Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com. 
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
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It’s a treat for me to introduce Ann Gabhart. She’s an outstanding author of multiple genres, PLUS a truly wonderful person. Ann and I both write for Revell Books. Whenever a Baker (Revell, Bethany) author has a release, we’re given a special Book Perk…the chance to order some of the new books. I always choose Ann’s new book. I read them, and pass them around to all my friends, too.

Here is Ann’s just-for-the-hunt blog post: 

Hands to Work, Hearts to God

by Ann H. Gabhart

The Refuge (releasing April 30th) is my eighth Harmony Hill Shaker novel, all stand-alone stories. While researching the Shakers, who were industrious, inventive and generous, I came across many Shaker precepts to salt into my stories to add flavor. The most familiar one is “Hands to work; hearts to God.” All Shaker believers worked with their hands.

 

 

Here’s another I used often and did again in The Refuge. “Do your work as if you had a thousand years to live, and as if you were to die tomorrow.” The Centre House at the Kentucky Pleasant Hill Shaker Village proves this work ethic.

 

 

Here are some other sayings the Shakers used to guide their converts.

  • Man is more precious than anything he makes, and the best product of industry is character.
  • Our thoughts are character molds. They shape language and actions.
  • Engaged in thy duty, fear no danger.
  • An idle brain is the devil’s workshop. The devil tempts others, but an idle soul tempts the devil.
  • Take all sorrow out of life, you take away all richness, depth, and tenderness. Sorrow is the furnace that melts selfish hearts together in love.
  • Happiness does not so much depend on circumstances as we think. Within our souls, the foundations must abide.
  • None preaches better than the ant, and it says nothing.

My characters might agree with these ideas, but they chafe against the Shaker rule of no individual families and how the Shakers believed all should live as brothers and sisters. No romance allowed, but love finds a way in my Shaker books. It does again in The Refuge.

Which Shaker precept do you like best? Chime in with a comment for Ann.

About The Refuge: Darcie and Walter Goodwin join the Shakers to escape a cholera epidemic with the plan their stay will be temporary. But when Walter dies in an accident, Darcie, destitute and expecting a child, has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. In this celibate community, Darcie is in a unique—and lonely—position.

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling and award winning author of over thirty novels, including her popular Shaker series and stories about family life, love and mystery (as A.H. Gabhart). She has been a finalist for the ECPA Book of the Year and the Carol Awards, has won two Selah Awards for Love Comes Home and won RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love Award for These Healing Hills. She enjoys country life on her Kentucky farm. To find out more, visit www.annhgabhart.com or join the fun on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart or Twitter @AnnHGabhart.


Here’s the Stop #22 Skinny:

You can order Ann’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore! 

My clue for Stop #22 is: and added

Link to Stop #23, the Next Stop on the Loop: Ann Gabhart’s own site!

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