Jerry B. Jenkins Let’s Chat! Riven

Welcome, everyone!

One of my Featured Favorite novels is Riven by Jerry B. Jenkins.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Jerry B. Jenkins is best know for authoring along with Tim LaHaye the Left Behind collection. 

Jerry B. Jenkins

My Soft Spot: Gratitude

I have a soft spot in my heart for Jerry B. Jenkins because of his role as mentor to aspiring authors. How that got traction . . .

My triplet grandchildren were born in 2005, and I was so grateful they arrived alive and thrived, I made a pledge to God to leave them a legacy of faith in writing. At the time, I didn’t know what I would write — or how. 

So when an essay contest opened up on a San Antonio Christian talk radio program, I entered. Thinking I wouldn’t win, I told no one. What did I have to lose?

But when I won, I was flabbergasted to say the least, especially when I learned my prize: a trip for two to the Writing for the Soul Conference in Colorado Spring, sponsored by Jerry B. Jenkins.

My husband and I boarded the plane, and I wondered to myself where the journey to writing would ultimately take me. I stood in the Broadmoor ballroom knowing zero about publishing, editors, agents, pitching, one sheets, elevator pitches, synopses, book blurbs–all a foreign language to me.

The Outflow of Gratitude

Fast forward to 1912, and I’m part of a residency of aspiring authors sponsored by Jerry B. Jenkins in Manitour Springs, Colorado. Then along came 2014, and I learn I’d won the Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel Contest, and my novel--The Calling of Ella McFarland–would be published. Imagine my shock and delight in 2016 when it received the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for Debut Novel. 

And it all began with Jerry B. Jenkins. Wow.


Jerry B. JenkinsI‘ve read almost everything this prolific, ultra-best-selling author has written, but Riven takes first place in my estimation. 


Everything Jerry writes is superior, so Riven doesn’t stand out for that reason. Every character Jerry creates is well developed, so it doesn’t stand out for that reason either. But its message is unforgettable. Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:

A young man with a troubled past . . . A failed pastor rejected by those he wants to help . . .

Brady Wayne Darby and Thomas Carey couldn’t be more different. One is a criminal whose worst crime is the one he’s about to commit; the other is a man hoping desperately to make a difference. One diligently serves himself; the other diligently serves God. And yet both are in dire need of grace.

Riven is a gritty, compelling, and gut-wrenching story of heartache and redemption. Riven will remind you that the love of God can transform even the hardest heart. Immerse yourself in the acclaimed story of a man who seems hopelessly lost before he meets the One who can see even the most troubled soul.

In Jerry’s words: “This is the novel I’ve always wanted to write and is unlike anything I’ve ever written. My hope is that it stays with you long after the final page.”

It has, Jerry. It always will. Thank you.

An Offering

I‘ll send you the Kindle version of this wonderful novel to someone who joins our conversation below. So please join us.

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Lord, we thank You for those who have come alongside us through the years to help direct and lift us up according to Your will. Jerry B. Jenkins is a man You’ve used to do just that for countless Christian writers. And he presents the message of Your redeeming love in Riven in a unique and powerful way. Thank You for using him. Please bless each word he writers for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

6 thoughts on “Jerry B. Jenkins Let’s Chat! Riven

  1. Anita

    I’ve read most of Jerry B. Jenkins’ works and I really enjoy the accuracy of the Biblical research in each one. My gratitude is that his books encourage and inspire his readers to do their own research.

    1. Hi, Anita. If you haven’t read Riven, I think you’ll find it surprising. Writing doesn’t come better than Jerry Jenkins’s. I hope you get to read it too.

  2. Diane Buie

    thanks for the chance to enter! I agree with Alicia (who commented above me) that “Riven” sounds really intriguing. Can’t wait to read it & soon too!

    1. Intriguing is a good descriptive word for Riven. The way the plot plays out all the way to the climax is amazing. Most unusual.

  3. Alicia Haney

    Your book sounds intriguing and awesome! God is Good all of the time! Congratulations and God Bless you.

    1. Hi, Alicia! Riven is a very surprising book, especially if you’ve read other Jerry Jenkins books. It becomes astounding as it nears the end. I hope you get to read it.


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Let’s Chat! Author Teresa Tysinger!

Welcome, Readers! And welcome, Teresa Tysinger!

I‘m just delighted to welcome debut author Teresa Tysinger to our circle this week. On Tuesday, the 30th, Teresa released her first novelSomeplace Familiar–so she’s over-the-moon excited, I’m sure. It looks like a book I’ll love.

**Let’s give Teresa a warm welcome by commenting below. Someone will win a free copy of this Christian romance. 🙂 Winner announced next Tuesday, June 6, so stay tuned.**

**We have a winner of the drawing! Trixi Oberembt will receive an autographed copy of Teresa Tysinger’s Someplace Familiar. Congratulations, Trixi! I’ll email you for your mailing address.**

Thank you to everyone who joined our chat! It means a lot.

