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Jeanette Windle

Jeanette Windle

As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic government agencies have questioned whether she received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, Penn., Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than twenty.
Jeanette Windle: Journey to the Third World

Jeanette Windle: Journey to the Third World

(January 2013)
Christa A. Banister
A child of missionary parents, author Jeanette Windle grew up in the jungles, rural villages and mountains of what’s now a guerilla hot zone in Colombia.

As such, it’s no surprise she knows how to spin an engaging yarn—which is exactly what does with her latest title, Congo Dawn (Tyndale House). Known for her page-turners set in exotic yet troubled locales, Congo Dawn features a strongwilled protagonist named Robin, a former Marine lieutenant— who, let’s just say, is no stranger to corruption.

Now tasked to track down a killer with her esteemed security team, the lines between what’s good and bad are blurred more than ever before. Worse yet, she can’t easily reconcile all the hurt, disease and children dying of preventable diseases that she’s seeing along the way or help wondering where God is in the midst of it all.

“It is a heart cry with which I think every reader can identify; and my prayer is that in walking through Robin’s own journey, readers will find answers of their own to the core questions of this story. How can a world filled with such darkness, injustice and pain possibly be the creation of a God of love?” Jeanette shares. “How can followers of Yesu [Jesus] in the bleakness of an Ituri rainforest conflict zone or any other dark corner of this planet take seriously a Scriptural mandate to rejoice in their suffering [James 1:2; I Peter 4:13]? What value beyond our own comprehension might human suffering possibly hold that a loving Creator God permits it to continue?”

Knowing the answers are far from easy, that’s just one of many thought-provoking themes that are explored in Congo Dawn. “Robin’s personal journey through the pages of Congo Dawn reflects my own spiritual journey to find answers to these questions. The answer begins ultimately with recognizing how that Congolese doctor’s wife in the story responds to Robin’s questions. I am not more compassionate than my Creator. Any love I can possibly feel or show is a dim reflection of our heavenly Father’s love.”


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