Road Trippin’ with Tyndale and Beth Moore: Stop #12

Welcome to Tyndale Fiction’s Road Trip Scavenger Hunt! We’re so happy you are here. To participate, collect the key words through all 13 stops in order, so you can enter to win our grand prize giveaway!
Some details:
  • The adventure begins on Wednesday, August 1. You’ll have two weeks to make your way through all the stops (giveaways will close on Tuesday, August 14).
  • While you do not have to start at Stop #1, keep in mind that the grand prize giveaway phrase will begin with the word you collect at that first stop.
  • To complete your submission for the grand prize giveaway, be sure to collect the key word within each author’s blog post, submitting the final, completed phrase in the form hosted on this page.
  • Also, be sure to enter the giveaways these authors are hosting on their blogs!

Enjoy the journey—we hope you’ll discover new books along the way as you hear from Tyndale Fiction authors about road trips, the settings of their novels, and more!

Happy road tripping!

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I am very excited to welcome beloved Bible teacher and bestselling debut fiction author Beth Moore to the blog!

Beth’s novel, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, took her main character, Jillian Slater, on an unplanned and shocking road trip to New Orleans. Here’s the story’s setup: “Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It’s not like they were close. She hadn’t seen him—or her grandmother, the ice queen—in almost twenty years. But a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.”

Talk about a locale with atmosphere and intrigue!

Listen to Beth talk about her first road trip to New Orleans and why she chose the Big Easy as her setting for this novel:

When I was fifteen, my little brother and I, the only two kids left at home, took a grueling two-day road trip with our parents to our cousins’ house in Florida. Houston reaches out to Florida with the long, skinny arm of Interstate 10, the only decent bicep of the route being New Orleans.

I have no idea what got into my father’s head, but he decided to trot the four of us right down Bourbon Street. We’d only recently moved to Houston from a small town in Arkansas, so we hadn’t even acclimated to crowds yet. I’m pretty sure he had no idea what he was going to walk his family into.

I would have told you I wasn’t naïve. I was no innocent adolescent. Our family had dangled on the precipice of hell for several years. But I had never walked by a strip bar in my life. Not sure I’d ever even driven past one. The pictures posted at the front doors were so explicit and disturbing that I couldn’t shake them out of my head for years. Dodging drunks, we finally made our way to Jackson Square,  past painters and sidewalk entertainers and palm readers. It was the wildest thing I’d ever seen.

Fast-forward many years, and my husband, Keith, and I would start going back to that city for anniversaries and bask in the deep-fried goodness of New Orleans’s brighter side. Still plenty spicy. Just not as seedy.

Fast-forward a few more years, and I was asked to teach the women of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church at their annual conference. I guess it was as close as I’ve ever come to love at first sight. That whole congregation accepted this white girl like I was one of them. We are blood kin in Jesus. To be loved and embraced by them is still one of the greatest honors and joys of my ministry life. My Bible study Breaking Free was taped in their auditorium. When my younger brother was transferred there for work, FABC also threw their arms open wide to him. He attended that wonderful, warm church until he was transferred again several years later.

New Orleans is second in my heart only to Houston. I’m not sure I can explain exactly why. I’ve had a complex relationship with it. But that’s just it. I’m somehow rarely drawn to simple relationships.

And that is just the kind of relationships you’ll find in The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. The investigation into Jillian’s father’s death quickly unfolds, and she is drawn into the lives of the colorful collection of saints and sinners who pass through Saint Silvanus. As Jillian walks into a web of spiritual and personal danger borne out of her family’s broken history, she finds that only God himself can orchestrate the undoing of all that is going on at Saint Silvanus.

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Here’s the Stop #12 Important Information:

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Before you leave–a chance for another prize!

Be sure to leave a comment here on Amy’s blog for a chance to win this small prize pack from Amy! The winner will receive a signed copy of Before I Saw You, and a farmhouse-style wooden arrow that can be hung on a wall or added anywhere you’d like in your home. Winner of this prize will be drawn at random the same day as the Grand Prize winner, August 14.


 

 

143 thoughts on “Road Trippin’ with Tyndale and Beth Moore: Stop #12

  1. I have the same complicated relationship with NOLA. A beautiful and dark city all in one. Sometimes I can’t get enough, sometimes I swear I won’t go back. But I know I’ll always be back. Can’t wait to read Beth’s new book.

  2. I really enjoyed Beth’s book, “The Undoing of Saint Silvanus.” And I can relate to I-10 b/c I am from the panhandle of FL!

  3. New Orleans is on my bucket list! My husband and I want to go there to listen to jazz and eat a ton of great food. That’s our idea of a perfect trip! Lol

  4. Hi Amy, thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway! I’m new to your books, but as an adoptive Mama, I’m eagerly looking forward to adding Before I Saw You to my TBR list!

