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Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives Paperback – April 25, 2017
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About the Author
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Shayne Moore is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Redbud Writers Guild and the author of Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery(IVP), and Global Soccer Mom; Changing the World is Easier Than You Think (Zondervan), chronicling her work with the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Margaret Ann Philbrick is a board member of the Redbud Writers Guild and an author, gardener and teacher. Her debut novel, A Minor: A Novel of Love, Music and Memory (Koehler Books) released to critical acclaim in 2014 and her poetry is featured in the recently released Lenten devotional, Between Midnight and Dawn (Paraclete Press).
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Organized into four sections – “Roots,” “Trunk,” “Branches,” and “Blossoms,” Everbloom is filled with a broad diversity of stories and poems – nothing seems similar or repetitive. These accounts do have one thing in common – they are riveting accounts of scenes, issues, events, tragedies, and triumphs in the lives of Christian women.
A missionary kid watches a local man beat his wife, and sees her father unable to do anything about it.
An old tree is cut down.
A career move takes away everything and everyone who is familiar.
From childhood, a woman lives with fear of abduction.
A much-wanted baby is lost in miscarriage.
A young woman is gang-raped.
A brother kills himself.
A short-term missionary trip becomes an introduction to AIDS in Africa.
A woman who can’t stop bleeding.
A pastor who becomes an activist for ageism – when her professor husband is told by his Christian college that they have to let him go for budget reasons, and, oh, by the way, could he train his younger replacement?
And more. A lot more.
These stories are the stuff of real experience and real life. But they’re more than stories – they’re lessons we can all apply.
Each story and poem has a prayer and a writing prompt, so the book becomes more than a collection. It’s an invitation to consider your own life and your own experiences.
I’m not familiar with all of the writers and poets included in the book, but I do follow the writing of several, including April Yamasaki, Leslie Leyland Fields, and Sarah Rennicke. That’s the other benefit of the book – to find new people to read and follow.
“Everbloom” is moving, and often heart wrenching, but it always about hope.
**I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.**