Category Archives: Katharine Bushnell

He will give His angels charge over you.

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He will give His angels charge over you.

Babies. No matter how many grandchildren and great-grands I have, each one  weighs the same in my heart, whether boy or girl. So I can’t help sending out a heart-warming picture of my latest (21st) great grandchild, Mia Rae Robinson.  She’s only two and a half months old but her eyes are full of anticipation of all that’s ahead.  Every day she’s learning something new– or doing something different.  I haven’t seen her for a few weeks, and this picture surprises me. She’s holding her head up to make sure that she can take in all the world around her, with eagerness and expectation of what’s ahead.

Her mom and dad are doing all they know to set the right foundation.  Tomorrow she’ll be dedicated at their church into God’s care and protection; really mom and dad are dedicating themselves to bring her up in the love and teaching of the Lord. And her extended family, grandma and grandpas, ( her 90-year-old great grandmother!) and the Body of Christ gathered in the church tomorrow morning will be witnesses to their commitment — and will promise to help them when they see that they are struggling.

I just spent a good part of ten years reading, researching and writing about a woman who never had children of her own, but whose heart was broken to find so many forced on the wrong path. It gives me special joy to see this young Christian family promising to bring their daughter up,  bathed in the love of parents and family and fed by Word of God  at home and at church.

Katharine Bushnell was born more than 160 years ago. She and her eight brothers and sisters were brought up like Mia — whose loving, godly parents set the example and encouraged their children to walk righteously. Katharine became one of the early women  medical doctors in our country. She longed to help heal bodies, but as she became aware of the cruelty and suffering so many girls and young women went through, her passion was to free their souls from sin and evil.

She didn’t know that the scourge she valiantly sought to eradicate, would today become a global sickness. Trafficking has grown to be more lucrative than the drug trade. Even on the streets here in  Denver young girls are picked up and enticed into slavery.

I look into Mia’s sparkling, trusting eyes, and pray faithfully that she’ll always be safe in the love and care of her precious family and the protection of the Holy Spirit.

This the prayer that I pray over Mia and her family:

If you make the Lord your refuge; if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.  For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11,12

You can read the fascinating story of Katharine Bushnell’s life in “Daughters of Deliverance” and “The Queen’s Daughters” available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Her Lifetime . . .

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In Her Lifetime . . .

When The Queen’s Daughters was released last September, Mia Rae Robinson was not in the picture. I dedicated the book to my nine great-granddaughters at the time, with these words:

I pray that in their lifetime sex slavery will become a thing of history.

I’ve added Mia Rae, my 21st great-grandchild,  to that prayer.

Today, according to the FBI, human trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world .  It includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. It involves both U.S. citizens and foreigners alike.

Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries, according to the CNN Freedom Project. The average cost of a slave is $90.

Katharine Bushnell, the historical heroine of my book, The Queen’s Daughters , investigated trafficking , called white slavery in the west  in the nineteenth century. She faced danger and personal deprivation, never having a family of her own. She crisscrossed the ocean numerous times to give reports of  the heart breaking things she’d seen before government  bodies, who often refused to believe her.  (After all, no honorable woman in the Victorian era should even mention such things. )

Since Kate’s pioneering days, the scourge of trafficking has increased like  an untreated Ebola epidemic. But today many organizations are following her example to investigate, report and rescue  young girls and boys caught in this evil around the world

Perhaps Mia Rae will only know of trafficking through history books.

 

 

 

“Can I be two when I am only one?”

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“Can I be two when I am only one?”

Seems I’m just catching up with famous authors who influenced people like CS Lewis and R. J Tolkien.  I think the literary side of my brain took longer to develop. So here at 90  I’m discovering a new author–George Macdonald (don’t be shocked. I should have majored in English Lit at Wheaton College!)  I’ve never read his famous fantasy novel, Phantastes, which opened new doors for Lewis and influenced his return to Christianity. But on my way to 91,  I’ll put it on my Kindle to find out what impressed Lewis so.

I recently found a little book of Macdonald’s at my son’s home–Diary of an Old Soul. I certainly identified with the “old soul” part this morning as I moved deck furniture around and off—ready for a much-needed “power-washing.  I don’t identify with all of the 366 sonnets Macdonald wrote — but here’s one I heavily underlined:

Two things at once, thou know’st I cannot think.

