A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to read and review Preacher on the Run by Jayna Baas (check out my review here!) The premise of the book was quite intriguing to me, and once I started reading it, I knew this was one good book and one great author! The situations presented in the book really made me think, especially in our current state of affairs in our country, and the relationships between all of the characters are so Christian and refreshing. Not to mention there’s a lot of action and great characters.
STANDING FOR TRUTH COULD COST HIM HIS FREEDOM.
It’s 1771, and Robert Boothe has spent the last four years leading the tyrant-hating Regulators against North Carolina’s corrupt British government. All he wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God. But the established church wants him to shut up. The governor wants him dead.
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE.
Being an unlicensed dissenter preacher has already made Robert a target. Then Colonel Charles Drake comes to town with one ambition: winning the governor’s favor, no matter what it takes. And Robert Boothe just might be his last chance.
YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE.
And as a part of the blog tour, I received the honor of interviewing two of the characters from Preacher on the Run. Robert and Mitchell Boothe are two brothers and two preachers who are faithful to their Lord’s calling upon their lives, and I am so excited to have them here for an interview!
Interview with Robert and Mitchell Boothe
Vanessa: Good afternoon, gentlemen! Thank you so much for joining me!
So, first off, how have your lives been since the end of the first book? I’ve heard some distressing rumors recently … How are Magdalen, Susanna, and Ayen? And of course Hank? How is the church in Sunrising?
Robert: I haven’t heard any rumors, have you, Mitch?
Mitchell: I try not to listen to rumors. A circuit rider starts listening to rumors, he’s done for.
Robert: Well, the church is thriving, although we had a bout of fever a year or two ago. Susanna took an interest in healing, and she’s got quite a way with herbs and such. Ayen loves horses and helps out in the stables at the inn. And Maggie—I don’t know what I’d do without her. Folks are taking sides now over this war with England, so I spend half my time preaching and half my time leading a volunteer militia of sorts.
Mitchell: Rob doesn’t like to talk about it much, but we had a Cherokee scare in 1776. He stood in the gap and kept the peace as far as his people were concerned. My circuit’s been growing, praise the Lord, and that keeps me busy. Hank’s as ornery as he’s ever been, but he’s a right good help, and he does some courier work for Rob now and again.
Vanessa: I really enjoyed seeing your interactions with each other. What were you guys like as kids? Typical older brother bossing the younger brother around? Mitch, is it true Robert really punched you in the face once? When did that occur—and why?
Robert: If I bossed Mitch, it was only because he needed it. We had our moments, I reckon, but for the most part we got on pretty fair. We always knew we could count on each other. Might’ve beaten the daylights out of each other now and then, but if anyone else tried to do it, they had better look out. And that is not true—I did not punch him in the face.
Mitchell: He’s right. He didn’t punch me in the face. I got it in the neck. We were wrassling in the yard as brothers do, and his hand slipped and jabbed me right here under the jaw. Leastways, he says his hand slipped. I thought I’d been shot. I was near about fourteen. He was old enough to know better.
Vanessa: How—and when—did you both decide to become circuit-riding preachers? Did you ever work together?
Robert: I knew from the day I got saved that God wanted me for something. When I was sixteen, I was in a meeting and—I don’t know how to explain it, I just knew I’d have no rest if I didn’t go to preaching. Circuit-riding was pretty much the only kind of preaching there was in the Blue Ridge. A man might have four or five churches to preach to at once, so he’d have a circuit whether he meant to or not. My pa trained me, since he’d been a circuit rider a long time.
Mitchell: Pa died when I was nineteen, and folks started asking if I was going to follow in his footsteps. I didn’t much like that. See, I was scared to death of preaching, but it scared me even worse to preach if God hadn’t called me. I’d seen what preachers went through—Rob had already been in jail once by that time—and I was afraid I couldn’t stick it out. But Pa’s old circuit-riding partner helped put my fears to rest, and God showed me in His own good time what I was supposed to do. I rode with Rob for a year or so.
Vanessa: Mitchell, can you ever see yourself becoming a preacher of an established church rather than a circuit-riding preacher? And Robert, do you think you’ll ever return to the circuit, maybe when you’re older and your children are grown?
Mitchell: I purely can’t imagine leaving my circuit. And I don’t think I’d feel quite right pastoring a church unless I was married. Plenty of preachers have done it, and it might sound odd, but I think the Bible’s pretty clear it’s better to have a household first to prove you can lead folks.
Robert: The church keeps me so busy, I don’t reckon I’ll go back to the circuit. Matter of fact, right now I wish I had more time just to lead the church I’ve got. It’s getting harder, what with the war taking more of my time, but I’ve seen God’s leading in that, too.
Vanessa: On that note, Mitchell, how did you learn Cherokee? It sure came in handy that one time, didn’t it?
