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Number of Pages: 214
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.45 (inches)|
Author: Niki Baker
Located in: Hollywood, MD
Submitted: October 15, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a retired special education teacher. Born and raised in Hawaii, I was sent to a Christian church by my Buddhist parents, where I met Jesus. That's covered in my first book, "A Promised Kept". Served in Peru with Wycliffe Bible Translators, got married once back in Hawaii and raised three children. God keeps his promises and twenty years ago, I was told I would write a book. Struggling with English was a problem but I stepped out believing and now have two books published. He provided an editor and the inspiration to what I should write about.
What was your motivation behind this project? So many children have no fathers in their lives or fathers who have issues themselves. Our heavenly father provides the love, guidance, and support we all need. I wanted to write a story describing a father and child relationship as an encouragement. While writing the Lord brought up the topic of forgiveness, especially forgiving yourself. And how many children or parent themselves need to forgive their own parents. The Lord desires healing in all of us.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I work in Prison Fellowship and one day an inmate confessed she can forgive others but never herself for what she did. I hope through a fiction story based on the truth of our Father's love that we realized how much He wants a relationship with us and our healing so we can live free. So forgiving yourself is a reality through His love.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was amazed in the ideas the Lord encouraged me to write and the development of the characters. He gently encouraged me to rewrite, edit and rewrite again. I had to laugh at how He used my interests, for one character is deaf because I teach the deaf and I teach teens and adults about hearing God's voice and often I would bring this up with my characters own discoveries.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My students and friends, who despite a lack of a father or an abusive one, they developed a relationship with God that has healed, encouraged and enabled them to go beyond what they thought they were limited to.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This novel is meant for young teens but adults would discover a truth within. Also there are many characters with creative names, be patient...it adds to this fictional story.