Teresa’s Pre-Author Life

So, follow me on my quick life journey. My twin sister and I were born in Honolulu, Hawaii (Navy brat) and grew up in Orlando where my father retired.

I attended a small college north of Asheville, North Carolina and fell in love with the place! I met and married my husband in North Carolina and lived there the first decade of our marriage. We now live and work in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

My life is most crazy with an 8-going-on-16 daughter and a husband who works in professional theatre. It’s never a dull moment for this introvert who’s doing life with two extroverts! (Tweet That!)

Lord, help! Haha.

Teresa Tysinger, the Writer

You may not be surprised that an author wrote her first story in second grade. Or that she was the editor of her high school newspaper and has two degrees in English. You might, however, think it strange that she has a fairly lean bookshelf at home (save a few of my favorites, I feel books are best shared with friends!) or that she went into a career in graphic design instead of writing.

Teresa’s Start as a Writer

Someplace Familiar just released on the 30th (whew!) and it’s been a rollercoaster. I wrote the first draft over three years ago for the National Novel Writer’s Month challenge (write 50,000 words in one month). Since then, the book has been expanded, rewritten in parts, critiqued, edited a few times, through beta readings, etc. As many authors will say, the village helping to raise this book baby is large and oh so valuable!

Since deciding to self-publish, there have been many growing pains and challenges along the way. Not being a very detail-oriented person, I had to work very hard at keeping several things straight. Editing schedules, marketing plans, giveaways, design elements, business stuff like ISBNs and barcodes, etc. I guess you could say I’ve spent more time outside my comfort zone than maybe ever before. (Tweet That!)

But the experience has taught me I’m capable of so much more than I thought. God has walked (often carried) me every step of the way and I’m so grateful.

 (Tweet That!)

In the story, our heroine, Livy, returns to Laurel Cove to restore her grandmother’s worn-down cottage. The story is near and dear to my heart because it’s inspired by my own childhood memories of my great grandmother’s house and my love for the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. My best friend, Jennifer, and her family live in the mountains and I’d visit with her on weekends when in college. The slow pace, gentle and serene scenery, and small-town charms grew on me. I hope that comes through in the book and you find yourself swept away.

Teresa Tysinger’s Someplace Familiar 

Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.

Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project—and an undeniable whirlwind romance.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. Together they must find a way to survive the destructive pain of their pasts and ultimately discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts.

Some Insights from Teresa

For me, writing has become my quiet time with God. It’s when I feel him closest to me, like we are co-authors. I believe he’s entrusted me with some special stories, but rather than dolling out the inspiration then leaving me to it, he’s stayed close. It’s helped me to really listen for that small still voice. It’s become really sacred time and how I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that writing is what he created me to do.

For other authors out there, I’d encourage you to keep going and keep your eye on the end goal. As a mom and full-time employee at my “day job,” the writing often felt like inching my way along an endless road. Even if you get the story down 100 words at a time, it will eventually lead you to a complete story. Stick with it.

My prayer for you is that you follow your own path, find contentment there, and steer clear of the treacherous road of comparison.

Be you.

Tell your story. Even if it takes a long time!

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Lord, we’re so grateful for Christian fiction. It puts us in mind of the parables favored by Jesus. Teresa has entered the realm of Christian storytelling with Someplace Familiar. Will You bless readers of this novel with a sacred experience like the one you’ve given Teresa in the writing? Bless it now so it can bless others.

~ For Jesus’ sake


9 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Teresa Tysinger!

  1. Marilyn R

    Congratulations to Teresa on her debut release, Someplace Familiar. This book will be a fantastic read with restoring a cherished grandmother’s cottage, God’s restoration and reunion of individuals. The setting sounds delightful and I can picture myself there already. Linda, Thank you for the great interview and introducting Teresa to readers today. God bless.

    1. Featuring Teresa has been a pleasure, Marilyn. I can’t wait to read Someplace Familiar. Your name’s in the hat for a copy of Teresa’s first novel.

  2. Lucy Reynolds

    Restoring old things is so much work but so fun. I love books about the Grace of God. Congratulations 🎈 I would love to read. Have a blessed day.

    1. Hi, Lucy. So glad you joined us. I agree 100%!

  3. Trixi Oberembt

    I love the idea of restoring an old family home! HGTV is one of my favorite channels for all the shows which feature this very thing. This book certainly piques my interest and the characters journey is one I’m interested in taking with them. 🙂 Also, reunion stories are among my favorite book themes! This ticks a lot of boxes for me, from the beautiful cover to what’s inside the pages. Thanks for introducing a new-to-me author and learning her writing process as she went indie.

    1. You said it correctly, Trixi. Someplace Familiar checks off several of my boxes too. Thanks for joining in!

  4. Thank you, Teresa, for sharing your story. And thanks, Laura, for hosting Teresa. I love the title, Someplace Familiar. It tugs on my heart without even reading a page–but of course I’d love to read the whole story!

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I hope you enjoy the book! Have a great day.

    2. I feel the same way about the title, Kathleen. Can’t wait to read it.


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