Shirley Raye Redmond on Threefold Strand

SRR-3This month (February) marks the 109th anniversary of author Lew Wallace’s

death. In my inspirational novel, AMANDA’S BEAU, the schoolteacher Gil

Gladney loans my heroine Wallace’s novel to read: BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE

CHRIST. Many of you have probably read it too or seen the classic movie,

starring Charlton Heston as the title character.


Interestingly enough, when the novel was released in 1880, it was

considered unusual for its time—too romantic, and historical fiction was

not popular. Wallace declared that after researching and writing the book,

he was convicted with an “absolute belief in God and in the divinity of

Christ.” The novel was not expected to become a bestseller. But it did.


After reading and enjoying the book, my heroine Amanda returns the novel

to Gil, saying, “It made me want to be a better person, a stronger

Christian. Do you know what I mean?”


“Yes, I do,” Gil replied.


As the main characters cope with one obstacle after another, their faith

in God grows, as does the love they have for one another. They follow

Paul’s instructions in 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18: Be joyful always; pray

continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for

you in Christ Jesus.” And like the three-cord strand mentioned in

Ecclesiastes 4:12, their bond with Christ and with one another is not

easily broken.


Interestingly enough, when Lew Wallace died at the age of 77 in 1905, his

many books had earned him more royalty income than any other American

novelist up to that time. An encouraging thought for all of us writing

inspirational fiction! Today, a marble statue of Wallace, representing his

home state of Indiana, stands in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capital. He is

the only American novelist honored there.


Book Blurb

Amanda’s Beau

by Shirley Raye Redmond

Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Astraea Press


Amanda's BeauThe year is 1905. It is autumn in the village of Aztec in New Mexico

territory. Amanda Dale is burdened with the responsibility of caring for

her widowed sister—an invalid–and Ella’s two children—one a premature

infant. Schoolteacher Gil Gladney is handsome, intelligent, and

God-fearing. He is drawn to Amanda, but feels he cannot propose marriage

until he is able to purchase the ranch he has been saving for. When Gil

and his pupils discover the relics of an ancient culture among the ruins

outside the village, Gil contacts an old college friend. The possibility

of an archeological excavation excites the community of cash-strapped

farmers, eager to earn extra money working on the site. When a rabid skunk

reels through the excavation site, threatening the lives of Amanda and her

nephew Rex, Gil realizes that life is short and the possibility of true

happiness can be fleeting. In the end, Amanda learns to trust God to

provide the happily-ever-after ending she’s been praying for.


Author Bio

An award-winning children’s book author, Shirley Raye Redmond holds an

M.A. in literature from the University of Illinois. She has been married

to her husband Bill for nearly 39 years, and is active with Community

Bible Study. Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House)

was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Patriots in Petticoats:

Heroines of the American Revolution, was named one of the best children’s

books of 2005 by the Bank Street College of Education. Amanda’s Beau is

her first inspirational romance.

Readers may contact Shirley Raye at her website

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