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Thursday, September 17, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts: Corbin Bernsen on his novel RUST & a #Giveaway!

Good Morning Friends!

I am thrilled to bring you this week's Thursday Thoughts from Corbin Bernsen brought to you by Adams Media & Pelican Book Group.

This post is part of Mr. Bernsen's ""Win It Before You Can Buy It" Book Giveaway!" so leave a comment for your chance to win 1 of 2 copies of Rust, the novel adaptation to the movie Corbin wrote and produced in 2010.

In his own words, Corbin tells us how Rust the novel came about.....

I never knew while writing the film version of Rust that my “journey of faith” had begun.  I grew up in a Christian Science household, so my introduction to Christian faith was well cemented; but over the years, without going to church, bible study or keeping the dust off, my faith drifted to the back of my mind—although, it never faded completely, and I have always felt the presence of Jesus in my life, stronger at times than others.  After my father died, the void once occupied by practicing faith daily became apparent as I grappled with the concept that my father was gone.  Then, with what I now understand to be a perfect confluence of events organized by powers greater than me--OK, God—things began to come to me, including the small town of Kipling, Saskatchewan, buried in the heartland of Canada, wanting to make a movie… and FUND IT!  Wow!

And so the journey began. It became clear that this was much more than just making a movie.  This was a path laid out for me to simply give in, give over, and follow.  Every turn, every day, became a clear signpost that kept driving me in a direction… a road to rediscovering my faith.

And the movie Rust was made.  Picked up by Sony Pictures / Affirm Pictures – the company that had just released Fireproof!  Everything, and I mean everything, was flowing. The ice and mud that had congested my faith was gone and I was running free with purpose and direction.  It hasn’t let up since. I have written and directed five more of what I call “journey of faith films.” Along the way my mother passed, and I can tell you, thank God--and I mean that--thank You Lord for giving me a structure, a path, and a peace to get me through that rough time!

As time passed, once again a rust brought on by complacency, which in turn gave way to fear, began to corrode my new-found faith.  In a world head-locked in turmoil, without hope, delivering doubt about so many things--my country, world, and most shockingly, God--I found myself asking the very same question James Moore asks in Rust: “How could such a loving God allow so much pain and suffering?”

That lasted all of five minutes and the answer was delivered.  Time to dust off the faith once again, put in the time, redirect the focus and remove the "rust" that had begun working its way back in.  Write the book!  Rust the novel.  Go back to the well and drink again the story that set you on the path.  God has not forsaken you! I did, and a yet another reinvention of my life and faith has begun!

Rust: The Novel is the plight of one pastor’s crisis of faith and the struggle to save his friend’s life and restore hope to a floundering community. Readers will be getting a “better, fuller, richer story in the novel,” says Bernsen. “I was able to expand more intelligently, more interestingly, on some of the original themes and concepts in the film.”

Fans will be able to enjoy Rust: The Novel in both softcover and e-book formats. Pre-order discounts as well as book clubs, retailers’ and librarians’ specials are available. For more information about the forthcoming novel and Bernsen, visit http://pelicanbookgroup.com/rustnovel.

RUST the movie can be purchased at Amazon.com.

Corbin Bernsen most recently starred as Henry Spencer on USA Network’s hit original series Psych. First catapulted to stardom during the 1980s by the hit NBC TV series, L.A. Law, he was nominated twice for both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe Award®.  Along the way, he hosted Saturday Night Live, and guest starred on Seinfeld and Star Trek to name a few notable television appearances. In the feature film arena, he starred in the comedy Hello Again, followed by other critically-acclaimed roles in Disorganized Crime, Wolfgang Peterson’s Shattered, The Great White Hype, and as the Cleveland Indians’ third baseman-turned-owner Roger Dorn in the extremely popular Major League series of films. With the film Rust, Bernsen shifted his focus to family-friendly movies and formed Home Theater Films. Bernsen’s latest film project, Christian Mingle , was released in January 2015 by Capitol. Bernsen lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 26 years, actress Amanda Pays, and their four sons.


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks, Pam, for hosting this special guest. My husband and I both consider Corbin Bernsen one of our favorite actors. And I did love your role in Psych. Congrats on your novel! Best wishes.

Tanya Hanson said...

Wow, how a lucky is Pelican to feature such an amazing book and faith witness! Congratulations, Corbin. You're gonna love all the support you'll get.

God bless.

Leah St. James said...

What an amazing, inspiring message. I'm embarrassed to say I have not seen the movie, but I will now. Looking forward to the book's release as well. Congratulations! Wishing you much continued success.

Leah St. James said...

What an amazing, inspiring message. I'm embarrassed to say I have not seen the movie, but I will now. Looking forward to the book's release as well. Congratulations! Wishing you much continued success.

Susan Oleksiw said...

Congratulations on blending the many threads of your life into one.

Maureen said...

What a wonderful, heartwarming post!

Anonymous said...

Interesting author. Intriguing story. A must read!

Hope Dougherty said...

Thanks so much for this post. I especially enjoy reading about people's faith journeys because all of us come from such different places with different experiences. I'm also fascinated by crisis-of-faith stories. So often we see the hunky dory Christian life portayed by cookie cutter characters, but many Christians grapple with doubt and questions when life doesn't happen exactly the way for which they'd planned--and prayed. I'm looking forward to reading Rust.

Loree Peery said...

Thank you for sharing your faith journey. I get goose bumps hearing about the fruit of God's timing. Also, I've wanted to read this book since the first moment I heard about Rust. I'm excited for everyone involved, especially the readers who will benefit deeper than movie-goers.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you ALL for dropping by and Good Luck in winning a copy of RUST.

I too, am amazed at Corbin's testimony and can't wait to read the book and watch the movie.

And, as MA for PBG, am thrilled to promote it and honored to have him visit my humble abode (aka blog) :-)

Have a Blessed day everyone!

marilyn leach said...

Thanks to both Pam and Corbin for the fascinating interview. We all have our journeys, and it's but a few who can put theirs down on paper with such entrancing quality. Excited to read Rust. Cheers

Susan Coryell said...

Excellent post--I did not realize he was a writer/film maker as well as a tv star. Interesting stuff here!Thanks for sharing.

MJ Schiller said...

Fabulous post! So cool to see the way God works in others' lives. Thank you for sharing, Pam! I also think it is admirable that Corbin has been married for 26 years, in a business where that is an even bigger accomplishment than in general. Congrats on that, and on the book. Best wishes!

Diana Rubino said...

What an amazing and inspiring story, Corbin! I hope it inspires many others. Much success with RUST. Pam, thanks so much for sharing this! I will certainly spread the word. Diana