Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Serenity Hope by Michael Winstell | New Novel News

Serenity Hope 
by Michael Winstell

Published: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Independent
Purchase: Serenity Hope (He Calls Me By Name, Book 1)

Serenity Hope MacAlister loves three things: God, her family, and her horses. Riding across the grassy, windswept hills of north Texas, she finds happiness and contentment. But when an old flame comes back to town, memories of heartbreak and sorrow are stirred up again. Serenity finds herself torn between the desires of her heart, the path to her future, and the challenges that her burden her family. Can she find healing for her broken heart, the courage to hope again, and most importantly, the peace and serenity that only God can provide? 

Get to know Michael...

Favorite book...
I love classical literature and I've read books from numerous ages and cultures, but I have to say that my favorite is The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Most people only know of Inferno, the writer's journey through the rings of Hell, and while it is indeed a masterpiece, it is complimented by the other legs of his journey, Purgatorio and Paradiso. I do not subscribe to Dante's Catholic theology and the Bible does not support a place like Purgatory, but I am captivated by Dante's imagery and emotion. His descriptions of Heaven are as glorious as Hell is horrifying. Despite his shaky theology, Dante put into poetic form the terrors of sin and the rapture of God's presence in a way that no one has ever done.

Favorite place you've traveled to... 
I've had the privilege to visit several places around the world (East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Mexico). I even spent almost nine years living in China. My absolute favorite place is Vienna, Austria, the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I will never forget the splendors of St. Stephen's Cathedral or Schönbrunn Palace. I love Medieval architecture and Vienna made my jaw drop around every corner.

Any secret skills? 
I am something of an amateur barber. As a student in college, I decided to start cutting my own hair and have been doing so for more than 15 years. My dorm room became a barbershop with almost daily customers, men and woman. My children have never had their hair cut by anyone but me. I estimate that I've saved a couple of thousands of dollars over the years this way.

Connect with Michael on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michaelwinstell

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