Francine Rivers, the recent winner of the 2015 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, is proving that her nearly four-decade-long career is not slowing down any time soon.
The 68-year-old author, who is best known for her novel Redeeming Love (Multnomah, 1997) and subsequent bestsellers including The Atonement Child (Tyndale, 2012) and Bridge to Haven (Tyndale, 2014), is currently working on two books; a devotional (Tyndale, 2016) and her next novel, tentatively titled The Masterpiece (Tyndale, 2017).
Earth Psalms, the devotional’s working title, is a gathering of 52 devotions that encourages readers to look around them and see what God is saying through nature. Elements of the book have been posted on Rivers’ blog.
“I’m excited about the change in genre; it gives me the opportunity to look at things in a different way,” said Rivers. “It’s been on my heart a long time and, frankly, if I’m going to leave something for my grandchildren, this is it.”
Rivers began her writing career in the general market back in 1977. After coming to faith a few years later, Rivers moved to writing in the Christian market by 1991 where she had much greater success. “I had more freedom to write what I wanted in the Christian market [because] the general market wanted me to lock into what had been successful,” she told PW.
The author started working in a wide range of genres, and she is still expanding today. “In the Christian market I’ve done contemporary, historical, and biblical fiction, [as well as] novellas, children’s books, and [now] I’m working on a devotional,” she said.
Rivers, who is a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, has earned a Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and many other awards for her work in multiple genres over the years.
“Few people have had the kind of impact that Francine Rivers has had through her Christian fiction,” said American Christian Fiction Writers Association CEO Coleen Coble last month when Rivers won the lifetime achievement award. “Many readers mark her books as spiritual turning points in their lives.”