Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bath Gift Box Giveaway, celebrating MaryLu Tyndall's new release Ends July 30th


We are having a week long celebration here at The Sword and Spirit for MaryLu Tyndall's new release, Veil of Pearls. In celebration, I've ordered our cake from my favorite baker. Today we are giving away a Bath Gift Box. Ask MaryLu a question or leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.  We will be giving prizes away all week long so be sure to check in each day.


I am so pleased to have my very dear friend, MaryLu Tyndall here with me this week. MaryLu mentored me and was huge influence on me. She was my guiding star as I started down the road of writing.
 MaryLu's Testimony

I grew up in a home that was broken in more than one place. My mother married multiple times, and I never knew my father. In addition, we moved twenty-five times before I turned eighteen. So, you can imagine what that type of upbringing can do to a shy, insecure little girl. I craved love and stability. I wanted someone to take care of me and never leave me.  I had two choices to fill that need. One, to turn to the God I learned about in brief periods of Sunday School, or two, to seek to fill that need on my own with the things I saw in the world.  I made the wrong choice.

Everything I did, every party, every relationship, every material possession I bought, every success I achieved, ultimately left me alone and empty. At age thirty-five, my second marriage was failing, I hated my dead-end job, my youthful beauty was fading, and my teenage kids were rebelling (wonder who they learned that from?)  I remember wanting to kill myself, get it over with. I felt no hope for the future. I was a drinker back then. Alcohol helped numb the pain, and whenever life overwhelmed me, I’d sneak in my closet where I had a hidden bottle of Tequila, and have a drink or two. One dark day, while sitting there drinking, I glanced up and saw my old Bible sitting on a shelf. I dusted it off and began to read, promising myself that I would read it from cover to cover to see if anything happened. What did I have to lose?  I wanted to believe so badly that God was real and that He loved me, but I had grown very skeptical over the years.

I read it every night before I went to bed. Somewhere in the middle of Ezekiel, something began to happen. Passages prophesying how Israel would be scattered all over the world and then in the last days would return to their own land, flew out at me from the pages. You see, Israel was in the news a lot back then. Suicide bombings and rumors of war were a common story each night. And I knew enough history to know that Israel had only become a nation a few years before I was born. The stunning revelation that God had predicted that the Jews would return to their land sped through me like a cyclone. I remember saying out loud. “You’re real.” And then God’s presence fell upon me. I can’t quite describe it except to say it felt more real than anything I’d ever felt, hopeful, almost like a light went on inside of me. I got on my knees and began to sob. There in my bedroom, beside my bed, all alone, I gave my life to Jesus. I knew God was with me now. I knew He loved me and had a plan for my life. Suddenly my life had meaning and my heart was full. This is what I had been searching for!
But life didn’t get instantly better. In fact, it got worse!  I had married an atheist and all of our children were atheists. I was in a house full of atheists! I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know where to find a church, so I simply didn’t go. I had no Christian friends. My husband was not receptive to my newfound faith and asked me not to talk about it. So, you can imagine the struggles and heartaches I endured, in addition to the constant battles of faith. Yet, through it all, God never left me.

Now fifteen years later, I am happy to report that my husband is saved and all of our children but two have made solid commitments to the Lord and have been baptized. My marriage is better than I could have ever imagined, and though we still have struggles with wandering kids and jobs and family and life in general, one thing I willingly shout from the rooftops:  God is real. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. And He is faithful!

 Veil of Pearls!
It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.

Born into one of Charleston's prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan's persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.


But Adalia's new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is she willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?
                 MaryLu Tyndall's Bio
A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Unfortunately, instead of pursuing that dream, she worked as a miserable, landlocked software engineer for fifteen years. Only by the grace and providence of God, did she decide to answer His call to write a Christian Pirate series. Today, while writing her eleventh novel, she manages a home, husband and six kids while battling three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep!  She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

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32 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what a story - and what an amazing testimony to God's love and faithfulness. I know your openness in sharing your story is powerful and many many people need to hear that message. I believe with you that all of your children will be saved and shall live their lives for the Lord.

    I prayed this over my son for many years: "He is a servant of the Lord, and great is his peace and undisposed composure because he's doing the will of God." I clung to the promise that he was trained up in the way he should go and wouldn't depart from it when he was older. He was delivered from drugs and alcohol two years ago and has been living his life for Jesus ever since. Things are still rough, but hearing how your husband transformed gives me hope and encouragement.

    And I don't think your youthful beauty faded one bit.

    xoxo
    Cher :-)
    SaintJohn@aol .com

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  2. That's the joy we can have in our Savior that His words will never come back void.

    And I do agree, Marylu's beauty hasn't faded one little bit! She's beautiful inside and out.

