Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Barbara M. Britton to the Inspired Prompt. Barbara brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series.
Good morning, Barbara.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Barbara: Down-to-earth (I’m counting that as one). Compassionate. Committed (to projects and goals). And I’m all these things while enjoying semi-sweet chocolate.
Great choices. Especially the semi-sweet chocolate 🙂
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Barbara: This question is easy. Israel. My books bring little-known Bible stories to life. I’d love to visit the places where my stories took place. I am working on a story surrounding the fall of Jericho and I keep reading about the tells that have been discovered by archaeologists. How cool would it be to visit the actual site of my story locations?
Sounds like an awesome research trip. Next…
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Barbara: I’m going to choose “God’s Great Dance Floor” by Passion, featuring Chris Tomlin. The title contains two things I love: God and dancing. I love the lines, “I feel alive, I come alive, I am alive on God’s great dance floor.” I realize how fragile life can be after losing half my blood supply during a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and many years later battling breast cancer. God is with me during difficult times and he keeps me dancing. I’ve also lived all over the dance floor of the United States.
I love that song! And your testimony…
One extra question today: So, tell us a little about the book you’re giving away to one of our readers—why you wrote it, and what you hope readers will take away from the story.
Barbara: I am giving away a copy of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey. The theme of the story is ‘be strong and courageous and do God’s work.’ I had taught the story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem’s crumbled wall for many years until I noticed in Nehemiah 3:12 that the daughters of Shallum were among the builders. Women working alongside men in Bible times? This was rare and bold, and we don’t talk about the daughters. I gave Shallum two daughters, Adah and Judith. I hope readers see that God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His work. There’s plenty of action, adventure, and romance built into this story, too.
Readers, Barbara will give away reader’s choice (print, e-book, or audio book) of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey. Please leave a comment to be entered.
When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.
Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?
Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.
Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series. You can find out about Barb’s books on her website, www.barbarambritton.com, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.