Author Karen Baney

When my friend, Matt Patterson, mentioned promotional group he had joined, I smiled and nodded. Author’s are always talking about some big promotion they’re doing which turns out to be… um, not so. But I signed up because Matt wouldn’t leave me alone.

Then the starting gun sounded!

I have learned more in the last three weeks than I can say. Meeting Karen Baney, and all the authors on her book launch, has changed my life, and I know this is only the beginning. Definitely a God thing.

You can purchase her new novel, Nickels, on December 13-15 for only 99cents, along with 9 other awesome books, which will also be offered at the same price. A NO BRAINER! 😉

 

 

And now here’s Karen’s post on The Modern Parable:    

 

    

 

Flip through any of the gospels and you’ll quickly find that Jesus used parables to help us understand aspects of God the Father, His love, His kingdom, and His will.  Stories like the parable of the tenants, the prodigal son, or the rich man, stick in your mind long after you’ve read them.

I believe God is still speaking through parables, only sometimes we label them differently.  Sometimes we call them novels, or Christian fiction, or even spiritual growth books.

Have you had a time when you’ve read one of these types of works and it churned in your mind for days or months?  I have.  When I read Messages by John Hileman, I wondered if God really does speak clearly in tangible ways.   Would He, could He really speak to me in a way that would leave no doubt that it was the Creator of Universe talking to little old me?

Then a few months after reading this work of fiction, I had the opportunity to meet Jonathan Dillon in person.  He spoke about how God still speaks to us today.  The thought that had been sparked by a novel, grew to a small flame.  Perhaps God would speak to me tangibly, if I would stop and listen.  After Jonathan Dillon finished speaking, he gave me a copy of his book, A God Who Speaks.  I spent the next month working through this workbook, seeing with my own eyes that God does still speak.  Then I heard His voice.  Something changed in me.

See, as an author, I often have a sense that the stories I write are more than just stories.  I don’t always consciously build in a certain principle or aspect of God in those stories.  Yet, I pray over every book I write.  And, as each book is finished, I send it off with this prayer:  God, use these words to touch the hearts of those you want to hear.  Whatever it is you want them to learn, let them learn it.  Let them know you more through these words.

I will never know all of the hearts that He’s changed through the words He’s given me.  Every now and then He grants me a small glimpse through an email or a letter from a fan.  It doesn’t matter.  I will write what He gives me until He gives me no more words.  Then I’ll send them off to the world and let Him do what He wants with them.

Yes, God still speaks.  Sometimes he does it through a burning bush.  Sometimes it is through the words of Jesus.  Sometimes it is through the words of an author who seeks to do His will.

 

 

Karen Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction and contemporary novels, works as a Software Engineer.  Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of both genres, Karen loves writing stories set in Arizona.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing.  She is active in various Bible studies throughout the year.  Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs.  She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

 

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