Author Christine Lindsay & a True God-Incidence

My guest today, debut author Christine Lindsay, is offering either a free ebook or if you can wait till fall, a print copy of her first book. Now read on– she has quite a story. Here’s Christine:

“Unmarried at 21, I gave birth to a baby girl. Wanting my baby to have a loving dad as well as a loving mom, I made the tough decision to relinquish her to adoption.

Grief overtook me afterwards, and I sought comfort at church. Sitting in a mid-week prayer meeting I first heard about a true-life heroine by the name of Ramabai. This brilliant Indian woman had died in 1922, but she had done so much for women and children in India that England awarded her the Kaisar-I-Hind Gold Medal.

Born into a high caste Hindu family, Ramabai’s father broke with tradition and taught her to read. This was the beginning of my heroine’s search for enlightenment. After her parents and siblings died, Ramabai also broke with tradition and married a lawyer of a lower Hindu caste, but he died of a cholera leaving her alone with a tiny daughter.

One day, looking through her husband’s papers she found a Bible, and found fulfillment to her spiritual search in the person of Jesus Christ. This prompted her to translate the Bible into her local language. To name just a few of her accomplishments—she started the first Braille School, promoted the need for female medical doctors, and was the founder of the Ramabai Mukti Mission, a home for sexually abuse Hindu widows and children.

This woman who’d been born a century before me inspired me at a time when my own life was at a low ebb, after giving up my baby girl.

But the years passed, and I met a wonderful Christian man. God blessed us with 3 children. And twenty years later Sarah and I were reunited. But the reunion I’d waited for so long brought back the pain of losing her in the first place. The Lord encouraged me to write out my emotional pain, and my loss became my muse.

My debut novel, Shadowed in Silk, is being released this year. It shows my fascination with British ruled India, but also the inspiration of Ramabai. An integral secondary character, Miriam, rescues Hindu widows and children. It is she who teaches my main character, Abby, about the Lord.

God writes on our lives with far bolder pen than most novelist do in a story. It was arranged that my daughter, Sarah, be the model for the front cover of my book, wearing the sari I had purchased in India.

At the time of the photo-shoot, Sarah and her husband (both ER nurses) were applying to various missions, feeling called into full-time missionary work. It wasn’t until several months later, that Sarah told me the mission they were going out with would be overseeing the very mission that Ramabai founded over 100 years ago. Here is a picture Pandita Ramabai. Pandita is not her first name, it is an honorary Indian title meaning “wise one.”

I couldn’t believe my ears. Of all the missions around the globe, why this one? Sarah had no idea what Ramabai meant to me. I’d kept that tidbit to myself.

It’s not wonder I write, trying to scrabble down on paper the amazing things that God does through surrendered lives.”

Now about Christine’s book Shadowed in Silk.


She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

Author Bio:

Christine Lindsay writes historical Christian inspirational novels with strong love stories. She doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects such as the themes in her debut novel SHADOWED IN SILK which is set in India during a turbulent era. Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj was seeded from stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India. SHADOWED IN SILK won first place in the 2009 ACFW Genesis for Historical under the title Unveiled. Shadowed in Silk is being released by WhiteFire Publishing in 2 stages this year, first as an eBook on May 1, 2011, and as the printed version Sept. 1.

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. It’s a special time in her life as she and her husband enjoy the empty nest, but also the noise and fun when the kids and grandkids come home. Like a lot of writers, her cat is her chief editor.”

I love that about her cat! Well, do you think it was a coincidence that her long-lost daughter and husband were planning to work at the exact mission which fascinated Christine? Or a God-incidence? Remember, leave a comment and be entered into the drawing. I’ll post the winner Sunday.-And remember this is her first book, please leave a comment to encourage her, a sister in Christ.-Lyn

For more info:

Her website is www.christinelindsay.com,

Blog address is www.christinelindsay.org

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16 Responses to Author Christine Lindsay & a True God-Incidence

  1. Great blog post! I’ve always been fascinated by missions in India. When I first learned about Amy Carmichael during a history lecture at my Christian school, I found one of my foremost rolemodels for life. I’ve cherished anything about India and her since.
    I would love to win a copy of this wonderful- sounding book! Thanks so much for this giveaway! I definatly think the daughter incident was a awesome God thing 😉
    Christine, I know your book is going to be amazing! The cover is amazing, btw! If you’d ever be interested in doing a interview on my blog, Page by Paige, I’d love it!!

  2. StrongWomen says:

    This is what I love about blogging! I’ve never met anybody else who even knew who Amy Carmichael was!

    • Margie Mijares says:

      I first learned of Amy Carmichael many years ago and have collected her devotional books wherever I have found them. I am also a huge admirer of Gladys Aylward…The Small Woman….who did great and mighty things for children in China. I am an avid reader and the diversity on my bookshelves speaks for itself!!! I love reading about strong and courageous women no matter where the setting is!! God may have created us as a weaker vessel, but He gave us great strength.

  3. Margie Mijares says:

    I have read her biography and have a number of her devotional books. She was a truly amazing woman!!!

  4. StrongWomen says:

    I read Amy Carmichael’s Biography. How inspiring.

  5. Margie Mijares says:

    What an incredibly amazing story of God’s love, redemption, and restoration!! I am a big fan of Amy Carmichael’s writing, and I know this novel will be a wonderful read. Please enter me for a chance to win! I am adding Shadowed In Silk to my wishlist right now.

    • I’m a big fan of Amy Carmicheal’s writing as well. In fact I was born not far from where Amy was born. She was from Northern Ireland like I am. She too is such a heroine, in the way she went about also rescuing children from terrible situations in the Hindu temples. Remember how she used to hate having brown eyes, and then realized that as she dressed up as an Indian in order to rescue the children, that her brown eyes were perfect.

  6. Connie Saunders says:

    Lyn asked if it was a coincidence or a Godincidence. I certainly believe that all happenings have God’s hand in them, if we will trust, believe and let HIM lead.
    Christine, I found your story through Ann Gabharts’ blog and I want to send you congratulations and best wishes on the publication of your new book. I am a public librarian in Kentucky and I will certainly add your title to our inspirational collection.

    • Hi Connie, I would be so thrilled to have my book in your library in Kentucky. What an honor that would be. And I hope that readers will be blessed while reading it, to see the redemptive hand of God. That’s very much what the story is about.

  7. Liz says:

    Would love to have Shadowed in Silk and share w/ friend. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I struggle w/ accepting all things are part of God’s plan but, if so, God-incidence.

  8. Congratulations, Christine, on your first book. And how truly special to have your daughter as the model for the cover! That has to make holding that first published book in your hands even more exciting. Thank you for sharing your story of how God walked with you through some sad valleys and how He continues to bless you now. I think you should write your story of you and your daughter for Guideposts.

    I don’t want to put my name into the hat for the drawing to give your other new readers more chance to win. But I did want to tell you I enjoyed reading your story and wish you much success with your new book.

    Ann

  9. Julie says:

    What a wonderful story of Godincidence! Can’t wait to read your book. Sounds wonderful.

    Blessings to you as your creation goes into the world and lands in our hands.

    Peace, Julie

    • Thank you Julie and Ann for your so encouraging comments. It is an exciting time to at last see this labor of my heart released. I have yet to hold the actual printed book in my hands. That will come closer to September. But it is true that God has done some amazing things for me. There is so much to praise Him for.

      And thank you Lyn for having me as a guest today, giving me a chancea to share some of those lovely gifts from God.

      Like I say, it’s no wonder we write. We all want so much to just show how awesome our God is.