A Bad Feeling About the Word “Father” by Christine Lindsay

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Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that infamous ship.

It was stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India that inspired her Multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj. Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight. The final instalment to that series, Veiled at Midnight will be released Fall 2014.

Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance which is set in Ireland.

Christine makes her home in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.


by Christine Lindsay

I used to wish that I was born in the kind of family portrayed in a Norman Rockwell painting. But not all of us grew up with the sweet family life the great American artist painted—images of a benign dad beaming with love upon his children as he carves a turkey or fixes their toys.

Many of us had dads who drank and bullied and neglected, and ended up giving their children a bad feeling about the word “father”.

Thanks to God though, He changed my concept of the word “father”. It didn’t happen overnight. Even though I became a Christian young, it took me years to understand my value as His redeemed child—that nothing…absolutely nothing could ever separate me from His love.

Not having a clear concept of a loving father warps the way we view life. Sadly, my two siblings followed in our dad’s footsteps and struggled with alcoholism. It was painful to watch my brother and sister ensnared by the same addiction gene from our earthly dad. But what a joy it was two years ago when my brother Steve gave his life over to God and started a life of sobriety. It wasn’t easy. Steve’s life basically had to fall apart and he lost everything—his wife, his kids, his financial stability, almost his life—to get to the point of giving it all over to God.

With the Lord’s help, Steve succeeded. So much so, that our sister has started her own journey toward sobriety.

As these two precious people wrestle against the genetic addiction handed down to them, I’m reminded that as Christians we fight against those human traits that cause us to sin, and only with God’s strength can we start to emulate our heavenly Father.

Seeing God do such amazing things in my life and family I had to write a fictional novel to encourage others who wrestle with addictions or issues handed down to them from their human bloodline.

The hero of my soon-to-be-released Veiled at Midnight is a character from the first two books in this series. In Shadowed in Silk, Cam Fraser was just a little boy. In Captured by Moonlight, we see a bit of more of Cam as he talks about the little Indian girl Dassah. In Veiled at Midnight, Cam Fraser and Dassah are adults, and are in love, but there are too many obstacles separating them.

For one, Cam is a British army officer, and in 1947 British Army officers do not marry young Indian woman. Separating them further is Cam’s addiction to alcohol. Even though Cam has been raised in a Christian family, he can’t seem to help himself and follows in the footsteps of his biological father. As the tumultuous Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan tears an entire country and its people in two, so too are these young lovers torn apart. But through the entire fictional story is the over arching truth—neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The British Raj draws to an end…but the turmoil has only just begun.

The Partition of India and Pakistan has sent millions to the roads, instigated riots as uncontrolled as wildfire…and caught up Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah in its wake.

Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since the days when he played with the orphans at the mission as a boy. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he? He tries to find a way…but he has a cruel mistress—the bottle.

For a while, Dassah believes that Cam loves her. But as it become clear he only used her, what choice does she have but to run? He may hold her heart—but she cannot let him break it again.

Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but she finds her purpose helping those who have lost everything. Jack Sunderland, though—is he her soul mate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?

The Partition has separated the country these three love…but can they find their true homes before it separates them forever from love?


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Thank you, Christine. I appreciate your openness about what surely is a tough subject to broach. I praise God with you for your brother and sister’s sobriety.

Do you have a similar praise report? Did you come out of a dysfunctional family with generational curses (such as alcoholism) and now live a redeemed life? Please share, if you feel led. It’s always a blessing to see God’s hand in the lives of others.


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1 thought on “A Bad Feeling About the Word “Father” by Christine Lindsay

  1. It’s difficult to find experienced people in this particular subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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