Friday, June 1, 2012

Guest Post: Christine Nolfi

I am thrilled to have Christine to do a guest post for me.  I think what she has to say is something we all need to be reminded of from time to time, and to keep in mind as we go about our everyday lives.  So with out further ado I will let Christine take the rest of the post!

From what imaginings does a book arise? Some novels spring to life after weeks of playing the “What if” game. Other books are born directly from experience.

Seventeen years ago, I adopted a sibling group of four children from the Philippines. The trip to Cebu was a revelation—the local families struggling simply to get by wore the sweetest smiles. The missionaries running the shelter worked with unmistakable joy. My children, too, seemed imbued with a special goodness that stood in contrast to their difficult start in life.

As the years sped by and my kids grew ever stronger, they became standouts first in elementary school then later in high school and college. They became the type of young adults who were willing to help a friend or offer comforting words. They laughed often and spread joy through churches and classrooms like fairy dust empowered with love. And I was left wondering: How can any child suffer greatly in early childhood then grow up to be so surprisingly good?

That question drove the development of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.

In the novel, Ourania D’Andre and Troy Fagan struggle with dark impulses. Like many of us, they’ve become cynical after dealing with life’s hard knocks. They no longer trust in their own power to create a better outcome nor do they trust in the healing qualities of love. Yet both are inevitably drawn to the light. They choose love over hate because it’s in their nature to do so. By learning to release a million regrets, they build a better world for themselves and the people they care about.

I believe these lessons speak directly to the miracle of the human heart. We do possess the power to heal despite every hardship we face. Most of us arrive in the world with more poise, grace and dignity than we realize we possess. We prove honorable even in the most difficult circumstances.

It’s easy to turn on the news or glance at a newspaper’s garish headlines and conclude that humanity bears rot at its core. Don’t believe it. Every day, in every corner of our pretty blue planet, average folks perform extraordinary acts of kindness. A stranger offers a helping hand. A mother comforts her child. A class of first graders in Wichita, Kansas raises money for other children on the opposite side of the earth. A middle-aged man takes his son to a ballgame then flashes the proof of his love across FaceBook.

Yes, bad things happen. But in the end, good people prevail.

About the author:

Christine’s debut, Treasure Me, and her March 2012 release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge continue to earn 4- and 5-star reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and other sites. Treasure Me was recently featured by USA Today as among the best of the Indie novels and is a 2012 Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Christine has been writing novels full-time since 2004. Look for her next release, Second Chance Grill, in June.

Contact her at and @christinenolfi on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. Heather, a thousand thanks for the book review and the guest post. You'll always be tops in my book. XO



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