What makes a book one you’ll remember for a long time and will recommend to others? For me it’s about relevance to real life and voice. Stories that don’t shy away from the nitty-gritty, not-always-so-fun stuff that surrounds and invades our everyday lives. Those stories get inside my head. Story lines with fleshed out characters whose unique, quirky personalities spill across the pages, whose “voice-y-ness” oozes between the lines, whose pain and joy ripples through me—those stories seep into my heart. And when a stuff-of-real-life plot with engaging, memorable characters is threaded with God’s love and grace, well, it doesn’t get much better than that.
My friend, indie author Stefne Miller, writes those kinds of books. Her first book,“Salvaged”, tells the heart-wrenching story of seventeen-year-old Attie Reed and the tragic events that lead to a life transformation. When a car accident leaves her seriously wounded and takes the life of her mother and best friend, Jesus comes to Attie in an amazingly personal way. Her past and present meld when she spends the summer with the Bennetts, the family of her deceased best friend. Reminders inhabit every corner of the familiar and once loved home. Questions assault her sleep deprived mind. Is this the right place to heal? Do they really want her there? And what about Riley Bennett? His sole purpose in life used to be to torment her. Has that changed? The biggest question that looms is whether Attie can ever rebuild her life? Their story will leave its mark on you long after you flip the final page.
Fans of this great story were thrilled to learn “Salvaged” is now in development to be a television series! In May, a production team shot a forty-four minute pilot episode that is being released as a six-episode web series. The first episode aired on September 25, 2013, with new episodes posting every Wednesday through October 30th. Installment four airs this Wednesday, but you’ll want to start with episode one and watch Attie and Riley’s story come to life in this high quality introduction to Miller’s novel.
Each episode is available for viewing on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/salvagedseries
Once you get acquainted with Attie and Riley, you’ll be chompin’ at the bit to read the sequel “Rise”.
A great story line and interesting characters tied together with God’s heartstrings—that’s my kind of story.
What Christian book stayed in your heart and mind the longest? Answer in a comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of “Salvaged”!