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90% Positive Reviews For Phoebe’s Journey

90% Positive Reviews For Phoebe’s Journey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 20, 2017 | St. Louis, MO 63124

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New Historical Novel Brings First-Century Christianity To Life

Richly-Imagined Backstory of Phoebe–Paul’s Emissary To The Romans

Phoebe’s Journey Part 1: Of Passion And Pride Debuts To 90% Positive Reviews

One of the best-loved books in the Bible holds a mystery. While working in Corinth, the Apostle Paul penned his letter to the Romans. Paul chose a woman named Phoebe to hand-carry his letter to the church in Rome. In Romans, Chapter 16, Phoebe’s name is at the head of a long list of noble workers Paul praises for their service. “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea. Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honor among God’s people. Help her in whatever she needs, for she has been helpful to many and especially to me.”

Who is Phoebe? Why did Paul choose this woman to deliver his precious letter? And why would Phoebe volunteer to make a nearly 1000-mile, sometimes harrowing, always dangerous, journey from her home in Cenchrea, Greece to Rome?

The fictionalized Phoebe’s Journey series delves into these questions, coupling extensive research with believable characters and circumstances. From the mariners to the merchants, from the synagogue leaders to the `Corinthian girls,’ first-century Greece comes alive in this richly imagined backstory of the woman Paul called “worthy of honor among God’s people,” and chose as his emissary to Rome.

Phoebe’s Journey Part 1, Of Passion And Pride, has just been released and is capturing the hearts of its early readers. From young adult readers to seasoned theologians, Phoebe’s Journey is getting 90% positive reviews*:

“This story has drama, intrigue, betrayal, tragedy and romance. It was well written and I was anxious to keep reading to find out what happens to Phoebe, her family and friends.”

“The author does a wonderful job of merging first century history and culture into the story of how this young girl would become prominent to deserve a mention in Scripture.”

“This book had me in tears towards the end and has opened my eyes to areas of development needed in my own faith. I cannot wait to read part two.”

“This intriguing story is personal and real…”

“As a seminary student and minister who occasionally preaches and teaches, I normally find myself rooted in the world of textual studies and non-fiction. Although this first installment of Collett’s trilogy falls under `Christian fiction,’ it is apparent from the first chapter the breadth and depth of historical studies that lay the foundation for this captivating 1st century story and its various historical characters, settings, and plots. With the aid of the character glossary to keep the relationships between the characters clear, I found myself engrossed in the lives of multiple major and minor characters and cheering both for and against them. The most impactful element of this narrative on me was the way it imagined the lives of Paul and Phoebe, two biblical characters we know very much and very little about, respectively. I eagerly anticipate the next two installments and will be rooting Phoebe on to Rome the whole way!”

Author Kathryn Collett’s love of the Bible and her curiosity to know more about the story behind the story led her to write Phoebe’s Journey Part 1: Of Passion And Pride.

“Great storytelling is the thread that connects generations. No matter the time period, the challenges of humanity remain the same. Love, jealousies, the quest for power, sin, redemption, family struggles, the list goes on—the issues we face today are timeless and universal,” said Collett.

“From an early age I’ve been fascinated with books that transport me to another time and place. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House On the Prairie series, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain, Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and My Antonia, are a few of the books that had a lasting impact on me. Those stories made people and places real to me, even though their life’s circumstances were vastly different from mine. I learned valuable lessons from those books. I believe Christian historical fiction can have the same impact on readers today.”

Phoebe’s Journey Part 1: Of Passion And Pride is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, and Smashwords. If you’d like to order copies of the book for your church, school, book club, or study group, contact the author at Kathryn@PhoebesJourneys.com. To receive free bonus materials, such as a discussion guide, and updates on the author’s future projects, visit the Phoebe’s Journey website. You can also follow the author on her Goodreads and Amazon pages.

Phoebe’s Journey Readers Are Weighing In:

Phoebe’s Journey Readers Are Weighing In:

Here’s a new review that was just posted on my Facebook page.

 

Just finished reading Phoebe’s Journey. Easy read. Loved the book. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. I would love to have a discussion guide. Thank you Kathy for all the time, work, and talent it took to put such a good book together for us.

That’s great motivation while I work on the outline for  Phoebe’s Journey Part 2.

