguysmama said...

I've seen this book all over blogger land!! It sounds like an interesting concept, and one I'd enjoy reading. Please enter me to win!

Blessings,
Mimi B

mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

sherrinda said...

I have heard alot about this book and it sounds so intriguing. I love that her intitial quest to disprove people's faith in Jesus, turned her into a believer. Wow! God's blessings on her and her work!

sherrinda (at) gmail (dot) com

ladystorm said...

I am sort of curious about this book, so I would read it if I won it.

Thanks,
Stormi
ladystorm282001[at]yahoo[dot]com

Cheryl said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds great! My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

windycindy said...

This is definitely one book I would truly enjoy reading! I always wish I could go back to the time of Jesus'
ministry. Would I know about him?
How would I react to his preachings?
Please enter me in your drawing.
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

mez said...

I would love a chance to win this book. How interesting it would be to go back and see how Jesus' ministry touched people's lives.
worthy2bpraised{at}gmail{dot}com

Pamela J said...

What better person to write this story than one who God's Word did the showing of His truth about Jesus' resurrection. Reading about it does sound like it will be amazing to read.
My son being in the military gives me an extra interest in the plot. I'm anticipating reading an astounding book!
Pam Williams
cepjwms at wb4me dot com

ruth said...

This unique book is very appealing and special. Fascinating reading. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.
rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jennifer AlLee said...

The winner is ladystorm! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to find out more about this cool author and her debut novel!