Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #4
Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!
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Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Karen Barnett, author of Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel.
Here’s her professional bio:
Karen Barnett is a former national park ranger and the award-winning author of six novels. Her latest books, The Vintage National Parks novels, feature adventure-filled historical romances set in some of our country's most beautiful national parks.
Here’s the summary of her latest book:
At the height of the roaring twenties, artist Olivia Rutherford can’t resist the lure of illustrating for a national magazine, even if it means returning the site of her family’s unraveling—Yosemite National Park. Clark Johnson, the back-country guide hired to escort her around the Valley, is hiding a few tales of his own. Can they find healing in Yosemite’s rugged landscape, or will their secrets put them both at risk?
And here’s her EXCLUSIVE content that you’ll only find in this hunt!
Guest post by Karen Barnett, author of Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel
Cities and small towns are filled with lovely churches and cathedrals, but as a nature-loving girl, I can’t imagine anything better than a sweet little chapel hidden in the mountains somewhere. In the past few years, I’ve been doing a lot of research into our national parks for the series I’m writing for WaterBrook & Multnomah, The Vintage National Parks Novels. Did you know that there are actually quite a few houses of worship in our parks?
While I was growing up, my family made many trips to Mount Rainier, and spotting the Historic Elbe Church always told me that we were getting close. The church with its tall steeple sits alongside the famous “Mountain Highway” that leads to the park’s Nisqually entrance. This tiny (18 by 24 foot) building was erected in 1906 and still holds services on the third Sunday of the month, March through November. I think this is where my passion for sweet little chapels originated.
It wasn’t until I visited Yosemite to do research for Where the Fire Falls that I realized some national parks actually had churches on site. The Yosemite Chapel was built in 1879 and moved to its present location (facing Yosemite Falls) in 1901. I knew on first glance that my hero and heroine needed to spend a pivotal moment on the rustic steps of that little reddish-brown chapel. When faced with the grandeur of Yosemite, what else can you do but worship the One who designed it?
My next novel, Ever Faithful (available now for preorder) is set at Yellowstone National Park, which happens to be home to yet another lovely historic church. The Mammoth chapel was constructed in 1913, while the US Army was still responsible for protecting the land. The structure, made of native sandstone, blends well with the other buildings in Fort Yellowstone, and is definitely worth a visit.
Whether or not a park has a chapel, you can still find worship opportunities. For anyone who is interested in supporting worship in our national parks, or attending a service while traveling, I’d encourage you to contact A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (http://www.acmnp.com). This group helps to coordinate volunteer ministry teams that serve in campgrounds and lodges around the nation. Every weekend you can find these faithful individuals leading prayer, singing songs, and giving thanks for the beautiful creation.
Interested in finding more chapels in our parks? Here are a few to look for. I’m constantly on the search for more. Let me know if you’ve found one!
- El Cristo Rey and Shrine of the Ages, Grand Canyon National Park.
- The Presidio Chapel andThe Chapel of Our Lady, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
- The Churches of Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Chapel of the Transfiguration, Grand Teton National Park.
- Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Grand Teton National Park.
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