If you would like a free discussion guide, email me at Kathryn@phoebejourneys.com

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New Review

New Review

We’re starting to hear from readers and the reviews for Part 1 of Phoebe’s Journey are very encouraging. Check this out from Goodreads:

As a seminary student and minister who occasionally preaches and teaches, I normally find myself rooted in the world of textual studies and non-fiction. Although this first installment of Collett’s trilogy falls under “Christian fiction,” it is apparent from the first chapter the breadth and depth of historical studies that lay the foundation for this captivating 1st century story and its various historical characters, settings, and plots. With the aid of the character glossary to keep the relationships between the characters clear, I found myself engrossed in the lives of multiple major and minor characters and cheering both for and against them. The most impactful element of this narrative on me was the way it imagined the lives of Paul and Phoebe, two biblical characters we know very much and very little about, respectively. I eagerly anticipate the next two installments and will be rooting Phoebe on to Rome the whole way!

Thank you for taking time to read Phoebe’s Journey and leaving a review. ALL reviews are welcome!

The Apostle Paul’s Advice

The Apostle Paul’s Advice

There’s a section in Part 1 of Phoebe’s Journey when Nicholas, one of the primary characters, meets with Paul. There meeting takes place after the Apostle has been brought before the Roman authorities following a complaint by the Jewish synagogue leaders. Paul tells the young man that he ran into his father that day and chuckles as he says, “He was there under more fortunate circumstances than me, I’ll admit.”

Nicholas asks, “You can laugh at being hauled before the Proconsul?”

And the Apostle Paul responds, “I take it seriously, Nicholas. But I understand the leaders of the synagogue are threatened by the message I’m bringing on behalf of the Messiah. They are the ones to be worried. I’ve been in their place. Their world is changing and their hearts are not open yet. With the Lord’s help, I am determined to be patient with them.”

A wise reader sent this comment to me about this exchange between Paul and Nicholas:

It fits very well [when considering] all the changes that have happened in the church during our lifetime. The message of Romans is acceptance and that requires us to have time for our hearts to be opened as well as the hearts of the ones promoting the change. It gives both of us time to evaluate the change to see if it violates scripture or if He challenges our comfort zone.

I have thought about this all day long. When it comes to change–which is rarely easy–how often have we witnessed change agents overstep their bounds in their zeal to bring that change about? And, on the other hand, how often do we witness those who are change-averse dig their heels in and put the brakes on, before they ever even hear the other side out?

This reader is so correct to remind us that practicing acceptance, and opening our hearts, will encourage us to find common ground.

National Booklovers Day

National Booklovers Day

How fun that on National Booklovers day the first big box of Phoebe’s Journey books arrived. They’re hot off the presses and ready to be distributed to everyone who preordered them. If you didn’t pre-order your copy, you can get it from Amazon, Apple books, B&N, and Smashwords. Here’s a link to Amazon:

 

 

Reviews

Reviews

Formal reviews by book critics are nice, but unsolicited comments like this text I just received are even better:

“I’ve been under the weather this week and found lots of free time last night and this evening to read. I was hoping to finish before Sunday, but the storyline sucked me in and before I knew it I was through with Part 1! So, so enjoyable and I’m overwhelmed by how much research had to be done.”

Phoebe’s Journey Ebook Now Available

Phoebe’s Journey Ebook Now Available

I’m so happy to announce that the ebook version of Phoebe’s Journey Part 1 is now available. You can order it for just $3.99 from Amazon. It is really helpful if you leave a review on Amazon.com after you read the book. Although I hope you love the book, neutral and even negative reviews are useful.

If you prefer a paperback version, stay tuned. It will be ready for you to order shortly.

UPDATE: The paperback book is available now!

 

 

My Favorite Character

My Favorite Character

After reading Part 1 of Phoebe’s Journey, one of my beta readers had a question for me. “Who’s your favorite character?” she asked.

That’s easy. My hands-down favorite is Ari, the Greek sailor working on the ship named the Zephyr.

At first, Ari seems to be a simple, minor character—just an uneducated, albeit skilled, deckhand. Ari doesn’t even make an appearance until Chapter 6, and then you might consider him forgettable. As the story develops we realize that Ari is far more and worth getting to know.

Without spoiling anything, Ari is a deeper thinker than he first seems. He’s multi-faceted–patient, until he can’t be anymore; a problem-solver; and loyal.

In Part 2 of Phoebe’s Journey, Ari has an expanded role where we’ll learn more intriguing aspects of Ari’s background and how he came to be one of Phoebe’s father’s most trusted friends.


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