My Writing Desk | Mesu Andrews (Plus a Giveaway)

My First Office

I’m a messy. My sweet hubby likes order—but he loves me. When chronic illness and daily migraines moved me from busy speaker to full-time writer, I wrote my first novel at this cluttered computer armoire—in the entryway of our home. My husband had been a pastor before becoming a professor, so I was used to life on a highway, but really? Writing the story of Job while my family watched football and welcomed front-door guests over my shoulder? We made it work.

My deluxe office--2

My husband took pity and celebrated my second book release by turning our never-used formal living room into a beautiful office space—complete with a bay-window view of Mt. Hood. My writing buddy, Bouzer, enjoys the early morning sunshine.

My deluxe office--1

But guess what? I’m still a messy. Most often, I write while sitting in my recliner with books and notebooks stacked around me. I clean up when hubby breaks out in a cold sweat from the clutter. But we’re empty-nesters now, so we need only please each other—and King Bouzer, the Rotti-pitbull, of course.

My REAL office

About Mesu

2012-06-02 18.43.48Mesu Andrews was a life-long Hoosier before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. She and her husband, Roy, have two married daughters and a growing tribe of grandkids. She loves movies, waterfalls, and travel. Her deep love for God’s Word translates into well-researched biblical novels. Her first, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell, 2011), won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year in the Debut Author Category. Love’s Sacred Song (Song of Solomon) and Love in a Broken Vessel (Hosea and Gomer) received 4 1/2 star ratings from RT Reviews. And In the Shadow of Jezebel released this month!

Learn more about Mesu at her website.

About In the Shadow of Jezebel and a Giveaway

Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach beyond the realm of earthly governments. To further Athaliah and Jezebel’s strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest and enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh’s temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family–and the nation–she loves?

With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings Old Testament passages to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love. Purchase a copy here.

To celebrate the release of In the Shadow of Jezebel, Mesu is giving a lucky reader a copy of the book! Enter using the widget below. Only those in the U.S. are eligible to win.

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  1. I am a Ruth and Naomi Fan, add Boaz and we have a wonderful romance !

    I am so glad you shared Mesu with us and I am so glad she shared part of her life with us today.

    She knows I have been checking her out !

    Love and Hugs
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  2. Love seeing your writing space, Mesu, and hearing the stories behind it! And what fun spotting that treadmill of yours! Mine is tucked in the garage…there’s something fun about writing and walking, isn’t there? 🙂 I am so excited about your upcoming book and you have been such a blessing to me. I’m so thankful to know you, sweet gal!

  3. Lisa Ivory says:

    I am soooo looking forward to reading Mesu’s newest book! I have read all the others and LOVED each one!!!

  4. Bonnie Roof says:

    There are so many stories in the bible that I love – my favorite, of course, would be those concerning Christ during His years living on earth. Loving romance – I, too, would have to say that the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz is another!!

    Loved seeing your beautiful office space, Mesu!!

    I love biblical fiction, and would love to read “In the Shadow of Jezebel”!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy, and thanks for the wonderful post – Mesu and Tricia!!


  5. The older I get, the more I love Old Testament stories. My favorite right now is the story of Joseph. It’s just such a perfect story–drama, heartache, love, betrayal, forgiveness, triumph–it’s all there!

  6. Love the photos of your writing space! I have two writing spaces, too, depending upon my ability to climb the stairs for the day. I’m so glad that you’re still able to write through your illness. It’s a huge blessing to all of us. And love the photo of your sweet Bouzer.

  7. My favorite Old Testament story is Esther.

  8. Love reading her books!

  9. Love seeing where she writes!! Would love to read her new book!!

  10. Gloria Schilling says:

    I like Gomer and Hosea for one. God reminded me that the unconditional love in that story was how I was to respond to our rebellious (at the time) teen..

  11. RUTH SMITH says:

    Love the review of your book and it sounds like you do a great job of bringing the Old Testament characters to life. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the give away and I pray that I am a winner of your book. Gods blessings….

    • RUTH SMITH says:

      PS: my favorite Old Testament story is of Noah and his building the Ark. Mrs. Noah had to be a very loving and caring wife in that she believed in what Noah was doing and didnt insist he quit building because it was not raining.

