Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Varina Denman. God Leads Me Whether I'm Following or Not

Today we welcome author: 
Varina Denman

To win a copy
of Varina's release:

Scroll to the end of the post 
to see how to get your copy.
International Readers May Participate!

Mary Vee here. Doesn't Varina have an absolutely lovely name? I wonder if it has a special meaning, don't you? Varina said her name is Russian and her mother picked it because she liked it. So do I. I stopped by the Writer's Alley, where I am a contributing writer, to read the monthly announcements. That is when I met Varina and was quite intrigued with her release, Jaded   

I asked Varina to join us and share how God has led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:

God Manages to Lead Me Whether I'm Following Him Or Not

I’m not one of those people who knew she wanted to be a writer at a young age. In fact, when I was in school, writing was nothing more than an assignment, and frankly, I had better things to do. I never dreamed I would write a book, but little did I know God was preparing me.

While I focused on college then marriage then children, God introduced me to lots of people, and I heard their stories of pain and growth. He exposed me to a few ugly things in the world, and He shined His light on many beautiful things. He shoved me into difficult life problems and helped me live through them. He gave. And he took away. And through it all, I learned to lean on Him.

When I finally slowed down and considered writing, I mistakenly thought it was my idea. I decided to write a Christian romance that would be a light, humorous, care-free read. The kind of book I enjoyed reading to get away from the stresses of life. But God had other plans.

Often as I sat in worship, He would give me character motivations, and I would scribble them on the back of the worship handout before I forgot them. He would place issues on my heart and gently nudge me to include them in the manuscript. As I went about my daily routine, my path would randomly cross with people who, in some way, added depth to the plot. God was pretty sneaky.

As I worked on my story, the plot became deeper, the characters developed problems, and I soon realized I wasn’t writing the light romance I had planned. Even though I enjoyed reading romantic comedy, it definitely wasn’t my calling. As it turned out, I was more of a Romantic Women’s Fiction kind of writer, and God taught me to listen to His voice and not ignore His gentle nudges.

I’ve noticed I have the same tendency in many areas of my life. The tendency to do things on my own, to jump into things without consulting God first, to take credit for ideas He places on my heart. Thank goodness He’s patient with me. Not only in writing, but in life, God continues to teach me to lean on him, to accept his counsel, to trust Him.

He’s pretty cool that way.

Mary, thank you for inviting me to your beautiful blog. It’s so good to be here!
You're welcome Varina. :)


Fun holiday Shopping with the Denman family
Varina Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. She has five children, teaches creative writing and literature, volunteers in her local homeschool cooperative, and boasts sixteen years as a home educator. She resides with her family in North Texas. Her first novel, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis Award.

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As a child, Ruthie Turner was shunned by the local congregation. Now, thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed, and a string of secrets are unearthed that threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside down.

Jaded is the rare novel that is a love story between both a woman and a man ... and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness, and restoration, this book will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart ... and a thirst for hope.


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or see Justified

Justified, available June 1 
In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

Justified perfectly captures the rhythm and romance of life in a small town, telling the unforgettable story of a woman searching for renewal, a man looking beyond what others see, and a community torn between judgment and love. It is the unforgettable story of broken dreams second chances, and relentless hope.

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Thank you, Varina, for Joining us This Weekend!

We love chatting with you, reader, and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, hey, or ...

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Virginia Winfield said...

This book looks wonderful.

Janice said...

What an interesting route to discovery of purpose and calling. Father God does know best and surprises us after we realize where He has been leading us. Thank you for sharing the encouragement to keep responding to God nudges. This book and the upcoming book sound to be edifying and well worth the time to read.
Blessings, Janice

P.S. Last time I checked, Mary, your blog was in the lead@bookfun!

Janice said...

What an interesting route to discovery of purpose and calling. Father God does know best and surprises us after we realize where He has been leading us. Thank you for sharing the encouragement to keep responding to God nudges. This book and the upcoming book sound to be edifying and well worth the time to read.
Blessings, Janice

P.S. Last time I checked, Mary, your blog was in the lead@bookfun!

Caryl Kane said...

Hey Mary thanks for hosting Varina. I am so glad Varina wrote JADED and addressed this wide spread issue in the church.

I follow your blog.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I totally agree, Virginia. The story is rich of what our lives truly were before Christ...Jaded.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Seriously, Janice? I didn't know there was a way to check., I am so honored. Thank you for the update!!

Father God loves us a lot...and seems to have many delightful surprises up his sleeve for His kids.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Yes, me too. I think we often come to church with different vision that when we are elsewhere. A call to all of us. I agree.

Patty said...

I enjoy woman's fiction with some depth, sounds like this might be a good one!


Unknown said...

New author for me! My favorite :D thanks for the giveaway!


Mary Vee Writer said...

I totally agree, Patty. Dealing with topics that hit home or are applicable for our times is difficult. I'm glad to see Varina's book available.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I'm so glad you stopped by today. Hasn't it been fun chatting with Varina?

Varina Denman said...

Thank you, Virginia. I hope you enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Janice, thank you so much. I love your attitude about responding to God's "nudges." What a sweet way to think of it. :)

Varina Denman said...

Thanks for entering, Caryl. I hope you win. :)

Varina Denman said...

Patty, thank you! I hope you enjoy the read.

Varina Denman said...

Thanks for giving Jaded a try, Sierra. I hope you like it. :)

Mary Preston said...

Lovely to meet Varina here. I appreciate a 'deeper' read.


Mary Vee Writer said...

Mary, you were up late last night! Thanks for helping me close down shop here at Let's Talk for the evening.
I agree with you. I really like deeper reads. Don't you feel they have a uniqueness and memorable component to the story?
Thanks for stopping by and chatting with Varina and me. :)

Varina Denman said...

Good to meet you, Mary! Thanks for dropping by. :)

Anonymous said...

I have read a lot of great reviews about this book Varina and Mary Vee. I enjoy deeper reads as well. Nothing worse than starting to read a book that sounds great and it turns out to be just a bunch of fluff, ugh. I want a well thought out story !

Mary Vee Writer said...

Looks like you've found the perfect book, Deanne. I'm so glad you stopped by today and saw Varina's post. :)

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I am a little late dropping in but I am so glad I did! Thanks for helping me to meet Varina and learn more about this book.
cps1950 at gmail dot com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Connie, I'm so glad you stopped by! I saw you and was happy to spend a few minutes talking with you :)

Varina Denman said...

So good to meet you, Connie! :)

Varina Denman said...

Deanne, I hope you enjoy the book. It's good to meet you. :)

Kim Hampton said...

I am so excited to read this book, and would love to win a copy! I signed up by e-mail. :)
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