When busy with the work thou givest me,

I cannot consciously think then of thee. 

Then why, when next thou lookest o’er the brink

Of my horizon, should my spirit shrink, 

Reproached and fearful, nor to greet thee run?

Can I be two when I am only one?

My problem exactly. Working at my desk, fashioning sentences, hunting for words, I am not consciously thinking of God’s direction.  But  even as He controls the universe, answers billions of prayers at once, sends His angels to protect and comfort His children, He remembers me. A thought too big to understand.

What a comfort to know that during the months– yes, years–I researched,wrote and rewrote Daughters of Deliverance,  and The Queen’s Daughters,  I felt God’s guidance and presence and encouragement when I  was too discouraged to go on. If you’ve read my books about Katharine Bushnell, perhaps you saw  godly insights or the development of Kate’s character  that reflected a touch of God– that for a moment said “yes” to Macdonald’s question.  “Can I be two when I am only one?”

 

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What people are saying :)

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What people are saying :)

Like most of you, I find it hard to sell myself — or my creations. I sometimes even hesitate to hand out promotion about my books, like this clever,  three-fold business card my grandson designed. But in my heart I’m convinced that God encouraged me to write Katharine Bushnell’s story—and that many readers are blessed by her life and courageous work among trafficked girls and women in the Victorian era.

So here are a few unsolicited Amazon reviews from some of my readers:

Lorry Lutz eloquently narrates the story {in The Queen’s Daughters}of courageous Dr. Katharine Bushnell, who penetrated the realms of darkness that enslaved so many Indian & Chinese young girls in the Victorian era. Through her extensive research and creativity, Lorry articulately reveals the plight of vulnerable young girls sold into the sex slavery with no one to save them or defend them, and highlights the amazing transformation that can take place in their lives when a godly woman abandons the comforts of this world, trusts her Lord for the impossible, and reaches out to those who are hurting the most. Through her ups and downs, Dr. Bushnell has left a deep impact in my heart … This is a ‘must read’ for all who wish to see God’s justice lived out in our day.                            

I was pleased that the following reader caught Kate’s concern, not only about sexual slavery, but about the misunderstanding of how God intended women to be treated. Her insights into then, new ideas, about the role of women appear here and there—pointing to a surprising ending.

This is a fascinating historical book – Based on true facts. This is not a romance about a queen’s daughters. Instead this is about many things, but also about how the {British}GB soldiers were provided young girls in India for their pleasure. But there is only talk of how these men are amused with not talking of sex acts – but you can figure very easily what they went through…..Being a Christian, I also learned so much about how God really feels about women. The differences in the Hebrew words and how they are translated into English – is surprising.                                    

And the following reader also reminds you that  Daughters of Deliverance is followed by a sequel, The Queen’s Daughters.

I was thrilled with the release of The Queen’s Daughters a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy after having read Lorry’s previous book (Daughters of Deliverance). Having become challenged with the courage and conviction of Dr. Katherine Bushnell I was eager to read more of her work on behalf of young girls caught in the sex trafficking trap. This book captivated me as I followed her travels throughout the world to fight for these women. 

You can submit your own review of one of these books (after you’d read them of course).It’s quite simple.  Just scroll down the page where you viewed or purchased the books on Amazon, and you’ll see on the bottom left hand side CUSTOMER REVIEWS.

IN A FEW DAYS MY TWITTER NAME WILL BE CHANGED TO @LorryLutz and a professional publicist  will be helping me gussy up the messages.- So Tweet me!

HOW CAN YOU TELL THAT YOUR 90- YEAR- OLD MIND IS ‘CATCHING UP’ WITH YOUR 90-YEAR-OLD BODY?

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HOW CAN YOU TELL THAT YOUR 90- YEAR- OLD MIND IS ‘CATCHING UP’ WITH YOUR 90-YEAR-OLD BODY?

I think I figured it out tonight.

I’m booking my travel  for an exciting “trip-around-America ” arranged by my children for my 90th birthday, to visit all my family..  I started out in Phoenix last month, and tonight I scheduled flights to  go to Portland in April   and Chicago over the fourth of July.

Here’s where the mind began to deteriorate. In the intricate  (to me)selection  of points versus dollars (on South West  Airlines) I tried to figure out which leg of the flight would be cheaper –to use points or dollars? Jumping back and forth between schedules, I suspected SW was playing tricks on me.  Every time I scrolled back to the outgoing flight, the dollars seemed to be getting higher, and the points even worse.

