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Rachel Starr Thomson is in love with Jesus and convinced the gospel will change the world.
Rachel is a woman of many talents and even more interests: she’s a writer, editor, indie publisher, singer, speaker, Bible study teacher, and world traveler. The author of the Seventh World Trilogy, The Oneness Cycle, and many other books, she also tours North America and other parts of the world as a speaker and spoken-word artist with 1:11 Ministries.
Adventures in the Kingdom launched in 2015 as a way to bring together Rachel’s explorations, in fiction and nonfiction, of what it means to live all of life in the kingdom of God.
Rachel lives in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, just down the river from the Falls. She drinks far too much coffee and tea, daydreams of visiting Florida all winter, and hikes the Bruce Trail when she gets a few minutes. A homeschool graduate from a highly creative and entrepreneurial family, she believes we’d all be much better off if we pitched our television sets out the nearest window.
LIFE AND WORK (BRIEFLY)
Rachel began writing on scrap paper sometime around grade 1. Her stories revolved around jungle animals and sometimes pirates (they were actual rats . . . she doesn’t remember if the pun was intended). Back then she also illustrated her own work, a habit she left behind with the scrap paper.
Rachel’s first novel, a humorous romp called Theodore Pharris Saves the Universe, was written when she was 13, followed within a year by the more serious adventure story Reap the Whirlwind. Around that time, she had a life-changing encounter with God.
The next several years were spent getting to know God, developing a new love for the Scriptures, and discovering a passion for ministry through working with a local ministry with international reach, Sommer Haven Ranch International. Although Rachel was raised in a strong Christian home, where discipleship was as much a part of homeschooling as academics, these years were pivotal in making her faith her own.
At age 17, Rachel started writing again, this time penning the essays that became Letters to a Samuel Generation and Heart to Heart: Meeting With God in the Lord’s Prayer.
In 2001, Rachel returned to fiction, writing what would become her bestselling novel and then a bestselling series–Worlds Unseen, book 1 of The Seventh World Trilogy.
A classic fantasy adventure marked by Rachel’s lyrical style, Worlds Unseen encapsulates much of what makes Rachel’s writing unique: fantasy settings with one foot in the real world; adventure stories that explore depths of spiritual truth; and a knack for opening readers’ eyes anew to the beauty of their own world–and of themselves.
In 2003, Rachel began freelance editing, a side job that soon blossomed into a full-time career. Four years later, in 2007, she co-founded Soli Deo Gloria Ballet with Carolyn Currey, an arts ministry that in 2015 would be renamed as 1:11 Ministries. To a team of dancers and singers, Rachel brought the power of words, writing and delivering original narrations, spoken-word poetry, and songs for over a dozen productions. The team has ministered coast-to-coast in Canada as well as in the United States and internationally.
Rachel began publishing her own work under the auspices of Little Dozen Press in 2007, but it was in 2011, with the e-book revolution in full swing, that writing became a true priority again. Since that time Rachel has published many of her older never-published titles and written two new fiction series, The Oneness Cycle and The Prophet Trilogy.
Over 30 of Rachel’s novels, short stories, and nonfiction works are now available in digital editions. Many are available in paperback as well, with more released regularly.
The God she fell in love with as a teenager has remained the focus of Rachel’s life, work, and speaking.
on May 31, 2013 :
Raced through this one quickly to learn how it "all" ended. The plotting was very well done - leading the reader to the next characters resolution to the problems presented.
I was pleased the two main characters fulfilled their promise and that the others introduced had equal "billing" and action.
Pleasant ending to the series - despite some of the "failures" of a few characters.
Simply a good story. All the books (a trilogy) should be read to enjoy the impact of the theme.
I, too, have a trilogy started with two books available on Smashwords - The Young Shall Inherit and The Young Shall Endure. Hopefully, you find these engaging. The stories are similar to the theme of Ms. Thomson's Seventh World Trilogy.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 12, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which was the third in the trilogy. However I wished that the ending had been different.I wished that the king had come back to stay and rule.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 30, 2011 :
I purchased the first book in this series "Worlds Unseen". It was a free download from Barnes and Noble for my Nook Color. The first few pages I wasn't sure, then I was hooked. I immediately purchased the second book in the series and read it in 4 days. Barnes and Noble did not have the third book in the series "Coming Day". I noticed at the end of the second book that I could visit Smashwords for more by this author, so this is where I found the third book. This series is excellent. Not a short quick read, but a book with a lot going on and all very indepth and well written. I loved it. No extreme violence and "R" rated material to try and get your attention, but good substance and characters. If I find another fantasy by this author I would purchase it immediately.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)