Eager to follow the Lord’s direction, Norma Klingler left her Panamanian hometown and embarked on an “amazing adventure,” she said, as she and her husband, Richard, spent a lifetime traveling from Montana to Alabama and then to Honduras before settling in Blaine two years ago.
Along the way, she’s tried to be open to whatever task she felt God was calling her to accomplish, and that has resulted in an eclectic mix of experiences.
“He’s put me in touch with all these different things,” she said, citing a wide variety of work she’s done over the years, including nursing, bookkeeping, managing, medical translation and ministry.
“And in 1997 I sensed the call to write,” Klingler said.
Write she did. Recently, Klingler’s second book, “The Sailor’s Ring, the Adventures of Stanley Lucas Hamilton” was released nationwide.
The book for young readers tells the story of young Stanley who takes a train trip with his grandparents to Kontiki Bay, Mass., where they are caretakers of a lighthouse on Cape Shad.
Stanley’s adventures take him into a forbidden cave where he finds the skeleton of a sailor lost at sea many, many years ago. As the tide comes in, Stanley fears for his life when he is trapped in the cave and the water is rising. Desperate, he cries out to God for help.
“His frantic cries, his repentance – for going in the cave when he was told not to – and his asking God for help shows that God is faithful to rescue him. It shows what scripture says, if you repent he will forgive and restore you,” Klingler said.
“The Sailor’s Ring” is available at Tate Publishing (TatePublishing.com/bookstore) or by visiting BarnesAndNoble.com or Amazon.com.
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