Author Weaves Christian Thread Throughout Sports-Based Novel

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Title will teach readers how to deal with conflict on and off the playing field

In Vault ($14.99, paperback, 978-1-60791-900-1; $22.99, hardcover, 978-1-60791-901-8), an inspiring romance novel with a sports setting and a Christian thread woven throughout, competition arises over who will win the heart of Krysti Byrd, a high school teacher and track-and-field coach who serves as an official at a World Invitational sports event in Melbourne, Australia. Author Margaret Mims Johnston's book deals with conflict on the playing field, at leisure, and in close personal relationships. A good read for women of all ages--from teens to adults--the story will grab readers from the first page and never let go.

"Vault is a novel, so the first gains [for a reader] would be entertainment and personal identification with the conflicts and opportunities faced by the characters," the author explains. "Vault is also a Christian novel, so it is designed to lead the readers to gain an understanding of how the church helps Christians seek and find resolution of these conflicts and take hold of opportunities."

Johnston--a writer, editor, and journalism educator--says that she was bitten by the writing bug in eighth grade (when she began writing articles) but that Vault is her first venture into fiction. After graduating from Furman University, she was a public relations assistant and copy editor and layout specialist for The Commission, a magazine for the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board, which is now the International Mission Board, in Richmond, Virginia. She later taught English and journalism in Hermitage High School before moving to the faculty of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Vault through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Vault is available online through,, and


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