Wednesday, March 28

The Hope of Shridula by Kay Marshall Strom


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Hope of Shridula
Abingdon Press (March 2012)
by
Kay Strom


The Blessing in India series is a saga set in India’s heartbreaking history and breathtaking present that points toward a future of hope. Along the way, name-only Christianity collides with Hinduism, and then is confronted by an entirely new understanding of the call to follow Christ.

India: 1946. For forty-eight years, Ashish and his family toiled as slaves in the fields of the high-caste Lal family, and all because of one small debt. At fifty-four, Ashish was old and worn out. Every day was a struggle to survive for his family including his only daughter.

His wife had named the girl Shridula—Blessings. “Perhaps the name will bring you more fortune than it brought me,” Ashish told his daughter. His words proved to be prophetic in ways he could never have imagined. And when the flames of revolt brought independence to India, they seared change into the family of Ashish.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Hope of Shridula, go HERE.

Kay Marshall Strom… who am I? Well, I’m a traveler… a railer against social injustice… a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife… a mother… a sister… a daughter… a friend.

Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life:

Of my 39 published books, seven have been book club selections, twelve have been translated into foreign languages, and one has been optioned for a movie. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart—Christ’s Home, Through the Year.

I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships!

I read book one in this series about six months ago, and it was definitely an unforgettable novel. It brought up topics that were totally foreign to me, and I am still appalled at the unfairness of the different castes portrayed. When I had the opportunity to read The Hope of Shridula, I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Virat, his wife Latha and their son Ashish.

Book two - fast forward fifty years.  Ashish is married and has a twelve year old daughter Shridula. However, nothing else has changed. They are still owned by the same dishonest landowner and his family, and their unfair bookkeeping ensures that none of their slaves or their ancestors will ever have their freedom.

I enjoyed both books in this series, but there is a lot of history about the Untouchables covered in The Faith of Ashish that made The Hope of Shridula much easier to follow. 

Book three in the series, The Love of Divena is scheduled for publication in Fall of 2012, and follows the life of Shridula ... another book to add to my wishlist!

Disclosure: Review copy received through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for my honest review.

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