Shannon Van Roekel
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Personal turmoil amid horrific conflict --- these are the elements of a career-making headline. . . and a journey toward healing
On assignment in Darfur, journalist Julia Keegan is determined to open the eyes of average Americans to the atrocities taking place there --- and to distance herself from the dark shadow cast by her father, a man she’s never really known. So when Joel Maartens, her father’s young lawyer, shows up in Sudan, Julia is completely unprepared to respond. She has steeled herself against the horrors of genocide, but she isn’t prepared to face her own past.
As Joel’s and Julia’s lives are redefined by the injustice and violence around them, both are forced to face truths they would rather leave concealed. Fighting for justice is no easy task, but learning to forgive in the face of hatred may be the resolution that Joel and Julia both desperately need.
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"In this extraordinary novel, Shannon Van Roekel brings vividly and accurately to life the horror of Darfur --- and the shining torch of God’s hope and love being raised high in that darkness. While global leaders sit inert on the sidelines of Sudan’s genocide, Van Roekel has issued a clarion challenge for Christians to step forward as Christ’s hands and feet and heart to the world’s most oppressed. Let’s heed it!"
Jeanette Windle, bestselling author of CrossFire and Veiled Freedom
"Shannon Van Roekel weaves a masterful and poignant account of the atrocities in Darfur. I tasted the tears and laughter on this true to life journey of unfathomable faith amidst despair, forgiveness in the face of evil, and hope as the protagonists find the ultimate prize. May her story move readers to prayer and action."
Anna Schmitt, Sudan Field Researcher, Waging Peace
"DESERT FIRE is a compelling argument for Western Christians to look closely at Sudan. It all seems so far away and the people seem so different from us. But beneath the skin we are joined at the heart with our Sudanese brothers and sisters and, but for the grace of God, it could’ve been us in their position. May the Lord continue to fill His Sudanese children with power, grace, and hope."
Jefferson Scott, author of the Sudan novel Operation: Firebrand Crusade
DESERT FIRE © Copyright 2017 by Shannon Van Roekel. Reprinted with permission by Kregel Publications. All rights reserved.
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