Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt #6
THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! I’M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MELISSA H. HAS WON MEMORIES OF GLASS AND A MEAL. LISA BERGREN HAS ANNOUNCED THE FINAL WINNERS FOR THE SCAVENGER HUNT ON FACEBOOK.
Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
- The hunt BEGINS on 11/7 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
- Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
- There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/10 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
- Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!
My name’s Melanie Dobson, and I love to research stories from the past. Stories that are still very much relevant for today. I’ve written in a number of genres, but right now I’m enjoying the time-slip format where I can combine historical fiction, contemporary, suspense, mystery, romance, and a journey of faith into each of my stories.
POWER OF STORY
In 1942, three Dutch leaders concocted a wild, outlandish scheme to rescue hundreds of Jewish children from deportation, right out from under the oppressive watch of their Nazi wardens. During those dark days of World War II, two men and one woman quietly risked everything to save hundreds of kids.
And the Germans never found out about their scheme.
When I first heard this story, I was shaken to my core. I had to know more about these heroic leaders and how they managed to circumvent the strict oversight and regulations of their occupiers to rescue children.
I soon discovered that these leaders— Walter Süskind, Henriëtte Pimentel, and Johan van Hulst—were ordinary people forced to assist the Nazis. Even as they complied on the surface, they were compelled by a much higher power to fight the evil in their midst. They did it by using the Nazi regulations against their oppressors, turning the seemingly impenetrable system on its head.
As I read their stories, I asked myself the question—what would I have done?
That’s what the best stories do. The powerful ones. They place us into the shoes of someone who must make an impossible choice and give us a glimpse into our own journey. We glimpse and wonder and are, perhaps, changed by what we’ve learned.
Stories inspire and encourage us. They educate and ignite us into action. And, sometimes, they frustrate or even anger us, pressing us onto our knees in prayer.
It’s impossible to know what I would have done in Holland, circa 1942, but I processed this question as I wrote Memories of Glass, inspired by the story of these Dutch leaders. Every character in this novel has an opportunity to resist the enemy or succumb. It is a tribute, I hope, to those who risked everything to save a Dutch child.
Here’s the Stop #6 Info:
Clue to Write Down: —Wallace
Link to Stop #7, the Next Stop on the Loop: Michelle Griep’s site!
Readers say they’ve skipped meals, trying to find out what happens to the characters in Memories of Glass. So for all of those readers, like me, who often choose books over a well-balanced meal, I’m giving away a $50 DoorDash or an Uber Eats gift card (or a card at the local restaurant of your choice) along with a copy of Memories of Glass so you and your family can enjoy a take-out meal as you read this story!
If you’d like to submit your name for this drawing, please either subscribe to my newsletter here or leave a comment below about how a story has changed your life. I’ll be notifying the winner on November 11th.