"Deep in my heart, I know there’s no promise I’ll be free from trouble in this life. In fact, I’m usually either getting out of trouble, currently in trouble, or about to meet trouble around the next corner."...... I hope you'll stick around for my "Lucille Ball/Gracie Allen" adventures. It promises to be a wild ride.
I first met my four children on an orphanage’s steps in the
sweltering heat of the Philippine jungle. I’d traveled around the belly of the
earth to finally, at the edge of middle age, become someone’s mother.
(My apology to Christine. I am still trying to get the picture of her wonderful family to come out.)
Despite my self confidence, maturity proved flimsy
preparation for motherhood. My children were as badly abused and malnourished
as any of the world’s Forgotten Children. My two younger daughters wore baby
clothes even though they were nearing their 5th birthday. My older
daughter (age 7) and my son (6) looked like toddlers.
Despite every cruelty the kids had endured they proved warmhearted
and brave in ways most of us can’t imagine. Each child harbored goodness, a
deep-rooted decency that existed outside the hardships of abuse, abandonment
and hunger. As the years passed, I was left wondering—how can children who were
so badly treated rise above those memories to become surprisingly good?
That question drove the writing of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.
The novel addresses a truth about the human heart we should
never take for granted—our ability to be drawn to the light. Yes, the world
harbors darkness. Suffering and greed abound. What never make the headlines are
the common moments of grace in everyday lives. People helping people. The love
that secures a family. The acts of kindness that blossom every day.
If you’ve ever held an elderly parent’s hand or cradled a
child in your arms; if you’ve ever waltzed across a dance floor with a man you
love or smiled at a stranger for the sheer delight of sharing joy; rest
assured—you, too are a Child of Light.
About the author:
Christine’s debut, Treasure
Me, and her March 2012 release, The
Tree of Everlasting Knowledge continue to earn 4- and 5-star reviews on
Amazon, GoodReads and other sites. Treasure
Me was recently featured by USA Today
as among the best of the Indie novels and is a 2012 Finalist in the Next
Generation Indie Book Awards. The Midwest Book Review has Treasure Me listed on
BookWatch as “highly recommended.”
Christine has been writing novels full-time since 2004. Look
for her next release, Second Chance
Grill, in June.
Thank you so much Christine for the wonderful post. Christine is a wonderful author and friend who graciously accepted my invitation to guest while I am out of town. I have reviewed one of her books on my blog; and she continues to be an inspiration to me. I hope you enjoyed her post.