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Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2003
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Until 1990, she was manager of publications for Biola, where she helped to develop a fledging advertising department into an award-winning producer of college promotional and alumni materials. A mother of three and full-time writer, Dawn lives in Minnesota where, in her free time, she and her family spend summers at their lake cabin and winters skiing and skating and truly embracing the beauty of the Midwest.
Author: Dawn Ringling
Located in: Minneapolis, MN
Submitted: August 17, 2003
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a mother of three children (and a dog and two cats at the moment) and live in Minnesota.
What was your motivation behind this project? Years ago when my parents marriage (and secretly my own) was breaking up, I needed an outlet for my pain-- as well as a way to share my experiences more publically with people who have struggled with broken marriages, abuse, and sexual sin. It seemed everyone I talked to had gone through divorce, or knew some other Christian who had. And yet, I could find very few Christian authors who were writing about it. The books who focused on struggling marriages almost always had a "happy ending." In my parents' marriage, in my own, and in the lives of countless others, reconciliation was not going to happen. But that doesn't mean God wants us to curl up and be miserable for the rest of life. I wrote "Jumping In Sunset" to answer the need that exists for Christ-centered fiction that deals with failed marriage.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Christian fiction has always been one of my favorite choices, but when my own life was falling apart, I found much of it to be too trite to be "inspirational." However, there are a few who have inspired me to enter the realm of Christian publishing myself-- so I can write the type of real-life based books I know others crave. Francine Rivers, Angela Hunt, Karen Kingsbury, and Nancy Rue are among those who hit the nail on the head.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: In my life I've made good, as well as plenty of bad choices-- and have paid my share of consequences for the things I've done. Perfection is unattainable and yet God's greatest desire is to forgive and to enable us to walk forward in obedience and joy. My prayer is that God will use my fiction-- which centers on forgiveness-- to touch my readers with the amazing truths of grace.