Author Debby L. Johnston Creates an Unlikely Hero in Her Latest Book, The Onyx Stones

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Accomplished author Debby L. Johnston releases her new book, The Onyx Stones: Mystery of the Underground People. In this book, she brings to life a young quadriplegic heroine’s magical adventures into a world of suffering and despair, and also hope and faith.

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“And I heard His music—the music that my heart had always been hungry for. Every being and every blade of grass in this place sang the same song…. And one voice, in particular, calmed me…. ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love,’ the Voice said.”

Cricket Dalton finds herself in the worst and most desperate situation after a tragic accident. She has not only lost both her parents and her only brother, she also loses most of her physical abilities and her will to live. Confined in a nursing home where her daily life is completely dependent on her caregiver, the twelve-year-old starts to resent God as she blames Him for the misfortune that has befallen her family. But just when Cricket starts to isolate herself from the world, a mysterious boy named Josh barges into her life—and her hospice room—to show her that her life is far from over, and the world as she knows it is about to change forever.

Josh introduces Cricket to the onyx stones—the magical stones that transport them to a different world where people live in apocalyptic times. And in this mysterious world, Cricket is not physically disabled—she can walk, her arms can move—it is just as if she has never been gravely injured. Spiritually, however, she remains cold, but not for long.

In her first foray into the young adult Christian genre, author Debby L. Johnston creatively weaves the story of a young girl who lost everything with the lives of people who are living in desperate times but still have placed all they have in the hands of their Savior—the Son of God, Jesus Christ. In The Onyx Stones, readers will be walked through an adventurous and enlightening journey of finding hope, rediscovering faith, and experiencing the power of healing by accepting the greatest love that has ever existed—God’s love for His children. And in the words of Cricket: “And I heard His music—the music that my heart had always been hungry for. Every being and every blade of grass in this place sang the same song…. And one voice, in particular, calmed me…. ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love,’ the Voice said.”

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