Monday, June 18, 2007

CSFF: The Restorer by Sharon Hink

Song Stuck on the Brain: "Give me gas in my Ford, Keep me truckin' for the Lord..." I was teaching this old camp song to the kids today and it got stuck. There are several verses, but I could only remember two.

Today the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring:



Susan Mitchell needed a change—any kind of change. Nearly twenty years of marriage to her college sweetheart, Mark, had given her two teenagers and two grade-schoolers, along with miles of unmatched socks, sticky countertops, and the ever-growing hum of sheer bedlam. When had she become so . . . insignificant? Hadn’t God once had a plan for her?

Well, at least Mark had a plan: for an attic hideaway free of iPods and science projects and cookie crumbs. But before Susan can finish her first journal entry, she finds herself pulled through a portal into a world grappling for its soul and waiting for a promised Restorer. Someone does have a plan for her—one she never would have imagined. While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture full of unfamiliar technologies and taboos, she faces unexpected battles, mind-poisoning enemies, and a profound spiritual journey. Her adventure will forever change her family, her faith, and how she experiences love—from the One.


Sharon’s undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication from Regent University in 1986. She spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong. She has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a home-school mom, a church organist, and a bookstore clerk. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but in the meantime she’s pouring her imagination into writing. She’s published dozens of articles in magazines and book compilations, and released her first novel in 2006. In April, 2007, she was named “Writer of the Year” at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She and her family make their home in Minnesota.


Read the first chapter of The Restorer here. Be sure to visit Sharon's blog and website too. She's got a lot of fun information.


I haven't read this one all the way through... yet. But I have to say I've been really excited to see how this one reads, because I loved her Becky Miller character. If you'll remember I've posted about The Secret Life of Becky Miller before. Sharon has a great writing voice, and this book looks to be just as fun to read. If you've read The Restorer already, I'd love to hear what you think of this exciting new series.


Be sure to check out the other blog tour stops.

Trish Anderson
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Amy Browning
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
Lisa Cromwell
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Russell Griffith
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Heather R. Hunt
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Dawn King
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Rachel Marks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Daniel I. Weaver


Becky said...

April, thanks for your post. I agree with your take on Sharon's writing and I think you'll really enjoy this book. I'm hoping your copy arrived OK--I haven't heard if there were some that didn't make it. Anyway, I look forward to reading your review.

I think you'll be surprised by the book because there are some things that the CBD synopsis said that are ... well, not from this book.

For a better overview, I suggest taking a look here.

I love your organized approach to giving your readers info about the featured book and author. Great.


April Erwin said...

Thanks, Becky! I would hate to post incorrect information. To that end, I've updated the synopsis info on this post.

I did get my book, just not early enough to get it read completely. :) I'm hoping to have it done so I can post my review before the 3 day tour is done.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing. :)