Bonjour, Friday – and welcome to the Video Café! I’m so happy to welcome Kelli Stuart as a firt-time guest in the café today! She’s sharing about her new book, Like a River from Its Course. (You’ll want to be sure to stick around after our coffee break for our usual #Giveaway…)
If you’re new to the Video Café, Click HERE to see what it’s all about. But if you’ve been here before, you know how it works. Grab your morning cuppa and let’s chat with Kelli!
BONJOUR Kelli — Welcome to the café! Let’s get right to it: Where’s your café today and just what are you drinking?
Peppermint Mocha creamer? You are a sister after my own HEART! (Side note: Please tell me you’ve discovered Williams-Somona’s Peppermint Bark coffee? They only have it in season at Christmas, so I ask everyone to buy it instead of gifts. Ha ha! I can drink it all spring that way… I’m passionate about this coffee and I have a feeling you’ll love it too.)
Now that we have the important coffee discussions out of the way, can we spend some devotional time together? What Scripture is ministering to you today, and why?
YES… Trusting in Him for the hands and hearts that need to pick up our books — releasing the things that are out of our control — it just makes so much sense. And really, it applies to so many other areas of life. I’m paraphrasing you here, bu the “we have freedom in life because we find our definition in Him” part of this really spoke to me. (Anyone else out there glued to the YouTube screen right now?!) Thank you for sharing your heart with us, because I think we needed this today.
Our coffee break time is ticking away (mostly because I keep wanting to talk back to the laptop screen. Ha!) But would you mind to tall us about your book debut release?
How incredible is this coffee break, friends? Kelli – your openness, your faith in God, your ability to share the journey (including the brokenness moments too) brought me to tears. HE IS GOOD — Yes! The fact that God whispered to you on that first trip, to hear Maria’s story… “It was a story I needed to tell” are almost the exact words I said when I felt called to write my debut WWII novel. Thank you for sharing your story — and the journey God led you on to complete this book! I simply can’t wait to read it. WOW. Just WOW.
I know this is a mean question to ask a book-loving author, but what is your favorite book?
I know. I’m so sorry! It’s such a mean question to make you pick one book. Ha ha!
Before we all have to skedaddle off to our final day of the work week, can you share one little something we readers might not know about you?
Was anyone else sitting in front of your laptop saying, “Sing, Kelli! Sing!” Ha ha! After that clip, I so wanted you to start belting out show tunes to send us on our way through this morning. 🙂
Thank you for spending your morning coffee break with us, Kelli. I speak for everyone when I say it was inspiring, encouraging, and so energizing to chat with you. And you’d better believe your debut will be added to my own TBR pile (WWII writing sister)! Please come back and visit soon.
Kelli Stuart is a storyteller at heart with an affinity for languages, travel, and history. She is fluent in the Russian language, and has spent the last twenty years researching the effects of World War II on the former Soviet Union. Kelli’s first novel, Like a River From Its Course, is an epic story of war, love, grief, and redemption set in World War II Soviet Ukraine. It releases in June, 2016. Kelli lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and four children.
You can connect with Kelli at: http://kellistuart.com/
ENTER the GIVEAWAY:
Kelli is pleased to offer a copy of Like a River from Its Course to one reader in the cafe.
This Giveaway is for continental US residents only (void where prohibited), and runs from 8/5/16 – 8/11/16 11:59pm EDT. Leave a comment with your email address and an answer to the following question from Kelli’s café visit:
On Kelli’s first visit to Kiev, God laid it on her heart that she’d be going back (which she did, 1 year later). When has God laid something on your heart so strongly that you knew it would come to pass?
We’ll draw one name of those who comment on this post during the dates listed and announce the winner on this post 8/12/16, so please come back and check to see if you’ve won! And be sure to keep the coffee brewing, because we’ll have more giveaways in the café as we head into autumn — including some for the upcoming The Illusionist’s Apprentice!
With JOY & coffee talk,