I am so excited to host my good friend Misty Beller. We met and roomed together at my first American Fiction Writer’s Conference in St. Louis (2014) before either of us were published authors. What a thrill when, just a couple of weeks ago, we reunited at the St. Louis ACFW Conference after not seeing each other for eight years! Such a joy!
Enjoy these insights into Misty’s recent release, Grace on the Mountain Trail. I love the strong faith elements woven into her writing. PLUS! She’s offering a GIVEAWAY of Book One in the series. So stick around!
Let Your Light So Shine
by Misty M. Beller
One of the things I love about writing stories set in the 1830s Rocky Mountains is that Eastern civilization hadn’t yet touched the frontier. The only people who lived in or visited the Rockies during that were Native Americans and mountain men (usually trappers, but sometimes just explorers).
From that limited experience with white people, two of the native tribes realized they wanted to learn more about the white man’s God and his “Book of Heaven” (the Bible). In 1831, a delegation of four Native Americans—two Nez Perce and two Flathead—showed up in St. Louis, Missouri, asking for someone to come and teach their people about God. Isn’t that amazing? It reminds me of the verse in Matthew where Jesus tells us to “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Over the next several years, a number of people went west as missionaries to answer the request of that Native delegation.
This story became the real-life inspiration for the missionaries who led our hero to the Lord in Grace on the Mountain Trail. The summer before the story begins, Elise Lane and her brother Ben arrived in a Shoshone village east of the Rocky Mountains, and White Owl (our hero!) heard the gospel message for the first time in his life. He was skeptical at first, but God made himself real in a powerful way, and White Owl made the commitment to follow Christ—a decision that would change the rest of his life.
Throughout Grace on the Mountain Trail, White Owl is seeking to learn more and more about this God who loves him and wants him to leave at peace with those around him. I love his heart to seek God’s will and obey his leading.
I pray you enjoy reading the story of White Owl and Lola. As with our hero and heroine in the story, I pray your faith is inspired!
Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.
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