Thursday, December 13, 2007

What Lies Within by Karen Ball

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

What Lies Within

Multnomah Fiction (November 20, 2007)


Karen Ball


Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today's bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather - both pastors who shared God's truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen's writing style is a powerful force for revealing God's truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their "kids," Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named "Destructo."


Nothing’s going to stop Kyla…

until the ground crumbles beneath her feet.

Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center for inner-city kids does she realize what it is: her sense of purpose. Now nothing can stop her, not the low budget, not supply problems, not gang opposition, not her boyfriend’s suggestion that she sell her business and marry him–and most especially not that disagreeable Rafael Murphy.

Rafe Murphy understands battle. Wounded in action, this Force Recon Marine carries the scars–and the nightmares–to prove it. Though he can’t fight overseas any longer, he’s found his place as a warrior in the civilian world. So he soldiers on, trusting that one of these days, God will reveal to him why Rafe survived the ambush in Iraq. That day has arrived. Kyla and Rafe both discover that determination alone won’t carry them through danger and challenges. When gang violence threatens their very foundations, there’s only one way to survive: rely on each other, be real–and surrender to God. In other words, risk everything…

Margie's comments: I'm not done reading What Lies Within yet, but I will be very soon! It's not just another love story. The characters captured me from the very beginning, and I can't wait to see how God is going to lead them through a very tough assignment. The quotations and verses that Karen uses at the beginning of each chapter have hit home in my heart—probably because like Kyla, I'm struggling to find purpose, God's purpose, in all that I do. I highly recommend this book, one that will appeal to both men and women because of the strong characters and strong story.


Karen B. said...

Margie, I'm delighted you're enjoying Kyla's story! It was both fun and challenging to write, but that's only appropriate. Kyla is both fun and challenging!

God's best to you this Christmas season.

Karen Ball

Pamela J said...

I'd love to have this book if it is still in a drawing. May be too late but worth a try. Thank you for your interview.
I wish you all the best that God can bring, keeping in mind He brings about good to them who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Margie Vawter said...

Pamela J,

Send me your snail mail addy, and I'll be happy to put a copy of What Lies Within into the mail for you :).

Contact me at shevetwrite at

And Karen, I enjoyed the book to the end! It was a challenging book to me, and I'm continuing to meditate on the theme. I used one of the quotes at the chapter beginnings in my SS class this week :).

I love being able to promote great Christian fiction!