Local authors share one message through their first published books

Published: Feb. 8, 2018 at 6:02 AM EST
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Doloris Vest owns Book No Further in downtown Roanoke. She has a whole section dedicated to local authors. On the shelves you’ll find the devotionals of Shanna Flowers and Barbara Baranowski.

“We’ve been able to bring two writers together to get two visions on a particular kind of writing,” said Vest.

It’s the first time Shanna and Barbara have ever published a book.

Shanna’s is called “The Beauty of the But.” In it you’ll read stories from her life and the lessons God has taught her along the way.

“We’ve all endured an encounter or a situation where we’re waiting for something. And I am reminded of Psalm 13 where David yelled out in anguish, ‘How long God? How long?’ And we’ve all been there. I use those examples in the Bible and apply them to our daily lives because I feel fully and truly believe that scripture is relevant in our daily lives,” said Shanna.

Barbara was inspired to write her devotional, “In God’s Creation,” because of the love she and her family have for the outdoors.

“I think they’ll learn how to stay focused. I think they’ll learn how to make it in the hard times, I think they’ll learn how to overcome disappointment. I think they’ll learn how to allow God to help them to heal,” Barbara said.

Four-and-a-half years ago Barbara started the Roanoke Valley Christian Writers group.

“I just felt a burden from God to begin one,” she said.

Following that nudge from the Lord is the reason Barbara and Shanna met. And now look, they’re both able to share the books they say God has given them to share with the world.

“I want to write for a bigger purpose than just myself. Not just to get a book out, but to help others to have a better day, to help others to have a better life, to help others connect with God,” explained Barbara.

“It has made me realize honestly, just how when God asks you or tells you, encourages you, urges you to do something, that if you do it, if you are obedient He will bless you and He will reward you,” said Shanna.

On Saturday, Barbara and Shanna will have a book signing. Having a place where you can meet local authors is important to Doloris.

“You can talk to the writer and you can get even more than you can from a good book. You’ll learn the stories behind the stories,” she said.

Two stories that are different but share one message of God’s unfailing love.

You can meet Shanna and Barbara Saturday, February 10, at Book No Further, which is located at 16 West Marketplace on Church Avenue in downtown Roanoke. The book signing is from 2- 3:30 p.m.

They’ll read from their books and take your questions. You can buy their books and get them signed, as well. You can also buy their books on Amazon.