Another Book with Janette Oke?

Ellen writes:

I downloaded an e-book that you and Janette Oke wrote. Another Homecoming. I’ve never spoken with her but have read lots of her books. Impressed that I didn’t hear a split-voice in it. Smooth . . . good  job. Blessings!

Dear Ellen,

Another Homecoming was our second work together, and it’s great to know that even in this initial effort you could not find the ‘seams’. When I study our later works, there is a greater sense of smoothness and flow to me and to Janette. It’s nice to know the roots of this were there in our first efforts.

Maggie writes:

I hope you will continue this series – it has really helped me understand what it was like in that area right after Christ was crucified. Your historical insight and information is most, most helpful too. Please come out with the next . . . and keep going. We need good historical novels about Christianity’s history so much.

Dear Maggie,

I am so pleased to hear that you have found such a heartfelt connection to the message behind these books. Unfortunately, due to Janette’s health issues, we are not writing any more books together, at least for the present. But I too would very much love to see the series continue, so hopefully this will change in the near future.

Maggie writes back:

Thanks for writing. Couldn’t you go on and be writing ‘the next one’ in the series . . . just in case? I do think this particular series is worth it. We were talking in church today about this particular period in Christian history — it’s one not covered so much in the Bible and is very important. Anyway, don’t give up this commission. 

Thank you for the very kind note, Maggi.

While I am not restricted by the publishers, I do feel like this is something I have started with Janette and very much want to continue with her, if and when she feels able.

Peggy writes:

I loved The Centurion’s Wife! The imagery that you get from reading this book really made the story of what happened after Christ’s crucifixion come to life. I could picture myself in the story. What would I do if I were in the same situation?

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Renee Ann writes:

I just read your book, The Centurion’s Wife and I was truly blessed by this wonderful story. I really can’t say enough about it. I plan to blog about it and look forward to reading more of your books.

I shared the link on Facebook and this is what I wrote about it:

This is an amazing story of the centurion whose son Jesus healed. The story takes us behind the scene and into the life of this centurion. Wonderfully written, this book is a must read. I had chills reading the last couple of chapters. It brought me close to tears on several occasions.

I read other Davis Bunn books, but it was the first I read co-authored by Janette Oke. I’d give this book a 10 if there were more stars. 

Dear Renee Ann and Peggy,

Thank you so much for the lovely notes. I’m thrilled that Centurion’s Wife touched you in this way. Our aim from the beginning was to bring a clear sense of emotional life to this amazing passage, and it’s so good to know that you were impacted in this way.

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