Author Shows Spiritual Winter Turn to Summer in Story Set in Inner City

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Athanatos Christian Ministries announces the release of Under a Withering Sun, a novel by Chaka Heinze. "Under a Withering Sun" is the debut novel of Chaka Heinze. The novel is expected to be released during the summer of 2013.

The emotion in the book is authentic, not contrived. The main characters read like real people and the setting feels like a real place.

Athanatos Christian Ministries announced the summer 2013 release of "Under a Withering Sun", the debut novel of Chaka Heinze. The novel, an inspirational romance, is the first of its genre published by ACM, where one of their focuses is on "literary apologetics."

"Chaka's book is one of a kind." Director Anthony Horvath expounds, "The emotion in the book is authentic, not contrived. The main characters read like real people and the setting feels like a real place. I never thought I'd see ACM publish a work like this, but I think after you read it, you'll see why we did, and how it fits into our vision for "literary apologetics."

"Under a Withering Sun" transports its readers into the life of Regina Leeman, a young college student struggling through the emotional turmoil of an incredible tragedy. Regina arrives one summer with journal in had to record her life as she volunteers to teach a creative writing class at an urban recreational center. Overcome by grief at her recent losses, angry at a God whom she feels has abandoned her, and outrunning another nervous breakdown, Regina sets out to bring meaning to an existence she finds increasingly intolerable. Her attempts to glean meaning while staying emotionally aloof from those around her are thwarted when she meets an attractive basketball star named Damion, who, intrigued and enchanted, relentlessly pursues her.

Heinze adds, "'Under a Withering Sun' is an inspirational love story poignantly narrated by Regina as she struggles to function while in the grip of great sorrow, little realizing how the very ones she seeks to keep at arm's length will give her the strength to face her family, her failures and her faith as she finds the will to live again."

Horvath says he like many readers are skeptical about stories set in journal form, but "Withering Sun" shows it can be done compellingly. "Almost despite myself, after just a few pages, I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Regina. Readers who might otherwise turn their backs on this format really should give Chaka's book a chance."

Always a writer at heart, Chaka Heinze dabbled in poetry and storytelling from an early age. While attending the University of Nebraska, she penned a column for the college newspaper and was recognized for her Short Story writing abilities in a contest sponsored by the University. The past several years have both challenged Heinze’s faith, and forced her into deeper communion with God as she and her husband struggled with the health of their youngest son.

Her book, "Under a Withering Sun", is a story which encapsulates the heartache of suffering commonly experienced in the fallen world we all share, and the triumph of how a God, intimately familiar with our circumstances, often works in the background of our everyday experiences to both glorify himself, and to draw people everywhere into a more meaningful relationship with him.

Chaka Heinze resides in Nebraska with her husband, four children and a crazed terrier named Kenya. After receiving her JD from the University of Nebraska College of Law, she imagined partnering with a friend to launch their own firm, but God intervened, and instead Heinze has spent the past thirteen years at home caring for her children and has never regretted the decision. Her law degree still proves useful whenever she is forced to arbitrate disputes between her kids.

Heinze understands that one of ACM's publishing goals is not to "club people over the head with religion" which was also the perspective of one of her favorite authors and theologians, C.S. Lewis. "The mission of Athanatos Christian Ministries (ACM) commitment to promote 'Christian thought in a variety of contexts, including through the publishing of books,' is the same sort of methodology employed by Lewis, and it both encourages me as I join with them for the grand endeavor of glorifying God through the use of the written word, and it excites me to work alongside Anthony Horvath and his team as they challenge themselves to creatively advance Christ’s mission of seeking and saving the lost."

To learn more about the author, visit her webiste,, where she invites you to share in meaningful snapshots of her life. Chaka Heinze is available for interviews and can be contacted through the publisher.

Other titles that Athanatos Ministries publishes include the award winning title "Diamonds in the Dust" by Shirley Mowat Tucker and upcoming releases "The Devil's Choir" by Chris Morrow and "Life Unworthy of Life" by Derek Elkins. ACM's entire catalog is online.

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