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Monday, May 9, 2011

Looking Out the Window: Christine Lindsay's Shadowed in Silk and the Story of Priat, the Secret Princess

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new book, Shadowed in Silk. To enter to win leave a
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India’s evening air caresses like warm silk. A small mountain of kid-sized sandals sits close to a wooden beam holding up the makeshift roof. Voices of hundreds of children fill this tiny Christian church in the center of the bustling city in the south of India.

The children sit on rugs, thick blankets, and bamboo matting on a floor of deep, clean sand. Counselors and specially chosen kids from the congregation lead in dance sequences. The Indian style music, heavy with the beat of tom toms, and each willow-like hand gesture and foot movement holds traces of ancient India. It was at a camp setting like this one that a young girl by the name of Priat first heard about Jesus Christ.

Like many of the children in this camp setting, Priat came from a low-caste Indian family, the Dalits. In years past this group of people were called ‘untouchables’. Dalits are not allowed into Hindu temples, the children are not allowed to go beyond a few years of basic schooling, and only the lowliest, most degrading jobs are given to Dalits, so that they are forced to live in slums.

As a Dalit, Priat grew up with the conviction that she could hope for no more from life than being a farm laborer in one of the local rice paddies. That was until she came to the Christian church one day for a weeklong camp, and heard stories about Jesus.

When camp came to a close, Priat took tentative steps toward the pastor. “In the Bible it says that if a person believes in Jesus as their savior, they become a child of God. Is this true?”

“Yes,” the pastor said. “We can only become a child of God through Jesus the Son of God.”

Priat mulled this over. “So, if a girl believes in Jesus, she becomes a daughter of God?”

“Yes.” The Pastor smiled.

Priat wrinkled her brow. “So, if God is the greatest Rajah (ruler) over all other rulers, then if I believe in Jesus I would become a princess of God?”

The pastor’s smile deepened. “Yes, Priat, when you believe in Jesus, you become a princess of God.”

The young girl’s eyes glistened. “So as a princess of God, I can go to school if I want to.”

I first heard the story of Priat on a recent missionary trip to India. The enlightenment that Priat received that day is one that I had also learned. No matter what part of the world we live in, people must come to the realization that when they belong to Him, they become His sons or daughters of great value, and no one can take that away. And no one can make us feel less than what we are in Christ’s eyes.

This understanding is one that I share in my fictional debut novel, SHADOWED IN SILK.

She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser reunites with her husband in India, where he is stationed with the British army. She has longed to return to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but she doesn’t find the charming husband she remembers waiting for her. Nick has become a cruel stranger and a cruel father to their three-year old son. She draws on her American pluck to overcome the hostility that surrounds her – at home and in the streets of India. But she soon discovers that it will take more than courage to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the battle trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. His faith remains true, but it does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from her husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

SHADOWED IN SILK will be released by WhiteFire Publishing as an eBook on May 1, and as a printed book in Sept. 1 of 2011. Purchase can be made at any eBook retailer,, Barnes and Nobel, Borders….

I hope you will be able to obtain a copy of this book that is precious to my heart. If you’d like to read more about me and my writing journey, you can find me on my website

Christine Lindsay writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories, and she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. Her debut novel SHADOWED IN SILK is set in India during a turbulent era. Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj was seeded from stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India. SHADOWED IN SILK won the 2009 ACFW Genesis for Historical under the title Unveiled.  


Christine said...

Thank you Gail for having me as a guest today. It's such a joy to share the true-life story of Priat with others. In fact, that's the reason I wrote Shadowed in Silk, to encourage readers to know how much God loves them, the same way Priat learned this most valuable lesson.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Christine,
It's my pleasure. Congratulations on your new book. And thanks for sharing the story of Priat.

Miss Mae said...

What an interesting concept to create a plot!

Your characters sound fascinating! :)

*please excuse me from the free download contest* Thank you!

Christine said...

Thanks Miss Mae. The idea of being noticed in this way by God is so much the inner journey of 2 of my characters. There's lots of other stuff happening though---revolution, loneliness, longing, kidnapping, danger, spies..... :o)

GABixler said...

So I'm a princess of God! How cool! Great article!

GABixler said...

So I'm a princess of God! How cool! Great article!

June Foster said...

Christine, I'm always amazed at what the Lord places on our hearts - the stories He wants in print. You obviously have a heart for India. Congratulations on the publication of your novel. May the Lord be served through it.

Christine said...

Yes, Glenda, you are a princess of God. I checked out your blog, so I can tell. :o) And thank you June for your encouraging words. Shadowed in Silk is the kind of book I like to read. I devoured MM Kaye novels, so I wanted to write an romantic adventure like she did, but from a Christian world view. I pray daily this small work will glorify HIm. Without that motivation, there's no reason for me to write.

Finbar said...

Interesting subject area, seldom studied except by history majors and classic film critics.... Seems this part of world events almost does not exist. Great idea, good luck with sales !

Christine said...

I know what you mean. There is such an interesting world out there. So many awesome stories that are different from our North American settings. It's a big world, full of fascinating places and people.