  5. Hi Amy! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. As a new adoptive mama, I’m eagerly looking forward to adding Before I Saw You to my TBR list!

  6. I have been enjoying this scavenger hunt to learn about new authors! I will be reading your books! Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Seeing all these road trip posts make me want to go on one of my own soon! What a fun way to get to know authors. Thanks for the extra giveaway 🙂

  8. I love reading( I am a school librarian and this fits me) and I love traveling. I love this road trip.

  9. Did your parents talk you through what you saw and experienced while you were in NO? It’s tough to know sometimes how experiences will influence our kids.

  10. I have my favorite authors and don’t always know how to add to my list without taking the risk of finding myself stuck in a book I don’t like. I have enjoyed this journey meeting new authors, their stories and the stories they write. It is even sweeter to know that in enjoying a wonderful story, I am also supporting my sisters in Christ as you all use your God-given gifts to glorify Him and build up the Kingdom. It is a win-win…yay!

  11. It sounds like you have some really memorable and enjoyable adventures from your road trips during your growing up years.

  12. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. II Kings 13:17

    The scripture God used to confirm my 2012 Eastward Ho 3000 mile journey across the Lewis and Clark trail into my calling !!

  13. Amy, I hope you saw my comment on Courtney’s blog, but in a nutshell: I REALLY want to read your book! And I enjoyed the “behind the scenes” and inspiration for some of the settings for the story! 💗

    Beth, I had NO idea you write fiction! Is this a first book?! How exciting! My mom and some of my sisters and I LOVE the Bible studies we have done/watched. Thanks for allowing God to work in you. 💗
    This story sounds so intriguing! It is absolutely going on the TRL! 😁

  14. As an adoptive mom myself whose adopted daughter has placed four children for adoption, I can really relate to the topic of adoption. Thank you for writing a book on this topic and including a blog topic on this.

  15. What a fun giveaway! Your book sounds wonderful. This has been a fun road trip. I’ve enjoyed finding a few new-to-me authors and learning more about some I know already. Thanks so much!

  16. Amy, Thanks so much for participating in this Scavenger Hunt! I am familiar with your book but not the 2nd one.

    I have read Beth’s book set in NOLA & it wonderful!

  17. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! NOLA was the port city for my honeymoon cruise! Loved our weekend in the city before boarding the ship.

  18. Amy I loved your post about Madison. I visited Madison a few years ago but didn’t go to Clifty Falls so may have to take a trip back. I live up north near South Bend and love learning about authors that are from the Hoosier state. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Amy, I’ve heard a lot about your 1st book but now I’ve learned about your 2nd book, too. I’ve read Beth’s wonderful book set in NOLA. Thank You both for participating in the Scavenger Hunt!

  20. Amy I’m familiar with your 1st book & now have learned about your 2nd book. I have read Beth’s wonderful book that is set in NOLA! Thank You both for participating in the Scavenger Hunt.

  21. I love a good road trip even if it is the virtual kind. Grin! By the time this road trip is over, my TBR pile will have grown rather than shrunk. Thanks for the chance to win. I read The Undoing of Saint Silvanus when it first came out, which, as far as I’m concerned, means it’s not too soon to read again! I really enjoyed it!

  22. I would absolutely love to read this book. My sister gave up her baby back in 1965. I sure would love to meet him. Thanks for the chance to join in.

  23. My son and his wife just celebrated their third wedding anniversary. She is a very fragile type 1 diabetic. I’m thinking they will possibly check into adoption when they get ready for children. Her best friend adopted a few years ago and calls her daughter “my little arrow.”
    Thanks for the nice giveaway!
    (My son graduates from RN school this Wednesday night, had to brag a little)

  24. As an adoptive mom, someone from the Midwest, and dealing w/ opiod addiction in my family, this books speaks to me on so many levels.

  25. I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans. I’d love to read your book. The arrow is really neat and would be awesome to hang up in my home.

  26. Have so enjoyed the scavenger hunt–love reading about all these road trip adventures. Thank you for participating.

  27. I love this road trip not only do i get to meet new authors and win prizes along the way but I don’t have to spend gas money or stop for food along the way. Thanks for such a fun trip!

  28. I am having so much enjoyment going through this road trip. I love all the stories and pictures. Thank you for the chance.

  29. Thoroughly enjoyed”Saint Sylvanus” and it’s complicated relationships. That’s the world in which many of us live daily. Thanks also for the road trip and giveaway!

  30. I think the only one of your books that I have read was Lead Me Home. That one was remarkably good! Thank you for the opportunity to win your newest one!

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