Oct. 1-10 is being called Christian store week here in the Christian bookstore market. Baker Book Store along with our local Parable store - Kregal - are celebrating the independent Christian bookstores. We have loads of fun activities all week long, including a silent auciton for 3 orginal art pieces with the proceeds going to World Vision. These artists has donated their pieces for this auction.
Another reason to be excited is Fiction author Jody Hedlund is coming to visit on Tuesday Oct. 4th. She is a Baker Publishing Group author and I am looking foward to meeting her. She writes historical fiction with a story line that revolves around a real life story.
In The Preacher's Bride, Jody takes on the story of John and Elizabeth Bunyan. John's first wife had past away and Elizabeth is helping him with his children as are other woman in the church. This is not a love at first sight love story and even the story afterwards is not a happily ever after story. They face loss and hardships that most of us can only think of and pray it never happens to our family.
There is a monument in Wyoming that honors Narcissa Prentiss Whitman & Eliza Hart Spalding at the first white women to cross the Continental Divide. Jody uses Narcissa's story as the back drop for her newest release The Doctor's Lady. It is the story of two young people who wish to follow God's calling to become missionaries to the Nez Perce natives.
As Narcissa and Marcus perpare for their trip west they find out that the mission board won't let two single people of the opposite sex travel together. They must be married or not go. So instead of not going and not listening to what they both feel is a call from God, they marry and head west.
I can't imagine what that was like. Not only was it a very hard and difficult trip, suddenly you have a spouse that you were not really planning on. Yikes and yet they both moved forward in their call.
I don't know if you have read either or both of these books, but it doesn't matter as now you have the chance to meet Jody and hear her heart in the writing of these books. I have found over the years that that is something that makes books come to life. She will be here in the store October 4th at 7:30 p.m.
We also have other authors visiting all week long and I have included a schedule below. Hope to see you all here.
Joel Tanis From TV's Come on Over Oct. 1st 10:30 - Noon
Jody Hedlund - Oct. 4th - 7:30 p.m.
George Moss - rap artist and WAY fm DJ - Oct. 5 - 7:30p.m.
Ed Dobson - Oct. 6th at 7:30
Peter Schriemer - Considered the "animal" guy - Will have live critters with him for the kids to learn about Oct. 8 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.