Episode 2153: MARY MENDENHALL, author of "Michael And The Ice Princess" and "The Wrong Side of Eternity' - a podcast by Ric Bratton
MICHAEL AND THE ICE PRINCESS: A MYSTICAL ROMANCE by Mary Mendenhall
A lyrical novel with a fairy-tale plot, this fresh presentation of the enduring quest story is a fascinating literary introduction to Western mystical thought. “Drawing on rich and eclectic sources, Mary Mendenhall has produced a memorable tapestry of great power and beauty,” a London reviewer wrote about the first edition.
An unpaid debt. A cursed king. The chilling reminder, “There is a power greater than yours,” when his wife dies in childbirth, his daughter is lost, and his kingdom crumbles.
Sensing that all is not right, the forgotten princess embarks on a journey of self-discovery alone, misunderstood and confused, wandering in search of home… So begins the story of Michael, a medieval craftsman craving fulfillment who stumbles across a cold and aloof stranger. But the Ice Princess is not like the fairy-tale figures of the Snow Queen, North Wind, or the White Witch: she is a flesh-and-blood woman with a quest of her own.
Reminiscent of the storytelling styles of Elizabeth Goudge and George MacDonald, Michael and the Ice Princess: A Mystical Romance offers an ideal ‘bedtime story’ in the old oral tradition. Suitable for older youth and anyone who craves spirituality linked with old-fashioned romance, this classic novella is an enchanting journey through the world of sages of long ago who still have something to say to modern souls.
“Mary Mendenhall, a community health nurse, studied the social sciences, cross-cultural communications, and the performing arts before serving in developmental mission work in Cyprus and Uganda. A lover of storytelling and spirituality, her poems and short stories grew into novels based on the lives and struggles of people she met in her travels. She lives in Washington state and has three grown sons.”
THE WRONG SIDE OF ETERNITY: A PRESENT-DAY PASSION by Mary Mendenhall
In Uganda, Charity Ntambara and her uncle Geoffrey suffer indescribable horrors during the regime of Idi Amin, while half a world away, self-assured Irish-Mexican Stephen O’Connell escapes a small-town, checkered past to pursue education near San Francisco. There, fresh ideas-and people as diverse as brilliant anti-feminist Madeleine, the musical genius Bryce, and very earthy Julie Burns-pull his soul in opposing directions. ‘By chance’ he prevents the murder of a Ugandan refugee, catapulting him irrevocably into a world of need and danger.
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