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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bo's Cafe Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Special thanks to John Lynch and Bruce McNicol for dropping by yesterday! What a surprise!

Today I'm pleased to host a blog tour of “Bo's Café,” by authors Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall, and John Lynch.

This book has been called the most exciting Christian novel to come along since “The Shack.”

About the book -
High-powered executive Steven Kerner is living the dream in southern California. But when his bottled pain ignites in anger one night, his wife kicks him out. Then an eccentric mystery man named Andy Monroe befriends Steven and begins unraveling his tightly wound world.

Andy leads Steven through a series of frustrating and revealing encounters to repair his life through genuine friendship and the grace and love of a God who has been waiting for him to accept it.

A story to challenge and encourage, BO'S CAFE is a model for all who struggle with unresolved problems and a performance-based life.

There is a wonderful interactive website that goes along with this book at http://www.boscafe.com/

For their guest post, I asked the three authors what their views were of Christian fiction today.

“We could not be more excited about the compelling value of high quality fiction, anchored in life principles. Fiction is astonishingly powerful as a teaching medium. Nothing does a better job of “making knowledge pleasant to the soul” (Proverbs) than a breathtaking story anchored in real life, in reality, in truth.

We believe there have been many examples of Christian allegory, fiction, and parable through the centuries and today, which are powerfully imaginative and instructive.”

About the Authors:

Bruce McNicol is president of Leadership Catalyst, Inc. and an international speaker and consultant. He holds a master's in theology and a doctorate in organizational and leadership development. Previously he served for ten years as president of the international church planting organization Interest Associates.

Bill Thrall serves as vice-chair of Leadership Catalyst, mentor, and coauthor of the bestselling TrueFaced resources (http://www.truefaced.com/), The Ascent of a Leader, and Beyond Your Best.

John Lynch is a national conference speaker and writer for LCI, holds a master's of theology from Talbot Seminary, and has twenty years' experience as a teaching pastor of Open Door Fellowship. He's also co-founder and playwright of a theater troupe in Phoenix.

I want to thank Bruce McNicole, Bill Thrall, and John Lynch for coming by today.

I also want to thank Miriam Parker and Hachette Book Group for giving me the opportunity to giveaway 5 copies of Bo's Cafe.

Here are the Rules:

Leave me a comment with your email address! Couldn’t be easier!

Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada only.

No P.O. Box Addresses, please

Giveaway ends October 18th


john Lynch said...

Sharon-thanks so much for reviewing this book. If any of your readers have any questions about the book, we will drop by today. Thanks. (Cool song on here by the way) John Lynch-for Bruce McNicol and Bill Thrall. (Yes, 3 authors. Go figure)

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks so much, John, for dropping by!

And yes, I was wondering how that 3 author thing worked out! lol! Did you each take a chapter or did one do the majority of the writing and the others refined it?

I'll let folks know you're answering questions!

john Lynch said...

Sharon-We've had this commitment to write our books together as a model that none of us are to do this alone. It's harder, slower and more frustrating. But it has been incredibly rewarding and I think it has made for better books than either of us could write alone. For the most part, we drove up to a friend's cabin in the mountains of Payson, Arizona and Bill and Bruce would chart a course of the truths we hoped to convey. And then we talked through the story line, the characters, all the storyboarding kinds of stuff. Then they would send me off to write. And then we'd come back together and affirm and critique what we now had. A lot of trust. A lot of give and take. A lot of wonderful relinquishing of rights to have it go exactly the way we wanted. We wouldn't go on until we all agreed. They gave me so much permission. And we are all three very close friends. I don't think I'd really want to ever do it a different way. Thanks for asking Sharon. I hope that helps.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

What a wonderful way to work! And I know the mountains of Payson well, and it is inspiring up there. (My husband graduated from Mesa, Az.)

Sheila Deeth said...

Wow! What an advertisement for the book - best since the Shack. I loved the Shack. I've only just read about Bo's Cafe on another blog, and it certainly sounds intriguing - the more so the more I read about it.

I'm glad you answered the 3 author question. I was wondering how it worked.

sdeeth at msn dot com

Bruce said...

Thanks Sharon for hosting us today on your blog. We 3 co-authors appreciate the chance to share our friendship and our lives through our writing--through Bo's Cafe, based on true stories. We hope their lives and the truths of grace behind it enrich many and inspire them to not only find safe places, but to become "safe places" as well, Bruce

Wanda said...

I would absolutely love to be entered in your draw. Thanks!

gahome2mom said...

Hi, I saw your posting FaithWords. I would like to try to win this too.



Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thank you Bruce and John for coming by yesterday! And thank you ladies for entering to win this great book! Tell your friends to come by!

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Great review! Mine goes live tomorrow and I am glad to read your high praises of this book.... comparing it to the Shack is high praise indeed!

Dannie said...

enter me!