“Robert Boothe has spent the last four years leading the tyrant-hating Regulators in standing against North Carolina’s corrupt British government.
Just being an unlicensed dissenter preacher is enough to make Robert a target, but he refuses to back down from his conscience.
Aside from a sympathetic court justice, the village of Ayen Ford has no other champion for its poor and defenseless.
Then Charles Drake, emissary of His Excellency William Tryon, comes to town with one ambition: winning the governor’s favor, no matter what it takes.
And Robert Boothe just might be his last chance. All Robert wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God.
But the established church wants him to shut up.
The governor’s men want him dead.
And that safe place is farther and farther away.
“You can run, but you can’t hide . . . “
Preacher on the Run is the first book (hopefully!) of the For Liberty & Conscience trilogy,
which combines North Carolina Revolution-era history with Christ-centered fiction:
page-turning stories of Christian people living. Christian lives in the daring era of America’s beginnings.
This book was pretty great! I mean, you have so many facets of history wrapped up in one story . . . and I’m definitely a history nerd. I loved the Baptist history woven into the story, and I enjoyed the history of the Regulators.
I appreciated the authors note at the back of the book that helped to separate the facts from the fiction in this one, ’cause each part wove so seamlessly into the other, it was difficult to tell what was what at times . . . and that’s a good thing! That means that Jayna made history fun and engaging, and I was learning without knowing I was learning, which isn’t a problem for me, but I’m thinkin’ my younger brothers would enjoy this one and would learn a TON of history without meaning too.
The style of writing was wonderful. At times, with historical novels, they can tend to be bogged down with facts, but this one never slowed down. I understood the crucial elements of the times while never feeling like the story took a backseat to the history, if that makes any sense. I appreciated the way the topics of fighting were handled — I mean, obviously this was a book set in the Revolution time era, and obviously there was dissension, but the main character, Robert Boothe, did a wonderful job of approaching his place in that history with discernment. So often I read books about troublous times, and all that the characters want are certain people killed. And while Robert and his Regulators do take up arms, it is done in a way that isn’t anything less than God glorifying fighting for the freedom and liberty given by God. The reasons Robert gives for rebelling against the governor and the magistrate were biblically sound, and I loved the way he explained himself throughout the pages.
The relationship between the Boothe’s I found to be sweet. There was nothing I skimmed over, and I was so happy to see a God honoring marriage in a book! And just the overall way that the providence of God was seen in the pages of this story made it a definite five star read for me. When fiction, history, Christianity, and convictions mold together in a book . . . I know it’s something special. I am SO looking forward to book 2!
And while I enjoyed getting to know this author through her book, I enjoyed getting to know her heart for the Lord even more through this post she wrote for me to share with all of you.
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God Moves in Mysterious Ways
I love history, and I love stories. But there’s an awkward thing about the stories of the past: The good guys don’t always win. Quite often they lose, sometimes in nasty, seemingly senseless ways. There’s nothing like a study of history to show God always works, but not always in ways we understand. In Preacher on the Run, hero Robert Boothe struggles to trust God regardless of the outcome. While I’ve never gone through some of the things Robert went through (or even close), I’ve had my share of doubts and fears—and still do, which proves I haven’t figured this out. But here’s something I’ve begun to learn: I don’t have to figure it out.
Scripture is full of examples of people who wrestled with the “mysterious way” in which God works. In the Psalms, David repeatedly laments the evil around him. Asaph, also a psalmist, demands how long it will be before God delivers His people. The prophet Jeremiah wonders why God told him to buy property in a land that was going into captivity. John the Baptist becomes so discouraged by his imprisonment, he questions if Jesus is really the Messiah. The Bible clearly shows it’s nothing new for evil to apparently triumph over good, yet in all these instances, God’s people clung to His perfect character even while they wrestled with life in a fallen world. David reminds himself, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Asaph calls the Lord, “O God of our salvation.” Jeremiah says, “There is nothing too hard for thee.”
We are such finite creatures. How can we possibly comprehend the purposes of an Almighty God? If we could, He would no longer be God. But even in His majesty and power, He “remembereth that we are dust,” and reassures us as He did John the Baptist: “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached unto them.” In other words, He is still working! And His work speaks for itself. The many ways in which He’s already proved Himself to us give us the evidence we need to keep believing when we’re in the dark. Jesus promised us, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” That ultimately is our hope. One of my favorite gospel songs says, “I’ve read the back of the book, and we win!” Until then, we can say with Abraham, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
The answer, of course, is yes. It is His job to direct the course of history. It is our job to believe Him— even though we may never understand, this side of heaven.
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One signed copy of Preacher on the Run, one necklace hand-stamped with “In God I Trust,”, and
one bookmark with a Bible verse and book cover art.
All entrants will receive free recipes from the colonial era.
Jayna Baas (pronounced as in “baa, baa, black sheep”) lives in northern Michigan with a great family of real people and the family of pretend people who live in her head. (Yes, she does know her characters are not real. No, she does not want you to tell them she said so.) She is notorious for working on several projects at once and writing her series in the wrong order. She hones her craft amid loud southern gospel music and an embarrassing number of composition books, and is convinced that God wired her to write–she can’t not write, even though she believes German writer Thomas Mann was correct in saying, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” She enjoys writing and reading in a wide range of genres, but her favorite story is this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.