  12. My current favorite is the story of Moses. I think it changes just depending on what I’m interested in studying.

  13. My favorite Old Testament stories are those of Esther and Ruth.

  14. Love your writing spaces!!! And even your messy looks pretty neat to me. 😀

  15. My favorite OT story is Moses, all the way. I’ve always been fascinated by him being saved from death and being raised as a prince, plus can totally relate to him feeling inadequate when God asked him to set His people free.

    And totally understand, Mesu. I’m a messy too! 😉 Wish I wasn’t, but it’s a hard habit to break.

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  16. King Jehoshaphat praying about being overrun by armies and then all the people had to do was worship! I love that there is such tremendous power in simply worshiping the Lord in song. Since I play guitar and sing, I find this to be true in my life too. The battle belongs to the Lord. How easy it is to forget sometimes. I also love the story of Ruth. My books are about hope, healing and redemption so naturally this story fits my theme 🙂 By the way, I love to see how your chair looks. Even though I’m not a messy, it happens! My chair looks the same with one side piled with my writing pages, projects and references and the other full of home school lessons!

  17. Just bought my copy of the Jezebel book off Amazon. Plan to donate all my copies to Evergreen Bible for the missions auction as a set.

  18. Mary Hart says:

    Looking forward to reading In The Shadow Of Jezebel! I have loved your other books.

  19. Linda McFarland says:

    My favorite Old Testament story is from the book of Esther….”if I perish, I perish”…love that quote! Enjoyed seeing Mesu’s writing space…love her books. Thanks for the opportunity to win…would love it! Linda

  20. We’re doing a series by Jimmy Evans right now and he taught on Jezebel. I’m so intrigued now and want to learn more about her.
    Looks like an excellent read!
    My favorites are many but I really like the stories of Daniel and Esther.

  21. I love the d Testament story of Abraham. Yet I love the Old Testament stories and I would not have enough room listing them each and every time.

  22. Mesu, thanks for sharing your office with us! I love bay windows.

    My favorite Old Testament story is Ruth’s romance with Boaz. Her journey started with her mother-in-law and, in being faithful to her and God, God blessed her with a second love. That story is so precious and filled with hope.

    Andrea Cox


  23. Thanks for this post and giveaway! I love the glimpses into author’s writing spaces. Always makes me smile!
    I have a lot of favourite OT accounts….King David’s is a favourite, Esther’s, Joshua’s…and the list goes on, honestly!
    Mesu Andrew’s books are on my to read list. I love Biblical fiction!

  24. I love biblical historical fiction. My favorite Bible story is Joseph. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. I love the story of Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah). I would say their story is one of my favorites. I do love the story of Jacob and Rachael too!

    Thanks for this post and giveaway. I love Biblical history and I would love to win a copy of, In the Shadow of Jezebel.


  26. Love your writing space! And even your messy looks pretty neat to me, especially compared to my sisters and my workspace!

  27. This looks great! My daughter would prob. beat me to reading it …. 🙂
    I am a messy…sigh…and all 8 of my kids follow my poor example…sigh…but we do have fun! 🙂

  28. I love the Story of Naomi & Ruth!

  29. Robin in NC says:

    Job & his absolute faith & trust in the Lord still inspires me!

  30. I’m a romantic. So Ruth or Esther are probably my favorite stories.

  31. Haven’t read her books yet. Would love to though!

  32. Teresa Sheroke says:

    My favorite old testament story was Daniel in the Lions den. Look forward to reading this book.

  33. Mesu, Thank you for inviting us into your home and for sharing with us where all of your creativity happens. I giggle that you have such a nice and spacious workroom now and that you prefer your comfy chair. I set up a great little nook in my (very large) closet to do my quiet time but I prefer to sit at the end of my couch with a cup of coffee.
    May God continue to bless you as you bless others through your writing.

  34. Noah and the ark

  35. My favorite OT story is Abigail but that’s a pretty short one. 🙂

  36. Angie Carroll says:

    I have always liked Esther!

  37. Donna Cochran says:

    I love the story of Rahab.

  38. I think my favorite old testament story is that of Esther. She’s kind of my hero, honestly. I can’t imagine the kind of strength and courage, but more importantly faith, it took for her to stand up and do what she could to help. It helps me remember that I was put here for a reason and encourages me to never back down when I know my God is trying to use me.

  39. Jonah and the whale is my favorite bible story. Looks like a great read!

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