Today I’m excited to feature author Patti Lacy and her new book Rhythm of Secrets. I’ve included her bio and person testimony, which are sure to touch your heart. Also, you’ll have a chance to enter her Nook giveaway contest at the end of the post. Don’t quit reading too soon and miss that part!
About the book: Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption. Samuel begs Sheila to use her government contacts to get his fiancé Mali into America from Thailand.
A dangerous mixture of love and guilt spurs her to help her only child, even though it devastates her husband Edward and exposes her questionable past. After a quarrel with Edward, Sheila and Samuel board a C-130 for Thailand. In a teak “ghost house,” Sheila discovers God’s grace and gains the freedom she needs to find her own identity—Sheila, Sylvia, and Sheba. A framed story, this novel has roots in the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and spans three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era.
My take: From the very first lines of Rhythm of Secrets, I was drawn into the story. But as situation after situation developed in young Sheba’s life, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be. It seemed like any good thing that happened was immediately overshadowed by a person or event that brought Sheba pain. I began to feel trapped, desperate for some ray of hope or one pure soul to provide relief. That’s when I realized I was feeling everything Sheba was feeling!
I don’t like to dwell on the ugly side of life, but sometimes it’s necessary. Stories like Sheba’s remind me that far too many of the folks I see every day are captives to sin in one way or another. The kind of sin that leaves them feeling dirty, unwanted, and unworthy. And Jesus came for exactly those folks. If I am to follow in His footsteps, I must find a way to reach out to them, too.
This book also brought home to me the years many of us waste living in fear. How sad to know the truth of the Gospel and yet spend our days as if it has no power in our lives. I rejoiced with Sheba when she finally allowed God’s grace to set her free. It was a compelling, sometimes uncomfortable journey–but so worth it!
About Patti: In 1955, a lovely woman named Ann Qualls gave birth to a feisty and bald infant in the front seat of her husband Bucky’s Buick. By pure coincidence, Ann claims, their daughter was named Patti Day Qualls, PDQ. The Quallses set up housekeeping in Martin Hall, the boys athletic dormitory at Baylor University, where Patti adopted 200 kinda brothers who taught her magic tricks and set her imagination aflame with wild stories.
This moniker has served Patti well, as she’s moved at least ten times, traveled to forty states, and changed occupations with a liberality unusual in native Texans. Though Patti’s only been writing since 2005, she thinks her latest profession of capturing stories on paper (or computer files) will stick awhile.
The Still, Small Voice encouraged Patti to write after a brave Irish friend shared memories of betrayal and her decision to forgive. In 2008, was published by Kregel Publications. Patti’s second novel, An Irishwoman’s TaleWhat the Bayou Saw, draws on the memories of two young girls who refused to let segregation, a chain link fence, and a brutal rape come between them.
The secrets women keep and why they keep them continue to enliven Patti’s gray matter. Patti’s WIP, Reclaiming Lily, documents a tug-of-war between a Harvard-educated doctor and an American pastor and his wife for a precious child and explores adoption issues, China’s “One Child” policy, and both Christian and secular views of sacrifice. In fall 2011 Bethany House will publish Reclaiming Lily!
Patti also facilitates writing seminars in schools, libraries, and at conferences and has been called to present her testimony, “All the Broken Pieces,” at women’s retreats. She also leads a Beth Moore Bible study at her beloved Grace Church and had a blast planning the September 2009 wedding of her firstborn, Sarah.
Patti and her husband Alan, an Illinois State faculty member, live in Normal with their handsome son Thomas, who attends Heartland Community College. On sunny evenings, you can catch the three strolling the streets of Normal with their dog Laura.
Patti’s Faith (in her own words): “God gifted me with Christian parents who proclaimed the gospel of Christ Jesus, tucked me in with Bible stories, and woke me with a prayer on their lips. I accepted Christ at the age of twelve and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church in Monroe, Louisiana.
During my teenage years, I veered away from my Savior and chose to live to please myself. For years, I became mired in a cycle of repentance and regression. I had to experience both physical and mental struggles to come to a place where I could declare God as sovereign and allow His Holy Spirit to begin the miraculous process of sanctification on my life. Through God’s Word, the Holy Bible, and God’s gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ, I can live assured of God’s promises and have the hope of heaven.”
Patti Lacy is celebrating the release of her latest book with a NOOK Giveaway, blog tour and Book Club Party!
Patti and her publisher, Kregel Publications, are giving away a NOOK prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!!
Enter the Nook eReader Giveaway and you could win:
- A brand new Nook eReader with Wi-Fi
- $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble
To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form/s, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 16th at Patti’s Rhythm of Secrets Facebook Party.