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  3. Thank you Cheryl! What a great story about your son. I love hearing how God answers mother's prayers!!! So Awesome. HE truly is Faithful! And He loves our kids even more than we do. I think in this world, things will always be "a little rough" but we don't have to go through it alone. :-)
    Thank you both for the kind words.. at 53, the mirror isn't being very kind to me. Especially in the morning! LOL.
    Hugs and blessings!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your heart. Your words come at a time when it's hard not to ask if God is really there. Confirmation is good. We might be in the heat of battle or the fire but we are not alone.

    Tina P.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tina. God is wonderful about giving us that confirmation just when we need it. I'm glad Marylu's testimony was a blessing to you.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your heart. Your words come at a time when it's hard not to ask if God is really there. Confirmation is good. We might be in the heat of battle or the fire but we are not alone.

    Tina P.

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  6. Thank you for taking the time to read it, Tina. I'm so sorry to hear you are going through a rough time. I have been there. I know what it's like to wonder if God cares or if He's even there. I encourage you to hang on. Be like that woman with the issue of blood who battled through the crowd just to grab a hold of Jesus's coat. Just grab a hold. Sometimes that's all we can do. I'm lifting up a prayer for you now.

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    1. Thank you so much.

      tina_pinson(at)yahoo.com

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  7. Hey, Mary Lu!

    Your new book sounds awesome. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing your testimony. I know it will be an encouragement to many. Love your new picture :)

    Blessings!
    Golden Keyes Parsons

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Golden. MaryLu looks so cute in that picture. I love it.

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  8. Amen! Praise the Lord for His mercy in bringing you to Himself! I think it's so beautiful that you rediscovered your Bible at your lowest point and that He impressed on you to read it. Interesting to me was that my pastor had been a drinker before salvation and that he too was saved when he saw so much fulfilled prophecy.
    bskaggs(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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    1. Hey Teddy, thanks for stopping by. The bible says seek and ye shall find. I guess it doesn't matter what state we are in if we are truly seeking the Truth.

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  9. Thank you, Golden! It's so nice to hear from you. :-)
    Teddy, must be something about drinking and prophecy! LOL. But all kidding aside, anyone who reads through the Bible with an open, seeking heart cannot not help but encounter God on it's pages! I found Him in Ezekiel.. but hey, I'm a slow learner. :-)

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  10. Sorry it took so long for me to post on here. I've been battling a terrible headache.
    MaryLu has always been an inspiration to me. She is a great lady with a huge heart. I believe that the older we get, the better we get. Just like a fine wine gets better with age! So, whenever you look in the mirror, MaryLu, smile, because you are beautiful. Your inside beauty shines brightly through you! hugs

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    1. Hey Debbie. Sorry about your headache! I hope today it's better. MaryLu is an inspiration to me too! I love that lady.

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    2. So sorry for your headache, Chaplain Debbie! Thank you so much for all your kind words. And you too, Debbie Lynne! You both brightened my morning!!

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  11. This whole thing just brings tears to my eyes. Our family is going through such a difficult path at this time, feeling pressed on all sides, but I know God is faithful and He will carry us through. But it sure does my heart good to read about other believers' victory in Jesus!

    I have your book, MaryLu, on my Kindle (in a big TBR pile) and hope to get to it soon :) You are such a beautiful person for sharing your heart and testimony with us! Thank you for that.

    Debbie Lynne, I follow through Feedburner, as well.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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    1. Hey Anne, Thank you for stopping by and I'm so glad this was an encouragement to you. It seems these days so many of us are going through struggles. Everywhere I look I see it. The enemy is busy at work trying to discourage. Thankfully our Lord is faithful and we have fellow Christians to lift us up in prayer at these hard times.

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    2. I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles Anne! I well understand that feeling of being pressed on all sides. I'm so glad God used my words to encourage you today.. to let you know He is with you and not to fear. :-) I'm lifting up a prayer for your family right now.. God Bless!

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  12. I'm back again! Sure would like to have this book!!
    I am soooo thankful the Lord rescued me! He indeed is faithful and I love Him with all of my heart. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hi Kathleen!!! Thanks for stopping by again!!

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    2. Hey Kathleen! So glad you are back! I hope I get to see you each day this week! Lots of fun stuff still to give away!!

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  13. I am a GFC friend! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  14. I am a Feedburner e-mail subscriber! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  15. What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing! May God bless you for ever and ever!!
    samanthaakuiper@gmail.com

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    1. Hey Samantha. thank you for following my blog. MaryLu is a blessing to so many people, through her books, through her testimony and through her honesty. I love her to death!

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  16. I am also a Feedburner e-mail subscriber
    samanthaakuiper@gmail.com

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  17. Veil of Pearls is fabulous! Thanks MaryLu for a great read!
    I'm a feedburner subscriber.
    Amy Campbell
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  18. I already follow your feed. I would love to win this, review it, read it and share it.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  19. Thank you for the chance to win. I am a gfc and feedburner follower.

    griperang @ embarqmail dot com

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