I could feel my blood pressure rising.  I had to settle something quickly — and clicked PURCHASE  for the Portland booking.  Then on to Chicago. Of course prices would be higher over the fourth of July weekend, so I  grabbed the cheapest flight in the middle of the day and hit PURCHASE again.

Oh No!  I had booked my flight from Denver to Portland and to Chicago on the same day– same air time. and double the price.  Of course an old lady who has trouble getting out of chairs (soft, low ones of course) shouldn’t  be booking air flights on a complicated high-tech computer at her bed-time.

It made me think of Katharine Bushnell, protagonist of my two recent historical novels. Kate had to make her own travel arrangements to China, England, India,  Australia, New Zealand and the Far East,.  Each time she went in person to the office of the steamship company.   Often funds came in at the last minute. If you’ve read Daughters of Deliverance or The Queen’s Daughters,  you’ll admire her resilience and courage as I do.

I suspect there were times she wondered if she was making the right choices.  Her strong faith in God’s provision and direction enabled her to take risks for  Him. At 92 her body was growing weaker, but her keen mind was still sensitive to His call.  Finding her eulogy enabled me to add that crowning touch to her story.

 

 

Launch Day at Last

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It seemed it would never come.  Ten years in the making!  Today–December 1,2016– Amazon launched Daughters of Deliverance and the reviews are coming in.

To celebrate I’m having a Launch Party here at Wind Crest, the active retirement community I live in.  You should see my living room.  It’s piled with books, prizes, table decorations.  I’ve even been persuaded to display copies of of my eleven books published over the years– even the little 48-page booklet of youth programs I wrote for Youth Alive in South Africa back in the 70’s. (I think I was almost as awed to hold that little book when it was printed, as I am today.)

I couldn’t fall asleep last night wondering if we have enough cookies and cider for those who come.  Or would only a few people show up? Of course I can depend on my dear family; two of my children and several grandchildren will be here to boost my morale.

Above all this is a celebration, not just of the lovely book that Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas put out for me, but I’m celebrating  God’s faithfulness in nudging me to keep on writing — through loss and change, through slowing down as I inch (oh no, I’m flying) towards 90.I feel that God has privileged me to spend these years studying and developing the character of Katharine Bushnell.  And through her I too have learned to trust Him more and to do all I can to “finish well” as Kate did. (That’s coming next September when Daughters of the Queen will be released.)

 

Squanto and the pilgrims

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Squanto and the pilgrims

Read on!  there is a connection between Daughters of Deliverance and  Squanto’s story!

Reading Breakpoint  this morning, I  the learned the story of Squanto– a five year old Indian boy who was kidnapped by  Spanish traders  who had landed five years before the pilgrims.  Squanto was fortunate enough to be sold to a well-meaning monk in Spain who taught him about the Christian God. Later Squanto  made his way to England. There he worked in a stable for a kind Englishman who taught him English and looked for passage to the new world for Squanto. Ten years after he was captured, his benefactor found a way to send him home.

Sadly Squanto found his whole Wampanbog village had been decimated by an epidemic. A year later the Pilgrims arrived and settled on the very land where his village had stood. Squanto greeted them in English and became a friend to the Pilgrims.In the diary of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to procure other commodities . . . and was also [our] pilot to bring [us] to unknown places for [our] profit, and never left [us] till he died.” Squanto died asking  prayer that he would go to the Englishman’s God in heaven.

There are many people like Squanto whose lives of sacrifice and compassion for those who  in need are lost to history. I was taught that Indians and Pilgrims praised God together for the harvest; today’s history books probably debunk that.  But Squanto’s life is kept alive, written in the diary of Governor Bradford.

One of the reasons I researched and wrote about the life of Katharine Bushnell was to bring her life and work alive.  Squanto helped to keep the early Pilgrims alive that first year they struggled against the elements in their new homeland.  Katharine’s compassion and persistence against the sin of sexual slavery kept women and girls alive in the 19th century. Her story, told in my historical novel, Daughters of Deliverance comes out next Thursday, December 1, on Amazon or through me. lorrylutz.com

Thanks for Squanto’s story written in  Breakpoint Commentary, originally  by Chuck Coleson. John Stonestreet and Eric Metaxis currently write the daily commentary.