The Appalachian Mountains and
their inhabitants come alive in
Joanne Bischof’s debut historical
novel, Be Still My Soul (Multnomah
Books), the story of Gideon
and Lonnie forced into a life not
of their choosing, desperately
needing faith. “God doesn’t shy
away from those who seem the
farthest gone,” shares Joanne. “He
pursues even the worst of sinners.
I wanted to honor God’s might
through Gideon’s need of a Savior.
Readers describe to me how much
they didn’t like Gideon at the
start; yet at the same time, they
found themselves rooting for him,
and for Lonnie, sensing that hope
was on the horizon for this young

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About The Author

Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home schooled children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. Photo © Anna Reichenberg