Tuesday, March 28, 2017

REDEMPTION’S WHISPER – BEHIND THE STORY by Kathleen Friesen and #Recipe


I have to confess, when Hayley Blankenship entered the story of Nila’s Hope, I didn’t like her. A self-centered party girl, she seemed to care only about her own pleasure without concern for those she may hurt in the process. Not someone I’d want for a friend.

But as I got to know her better, her insecurities began to show. That’s when she touched my sympathies and made me want to dig deeper into what made her who she was.

By the time Redemption’s Whisper opens, Hayley has undergone a transformation, from the girl who needed to be the life of the party to someone unsure of the value of her life. She hasn’t given up completely—at least not recently—but she’s barely clinging to hope. Hope that someone will love her and hope that God can forgive her, even though she can’t forgive herself.

So she heads to the only place she’s ever felt truly cared for, Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris’s home. Dave and Lydia are two of my favorite characters, and I’d love to be more like them in their open-arm policy of evangelization. They welcome anyone who needs help, hope, and the love of God. Yeah, they’re what I want to be when I grow up.

Trevor Hiebert’s story is one I had to discover as I wrote it. His deep-rooted anger yet gentle, respectful manner drew me in, and his journey to redemption will stay in my heart forever. In some ways, he is me as I relived my own descent into hatred and my need to forgive and be forgiven.

My prayer is that the power of redemption in Christ Jesus grips readers’ souls through this story. We all need redemption; we all need to forgive and be forgiven. In this, Redemption’s Whisper is everyone’s story.

Redemption’s Whisper - Blurb 

Desperate to escape her past, Hayley Blankenship flies from Toronto to the Saskatoon home of Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris, the only people who may be able to help her. If she doesn’t find a reason to hope, she may give in to the temptation to end it all. If only someone could love her, in spite of what she’s done.

Trevor Hiebert aces the interview for his dream job in Toronto, but he’s torn. His beloved parents need him, and while he doesn’t want to let them down, he craves the affirmation he hopes to find in the big city. But on the flight home to Saskatoon, he meets an intriguing, gorgeous redhead with dark secrets of her own. Can these two troubled souls gain the peace they need—and in the process, find love?


Twitter: @KFriesenAuthor
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Nila’s Hope: http://amzn.to/1Rj4dcf
Melody’s Song: http://amzn.to/2crPi2U


1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs unbeaten
1 teaspoon hot water
1 pkg. chocolate chips
½ cup chopped nuts
2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift flour and baking soda. Cream fat until fluffy. Add sugars; cream well. Beat in eggs, add hot water, add sifted ingredients. Add nuts, chocolate chips, and oatmeal. Mix well. Add vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350F 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack.

Kathleen Friesen writes contemporary stories of faith that overcomes tough trials and deep heartaches. Her desire is for her readers to see themselves in the characters of her stories, and to realize that Jesus Christ is the true hero.
Kathleen spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest and, after marrying the man of her dreams, survived the first thirty years of married life on the Canadian prairies, where they raised three fantastic children. Now she and her patient husband, Ron, live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

1 comment:

Kathleen Friesen said...

Thanks so much, Laura, for hosting Hayley and me on your blog. You are a blessing!