The Debt, Women of Faith Series #8The Debt, Women of Faith Series #8
Angela Hunt
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After building a television ministry with her husband from humble beginnings to an empire with more than 40 million viewers, Emma Rose and Abel Howard receive a shock. A man claiming to be Emma Rose's son, born out of wedlock 28 years earlier, resurfaces, shaking the foundations of a strong business, relationship, and personal faith. The Debt explores technological faith versus more personal faith, and delves into joys and heartaches, redemption, and issues a challenge to follow Christ and religion to unexplored and unexpected places. Angela Hunt, softcover, 351 pages.

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Angela HuntChristy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes books for everyone who enjoys being caught by surprise and digging a little deeper.  Her books are very diverse and include such books as Uncharted, A Time to Mend, The Novelist, The Truth Teller, The Awakening and The Debt. Angela  lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband and two children.

Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,"declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 



 Our Interview with Angela Hunt


What is your Background:

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes books for everyone who enjoys being caught by surprise and digging a little deeper. With more than three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of The Canopy, The Note, The Pearl, and The Justice. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband and two children.

What were your favorite authors as a child?

1) "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchel. I learned how to "flirt" by reading that book.

2) "The Nunís Story." Thereís a great story behind this. I was reading one of the Christian newspapers and saw Katheryn Hulmeís name in an obituary. The obit said that the woman she wrote about in The Nunís Story had lived with Hulme in Hawaii. Iíd had no idea the nun was a real person. On the off chance that she would receive a note, I wrote a letter explaining how The Nunís Story had impacted my life. She wrote back to tell me that Kathryn would have loved me. What a treasure that was!

3) Jane Eyre

What is the background for The Debt?

The story came out of conversation on an email loopósomeone had suggested that we boycott a particular online bookstore because they were carrying an immoral book. Then I started thinking about the futility of the boycott. What good would it do? What sort of image would this reflect to the world? Then a friend made a profound statement that struck meóshe said the thing the world wants most from Christians is love.

Two years ago, my family and I moved from a secluded home to a crowded neighborhood with about forty homes. I began to live the story I was writingóI accepted an invitation to a cocktail party, something I would not have done ten years ago. I went to the party and drank a Diet Coke, but I knew I should meet my neighbors and be friendly instead of hiding behind a list of things I regularly do and donít do. I donít have to lower my personal standards. Sometimes I think we get caught up in exhibiting religious behavior when we ought to be listening to the voice of God. We need to get into the habit of listening every day.
I also drew on my background as a pastorís wife to write The Debt. My husband and I have been involved in two different mega-churches, so I have a pretty good idea of how things operate.

How long did it take you to write The Debt?

About three months.

Do you have plans for a sequel?

No. Most of the time my books come full circle by the time the story is complete.

Of all the characters youíve created, who is your favorite, and why?

ďChrisĒ from The Debt. He represents Jesus and like Jesus, he was unconventional and delighted in rocking the boat to wake up his sleeping disciples.

What message would you like your readers to take from this book?

I think the Spirit uses the story to say different things to different people. Some people Iíve heard from feel moved to volunteer for inner city-type missions; others are feeling moved to reach out more to their circle of soccer moms. Christ calls each of us where we are. Wherever He places us, thatís where weíll find the work he wants us to do.

Your new book is going to be about a gorilla? What inspired this topic?

I have had this idea rolling around in my head for years. Did you ever read about Koko, the gorilla who speaks via American Sign Language? My story idea grew from learning about her. I am currently knee deep in research about gorillasóitís good that I like detailed research!

You also have a new book due to be out in June!

Yes,The Awakening. Itís a modern parable, a bit different, and Iím excited about it. But at the moment, Iím a bit focused on my gorillas.

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