Regardless – A novel about the acts of the apostles by MK Jorgenson
When I “met” Michelle (aka MK Jorgenson) a few months ago, while she was guest posting here about contentment, I knew I wanted to read her book. Boy am I glad I did! To put it in plain English, I love the book Regardless. It is pretty much the poster child of books that I want on our shelves, to encourage our kids to read as well as enjoy myself. Well written and vividly illustrated, Regardless takes place during first days of the Church after Jesus’ death- loosely based on events in the book of Acts. In addition to following Paul and Barnabas, and lesser known others, it follows a host of fictional characters including- Abir, friends with Baranabas, and Seti, bond servant to Saul. Abir wants to grow closer to God but struggles to get over a lifelong jealousy of his childhood friend Barnabas, and to mend his broken relationship with his farther. Abir loves being part of The Way, but what about that jealousy, his life repeatedly being in danger, and that girl he loves? Meanwhile Seti sees a much different view of Christianity, one where Saul tries to eradicate the Christians. He’s not sure which disgusts him more, the concept of being a Christian, or how Saul treats them. Then his master radically changes after a surprise encounter, confusing Seti. How can someone change so fully, and quickly? As the story unfolds it becomes increasingly clear to Abir he must address his jealousy, desire to be the “best” of the followers, and his estranged relationships and Seti’s troubling past gets harder and harder to ignore as he finds himself repeating it.
Regardless truly will captivate you, but even more it will challenge you. Challenge you as you see the persecution foreign to us, but so prevalent in the early church and in most parts of the world. Do we take the freedom of worship for granted? I was also challenged as I saw Abir’s desire to grow. Have I became sterile, do things I have struggled with my whole life seem more part of the landscape instead of weeds I truly try to pull out and burn? Probably the most touching to me was seeing the love everyone showered on the hardened Seti, love he had never really known and desperately needed, despite his persistent resistance.
I highly recommend the book Regardless. You can buy Regardless off of Amazon in Kindle edition as well as in print. We are also doing a giveaway of it, tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Interview with the Author-
As soon as I finished Regardless I asked Michelle if I could interview her. She not only said yes, but offered to sponsor a giveaway. Today I ask her several questions about herself, how she got started writing, and books that inspire her. Tomorrow we will be doing part two of her interview, including an expert from her upcoming book AND will be doing the giveaway.
Hi Michelle, I am so excited to have the chance today to interview you. How about we start with you telling us a bit about yourself and your family.
When did you first start writing?
What inspired you to write your first book?
Can you tell us a little bit about Regardless?
Absolutely! Regardless follows a young man who has just become a Christian in the early church. He loves Jesus and the Way…but there are unexpected consequences: he sees and has to deal with a lifelong jealousy against his best friend (that’s where Barnabas comes in!), can’t marry the woman he loves, and has to hide/flee/escape authorities who want him and all of Jesus’ followers killed.
What inspired you to write Regardless?
What books have most influenced your life most?
And are you currently working on a book?
Come back tomorrow to read an excerpt from Sergius Paulus, read the rest of the interview (as well as some tips Michelle has on being able to write with and take care of her home and toddler) and enter the giveaway.