Monday, November 26, 2012

Ada Brownell's "Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal"

Title: Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal.
Cover blurb: Do you know you are more than a physical body? An award-winning medical and religion writer, Ada Brownell—through her research after the death of her daughter—shows why we have hope of eternal life, not only from a Christian point of view, but because of physical evidence.

1) How did this story come to you?Through my work as a medical journalist, free lance religion writer, research, picking the brains of medical professionals, and observing the obvious. But it was a direct result of the death of our oldest daughter, Carolyn, a beautiful 31-year-old dedicated Christian and musician who had perfect pitch. She died within two months after the cancer diagnosis and I wanted to know for sure that I believed what I thought I believed about the eternal.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.I had a traditional publisher who already was editing the manuscript when he went bankrupt. At that time, Swallowed by Life was as a four-part book 1) You have hope because God created you so that you’re more than a body 2) How to Deal with losses that come with age and illness 3) Making difficult choices, such as pain control; life-extending treatments; assisted suicide; euthanasia; burial or cremation; and similar issues along with opinions or statements of religious denominations, medical ethics boards, etc. Although my name was widely known because of my articles in Christian publications, other publishers seemed to feel I needed to be a doctor or a minister with a large following to author such a book. So I put it aside and changed it after I retired to what I have now, when I went with CreateSpace.

It was written for support groups, religion classes, people with chronic or terminal illness, individual s who fear death or are curious about it, the grieving, and those who give them counsel.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
A natural redhead, I won Best Actress in a one-act play contest when I was in high school and afterward two judges took me aside and told me I should go to Hollywood because I could be another Lucille Ball. Perhaps that’s why this book has places that will make the reader smile.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
My teen novel, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, will be released soon. The summary sentence: “In this teen thriller a 14-year-old youth becomes the target of the radical group that enslaves his parents, and his fate could be worse than death.” After that, I will polish my completed historical romance, The Lady Fugitive, and send it to the publisher.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for inviting me to be your guest.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
The book link:


  1. This sounds like a vital book. My pastor was speaking about this in Friday's Bible study. He said that if we really believe in God, death is just the next step. He talked about how many people hold on to life instead of looking forward to being with Jesus. He spoke of visiting many people in the hospital and how different their last days are depending on how much they trust in God. This book sounds like a phenomenal resource.

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

  2. I would like to read your book - thanks for the opportunity to win!

  3. I would love to read this. rdunson at knology dot net

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to be your guest, Dawn. I love to see the comments. May God bless you all.

  5. Thanks for sharing the cover blurb for the book and how the story came to you. Swallowed by Life sounds like it contains great information! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jswaks at gmail dot com