Friday, October 7, 2016

Judy DuCharme and the Society of the LAMB

Society of the L.A.M.B.: Love. Authority. Mercy. Boldness.

Society of the L.A.M.B.

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About the Book
In a raucous colony of those who celebrate dark desires, Josiah and other LAMBers who believe King Glory lives are hunted and imprisoned…or worse. But hope and truth endure in the midst of total danger. After fleeing the colony, Josiah finds light and hope at his grandfather's house, where a secret gathering of LAMBers have escaped the watchers. After learning of the power of the shout within himself, Josiah is chosen to carry the truth to others. But how can he return to the colony without being captured and put to death? The shout cannot be denied. Josiah knows his mission.

My Review
I honestly didn’t know what to think the first time I read this book. On the second reading, I wondered if I knew this place, this too-near, impossible, frightening future when Christianity is forced underground and grunge rules. Not if, but when.

DuCharme paints a grim picture of a time when active persecution against authority or show of faith is taking place in America. The persecution doesn’t even stem from a cohesive structure or face, but is a pervasive mentality which is somehow more frightening. It’s easy to fight something that has a name. Faith never dies, but emerges more determined than ever to show itself through Love that conquers, Authority over evil, Mercy toward the undeserving, and Boldness of witness.

A small but growing group of faithful Christ-followers are determined to retake their lives and battle near anarchy. Under the wing of the newly-awakened Josiah who returned to the fold of his grandfather, those who hear and practice the Shout gleefully strip the Over Garments of chaos and restore colonists, when possible, to Jajireh. With the help of an amazing angel band who has just as much joy overcoming every obstacle the evil one sets up, the Lambers rescue the kidnapped and retrain the near-lost.

Told mostly from Josiah’s perspective, the Society of the L.A.M.B. is sure to spark great conversation.

A brief interview with Judy

Judy, tell us what you love about this book.
What I love about this book is that it deals with today even though the idea formed several years ago. At the time it was, in my mind, a scenario far in the future, and it seems closer every day. I also love that it gives practical truths on how to be strong in the Lord on the inside, which is my heart. It's not enough to know that...we need to walk it out, and I love that it can be done in a novel, not just non-fiction.

I honestly felt that way too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this story. Can you tell us some things you learned on this publication journey?
Because, this was the first novel I wrote, I learned so much about writing, about letting go of wordings and giving words and scenarios more clarity. I also learned that it's a longer process than I first imagined, but that it's worth it. I still am learning how to market as it's a whole different skill set.

I didn’t guess this was your first book, thought I knew it had been published previously. We never stop learning and growing. What are you working on next?
What's next is the publication of my novella, Run With the Wind, and short story Christmas Ivy, both in November. I'm currently working on the Hall of Fame Edition of the Cheesehead Devotional. It will be out for the 2017 football season. I'm praying for the publication of my second novel, Blood Moon Redemption. And, I'd like to finish another novel that I began a while ago. Plus I'm working on a short piece for Guideposts right now. And then there's hiking, and family, and church, and life :-).

Exciting! And Run With the Wind is a cutie story. Thanks, Judy, and best wishes.

About the Author
Judy DuCharmeJudy DuCharme is a retired fifth-grade teacher (22 years at Gibraltar School in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, with an emphasis in science), former Christian radio announcer, Bible study teacher, speaker, author, and a great fan of the Green Bay Packers. She obtained her B.A. from Michigan State University in Communication Arts and her teaching degree through the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Judy s passion in all she does is to see people strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Her first published book, The Cheesehead Devotional earned her the Best New Writer Award (2013) at the prestigious Write-to-Publish Conference. Judy lives in Wisconsin with her family.

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