Author Carrie Turanksy & Her Brave Daughter

My guest today is Carrie Turansky who also writes for Love Inspired, but she is sharing today about her daughter and her latest book, not a LI. Here’s Carrie:

“One of the strongest and bravest women I know is my daughter, Melissa Morrison. She is very much like my heroine, Jennifer Evans, in my newest novel, Surrendered Hearts. They are both adventurous, artistic, and creative women. Melissa wrote the following blog post soon after arriving in Sudan where she and her husband Peter help oversee a hospital operated by Samaritan’s Purse.

We stepped through the door of the small UN plane and out onto the dirt airstrip. The rush of heat instantly hit my cheeks so intensely it reminded me of opening the oven door mid-cookie-baking to check on the gloriousness. We grabbed our backpacks and jumped in the Land Cruiser. During the ten-minute ride to the compound I couldn’t help but notice the monochromatic landscape. It looked like a rocky Sahara, just dust and sand everywhere.

We had arrived in Sudan during the last few weeks of the dry season, the hottest time of year, and the earth all around us seemed to be screaming for water. The only pops of color on the sandy canvas were the women gracefully swaying as they walked down the side of the road swathed head to toe in bright solid colored fabric – turquoise, canary-yellow, red, orange. They reminded me of Indian women in beautiful saris. Occasionally, we would pass a man in his white long flowing jallabia, which looks like a robe and matching white turban.

We pulled into the compound and headed back to what would be our house for the next year to unpack. This is our tukul (pronounced too-kul).

It has mud walls, cement floor, and a straw roof. It is one large room with an adjoining porch area. I have found over the past couple moves that it really help to make our house or room (whether it is a mud hut, army tent, or cement room) into a space that is a place of beauty and rest. You may get sweaty and dirty and fight battles all day, but if you can come home to your peaceful space it changes everything. My mother passed on the aesthetics gene to me, which basically means that it really affects my mood if the curtains clash with the bedspread. I cannot just cut the vegetables and put them on the table. I have to arrange them in a way that is beautiful. So in my 20-kg allotment of luggage, I sacrificed some clothes to instead bring funky Indian fabric, some silk to put on our bed, maps to hang on the wall (to plot future shenanigans), pictures to put around, and a candle that cost something ridiculous like $26 from Anthropologie. So even if you are in a mud hut, dirty and sweaty, if you close your eyes and breathe in deeply you feel like you’re somewhere deeply luxurious. It’s the little things.

That first evening we both got in bed to try to go to sleep. It was only 8:30pm, but we were exhausted. The temperature on our wall clock said 103 degrees. I don’t know if I have ever sweated quite so much doing nothing. Between the heat and our door latch not working and randomly blowing open every few hours promptly scarring us half to death, we didn’t get much sleep. But now a week in I must say I am quite attached. We have a dog named Buddha, a goat named Brutus, and a tukul that while it has walls of mud, also has swatches of silk- what more could a girl want?”–Carrie

To follow Melissa and Peter’s adventures in Sudan, check out her blog:

To learn more about Carrie’s books, visit her blog:

Here’s a summary of SURRENDERED HEARTS:
Jennifer Evan’s life changes forever when a gas pipeline explodes, starting a fire at her apartment. Losing her home and beloved dog are terrible blows, but the ugly scars that cover her arm, neck and shoulder steal her confidence and cause her fiancé to desert her. With her funds depleted and her job on hold, she heads for Vermont where she hopes to reconnect with her brother and find a way to rebuild her shattered life. Bill Morgan, a strong and quiet man whose faith runs deep, challenges her view of God and faith. Will she hold on to the pain of her past, or will she surrender her heart and find the faith and love she seeks?

Thanks, Carrie. You have an amazing daughter, but you knew that! And I’m excited about your new book which is available as an ebook only.  Carrie is going to add a copy of her latest Love Inspired Seeking His Love to my Mega May Basket and she will also include a coupon for Smashwords for a free copy of Surrendered Hearts. Thanks so much, Carrie. Ladies, why not leave a comment encouraging Carrie’s daughter. I’m sure Carrie would pass it on!–Lyn


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Lyn Cote welcomes other authors to her "Strong Women, Brave Stories" blog to share stories of women who triumph over the challenges common to all women.
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8 Responses to Author Carrie Turanksy & Her Brave Daughter

  1. Thank you, Sally and Cathy. It’s a comfort to know others are praying for Peter and Melissa and the their work in Sudan. I appreciate your comments and encouragement.

  2. Sally Moyer says:

    Carrie, your daughter is truly a “Gift from God”, a treasure. To serve the Lord in a place so far from home and so gracefully is lovely. I enjoyed Melissa’s blog, creating a vision of her new home. Her spirit comes through in her words and I know she and her husband will make a difference where they have been “planted”. Please know my prayers are with them. Dear Lyn, thank you for sharing.

  3. Carole Brown says:

    What a strong, lovely young woman. God gave you a precious gift, Carrie!

  4. Cathy Gohlke says:

    What a gift to have children so dedicated to serving the Lord by serving those in need. Inspiration! What a great example you found “close to home” for your heroine, Carrie!
    Thanks, Lyn, for sharing Carrie and Melissa’s story–blessings today!

  5. Hi Lyne, Rose and April, thanks for your comments and prayers for Melissa. She and her husband Peter are doing amazing work in a country that really needs medical care and community development. She told me today she is trying to be positive and present and look for the beauty in life even in the midst of suffering. I am so glad God is with her even in this challenging setting. The rains have started in that area of Sudan, which makes it cooler for them, and that’s a blessing.
    Happy reading,

  6. Rose says:

    Your daughter sure is courageous to be over in Sudan. I’ll pray for you.

  7. April A Renn says:

    Great post.I am sure your daughter is amazing.To be in Sudan at this time.
    This Mega May Basket is getting bigger and bigger.”Surrendered Hearts” sound great.I put it on my TBR list.Melissa and Peter you guys are on my prayer list and keep up the good works.God Bless….

  8. Ah, the writing apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Beautiful description of Sudan. What is amazing to me is that Melissa was able to see the beauty after a very long flight. She is a treasure and Carrie should be proud in the purest sense of the word. Thanks for posting this, Lyn.