Sunday, January 8, 2012

Meet Ada Brownell

Welcome to the Book Loft, Ada.
Is there a story behind this book?

Swallowed by LIFE grew out of my search for everything that testifies of eternal life after we lost our 31-year-old daughter, Carolyn (Brownell) Coney, to a deadly form of lymphoma. When she died, I needed to find out if I believed what I previously thought I did. Was I still certain that those who accept the Redeemer God sent and His sacrifice for sin will never die? Was I still sure heaven exists?

Also, I wanted to give other people hope. Carolyn suspected a cure wasn’t coming and there was an unwillingness for her close Christian friends and even her pastor to discuss the possibility of death and what happens when you die. I lived in another state, and even as I visited her bedside, I so wanted her to be successful in her fight to live. But she had hope no matter what happened. She died with a prayer on her lips after spending many days listening to Sandi Patti sing, “It is Well With My Soul.”

But did I believe what I thought I did?

Although I had a measure of God’s comfort and peace, that question haunted me until as a medical reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado and a student of the Bible, I searched for evidence that we are more than a body.

I discovered science reveals death is swallowed by life continuously, our body constantly dying cell by cell and regenerating. I looked at how we began as single fertilized cells and we were the same person in the womb we are today. We can gain weight, have parts cut off or a surgeon could take out our hearts and replace them with someone else’s and we’re still who we’ve always been. Even parts of our brain can be removed or affected by disease, stroke or injury and we’re still the same person inside our body.

I found more evidence that we are more than flesh, and that brought me to the soul and our spiritual side. The title of the book comes from 2 Corinthians 5:4NLT, “While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.”

The book will fit several genres: Self help; Health: mind and body; Religion and spirituality; Death and Dying.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I am first a student of the Bible, and then I’m usually reading a faith-building or informational non-fiction book that I go through slowly so I can absorb the content. Right now I’m reading Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand. My writing book I keep on my nightstand is Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan. I devour Christian novels. Our youngest daughter went to and for my birthday ordered 14 books, most of them novels. I just finished The Christmas Witness by Susan Sleeman and a teen novel, There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. I’m reading Give my Love to the Chestnut Trees by Beverly Varnado.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Southern Gospel.

What are some of the quirkiest things you have done?
Got my high-heeled shoe stuck on the organ’s volume pedal during a quiet moment in church, sending the instrument to full volume. Another time when I’d just begun working as a newspaper reporter, I shook hands with the news anchor of the local TV station at a news conference instead of the object of the media attention, Deputy Attorney General Byron White, who was appointed the next day to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I’m a work-a-holic, and if I put something off it’s probably because I haven’t found time. My hubby used to say I plan two days work for almost every day I live and usually get it done. I wrote my Christian historical romance during American Christian Fiction Writers 2011 January Novel Track. I had 7,000 words to begin with and by the first week of February, I had 80,000 words and the end. I’ve been editing and preparing to market the book, The Belle of Peachville.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Mexican food, chicken and noodles, stir fry, grilled salmon, as main dishes. Veggies:Fresh green beans still a little crunchy but not hard and Mexican hominy, any kind of salad. Desserts: Oatmeal raisin cookies, apple dumplings, and Pumpkin Ginger Squares.

RECIPE--MEXICAN HOMINY: I used to say I like almost anything except hominy, and then a friend introduced me to this. Drain 1 large can hominy; add ¼ cup chopped onion; a little can of green chilis or a few tablespoons of hot sauce. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup cheddar cheese. Microwave 90 seconds.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
John 16:33: “In this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (Jesus). This scripture helps me put life in the right perspective

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m making my first book, Confessions of a Pentecostal, that is now out of print into an e-book. I have an agent looking at my historical novel, The Belle of Peachville. An editor is considering my teen novel, Terror Blasters, and I have a non-fiction motivational teen book that I am considering self publishing, Imagine the Future You.

Where can we read more about you?
My website is
My blogs:

You can purchase Swallowed by Life at Amazon.

Ada is giving away a copy of Swallowed by Life. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Jackie S. said...

What an interesting post, Ada.....I am captivated and am anxious to read your book!

ann said...

sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this book :)

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apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win this book

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