Sunday, May 18, 2014


No Wrong Turn

Cooking turkey, roasting gammon, decorating the table, entertaining—this has been our Christmas Eve tradition forever and given us many special memories. So when our youngest son challenged us to give Christmas away, it was hard to wrap my head around this foreign notion.

“Let’s do Christmas the way it should be done,” Kyle urged.

After the Christmas morning service, we made up twenty-three meals with sodas and notes, and set out in search of homeless people. We hadn’t gone far when the car came to a standstill. No gas.

My husband called our older son to bring some fuel while Kyle went in search of a gas station. Twenty minutes later, he returned

“There’s a station not far away. I met the coolest old man there. We greeted in passing, and something nagged me to ask if he knew where we could find homeless people.” Kyle wiped the sweat from his brow. “He was excited when I told him what we were doing, and he told me where we should go.”

At least there seemed to be a purpose for our empty car.

While my hubby filled the vehicle, I sat reading an advertising billboard. There’s no such thing as a wrong turn. Intriguing.

With the car refueled, we set off. We were to drive across the intersection at the traffic lights. Somehow, we landed in the turning lane, heading in the opposite direction. The detour, however, was a blessing.

“Look, there’s a bunch of homeless guys,” Kyle squealed as we spotted five men on the street corner beside a white Christmas tree they’d erected. They were in a festive mood. We handed out meals, sodas, and prayed. Before we drove away, one ran over, clutching a large white teddy he’d retrieved from beneath the tree. Not wanting to offend, we accepted the gift, unsure what we’d do with it.

We didn’t find our way back to where the old man told us to go, but we did find more people to bless with meals.

As the light faded, we finally found those we’d been searching for—eight homeless people huddled beneath cardboard blankets. We had eight meals left. Amongst them was little boy of a four. Colton. The moment I saw him, I knew who the teddy was for and how our wrong turn was actually the right one.

That day we truly experienced the gift of Christmas.

 You can watch a video of this on:

 Below is Marion Ueckermann's Novel Releasing August 22, 2014 by Pelican Book Group
HELSINKI SUNRISE by Marion Ueckermann
Three weeks alone at a friend’s summer cottage on a Finnish lake to fast and pray. That was Adam Carter's plan. But sometimes plans go awry.

On an impromptu trip to her family's secluded summer cottage, the last thing Eveliina Mikkola expected to find was a missionary from the other side of the world—in her sauna.

Determined to stay, Eveliina will do whatever it takes—from shortcrust pastry to shorts—to send the man of God packing. This island’s too small for them both.

Adam Carter, however, is not about to leave. Will he be able to resist her temptations? Can she withstand his prayers?

Click here to view the fun, short Book Trailer to Passport to Romance  


Will be available on Amazon and Pelican Book Group but don’t have links yet. Here’s links to PBG and Passport to Romance page.


Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then she has published devotional articles and stories in Winners, The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter (Tyndale House Publishers) and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven. Her debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise, releases 22 August 2014 by Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing) – Passport to Romance series. Marion blogs for International Christian Fiction Writers and Beauty for Ashes. She belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally.
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If you get this email and can do anything internet related, would you be able to change this wording on the blog:

Below is Marion Ueckermann's Novel just released by Pelican Book Group

to this:

Below is Marion Ueckermann's Novel releasing 22 August by Pelican Book Group

Also I send an email regarding the Passport to Romance link if you could fix that it would be great (sorry, I've no idea how I gave the incorrect link).


Marion Ueckermann said...

Thanks for hosting the first stop of my blog tour for Helsinki Sunrise, Christine. I'm excited for the release in August and the rest of the blog tour to hit the, cyberspace :)

Lisa Harris said...

Congratulations on your upcoming book, Marion! So excited for you! And what an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing.

Janet Ferguson said...

Best wishes, Marion! I've enjoyed your work!

Nancy Kimball said...

Congrats! I so love this book!

Diane Tatum said...

Good to read about Marion's Christmas experience. Can't wait to see Helsinki Sunrise out and on the 'rise'. Good stuff, Marion!

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Sara Goff said...

Marion, what a great start on your tour! The video was really honest and touching, and I'm sure your story will inspire many. I'm inspired!! Where were you at the time?

Marion Ueckermann said...

Thanks Lisa, Janet, Nancy, Diane for your comments. I have so enjoyed sharing this journey with you and learning from you all along the way.

Sara, we were in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. Thanks so much for taking the time to watch the video.

Marion Ueckermann said...

Thanks Lisa, Janet, Nancy, Diane for your comments. I have so enjoyed sharing this journey with you and learning from you all along the way.

Sara, we were in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. Thanks so much for taking the time to watch the video.

Donna B said...

Wow! Great post! What blessings we stumble across when we allow God to lead us blindly!

I love the story!

God bless!


I am so proud of you my little sister! I have watched you grow and true to the saying If at first you don't succeed - try, try again. This you have done over the years, with much prayer and trust in our Lord. I am so excited for you - and for all the books to come that you are already busy with! Be blessed - Love you!

Aldyth Thomson said...

What an inspiring story, Christine.
Ad, Marion, I can't wait to get my hands on your book! Such an intriguing story-line...

Shirley Corder said...

Beautiful story and so cool that you can back it up with a video Marion! Thanks for sharing, and all the best for your blog tour and for the sale of your book. I enjoyed it and I can recommend it to others for a fun read.

Marion Ueckermann said...

Please note that somehow I gave Christine the wrong link to the Passport to Romance trailer. Here is the correct link:

Watch the Passport to Romance book trailer on YouTube:

Helsinki Sunrise only releases on 22 August 2014.

Marion Ueckermann said...

Absolutely, Donna. I love seeing God at work in the simple things in life.

Marion Ueckermann said...

Hey Sis, seems we've both found our passion and talents late in life. Just goes to show you can teach [not going to say an old dog LOL] "those more seasoned" new tricks.

Love your work too. Thanks for all your support and encouragement on this journey.

Marion Ueckermann said...

Aldyth, I'll get your pre-reader copy to you soon (just giving you time to get through the Beauty for Ashes conference this weekend, which I can't wait for).

Shirl, I'm looking forward to having you on my blog tour and had fun last night answering your interview questions.

Dale said...

Loved the Christmas story. Your new book sounds interesting. All the best with it, Marion.

Marion Ueckermann said...

Thank you, Dale.