Chico, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2012
“The Meeting Place” is a book of personal reflections, prayers and spiritual contemplations, written during frequent one-hour visits at Lookout Point by Butte Creek Canyon in northern California. The book includes the author's personal struggle with the emotions caused by the loss of a close friend and also of conflict from a child custody battle involving her youngest child. The natural setting overlooking the canyon, with its creative offerings, figures into the "conversation" of each journal-type entry.
“‘The Meeting Place’ is real, genuine, and has warmth in its tone,” writes Brumbaugh. “The reader will be caught in an underlying storyline (what will happen in the custody battle?) and will be drawn in by a sense of beauty found in the tender-nature of the author's relationship with the God. In addition, the reader will enjoy the celebration of the canyon's natural wonders painted with descriptive words showing their loveliness and seasonal changes.”
Brumbaugh also notes that hers is a story of a spiritual journey rather than a religious one. “This is an unusual book because it is not fabricated, pretentious, or presumptuous and can appeal to readers from a wide-range of church affiliations and also those who have yet to embrace faith in God,” she notes.
An excerpt from “The Meeting Place”:
There you are—standing alone, five to six inches tall, rust-gold in color. I don’t know what you are, your name, but you are serene, stately, growing on the edge of the canyon wall not a foot from me as I look down. You are a weed, I suppose, but you are not lacking in simplistic beauty. At some point, a seed took root surrounded by lichen, rooted in rock face and fine debris. You are not swaying like the other plants and trees. You are still life as in a painted picture. A small pressure could break your stem and crush your life, but a metal rail separates you from the human element—even critters would find you out-of-reach unless of the creepy-crawly variety. As I gaze on you, my heart wonders what words of wisdom and blessing do you give us today, a thought from God, your maker and master designer.
“Readers' hearts should be moved, comforted, or encouraged as they read the entries at ‘The Meeting Place,’” says Brumbaugh. “They will be encouraged in their own journey and they will desire a more intimate, loving, reciprocal relationship with their heavenly Father, who loves them and responds to all who will seek Him.”
About the Author
Raised on a farm in northern California, N. L. Brumbaugh enjoys nature, walking and writing. In her church, she has led in various ministries, often writing and directing for celebratory occasions. She is a reading specialist, teacher, mother and grandmother.
Brumbaugh will soon release two additional books: “Tea Cups and Coffee Mugs,” a collection of true stories, and “When It Hurts,” a true story of pain and healing.
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