Reader Inspired Giveaway: Suspense Novel Choice

Renee Ann Smith —  November 5, 2010 — 39 Comments

Here at Doorkeeper, we celebrate those who are opening doors for others, either through mentoring, mothering, teaching, writing, or more!

From time-to-time I’ll be interviewing a faithful Doorkeeper—especially if she’s a fellow booklover—and giving away a book by her favorite author or in her favorite genre.

You’ll find giveaway details at the end of this post. But first, take some time to get to know a fellow Christian fiction enthusiast!

Dad sings tenor. Mom sings alto. The three kids sing bass, baritone, and soprano.

The Fremonts singing together when the kids were little

No, it’s not the Von Tropp Family Singers. It’s the singing Fremont family of Shenzhen, China!

Vicki and her husband Paul are self-supported missionaries, who have spent their married years serving God in church/school ministries. First in North Carolina, and then in Nebraska, then on to far-away Hong Kong, Guam, and Shenzhen. In China, the Fremonts are working with Quality Schools International.

Vicki and Paul met during their college years at Bob Jones University.

Wedding Day!

Vicki has an Associate’s Degree in Missions and is certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Masters in Religious Education. He is also an ordained minister. And both are working on furthering their education. Vicki with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, and Paul with a Master’s in Christian Counseling.

Preparation for ministry is important to this musical family.

Nate and fiancee, Haley

Jon enjoying graduation

Their oldest son Nate, 22, is in his third year of college at BJU, studying youth ministries. He would also like to be a chaplain for his local police department.

Second son, Jon, 19, graduated high school with honors and is now attending BJU, having answered the call to preach.

Eliza, 16, is doing an online homeschooling program with Heritage Home School Academy.

A bright smile from Eliza Fremont

After graduating, Eliza wants to sit out a year before attending college. She’s saving money to move to Zambia, Africa, to work with orphans. Since she’s grown up in Asia, her heart is torn between the two continents. She plans to eventually attend college to earn an education degree.

I asked Vicki to share some thoughts with us about the special moments and varied experiences in her life:

Greatest Blessing
“Having each of our children! We worked very hard to get the three we have. Before each successful pregnancy we lost a child. We also know that if those other pregnancies had been successful, we would not have the three children we have now. We’ve had the joy of seeing all of them join our spiritual family. I love watching their lives change as they become truly burdened for others around them.”

Greatest Lesson
“Every hard time we went through, we saw His hand and blessings in them later. I especially remember one Christmas, during a year when we were struggling to make ends meet. Late one cold winter evening, we were kneeling before ourFather, sharing our

burdens.We heard a loud banging on our door. It frightened me because it was so late at night. Paul went to answer and found an envelope taped to the door, with a note and large sum of money, as well. On the porch was a very large box, which contained all the items we needed. In a flash, we were back on our knees giving thanks to our Father. We have story after story of His provision—just when it was most needed.”

Most Memorable School Day
“Paul spoke in chapel years ago about ‘Removing the Mask.’ So many people live behind masks. Maybe they profess Christ, but don’t really know Him because they have learned the right ways to act and the right way to talk. In so many ways people wear masks. My husband shared in chapel that it was time to remove the mask. After the chapel service, he was going to his classroom a bit frustrated because he had gone over time, and he had a lot planned for his students that day.”

“When he got to his classroom, his 7th graders filed in behind him and sat down in their desks, unusually quiet and solemn. One student after another raised their hands. He was about to say, ‘No questions. We’ve got a lot of work to do.’ Then he noticed their faces, and one of the girls started crying. When he asked her what was wrong, she said, ‘Mr. Free, I’ve been wearing a mask.’ Others started saying the same thing. By the end of class that period, ALL of his students had made decisions to take off the mask.”

Parenting Advice
“We had the best instruction manual: God’s Word. Even so, we didn’t always make the right choices as parents. Yet when we heard the Holy Spirit within us say, ‘You need to

apologize to your child’—we did! Our children heard ‘I’m sorry’ from both Paul & I many times. They also learned early on in life that no matter WHAT the topic, they could always talk to us about it. That is a pretty scary thing! Because when our kids were ready to talk about it, we talked about everything!”

“Our children have gone through some tough situations. Things we never dreamed we’d have to deal with, since we had home schooled and been in Christian schools. The key was COMMUNICATION. We would shut off the TV, computer, whatever it was that was interrupting the communication, and get into God’s Word together. And, of course, sing together! We always ate together too. We would find out how everyone’s day went and try to encourage one another. Our family mattered. We weren’t going to lose it.”

Favorite books
Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore: “This book is a special favorite.”

The O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock’s books: “When I receive a book that is part of a series, just one won’t do. I have to get them all!”

Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, and The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: “As a family we listened to the whole Left Behind series. The kids were at just the right age where they were learning about the Lord’s second return, and it was interesting for them. We also listened to the Frank Peretti audio books. Then as the boys grew bigger they became fans of Ted Dekker.”

Becoming an Effective Christian Counselor by Walter and Trudy Fremont: “This book covers so many areas of a person’s life and is chock full of the Scripture verses you need to help you through that particular area.”

Your turn: Whether you’ve known Vicki a long time or just met her today, why don’t you leave a comment to encourage her? If you have questions about her ministry, she’ll be able to see and answer your comment. Also, if you’d like to view more of her photos, just scroll past the details about the book giveaway.(For blog newbies, if you’re reading this on the main page, look for the tiny words “Comments” in the notes at the end of this post. If you’re on the post page, you should see a large box in which to leave a reply.)

