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).