Sunday, November 30, 2008

In The Shadow of Lions by Ginger Garrett

MASTER, AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL NOVELIST QUESTIONS:
WAS ANNE BOLEYN A DEVOUT, MISUNDERSTOOD MARTYR?






(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Ginger Garrett is a recognized expert in ancient women’s history, having received much critical acclaim for Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther and Dark Hour. Yet Garrett has now turned her attention from biblical women to that ill-reputed, oft-hated woman of history, Anne Boleyn. And the story Garrett weaves is anything but the story you’d expect.



What if Anne was simply a frightened girl sent to make amends for her
family’s soiled name? What if her refusal to succumb to the king’s sexual
advances wasn’t borne of manipulation for the crown but of obedience to
the demands of her faith?



Remember, Anne was an enemy to the religious establishment of her time,
espousing the virtue of reading the scriptures for oneself rather than paying
the priests of the Catholic church for Biblical counsel and absolution. Was
her staunch belief in the personal relationship with God instead of The
Church the reason history has painted her with such a broad, evil stroke?
Garrett believes this is the case. “One worry that did stay with me during
the writing of the novel was that Anne Boleyn’s story has become familiar
to many readers. What encouraged me to push through, however, was all
the research that told me the other versions had her quite wrong. They paint
her as a scheming seductress, a master manipulator...but her crime, as they
put it, was ‘manipulating’ Henry by refusing to sleep with him until she was his wife...It might just prove she took her Christianity more seriously than anyone else in that age.”
At a time when people were scourged, beaten, and burned at the stake for being caught with a personal copy of the Bible, Anne Boleyn brought one into the royal chambers and dared to tell the King to read it as well. This September, readers just might see that Ginger Garrett has finally shown a light on the true Anne Boleyn, a woman of staunch faith and searching soul.






Who is GINGER GARRETT?



Ginger Garrett is an expert in ancient women’s history and the author of several
critically acclaimed books. Ginger’s first novel, Chosen: The Lost Diaries of
Queen Esther, was a finalist for the Christian Book Award, recognizing it as one
of the top five inspirational novels for 2006. Ginger was also nominated for the
Georgia Author of the Year Award for her novel Dark Hour.



Her nonfiction Beauty Secrets of the Bible reveals how biblical women viewed
beauty and the natural foods, perfumes and cosmetics that complemented their
spiritual beauty.



In the fall of 2008, Ginger will release In the Shadow of Lions, the first of a
three-part fiction series fro David C. Cook. In the Shadow of Lions focuses on the
untold story of Anne Boleyn and how guardian angels may help shape human
history.



Ginger is a popular speaker at women’s events, and a frequent radio and television guest. Ginger Garrett has been interviewed by media across the country including Fox News, The New York Times, FamilyNet Television, National Public Radio, Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision, Harvest Television, and more.




Here is my review of this incredible work of historical fiction:

Ginger Garrett’s “In the Shadow of Lions” grabbed my attention with the first sentence! This incredibly creative delivery of historical fiction tells the tragic story of Anne Boleyn in a way that it has never been told before. Ginger Garrett writes in such a thoughtful and thought-provoking way. She does justice to the historical account while bringing an emotional level to the story that draws the reader to invest herself fully in the tale.

I can’t wait to read the next “Chronicles of the Scribe” story by this wonderful author. In the meantime, I may have to check out her novel, “Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther”. The “after words” pages are an informative and enjoyable added bonus to this book.

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