Book Giveaway: Vicki’s family seems to love stories of suspense, so I dug through my book pile to find a few. Since they’re older releases and you may have read them, I’ll give the winner a choice from such authors as Kathy Macias, Rob Whitlow, Colleen Coble, and Jack Cavanaugh. Choices are detailed below. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 10th.

Steps To Enter the Giveaway:
1. Join this blog through email or Google Friend Connect. To join by email, enter your email address in the space provided on the sidebar. But you’re not done yet! Look for an email from Doorkeeper or Feedburner in your personal email account. Follow the link provided to verify your subscription.

2. Leave a comment here to let me know that you are a follower or subscriber. Be sure to put your email address in your comment. However, write it like this jenniebee [at] yahoo [dot] com and NOT like this (This helps keep your email safe from spammers!)

Book Choices

And now a little more . . .
I couldn’t resist posting a few additional pics of this sweet family!

Mother and daughter

A happy couple

Having fun

Sweet, smiling faces

One last look at this joyful family!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

39 responses to Reader Inspired Giveaway: Suspense Novel Choice

  1. Vicki,
    It’s inspiring to hear how you worked so hard with your children, and that they want to follow in working for the Lord. You spoke of difficult situations. I’m reading a book, The Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller, and it talks so much about what you’ve been doing. Great work!

    • Thanks Linda, to God be the glory. The book you mentioned sounds great – I’ve not read it – my husband & I do rely and believe in the power of prayer and I’ve prayed for the spouses of my children since they were babies. Prayer goes hand in hand with teaching our children God’s Word AND communication.

  2. Thanks for the interview and information on Vicki and Paul and family. Very inspiring.

    I am a GFC follower. I would like Choice B: The Sacrifice by Robert Whitlow, as I’ve never read a book by Robert. Thanks for the opportunity!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  3. I follow you on GFC.

    This is an inspiring family’s story. Thanks.


  4. I am a subscriber:) and follower on GFC 🙂
    charsaltz at yahoo dot com

    First choice B, Second choice D Having not read either, I would want you to choose YOUR very favorite one of the two if I win:) THANKS!

  5. Reading about the Fremonts encouraged me deeply. It helped remind me
    to have a wonderful day at school. You never know who may need you
    to help them do something. I need to have a cheerful, generous attitude.
    I am praying for the Fremont family.

    • Cindy, thank you so much for your prayers. We need them – we’ve been praying for you too. Your sweet attitude in the school and other job you have has been a blessing to us as well. We all need to be reminded of our purpose here – and that’s to glorify God in ALL we do. Dealing with others is not always easy – yet when we have a God honoring spirit while doing it – they can’t help but see our Savior!

  6. Maureen Timerman November 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    What an awe inspiring family. Would love to read more about them!
    I am a follower and a subscriber.
    I would like any of the books…but my first choice is B.


  7. I’m an email subscriber and gfc follower as well.
    I’d love a chance to win one of these books.
    Hard choice to pick which one you have some good ones; however, I do like Kathi Macais and have read a lot of her books so I’d choose her book. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. Thanks for stopping by today, ladies!

  9. a wonderful posting…thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous novel. i’m an email subscriber, too 🙂

  10. What an inspiring story. I enjoyed looking at the pictures as well.
    I am a GFC follower and an email subscriber.
    All the books look wonderful but Choice A or B would work for me. I have already read Choice C and it was awesome.

    Thank you for the giveaway and blessings to you and the Fremont family.

  11. Thanks for this great giveaway.
    If I win I would either like choice C or B.
    Great books.
    I’m a follower and email subscriber. 🙂

  12. I am an e-mail subscriber of your blog. I like the authors that you picked out very much. Since I have not yet read any of them yet, I would say my choices are in this order: A,B,C and D.

    Thank you for this giveaway.


  13. Thank you ladies, this is beautiful. Especially what you shared about the blessing of your children.

    Renee Ann, Thank you so much for taking the time to send me that link. I so appreciate that you thought of me. I’m so glad to have “met” you through the web recently.

  14. Beautiful post, beautiful family, beautiful work!!!! (beautiful blog too! I love what you’ve done with it! I think we have the same theme!) Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting me, that was very sweet.

  15. What a sweet post about your beautiful family! I love all the advice you give, it’s so important to admit your wrongs and keep communication open.

    Love the photos! The smiles are contagious. 🙂

  16. Renee Ann, I heard Wrangler in Petticoats arrived. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  17. I would love to win Colleen Coble’s book…….thanks for the chance. I subscribe via e mail.
    Carman sent me.

  18. I’d love to be entered in this fun giveaway! I am really interested in reading Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh, too! 😀 I am a follower of this blog and LOVE reading your posts!

    Katie M


  19. Thank you for sharing your story.
    I agree with you about communicating with one another. I think some families have lost that in their lives. We tend to get so caught up in work that we fail to notice that we still have a family we need to enjoy. Life isn’t always about working for a company. I think it’s a wonderful thing that you still have family time together.

    Keep on serving the Lord. Your family is going to help a lot of people!

    Choice B. I am a GFC follower.

    coolandrew123 [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. Ok The Sacrifice immediately caught my attention! I would love to win it! Thanks!


  21. please count me in, if it’s not too late 🙂

  22. Hope I am not to late. Such an great story and my prayers are with them.

    I am a GFC Follow and email subscriber

    I would choose Ransome by Kathy M.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  23. You’re not too late, ladies! You’re entered!

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