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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Author Theresa Franklin & Her Book "Triumph Through Trial"


The stress of living a dream public persona and a nightmare private reality threatens to destroy a family unit, taking each member in its wake. Through a variety of physical and emotional weapons, one by one they will crumble.
Cynthia is beautiful, educated, secretary of the church, and happily married with wonderful children. She is an accomplished hostess and the picture of Christian love. She has the perfect marriage and life—well, not exactly perfect. Her husband, children, church members, and life in general seem to get in the way of her perfect life. Feeling robbed of the life she so richly deserves, Cynthia lashes out and her family pays the price.
Michael is successful, educated, and deacon of the church with wonderful children. Michael and his children have a close relationship. They count on him for advice, guidance, and unconditional love. Serving God is one of Michael’s greatest joys. He and his children delight in helping others. Michael loves every part of his life except for his marriage, which is stressful and unfulfilling to say the least.
Karen is the eldest child and bears the brunt of emotional destruction welded by her mother. Kevin is the only male offspring and uses humor and sarcasm as shields to protect himself. Kathy, the youngest, is sweet and seldom is a victim in the war, but lately watching the slow erosion of her family is taking a physical toll on her.
Michael longs for the marriage that Cynthia believes they have and dreams of providing a safe haven for their children. After twenty-five years of marriage, Michael is losing hope of his dream becoming reality. Can he match the public persona and the private reality? What will it cost to get that kind of marriage and home-life? Is it worth the cost? Who will pay the cost?

About the Author: 

Theresa Franklin grew up in Houston, Texas.  After graduation she attended East Texas Baptist College.  There she met her husband on a blind date.  They married a short time later and moved outside of Beaumont, Texas where they raised their three children.  Theresa taught school for 12 years.  Students with disabilities won her heart and she became Director of Special Education in an effort to better serve them.  She retired in 2010 and began writing children’s books.  She has now broadened her skills and written for adults.

Theresa is the author of children’s books, Don’t Forget Daddy and A Sunny Tomorrow.  Her adult books include non-fiction Journey to Fulfillment and fiction Triumph Through Trial.  She has written one curriculum guide for the novel Night of the Cossack, a historical fiction for young adults by Tom Blubaugh, titled Night of the Cossack, Lesson Plan.  Soon to be released is another adult fiction titled Reflections of Rosalyn.

Excerpt from "Triumph Through Trial"
Michael sat in the car staring out at the city lights.  The park was dark, but the downtown Christmas lights could be seen even from here.  They seemed to be prettier when one sat in the dark.  He thought about the argument that he and Cynthia had just had.  It was more like Cynthia argued and he stated his opinion when he could, which was seldom.  Michael wondered if he had stayed in the marriage because he was strong or because he was too weak to leave.  When the kids had been younger, he had felt it his duty to maintain a home with two parents.  Now he was beginning to wonder if he had done his children a disservice by allowing them to grow up with contention.  He knew that every home had problems, but was it good for kids to live in that type of environment on a daily basis?
Michael was so consumed by his thoughts that he failed to notice that he was not alone in the park.
The street gang had been sitting on the picnic tables in the park discussing what to do that night.  It hadn’t been an especially good day for any of them.  As a whole, they were too poor to receive material possessions from family, too proud to accept hand-outs from the shelter, and too self-centered to be a blessing to anyone else. 
“I’m bored.”
“What do you want to do?”
“I don’t know.  But I’m tired of just hanging out here.”
“Do you see what I see?”  One of them asked the others.
“Whew wee.  A rich guy all alone in the park on Christmas night.”
“Yeah, maybe he would like to share a little of that wealth with us.”
“Isn’t that what Christmas is for?  Giving to others?”
“I heard once that it is more blessed to give than receive.”
“Well, let’s go give this guy a blessing and allow him to give to us.”  The entire gang laughed.
“Let’s have some fun while he is receiving his blessing.”  Another laugh and still Michael heard nothing.
By the time Michael was jarred out of his deep thoughts; his car was surrounded with some of the most menacing characters he had ever seen.  One guy opened the door as another one pulled him out of the car. 
“I don’t want any trouble, guys.  What do you want?”
“Did you hear that?  He don’t want no trouble.”  The one that opened the door said.
“You being smart with us, old man?”
“No, I just don’t want anyone to get hurt.”  Michael tried to keep his cool.  He knew showing fear would only spur them on.

What others are saying:

This book is truly a blessing to families and the body of Christ. The author, through the use of scriptures and examples of family life, paints a wonderful picture of how life can be through the love and redemption of Jesus Christ. The author promotes family in this story of healing and encourages others, that "...love covereth a multitude of sins." Families will find solace and comfort through this book. Theresa Franklin's writing style flows smoothly making for an easy read, keeping the reader fully engaged. This book will minister to all families that are "less than perfect." A highly recommend, encouraging read that will impact others for Christ. God can work in any situation, as the author illustrates, even the impossible ones. 
[CBM Book Reviews - Amazon]

Where to find Theresa and her books:

Visit Theresa's Blog here:   Life's Journey

and her website here:   Theresa Franklin - Stories for Christ

Theresa is a member of the  
John 3:16 Book Marketing Network 

Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.  Visit



  1. Sounds like a great book about the clash of Christian values, battle with evil and societal counter-values.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lorilyn! Theresa has a real thought provoking book that contrasts good and evil in real-life situations - relevant to today.

  2. This excerpt piques my interest. The issue of wearing a persona that is different from the reality at home is all too common. Thanks for meeting it head on and thank you Deborah for posting. Keep writing Theresa!

    1. I appreciate the visit & comments Carol. Great book for reading on your e-reader now, this summer, or on vacation!

  3. Great post, ladies.


    Tom Blubaugh, Author
    Night of the Cossack

    1. Thanks for visiting Tom - "Triumph Through Trial" is one of those books that will challenge the reader to reflect on his or her own life and personal history.

  4. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read.

    1. Good to see you Saundra! Theresa has a great book and a heart to minister to families.

  5. Congratulations Author Theresa Franklin on your new book.Your message for the family is timely and much needed for the Christian community.

  6. I appreciate your encouragement S.E. Theresa has written yet another great book to add to your summer reading list! Blessings...



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