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My addiction to holiday books started six years ago when a dear friend told me she read a book every night leading up to Christmas. And, well, once I started collecting Christmas books for my sons… I naturally wanted Easter books, too.

Visit the Simply Faithful Facebook page to see an album of our favorites — and then, if you’d like to add three free books to your own Easter book collection, click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway! The contest ends Monday morning at midnight. Enjoy!

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Photo courtesy of Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson, author of “Replication [The Jason Experiment],” will be available at 7 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 16. You’ll be able to join the chat live on the Simply Faithful Facebook page.

For about a year now I’ve invited readers to join me in reading and discussing books with spiritual themes. So far, the community has read “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp and “Rooms” by James Rubart. The current book club picks — like “Replication” — were chosen to encourage younger readers to participate in the conversation.

In “Replication,” one of Williamson’s six Christian teen novels, Abby discovers her scientist father is working in a hidden human cloning facility called Jason Farms. One of the clones, J:3:3 (aka Martyr), escapes in her father’s pick-up truck because he desperately wants to see the sky and the outside world before he expires on his 18th birthday. Eventually Abby and Martyr work together to try to free the other clones, especially Baby because Martyr protects Baby and the other “broken” clones in the facility.

“Everybody loves Martyr,” Williamson said, “and I’ve had a lot of readers tell me that they have had to think about the things they have taken for granted. It’s made them pause and notice the world.”

To learn more about Williamson, visit her Website: www.JillWilliamson.com, where she offers a free monthly manuscript review. You can also find her page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. Look for @JillWilliamson.

To read other articles I’ve written about her, click here and here.

 

Photo courtesy of Jill Williamson

The idea that each person has a purpose in life is important to author Jill Williamson – so much so that it’s the current that carries readers through her teen book “Replication [The Jason Experiment].”

“Every person is created for a reason,” Williamson said, adding that people’s purpose can change, like in her life.

Williamson studied to be a fashion designer, then worked toward being a motivational speaker for teens before deciding to write speculative fiction for young adults. Now, she’s bringing the topic up for readers to wrestle with in “Replication” where humans and clones struggle with what their contribution should be.

In “Replication,” one of Williamson’s six Christian teen novels, Abby discovers her scientist father is working in a hidden human cloning facility called Jason Farms. One of the clones, J:3:3 (aka Martyr), escapes in her father’s pick-up truck because he desperately wants to see the sky and the outside world before he expires on his 18th birthday. Eventually Abby and Martyr work together to try to free the other clones, especially Baby because Martyr protects Baby and the other “broken” clones in the facility.

“Everybody loves Martyr,” Williamson said, “and I’ve had a lot of readers tell me that they have had to think about the things they have taken for granted. It’s made them pause and notice the world.”

“Replication” is planned as a three-book series, but Williamson is currently working on other book projects, raising an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old and involved with youth ministry in eastern Oregon where her husband is a youth pastor.

“I’ve always loved to read teen books,” she said, and she often shared books with the teens she knew and wished that there were more options in Christian fiction – more books that Christians could agree on.

Then reality struck. Agreement was hard to find and writing took practice. Publishing took networking.

Still, it was fun to create characters who are real and flawed, so Williamson stuck with it.

“Stories are powerful,” she said, like a woman who has found her purpose.

About the Simply Faithful book club

For about a year Marketta Gregory, author of the Simply Faithful column, has invited readers to join her in reading and discussing books with spiritual themes. So far, the community has read “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp and “Rooms” by James Rubart. The current selections – all four – were chosen to encourage younger readers to participate in the conversation. They are:

  • “Who Built the Stable?” by Ashley Bryan ($16.99, Simon and Schuster).
  • “Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish” by Jenn Kelly ($12.99, Zondervan).
  • “Replication [The Jason Experiment]” by Jill Williamson ($15.99, Zondervan).
  • “Graceful: Letting Go of your Try-Hard Life” by Emily P. Freeman ($12.99, Revell).

Meet Jill Williamson

Learn more about author Jill Williamson at her Website: www.JillWilliamson.com. You can also find her page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. Look for @JillWilliamson.

Readers have the chance to chat live with her at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 on the Simply Faithful Facebook page.

With a house full of boys I’m always on the look-out for good books — and good prices on those books. Here are two that we are enjoying this season:

  • “The Pumpkin Patch Parable” by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “A Pumpkin Prayer” by Amy Parker

“The Pumpkin Patch Parable” tells about a man who grows pumpkins and lets his light shine. Each two-page spread includes a scripture.

“A Pumpkin Prayer” offers thanks for many of our autumnal blessings.

I picked them up a couple of months ago at our local Ollie’s Bargain Outlet for $2.29 each. Hopefully you’ll be as fortunate!

I know I said I’d pick three books for the next Simply Faithful book club – a picture book, a chapter book and a book for teens – but one other non-fiction book kept showing up.

First it flashed across in my Twitter stream, later it was a blog I like to visit and then the book publisher even suggested it specifically for our book club. So, I gave in. I rewrote the rules and picked four books for us this time. I think you’ll be glad I did.

Our four books are:

  • “Who Built the Stable?” by Ashley Bryan ($16.99, Simon and Schuster).
  • “Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish” by Jenn Kelly ($12.99, Zondervan).
  • “Replication [The Jason Experiment]” by Jill Williamson ($15.99, Zondervan).
  • “Graceful: Letting Go of your Try-Hard Life” by Emily P. Freeman ($12.99, Revell).

I first fell in love with Bryan when a librarian suggested his book “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Bryan had taken his mother’s sewing and embroidery scissors to cut intricate designs out of colored paper. He pieced those together to create stunning illustrations. His latest book offers a heartwarming retelling of the birth of Jesus and artwork that is bright and inviting.

For our young readers, I’ve selected a crazy funny book about a boy named Jackson who falls into his aunt’s big hairdo and meets elves, bubblegum-blowing birds and… danger! Kelly’s writing style is so conversational that it could easily be read out loud, and her message – that we are created for a purpose – begs to be discussed.

The teen fiction book takes a more serious turn because Williamson takes her readers inside a hidden human cloning facility. As the adventure unfolds, she delves into questions about the value of life and about forgiveness, even of ruthless captors.

My bonus book, “Graceful,” is a nod to all those young women who are trying desperately to live a perfect life. May you learn early on the lesson I still need today: “As good girls, we carry the weight of things that belong to God alone.”

In the past, we’ve hosted Facebook chats with authors and organized local book discussion groups. What would work best this time? How would you like to reach out to the authors and to each other? We’ll iron out the details. In the meantime, happy reading.

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