Mitchell: I picked the lingo up a little at a time. I had to, working the trails like I was. Rob and I practiced on each other that year we rode together. I thank the Lord it was there when I needed it.
Vanessa: For both of you – what are the best and worst traits of one another? (Be nice, now.) 🙂
Robert: Mitch isn’t what you’d call organized. When we rode the circuit, I’d know where we had to be when and what it’d take to get there, and then he’d forget something or go off helping somebody or find something else that needed doing. But he can take life as it comes, that’s the thing. It’s a valuable trait for a circuit rider, and something I’ve tried to learn from him.
Mitchell: I’d say Rob’s best and worst traits are two sides of the same coin. He’s dependable. You can count on him. He’s always got a plan, and he can stick to it and lead folks. But it’s possible to have too much of a plan, and sometimes he’s just bullheaded about it until somebody makes him ease up a mite.
Vanessa: Throughout the book, both of you are faced with threats to your liberty and God-ordained rights. What is the best advice you’d give someone who is in the position of standing up for their God-given freedoms and resisting tyrannical rule in a godly way?
Robert: Make certain sure you’re fighting for the right reason. All through the Regulator days, and now in the war with England, I’ve seen folks think they’re doing God a service when all they’re doing is rebelling and making trouble. Next thing you know, you’re not fighting the real enemy and you’re not honoring God.
Mitchell: What I’ve got to say goes right along with what Rob said. Once you’re fighting for the right reason, keep your eyes on the right reason. You can do everything right, but if your eyes aren’t on Jesus, you’re winning the fight and losing the war. Keep your eyes on the prize, that’s all I’m saying.
Robert: Seems like I remember somebody telling me that once.
Mitchell: Wonder who that could’ve been . . .
Robert: I reckon now would be a good time to thank Miss Hall for having us, and then we’d best light a shuck and head back to the mountains. Time to find out what those rumors were she was talking about.
Vanessa: Thank you both for stopping by and talking to me today! It was a truly pleasure to be able to talk to you both. I’m so excited to see what the future holds for you (though you might not be as excited, depending on the events of the next book … probably shouldn’t have told you that.)
Mitchell: And there she goes again. Let’s ride out before my curiosity gets the best of me.
Purchase Preacher on the Run
Thanks again to Rob and Mitch for stopping by and answering a few questions! I hope you’ll think about reading their story for yourself in Preacher on the Run. You can get a paperback copy (yay a real book!), or you can buy the Kindle version while it’s on sale for the blog tour here!
Also, much to my delight, Jayna released a prequel to Preacher on the Run only a few days ago, entitled Promise of Refuge. Just like the first book in the series, this story was amazing (and we get to hear more about Mitchell, Robert, and Magdalen’s earlier years.) You can check it out here for Kindle!
In addition, Jayna is hosting a giveaway in conjunction with the blog tour!
Time: 12:00 AM September 13 – 12:00 AM September 25
Prize: One signed paperback copy of Preacher on the Run, one bookmark with a Bible verse and cover artwork, and eight assorted photography notecards. All entrants will receive a promo code for Jayna Baas’s online bookstore.
Notes: Open to US residents 18 and up or with parental consent. No purchase necessary.
About the Author
Jayna Baas (pronounced as in “baa, baa, black sheep”) lives in northern Michigan with a great family of real people and the family of pretend people who live in her head. (Yes, she does know her characters are not real. No, she does not want you to tell them she said so.) Notorious for working on several projects at once and writing her series in the wrong order, she believes German writer Thomas Mann was correct in saying, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” She enjoys writing and reading in a wide range of genres, but her favorite story is this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
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Goodreads book page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54654303-preacher-on-the-run
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Blog Tour Schedule (September 13–24, 2021)
Sept 13: Blog tour kickoff @ Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)
Book spotlight, behind-the-scenes post
Sept 14: Kristina Hall (https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com)
Book review, author interview
Sept 15: Jenny Knipfer—Author (https://jennyknipfer.com/blog/)
Book spotlight, excerpt
Sept 16: Vanessa Hall—Author of Christian Fiction (https://vanessahallauthor.wordpress.com/)
Book review, character interview
Sept 17: Captive Dreams Window (https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/)
Sept 20: Southern Gal Loves to Read (http://southerngallovestoread.blogspot.com)
Sept 21: Amanda Tero—Blog (http://amandatero.com/blog)
Book spotlight, guest post
Sept 22: Connie’s History Classroom (https://connieshistoryclassroom.blogspot.com)
Of Blades and Thorns (https://www.graceajohnson.com/blog)
Sept 23: Britt Reads Fiction (https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com)
Sept 24: Reading Excursions (https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com)
Book review, spotlight, excerpt
Sept 25: Giveaway winner announced in Rafflecopter widget and on Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)