What Lies Within by Karen Ball

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
What Lies Within
Multnomah Fiction (November 20, 2007)
by Karen Ball

Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today’s bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather – both pastors who shared God’s truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen’s writing style is a powerful force for revealing God’s truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their “kids,” Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named “Destructo.”

Nothing’s going to stop Kyla…

until the ground crumbles beneath her feet.

Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center for inner-city kids does she realize what it is: her sense of purpose. Now nothing can stop her, not the low budget, not supply problems, not gang opposition, not her boyfriend’s suggestion that she sell her business and marry him–and most especially not that disagreeable Rafael Murphy.

Rafe Murphy understands battle. Wounded in action, this Force Recon Marine carries the scars–and the nightmares–to prove it. Though he can’t fight overseas any longer, he’s found his place as a warrior in the civilian world. So he soldiers on, trusting that one of these days, God will reveal to him why Rafe survived the ambush in Iraq. That day has arrived.

Kyla and Rafe both discover that determination alone won’t carry them through danger and challenges. When gang violence threatens their very foundations, there’s only one way to survive: rely on each other, be real–and surrender to God.

In other words, risk everything…


6 thoughts on “What Lies Within by Karen Ball

  1. Pamela J says:

    Be real. Surrender to God. Through danger and challenges are the greatest place to be both. But to accomplish these in the midst of the hardships. How does one do it? Please enter me so I can see from one perspective how this is done. Thanks.

  2. Page McManus says:

    What a great idea, Pamela! I think I will use Karen Ball’s What Lies Within as my December contest! You’re already entered to win, but see my next post for the details.
    Thanks so much for your comment!

  3. Karen B. says:

    Page, thanks so much for considering WLW for your contest! I appreciate that–and you–a great deal.

    Pamela J, that’s the issue, isn’t it? We all know WHAT we’re supposed to do, but figuring out HOW to do it can be so hard. My goal with Kyla’s story is to encourage, but also to remind us all–myself included–that it’s not what we do that matters, but what’s inside. The foundation from which we operate. Make that solid, grounded in Christ, and the rest falls into place. Not always easily or neatly or even as we’d like, but it works according to His plan for each of us.

    Anyway, just wanted to drop in and say hey!

    Peace to you this Christmas season.

    Karen Ball

  4. Page McManus says:

    Thank you, Karen, for responding to Pamela.

    And thank you for writing a book that reminds us that we are not in control – but God is.

    God is good.


  5. Pamela J says:

    Sounds like your book will be very good. It’s exciting to see principles put into personal applications so see how it all works together. I’m looking forward to reading it some day. Do you have other books out too? I’m short in knowledge of authors and their books.

  6. Page McManus says:


    Here is a link to Karen’s books -http://www.karenballbooks.com/karensbooks.html – I would recommend any of them.

    If you’d like to look at fiction books by other Christian authors, take a look at my other blog: http://psmcmanus.list.blogspot.com. It has a list of new releases by members of American Christian Fiction Writers.

    I’m working on the final draft of my first book, One for Sorrow. It’s also a story about surrendering to God’s will in the midst of hardship. Lily lives the perfect life as the wife of a wealthy attorney in a small Southern town. But, when he is shot outside a sleazy bar, she discovers that everything she treasured was just a lie. After she stops fighting to save what she had, she discover what (and who) she needs.

    If you want to read more about it, go to www. psmcmanus.com and click on the Works in Progress tab. When we (my critique group and I) finish with final edits, I’ll start looking for an agent or publisher.

    I hope this has helped you. If you need more answers, feel free to email me at page.mcmanus@yahoo.com.


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