[Interview] Patricia Raybon: Writing About Faith And Mystery Is An Exciting Path For Me, And I’m So Grateful To Be On It

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Tomorrow, Patricia Raybon‘s action-packed mystery novel “All That Is Secret”  finally releases! In celebration of her first Tyndale novel, BTSCelebs wanted to feature her in an exclusive interview.

Learn more about the talented lady who brought Annalee Spain to life, discover how her own life experiences shaped the character and Annalee Spain’s future beyond this book.

BTSCelebs: Who is Patricia Raybon professionally?

Patricia Raybon: Thanks for your questions. At this point, after working five decades—first as a journalist, then a teacher of journalists, then as a nonfiction author—I’m just one of countless working writers who gets up every morning, grateful for assignments that let me reflect on the two things I love most: my faith in Christ and the genre of fictional mysteries. So I’m a regular writer for two ministries—DaySpring’s (in)courage community and Our Daily Bread. Then, last year, I completed and sold a mystery novel, All That Is Secret, to Tyndale House. I’m not trying to achieve any lofty professional notoriety. I just love writing for people who love to read. That’s my job. Gratefully, it has never felt like work.

Which author (classic or current) do you believe is your biggest inspiration?

Howard Thurman takes the top spot. He was the philosopher-theologian who was Dr. Martin Luther King’s spiritual mentor. A brilliant scholar who grew up near the beach in Daytona, he was a naturalist—a Black version of Henry David Thoreau—and also a pacifist who, more than anyone, inspired Dr. King’s passion for nonviolence. Two of Thurman’s books are my absolute favorites: his autobiography, With Head and Heart, and his reflection on Jesus’ relationship to the poor and oppressed, Jesus and the Disinherited. In my humble view, it’s one of the best books ever written on faith and race. It’s stunning. As for the craft of writing, I’m inspired most by film doctor Robert McKee, whose treatise on cinematic writing is called Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, and John Truby, another film doctor, who’s the author of The Anatomy of Story. Third is fiction editor Sol Stein, author of Stein on Writing and How to Grow a Novel. Brilliant, all three.

Why did you decide to write the historical mystery All That Is Secret?

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Review: Lynn Austin’s “The Wish Book Christmas”

“Every person is valuable in His sight. And every job we do in His name is valuable.”

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Fabrice Calmels Makes TV Comeback With Musical Comedy

This week, the former Joffrey Ballet lead, Fabrice Calmels, returned to FOX in a new musical comedy titled “The Big Leap”.  He plays a character named Claude.

Check out his recent Instagram teaser post about it here.

All the best to Fabrice on his new production!

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BTSCelebs to Review Erica Wiggenhorn’s “Letting God Be Enough” + Francine Rivers’ “The Lady’s Mine”

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In a couple of weeks, BTSCelebs will be publishing a complete review of “A Wish Book Christmas“. For the remainder of the fall, the “Letting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free” and “The Lady’s Mine” are the next books I’ll be reading. I mentioned Erica Wiggenhorn’s new book in the preview article and my exclusive interview with her. Now, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the non-fiction title. It’s time to see how Moses’ struggle can relate to our problems in the modern-day.

“Letting God Be Enough” is currently available.

Credit: Tyndale House Publishers

This historical romance is set in the 1870s and all the action takes place in the Sierra Nevadas. According to the synopsis, a woman from the East coast (Kathryn Walsh) travels to a mining town to claim an inheritance from an estranged uncle. Upon arrival, she butts heads with the influential locals, while gaining a love interest in a local saloon and hotel owner (Matthias Beck). “The Lady’s Mine” is written by bestselling author Francine Rivers, who also wrote the famous novel “Redeeming Love”.

“The Lady’s Mine” is supposed to  be released in February 2022.

I’m excited to read both of these books, and the complete reviews are scheduled to be shared in the coming weeks!

A Special Thanks to Biscuit Media Group, Moody Publishers and Tyndale House Publishers for the books and images. 

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Four Global Dancers Join The Joffrey Ballet For The 2021-2022 Season

L to R Yuchan Kim, Blake Kessler, Miranda Silveira and Brian Bennett – Image Credit: The Joffrey Ballet

Welcome to Chicago!

Today, The Silverman Group shared an official Joffrey Ballet press release announcing Yuchan Kim, Blake Kessler, Miranda Silveira and Brian Bennett’s celebrated arrival. The four dancers hail from South Korea, Spain and America.

Here is what Joffrey’s Ashley Wheater (MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director) and Greg Cameron (President and CEO) said about the new additions:

Ashley Wheater: “As we prepare to launch our first-ever season at the Lyric Opera House, we are thrilled to welcome Brian, Blake, Yuchan, and Miranda, who embody the exceptional level of artistry and creativity that makes the Joffrey unique. For Brian in particular, this is a full circle moment as he returns to Chicago after graduating as a Trainee at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, an experience that launched him into the professional dance world at Oregon Ballet Theatre. We are happy to have him back.”

