Ada Brownell — Music: Something to be Thankful For

This week we’re focusing on an attitude of gratitude, and I’ve invited author Ada Brownell to share some insights with us.

“There was joy in Israel.” I Chronicles 12: 40b

When I was a child, great joy filled our house. I didn’t know at first why everyone sang and played instruments, but I liked it.

Shortly after my family moved from Kansas to Colorado and I was born, the oldest girl in our family of eight children, Marjorie, went to church with a new friend she met in high school. Marjorie accepted Jesus as Savior and one by one everybody in the house gave their lives to the Lord, including Mama and Daddy.

My oldest brother, Virgil, said the orchestra in our church was so big he thought everybody who became born again was expected to play an instrument. Virgil already knew how to play the harmonica and the guitar, and he dusted off his talents and joined the orchestra.

What singing filled our church! After being scattered across the earth for nearly 2,000 years, Jews returned to Palestine and were becoming a nation again. This was a sign of Christ’ soon return. We sang, “Oh, our Lord is coming back to earth again!” and many other joyous songs about Jesus and His Coming.

In 1 Chronicles joy filled Israel. Samuel, at God’s command, anointed David king. But Saul, whom God rejected, tried to kill David so he had to hide. Now Saul was no longer a threat. “All these men of war that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king” (1 Chronicles 12:38 KJ).

Israel threw a feast and prepared for celebration. How would they celebrate? With rejoicing, music and singing!  A whole nation turned from sin and praised God.

Do you have something to be thankful for? Do you live expecting God to do great things? Rejoice! That’s what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians. Rejoice and make music in your hearts to the Lord. Even when he had trouble, David wrote, “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord” (Psalm 27:6).

Prayer:

Lord, I know my joy doesn’t depend on other people or circumstances. Your Word says ‘’the joy of the Lord is my strength.” Like David, I will sing of your mercies forever!”

PEACH BLOSSOM RANCHER: SUMMARY

What do peaches, an asylum, and dead bodies have to do with inspirational romance?

According to Author Ada Nicholson Brownell, they’re as important to her seventh book, Peach Blossom Rancher, as baking powder to a cake.

“Baking powder might not taste so great by itself, but it adds the chemical balance necessary to make baked goods great,” she explained.

To write this historical romance the author drew from her experiences growing up in Fruita, Colo., near peach country, and from her years as a journalist covering the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

Although the fictional asylum is in Boston, the author says you wouldn’t believe the types of diagnoses that could get you committed in the early 1900s. She took the information from historical lists compiled by the Colorado Board of Lunacy Commissioners on the supposed cause of insanity of those held in 1899 to 1910, when asylums were young. Many of those conditions are revealed in the novel.

The leading man, rancher John Lincoln Parks, yearns for a wife to help rebuild the ranch and eyes Valerie MacDougal, a young widow who homesteaded, but also is an attorney. One of those she hopes to be released is a doctor who had one seizure in a public arena.

Will the doctor ever be released from the asylum? Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor he constantly fusses with? This neighbor has a Peeping Tom whose bootprints are like the person’s who dumped a body in John’s barn. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?

Get e-book or paperback on Amazon now at http://amzn.to/2arRVgG

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Free book days info

Ada Brownell’s book, Peach Blossom Rancher, an Inspirational Historical Romance, will be free 11/20 to 11/24 on Amazon: A handsome young man inherits a ranch in ruin and hopes to bring it back to its former glory and also marry a beautiful young widow who is an attorney. But she takes up the case of a brilliant doctor committed to an asylum because of one seizure. Will the rancher, the attorney, and the asylum patient achieve their dreams?

Suspense, romance, humor, murder, insanity, hope, fun, wrapped in a Western you won’t forget.

http://amzn.to/2arRVgG

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Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is the author of seven books and more than 350 articles and stories published in Christian magazines. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers. She and her husband have five children, one in heaven, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her books: Read sample chapters on Amazon. Her Amazon author page is https://www.amazon.com/author/adabrownell

 

Connect with Ada at:

Facebook:

Twitter: @adabrownell

Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

Google https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdaBrownell/posts

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1654534.Ada_Brownell

  Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement

Her books: Read sample chapters on Amazon. Her Amazon author page is https://www.amazon.com/author/adabrownell

 

Connect with Ada at:

Facebook:

Twitter: @adabrownell

Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

Google https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdaBrownell/posts

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1654534.Ada_Brownell

  Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement

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