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Announcing the Winners of
The 4th Annual Deep River Books Writer's Contest
March 20, 2013, Sisters, Oregon—Today in a press release, Deep River Books announced the winners of its 4th Annual Deep River Books Writer's Contest. Sifting through hundreds of entries since November, the judges narrowed the manuscripts to the following Grand Prize, Second Place, and Certificate of Merit winners. The Grand Prize winners have been awarded a royalty-based publishing contract with Carmichael Publishing (the parent company of Deep River Books).
Grand Prize Award Winner-Nonfiction
Free To Be Me
Dr. Patricia Johnson-Laster
Christians are not exempt from family problems.
Dysfunction is a hidden epidemic and includes (but it is not limited to) separation, divorce, addiction, poor discipline methods, favoritism, milder forms of mistreatment and/or neglect, rejection by one or both parents, abandonment, immature parenting, etc.. While not necessarily experiencing a diagnosed psychological disorder, young adults and adults may find their attempts to live the Christian life hindered by their struggles with issues from their early family life.
They have questions.
This workbook is designed to help them find answers.
As a college professor of psychology, Patricia Laster spent far more hours talking and counseling with young adults with unsettled questions from their childhood than she spent in the classroom. Now retired, she wonders, "Who will answer their questions?" It is out of her strong, overwhelming, desire to reach out to and help these adults that she has written this workbook, which has turned out to be a grand prize winner!
Grand Prize Award Winner—Fiction
Waiting for Wren
Photojournalist Wren Preston has never forgiven her alcoholic father for the accident that killed her mother and sister. Like a stubborn prodigal, she refused to return home for a decade, instead viewing the world from behind the safety of a camera lens and distancing herself from both beauty and love.
But when Wren visits her childhood home in rural Maine to cover a story, she becomes embroiled in the police investigation of a suspicious death—of a young woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to herself.
As past and present collide, can Wren open her heart to new possibilities, including the chance that her personal history may be radically different from what she has long presumed? And is danger lurking? What if Wren’s father is not the only one waiting for her to come home?
Noelle grew up in Maine, the novel’s setting. She lives in the remote northeastern corner of the state, not far from the Canadian border and two hours from the nearest shopping mall. Noelle and her pastor husband, Russell, have three adult children, Ryan, Emily, and Peter. When the kids were young, she wrote as life permitted. Noelle’s first two books “took years and years,” she says. “They were works-in-progress for a long time.”
Second Place Award Winner
If I Only Had...Following God's Path to Your Security
Lisa Burkhardt Worley & Catherine Weiskopf
If I Only Had…Following God's Path to Your Security is a timely women's Bible study resource. It's an answer-focused book for women who've searched for security in looks, friends, family, money, and men, and have come up empty-handed. Worley and Weiskopf's manuscript was also recognized by the North Texas Christian Writers group as the best non-fiction book of 2012.
"Catherine and I are honored that If I Only Had... finished second in the Deep River Books Writing Contest! We are hopeful that one day this book will help millions of women break free from the stronghold that insecurity places on them. We give God the glory for this project because he led us through the entire writing process." -Lisa Burkhardt Worley, founder, Pearls of Promise Ministries
Certificate of Merit Award Winners
Congratulations to the following authors who were given a Certificate of Merit selected from 234 entries by our judges recognizing their outstanding achievement through writing. The following are listed in no particular order.
Weak and Loved: A Mother-Daughter Love Story by Emily Cook
Created by God—Why Everything Matters by Kent DelHousaye
Gushing Springs of Living Water by Deborah Lovett
A Time for Miracles by Kathleen A. Brown
Everything and the Kitchen Sink by Lynn Abbott
Transforming Lives Through Disciple Making by John L. Thompson
Last Grain of Salt by Kathy Maestas
Dinner with Jesus by Scott Wooddell
Three Corners Has My Cat by Janis Lussmyer
True Happiness by Alan Robertson
Tethered World by Heather FitzGerald
In God We Trust by James Lemke
Heart in the Desert, Hand on the Mesa by Mary McCracken
Transportation—Linny's Convict by Madeleine Calcutt
The Dream Weaver by Lynn Aldridge
Until Shiloh Comes by Robert Starr
The Preacher's Promise by Pamela Gilbreath
Dying to be Noticed by Catherine Leggitt
The House of Mercy by Alicia Grace Roque
The Trial of Vanessa Anderson by Thomas Williams