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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Patti Shene

Featured book: Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult

Author: A. B. Brownell

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: inspirational fiction suspense

Series or stand alone: alone

Target age: 14-adult

It is such a pleasure to welcome author A. B. Brownell back to Patti's Porch.(See previous interview here). Today, she shares her thoughts on increasing our faith in places where it is not so easily found.

 

 

 

A. B. BROWNELL IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF HER BOOK, JOE THE DREAMER: THE CASTLE AND THE CATAPULT. CHECK BELOW TO SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

 

HOW DO WE INCREASE FAITH?

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that which is seen was not made out of what was visible...and without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and he is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him” Hebrews 11:3,6NIV).

If you disappeared, and your child is convinced you aren’t dead, would he or she trust God for your return? If the child wanted to increase his faith, what would he do?

Trying to believe, Joe Baker read the Bible every night after a radical group attempting to obliterate Christianity from America snatched his mom and dad off a hospital parking lot.

Only thing, in his dreams, Joe slipped into the skin of the Bible characters he read about, and often cried out in the night. He’d awake weeping or shouting prayer, making his uncle and his psychiatrist friend think Joe had a mental illness. The uncle has no idea the psychiatrist heads the radical group that imprisons Joe’s parents.

Joe is admitted to a state mental hospital.

I’ve been in the juvenile wards of a mental institute, not as a patient, but as a newspaper reporter. It’s not an easy place for faith to grow.

I don’t imagine prisons such as the one where Pastor Saeed Abedeni is being held in Iran are great incubators for spiritual life, either. But Paul and Silas’s faith brought God’s power down in a jail so powerfully the doors opened.

Hopefully my and your children won’t need to believe for miracles such as these. Yet forces just as evil jeopardize their faith in God, their morality, the ability to have a good marriage, their innocence. Powerful non-believers legalize mind-altering drugs, give abortions at no cost to women except the misery that follows, teach God isn’t there, and promote the idea sin doesn’t matter.

I can’t see how anyone can look in the mirror and not believe in the God who created the seeing eye, the hearing ear, and all our wonderful parts. How does anyone look at the universe and not know it’s in God’s hands? I can’t figure out how people can’t see serving God makes life better, let alone gives assurance of eternal life Jesus bought for us on the cross.

I often think of Romans 1:22, where it speaks of people whose thinking became futile and their hearts darkened: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

In contrast, I reflect on how I grew up. My family became born-again Christians one-by-one about the time I was born. Faith, music, singing, joy, filled the Lord’s house and our house. In the summer we even took the gospel music to our front porch. We believed what we sang. Neighbors enjoyed the evening concerts.

Praise the Lord my children and grandchildren accepted Jesus as well and know how to pray. But Satan still walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Joe Baker’s story is fiction, but many today suffer for believing in God. Lord, especially strengthen Saeed and others like him tortured for their faith. I pray for students.

I ask you, Lord, for mercy for America. May we remember you still reward those who diligently seek you!

©Ada Brownell March 2014

 

Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult

Enter an area where people are missing and radicals want to obliterate Christianity from the earth. After Joe Baker’s parents mysteriously disappear, he finds himself with a vicious man after him. Joe and an unusual gang team up to find his mom and dad. The gang is dedicated to preventing and solving crimes with ordinary harmless things such as noise, water, and a pet skunk instead of blades and bullets. Joe reads the Bible hoping to discover whether God will answer prayer and bring his parents home. In his dreams, Joe slips into the skin of Bible characters and what happened to them, happens to him—the peril and the victories. Yet, crying out in his sleep causes him to end up in a mental hospital’s juvenile unit. Will he escape or will he be harmed? Will he find his parents? Does God answer prayer?

 No fantasy. No wizard, but suspense that sometimes makes you smile. Christian payload. Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult can be found here or here.

The book is also available at Barnesandnoble.com, and is listed at Goodreads.com

 

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF JOE THE DREAMER: THE CASTLE AND THE CATAPULT BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH AT MIDNIGHT MST. DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR CONTACT EMAIL SO YOU CAN BE NOTIFIED IF YOU WIN!

 

Ada Brownell’s  prolific writing career began with youth publications when she was the youth leader at her church. She’s taught youth much of her life. More than 300 of her articles and stories have appeared in 40-some Christian magazines and she has written four books. During her 17 years as a journalist, she interviewed young achievers in music, sports, academics, beauty, careers, and other pursuits. Ada wrote about the latest fashions and how to present yourself for success. Interviewed teen moms and those who work with them and reported on teens affected by substance abuse. She reported statistics annually and talked to health experts about Sexually Transmitted Diseases; interviewed judges who sentence juvenile offenders; and wrote about the youth can discover faith, even when society tries to keep them from believing, and how God helps anyone find joy in Him and an abundant, successful life.

Ada also is the author of Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study, and Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal. Watch for her suspenseful historical romance, The Lady Fugitive, coming soon.

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Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 4/15/2014 3:34:26 PM

Thank you for coming to visit, Ada. It's nice to have a ""cyber friend"" who actually knows where I live! HA!

Ada Brownell From Springfield, MO At 4/15/2014 12:29:43 PM

Thanks, Patti, for having me as your guest. I love chatting with you on your ""porch.""

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PERSPECTIVE
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11/1/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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10/23/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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10/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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10/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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9/11/2015

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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8/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
Patti Shene
12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
Patti Shene
2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
Patti Shene
1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
Patti Shene
1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
Patti Shene
1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
Patti Shene
1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
Patti Shene
12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
Patti Shene
12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
Patti Shene
12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
Patti Shene
12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Going Home
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012