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Local authors pen ‘Fifty Shades of Light’

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:15 am

The Crawfordsville District Public Library will have a book signing for local authors Susan Neese and Jody Burks, who will have copies of their new devotional “50 Shades of Light” available for sale, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Neese is a reading teacher/specialist and Burks is a happily soon-to-be retired English teacher at Western Boone and said they had been noticing a troubling trend lately during free reading time at school.

“We started seeing ‘50 Shades of Grey’ showing up in the classroom during silent reading and we were upset about it. We decided rather than to just complain about the book we would do something positive and offer a positive Christian alternative,” Burks said. “Our devotional, ‘50 Shades of Light,’ is a 50-day devotional that is meant to encourage readers to get into the Scriptures for a daily dose of God’s Light.”

Neese said that they started the book last August, completed it in November and had signed a contract with CrossLink Publishing by December.

“The first book was printed in March of 2013. Our desire is that God be glorified through this book,” Neese said. “I also want to give recognition to our great friend, Brad Hisey, who has supported our effort by creating our website, my daughters Mandy for setting up our Facebook page and Casey for sketching our candle in the book, and Jody’s daughters Tiffany for doing our editing and Michelle for finding us so many eager readers.

The response so far has been great, they say. Their website

www.twogalsandabible.com is receiving hits every day and local churches have scheduled retreats around the theme of their book.

“Illuminating. Insightful. Inspirational,” said one review printed on the back cover, while another states “the authors have found numerous ways to reflect on the light of the Lord.”

“I feel very fortunate that a Christian publisher picked us up, but as far as feeling like a published author — it doesn’t feel real yet,” Burks said. “It may seem real when I see it on a bookshelf of a bookstore.”

“50 Shades of Light” is currently available online on Amazon and will be available this Saturday at the CDPL for $13 (complete with the author’s signatures).

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2 comments:

  • braceman12 posted at 2:05 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    braceman12 Posts: 220

    What a original title. NOT.. Why is Christians always trying shove their believes down everybody throats? So these so called retired teachers didn't like the 50 shades of grey. So they decided to write 50 shades of light. 13.00 dollars is way to much for knock off book as this is. In six months Goodwill store well have it for 1.99. Why is Christians always trying to compete with other folks? They just need to grow up.

     
  • barbie2528 posted at 1:48 pm on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    barbie2528 Posts: 1

    I think people who do not like the book just shouldn't read it. it is just that a book no one is forcing anyone to read it. I personally love the book fifty shades of grey and it is always the politically correct people who don't like things like that. or people say it offends women and it doesn't people who say that r close minded and I am so tired of people saying we should take things like that off the shelves. No one forces people to read the book and if you don't like that they're problem other people should pay for people being stuck up. And if you don't want children to read it well get in the picture and learn children well do what they want and sheltering them is gonna do nothing but make a make believe world. to get to the point if u don't like the book maybe you should be opening your mind and maybe try something new instead of being stuck up