Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books,
including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and Lead Your Family Like Jesus, (co-written
with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national
publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and
MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show.
Tricia and family live in USA . They have six children. Little Rock,
Welcome back, Tricia. I know you speak at various conferences and meetings. What do you have coming up?
I'm excited because I have two conferences coming up soon. First, I'm speaking at MOMcom, which is the International conference for MOPS International. I've been involved with MOPS for the last sixteen years, as an attendee-mom and a TeenMOPS leader. I haven't been to a conference in many years so I'm excited to go, to speak, to learn, and to connect! I'm also attending the Allume conference this month. It's an amazing blogging conference I spoke at last year. I loved the passion and servant-hearts behind the leaders and the attendees. I'm not speaking there this year, but I'm looking forward to going!
If you were planning a women’s retreat, what would be the theme for it?
The first word that popped into my mind was Redeemed! As followers of God we were saved from sin, but we are also given a chance—through Christ—to be the person God designed us to be. Being a Christ follower is more than just having hope in eternity. It's living out God's plan and purpose for our time on earth now!
Who would you want as speakers and why?
Hard choice! But I'd have to pick Courtney Joseph, of WomenLivingWell.org, because she has such a sweet spirit and has a passion for God's Word. And I'd pick Robin Jones Gunn because she's a dear friend and speaks straight to the heart of women. I'd also pick my producer/writer friend Amber Lia because of her work in
, working to bring Redemption
stories to TV and the movies. And my daughter, Leslie Goyer. She's serving as a
missionary in the Hollywood , and her heart
for sharing Christ with people from all around the world is inspiring. I'll
stop there because there are 101 other women who I'm thinking of and I can't
Where would you hold the retreat and why?
Somewhere relaxing, beachy, and quiet. I'd work in quiet time with God as much as gathering time, because listening to God's voice is most important.
Do you read print books or ebooks? Or a combination of the two?
I read print books, ebooks, and I listen to audio books! I just finished listening to The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck, and I loved it!
I love that book by Rachel. Your featured book has an interesting title. How did you come up with it?
I originally wanted The Christmas Rose first because my main character is Rose and second because of the symbolism of roses in my book, BUT as I was writing it another book came out with a similar name so we changed the title a bit.
So what is the book about?
Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she's an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in
, in the arms of a loving
Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was
born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was
she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own
kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he
left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we
Please give us the first page of the book.
Rose Yoder had hoped the last rays of evening light would fight harder against the building storm clouds, but the sky was dark as she stepped from the shelter of the barn doors with milk bucket in hand. A gentle breeze stirred particles of dust and chaff.
Somewhere in the distance an automobile’s motor could be heard, chugging down the gravel road beyond the farm. Golden light glowed from the lantern hanging in the kitchen window, marking her way over the frozen snow, but the light didn’t penetrate far enough. She struggled forward, leaving earthy smells behind her, trusting her heart to find the way to the front door when her steps weren’t sure.
Was there certainty anywhere these days? No, especially not deep in Rose’s heart.
Jonathan and I should be married by now . . . maybe with a boppli on the way.
She pushed that thought from her mind and shook her head, her breath freezing in the air. That wouldn’t happen now. Not after what he’d done. Joining the military. Traveling overseas. And to think he’d had the nerve to return to their small Amish community and don his Amish garb like nothing had happened—like he hadn’t shamed their community, shamed her.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Lots of places!I love to connect!
Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her first Christmas novella, A Christmas Gift for Rose, with a Christmas Gift giveaway!
Enter to win a NEW Kindle Fire HDX for you AND one for a friend!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle Fire HDX and one to give away to a friend!
- A Christmas Gift for Rose, by Tricia Goyer for you and your friend!
- A Christmas Gift for Rose Christmas pack (includes a recipe card, bookmark, a signed book plate, discussion questions, and a Gathering and Giving handout!)
Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Tricia's blog on the 21st to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)
Thank you, Tricia for sharing your new book and giveaway with us.
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