Greg Cameron: “The Joffrey Artists are the foundation of The Joffrey Ballet. It is especially gratifying when that foundation is made up of so many different backgrounds and experiences, talents and personalities, which is exactly what Brian, Blake, Yuchan, and Miranda bring to the company. It is what makes the Joffrey so special. We welcome our new company members and look forward to seeing them shine on stage this season.”

Blake Kessler joined last September and debuted in the virtual premiere of Boléro.

Learn more about these gifted dancers and the Joffrey’s upcoming season by reading the complete press release.

A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group  and The Joffrey Ballet for the info.


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[Interview] Erica Wiggenhorn: “There Is Always Hope”

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This week, Erica Wiggenhorn’s brand new bookLetting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free” was officially released to the public. In her new project, she tackles Imposter Syndrome and gives assurance that anyone can overcome with God’s guidance. 

Today, she opens up to BTSCelebs about the humble beginnings of “Letting God Be Enough”,  Moses connection to the story and how people from all faiths can be encouraged.

BTSCelebs: Who is Erica Wiggenhorn professionally?

Erica Wiggenhorn: Erica is an author and speaker who is passionate about getting people’s face in The Book and living like it’s true! She loves to open God’s Word with anyone who will listen through her in-depth Bible studies, or speaking at conferences, retreats or around her own kitchen table.

What inspired you to write “Letting God Be Enough”?

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BTSCelebs To Review Lynn Austin’s “The Wish Book Christmas”

This Fall, BTSCelebs plans to bring Christmas cheer early with a review of Lynn Austin’s new book “The Wish Book Christmas”!

This family-friendly story promises to be about two single (British) moms, Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson, adapting to life in postwar America in the 1950s. Their young sons, Harry and Bobby, are excited about the holiday season and blinded by the fantasy of numerous toys from Santa. We are suppose to see positive changes in the moms and boys as the novella progresses.

Stay tuned for BTSCelebs’ complete review of “The Wish Book Christmas” in the coming weeks.

A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the advance reader copy of the book and cover image.

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“The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire” Releasing In Theaters For A Limited Engagement

Credit: Thinking Man Films and RevelationMedia (Patmos island Greece. View of the port of Skala from the city of Chora)

Were you a fan of “Patterns of Evidence” and “Pilgrim’s Progress“? If your answer is “yes”…. this new film is a must see! The creators behind those powerful films made “The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire”. 

Thinking Man Films, RevelationMedia, and Fathom Events plan to bring the first in a series of films about the churches referenced in the biblical book of Revelation, according to a press release from Biscuit Media Group.

“The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire”, which is scheduled to be released in October, is a documentary highlighting Christophe Hanauer and acclaimed global scholars investigation into the letters written to the 7 churches and linking it to modern times.  Christophe is a well known French Christian Producer and the founder of Millennium Productions (part of the Thinking Man Films family).

In the documentary, Christophe travels to the island of Patmos to walk in the apostle John’s shoes. John experienced the holy vision there and wrote the book of Revelation in that location.

Producer/Director Timothy Mahoney: “For centuries, there has been a profound mystery surrounding the meaning of the Book of Revelation. We are honored to share Christophe’s film with an English-speaking audience, so Americans can experience these scriptures from a historic, educational perspective, breaking down the messages given by Christ to each of the churches referenced and seeing how it applies to our lives today. At a time when we are living with much uncertainty, this film asks one of the greatest questions of all, “Are you ready?”

RevelationMedia founder Steve Cleary: “Throughout the centuries, the church has gone through times of fire, where their faith was tested in one way or another. Sadly, little has changed when we consider how Christians are being persecuted around the world without mercy. We hope Times of Fire begins a conversation. What part do we play in history as the Bride of Christ? How do these letters apply to us now? And most importantly, are our hearts prepared for when our faith will be tested?”

“The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire” will be released in select theaters for two nights only on October 11th and the 12th.

Watch the trailer below to discover more about this intriguing documentary –

A Special Thanks to Biscuit Media Group for the info. 


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An Award-Winning Author Tackles Identity Through New Book, “Letting God Be Enough”

You are valuable promises to be the resounding theme in author Erica Wiggenhorn’s fourth book “Letting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free”.

According to an official press from Biscuit Media Group, her new project takes a different path from her previous releases (“An Unexplainable Life”, “The Unexplainable Church”, and “Unexplainable Jesus”), because it compares the present-day to Moses’ life.

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SuperM and NCT’s LUCAS Teams Up With Hendery For “Jalapeno”

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Lucas and Hendery are following in Ten and Yang Yang’s footsteps by forming their own unit group. Teaser images promoting their music were revealed today alongside their debut single name “Jalapeno”.

In the photos, the pair is on fire in their brightly-colored clothing that resembles hot peppers.

LUCAS is a member of SuperM, NCT and WayV, while Hendery is his fellow co-worker in the latter groups.

The single “Jalapeno” is currently postponed until further notice.

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