An inspirational collection of short stories written for people as gifts granting their dearest wishes. Each story has an introductory biographical paragraph on who the story is written for and why.
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Marlayne Giron is a wife and mother living in Orange County, California. She currently works as a part-time career secretary and enjoys cooking for her family every night, scrapbooking, making high teas, and entertaining.
At the age of 22 (In 1982) Marlayne was inspired to write The Victor by a line in an Amy Grant song called: "Fairytale" (from her Father's Eyes album). The particular verse in the song which inspired the idea was: "two princes wage the battle for eternity but the victor has been known from the start". The verse made her imagine an evil "Baron" in black armor and knight in shining armor crossing swords over "maiden in distress". She wrote the story in her free time at work on an IBM Selectric typewriter and at home on a Smith Corona Portable.
Marlayne rewrote the story over the course of almost 30 years and made many attempts to get it published for several years but after a 4-year bout with ulcerative colitis that resulted in major surgery, then infertility then the adoption of her daughter and the demands of having to work full-time to pay the bills, she gave up on her dream of The Victor ever being published until April of 2008 when Tate Publishing called to offer her a contract.
The Victor was released on April 14th of 2009 and many doors have opened up for her to get the word out on her book. One of which being that as a direct result of her former employment with John Styll at CCM Magazine 28 years ago (who is now currently President of the Gospel Music Association), both he and Amy Grant now have copies of The Victor and Marlayne's personal copy has been autographed by Amy Grant herself.
I have read this book in hard copy form and I laughed and I cried, I was happy and sad all the way to the end. But never had I heard it read to me until this book was released on audio.
The lady who narrated this book was born to read this book for us, her voice is perfect for this book. Over 10 hours of fantastic reading. I cried harder listening to her then when I read the hardcopy myself.
This is a must listen to book. I highly recommend it. Not just because I have the best wish written in the book either.
I gave this book and narrator 5 stars.
This would make a wonderful Easter gift for someone you love. There is no better gift to give to someone than the gift of an inspiring book.
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