books, spiritual life

Looking for a beach read?

“The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author, “Gift from the Sea”

Mrs. Lindbergh is so, so right. A beach is a place to simply be. Which makes it ironic that my first work of fiction could be classified as a “beach read.” Those words are, indeed, some of the tags with which my book, Dune Girl, can now be searched for and found at

Book type aside, I am like the writer who was blessed to live at the beach, but had to deliberately turn his desk away from the view in order to get any work done. Sun, surf, gulls, kids playing. It’s mesmerizing. I’ve never understood how anyone could settle down with a book in such a place.

Of course, you don’t have to read “beach reads” at the beach. They can bring a dose of sunshine — both literal and spiritual — anywhere, anytime. That is exactly what I am hoping Dune Girl will do. It’s literally beachy — set in the Indiana Dunes, on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s spiritually “sunny” — a joyful re-imagining of the Old Testament romance between Ruth and Boaz.

Want a closer look? If Michael Alton’s hair is full of wood chips from a wild furniture-carving session, who cares? It’s not like he’s a CEO anymore. It’s not like his wife is still alive to notice. Life is simple. He’s got his art, his family, some great friends and a shield around his heart that is nearly as big as his dog. And, that’s just fine until the day TV journalist Maggie Brady explodes into his beach-side workshop wearing a wedding dress intended for another man and trailing a change of circumstances sure to rip apart her big-city, big-money world in a single day.

Can God redeem this unlikely meeting into something of great beauty? There’s one way to find out, no matter where you want to read it! Dune Girl can be found at and can be downloaded to smart phones or tablets as well as Kindles.

Happy summer readingwherever and whatever it is that you enjoy!


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