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The Apostle John series has won five-star reviews and Finalist Awards from Readers’ Favorite and from the Independent Author Network.
Now a widow, Preston’s main interest is her writing, Skyping with friends and family, and running the occasional beginner’s computer course.
Having suffered the loss, of a husband and a teenager, brings an element of understanding of the emotions of the characters in her books.
Born in a historical town in the Scottish borders it is hardly a surprise to discover that history has always fascinated Preston. Living in Perth, Western Australia could hardly be more different. The climate in Perth is as hot as her hometown was cold and the variety of insect life, including large spiders, is one of the least-liked aspects of life in Australia. She does like the fact she can hang out her washing and have it dry within an hour.
Although she has written other types of books in the past, The Apostle John series of books is Preston’s first foray into the world of Christian, historical fiction. Another series is planned, Biblical fiction this time, set much farther back in time.
And by the way… the fact Susan M B Preston has a Microsoft Office 2007 Master’s qualification has helped her format her work, make trailers, and publicity material – an enjoyable pastime to her. In fact, she will stop and write an illustrated help guide for beginners who are ‘stuck’ trying to figure out a computer function.
Quote from a Readers' Favorite review...
" Susan M.B. Preston doesn’t only demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Bible and the life of the earliest followers of Jesus, but an equally strong gift for compelling writing."
We are Divorced. A book for children. Also used in training sessions with the leaders of children's clubs, to help them better understand the needs of some children in their groups.
Co-founded a programme called Koinonia for the Western Australian Anglican Diocese, the purpose of which was to prepare children for communion. (With another leader, ran weekend camps for the children in the programme.)
Co-authored several books on 'Children in the Church'.
Hold the Faith - Part 1 in the Apostle John series (Feb 2013)
Grow in Grace - Part 2 in the Apostle John series (August 2013)
The LIght of Truth - Part 3 in the Apostle John series (July 2015)
Keep the Flame Part 4 in the Apostle John series (October 2016)
Hell Shall Not Prevail - Part 5 (and final) in the Apostle John series (December 2017)
Novellas on some of the characters - coming in 2018
Of course, there were also the help guides...
Susan is a Certified computer trainer who saw the need for learners to have clearer manuals, Susan painstakingly compiled 'How to Books' for her clients. One of the larger manuals was used for several years by the Registered Training Centre where she worked as a contract trainer.
Master qualifications in Microsoft Office 2007
Several Certificate IV Business qualifications
Small business owner
And from all these - many experiences... all of which make Susan who she is today and brings life to her characters.
on April 05, 2018 :
Grow in Grace is the second instalment of Susan Preston's Apostle John series.
Christian historical fiction is not my first reading choice, but I found the story to be well-written. The characters are fleshier than in the preceding book, which is to be expected. Susan has made an obvious effort for her readers to immerse themselves in the time of the early Christians.
There was some head-hopping, but I didn't find it enough to distract me from the story.
I received Grow In Grace from the author as a free copy for my honest review. Susan's fans from the first book in the series are in for a special treat.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on March 16, 2018 :
This work is a study of people trying to daily lives with the ever-present fear of denunciation as much as John's accomplishments. If you're interested in early Christianity, then you find plenty to ponder from this intricate, character-based plot. Much of the books underlying philosophy is related through dialogue, while imperial governor Titus Calpernus struggles to appease the might of Rome against John's Gandhi-like resolve.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2013 :
In the second book in the Apostle John series, "Grow in Grace" brings us back to Ephesus in the first century A.D. We revisit old friends: the apostle John, his granddaughter Naomi, her husband Samuel and John's great-grandson Benjamin. As Christians in a pagan city, in the midst of the Roman Empire, they deal with trials of faith, opposition from the world around them, and the very real, ever-present danger of imprisonment and death for refusing to worship the Roman Emperor as a god. And while all this is going on, the last living apostle, John, works to set down his memories of walking with Christ, in what will later become the Gospel of John. I loved reading about young Benjamin as he grows in the faith, getting to know God better, and makes some important decisions about his life. This book made daily life for the early Christians seem very real to me, and I felt as if I was leaving old friends when I read the last page. And always, the question in the back of my mind, the question this book provokes: If you had been there, among the early Christians, what would you have done? How would you have handled the trials? Would you have grown in grace? This is even better than the first book, "Hold the Faith"! I am looking forward to Book 3...
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)