Wednesday, July 25, 2007

CFBA: To Dance In the Desert by Kathleen Popa

Song Stuck on the Brain: "Yaga Zoozie, Yaga Zoozie, Yaga Zoozie Zim!" cue cow bell and duck call...

I watched an episode of Bewitched the other night and Uncle Arthur, playing a prank on Darrin, 'teaches' him a spell to put Endora in her place. Of course it's bogus and Darrin makes a fool out of himself preforming this little song. It's hysterical, but now the little ditty is stuck in my head.

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
(RiverOak, May 1, 2007)


“Not a safe world.” How many times had she heard it over and over again? Well, it is not a safe world and Dara Murphy Brogan knew it better than most, which is exactly why she had tucked herself away on a desert mountaintop. Now it was just her, the voice inside her head and the boxes of hastily packed odds and ends—all that was left of her pathetic excuse of a life. Hadn’t she chosen the desert because it was barren and brown and dead looking and far, far away from anyone who may have seen the news?

So what was this, this trespasser, this interloper, this wacked out earth mother doing dancing outside her window? Celebrating life and the Spirit in a way Dara never could have dreamed. Until she opened her door and met Jane Cameron.

Raised in the American Southwest, Kathleen began her love affair with the desert as a child. Before becoming a writer she, among other jobs, worked in both the juvenile facility fro incarcerated girls and a home for emotionally disturved children. Mother of two, sh lives in Northern California with her husband and youngest son. Visit her blog, Reading, Writing, and What Else is There? She is a member of the CFBA, too! Give her a holler!

A book that makes me laugh is a joy, a book that makes me cry is a rarity. But a book that moves me to dance is sublime. To Dance in the Desert is a spectacular experience. Beautifully written, deeply moving, and warmly engaging—that this is Kathleen Popa’s first novel astounds me. That she will quickly be counted among the top caliber of Christian novelists delights me. I simply loved this book. ~Kathryn Mackel, Author of The Hidden

Kathleen Popa creates a compelling vision of a small community’s power to coax waning spirits back toward life. This gem of a novel worked on me like a dream. Popa’s evocative prose captured the nuance and complexity of transformation with equal parts mystery and truth. She conjures the deserts of Dara Brogan’s life with intimate clarity, reminding us along the way of the profound strength of what we take far too much for granted—the deep friendship of kindred spirits. This is a journey worth taking. ~Jeff Berryman, Author of Leaving Ruin

Happy Reading,

P.S. Time is running out on the Diva NashVegas book giveaway. You have until next Tuesday, July 31, 2007 to email me your entry. Just click on the book cover at the top of the side bar. Good Luck!

1 comment:

TK Williams~Hurlston said...

I read the excerpt it was awesome, if I do not win this book, I will have to get it to read it. Defiantly peaked my interest. Thanks TK, vcw1476{at}gmail{dot}com