Monday, March 21, 2011

Today's Guest: Eileen Hinkle Rife

Eileen Hinkle Rife
Book Three in the Born for India trilogy
OakTara Publishing
March, 2011

"Healing words for hurting hearts," is how Eileen Rife describes her books. Whether through fiction or nonfiction, Eileen wants readers to come away with love that extends beyond themselves, faith that can see the impossible, and hope that endures against all odds.

As a child, Eileen loved writing and telling stories. Walking to school every morning, she created characters, then talked to them as she ambled down the road, which was often her way of dealing with grief and loss. After the death of her brother, Eileen learned to empathize with the underdog. Many of Eileen's stories revolve around issues that many find difficult to talk about—death, homosexuality, sex trafficking. Through her characters, she offers readers an opportunity to draw close, peel back the layers of their own hearts, and examine what lies within.

And added to the mix—romance, always a romance around one corner or another!

An alumna of Christian Writers Guild and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Eileen has published several non-fiction books, written newsletters, a marriage column, and over ten church dramas. Her byline has appeared in magazines, such as Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, Mature Living, Christian Home & School, Drama Ministry, and ParentLife, as well as other print and online publications. Her fiction works include Journey to Judah, Restored Hearts, and Chosen Ones in the Born for India trilogy released by OakTara.  She and husband, Chuck, a licensed professional counselor and marriage/family therapist conduct marriage seminars for churches and organizations in the States as well as overseas. They have three married children and six grandchildren, all serving the Lord in mission work.   

Visit Eileen: 

 A couple in crisis.
A child taken captive.

Life in Chennai, India is complicated. While Maggie and Gavin Munsfield adjust to a new baby, missionary friends Dan and Yvonne Pratt experience the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriage. When their lives intersect with a young girl caught up in the horrors of sex trafficking, each of them will receive a precious gift. But will they find it in their hearts to accept an outcome so different than what they expected and hoped for?

“Highlights what may be the worst human rights violation in the 21st century—human trafficking.”  - Barbara Everett, Director, Destiny Rescue USA, Inc

“A shocking portrait of a tragic, real-life crime in order to bring hope and healing to those who suffer from sexual abuse.”  - Dr. Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counseling

“Captures the flavor of India and ‘speaks up for those who cannot speak for themselves.’” – Betty Anne Bantz, author, Secrets of the Heart series

 Thank you for the update on your newest book, Eileen!

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  1. Thanks for coming to visit today, Eileen!

  2. Standing ovation, Eileen! It's always easier to turn our heads away from ugly parts of life. Kudos to you for writing about an evil that affects children the world over.