Osage, Iowa (PRWEB) July 18, 2010
Holy Fire Publishing (http://www.christianpublish.com) releases The Secret Is (Paperback, U.S. $15.99, ISBN: 9781603833226). Kathleen Stauffer’s second novel demonstrates that only “Christ within you” brings true wisdom and happiness.
Kathleen Stauffer writes her second Christian novel, The Secret Is, an intimate look at the life of Ledea Jenkins, a young woman who grows up in poverty, the child of a single mom, and a person who struggles with a learning disability. The object of taunting and ridicule, she accepts a fateful ride with a carload of popular kids, which ends in a tragic accident that takes the life of her best friend. Painfully shy and trusting, Ledea is flattered by Star, a flirtatious and shallow man, who convinces her to marry him. He moves her away from her church, friends and family to a small house by the lake, where, despite her background and a rocky marriage, Ledea learns that with the encouragement and love of a new best friend, a supportive mother, a persistent pastor, and a secret admirer, she can become an emotionally and spiritually mature Christian woman.
IQ isn’t the measure of true wisdom, as Kathleen Stauffer demonstrates in her second novel, The Secret Is. Stauffer writes, “Ledea has the gift of introspection and perception. [Her] faith in God provides a view of the world that others may not see. An LD child's world view can be simple, but may be purer and wiser than those without apparent limitations. Even Star [her husband], who seems superficial, is drawn to Ledea's innocence. On the other hand, because of his own limitations, his shady past, poor education and criminal instincts, he is not only drawn to her innocence but believes he can use her to his advantage because she is so naive. However, Ledea discovers what she wants most in life is all tied in with the secret that she claims in Colossians 1:27.”—Kathleen Stauffer
“Someone turned the radio on so loud the car shook. Maria grabbed my arm and buried her wet face in it. The guy next to me put his hand on my bare knee and cursed when I shoved it away. Placing my hand over my heart to settle it, I starting saying over and over, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? I will not be afraid…’ But at the same time, I was thinking that if there was a hell, we were on our way there.”—The Secret Is
“I want to thank you for reading my book. Your life, of course, is not like mine. But as Pastor Simmons said, we are all on a faith journey. Whether you think you are or not—you are. I know this because God breathed into Adam the breath of life, and, well, if Adam was the first father, you get the picture. You are connected to God whether you have thought about it or not. This is part of the secret…It is Colossians 1:27: ‘God’s plan is to make known his secret to his people, this rich and glorious secret which he has for all peoples. And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God.’ Knowing this should make us all want to dance and sing and give praise. Everyone has bad days, but maybe if we would concentrate more on the secret, the bad days wouldn’t seem so bad knowing how much God really loves us and that we are all a part of his plan for us. Ledea”—The Secret Is
Kathleen Abel Stauffer lives in Osage, Iowa, with her husband David. They have four children and five grandchildren. Kathleen is also the author of We See in a Mirror Dimly, 2009. She is available for speaking engagements and book signings.
Holy Fire Publishing (http://www.christianpublish.com), publisher of hundreds of Christian books, helps Christian authors reach the world through the printed word.
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