Eileen Hinkle Rife – Second Chance

This week, I have the pleasure of hosting Eileen Hinkle Rife on my blog. She is another talented OakTara author and I’m very excited to share with you about her new book.


Eileen, tell us a little about youself.

I am a veteran homeschool mom and author of several nonfiction books. My byline has appeared in numerous magazines, including Marriage Partnership, Light & Life, Mature Living, On Mission, and Christian Home & School, and Discipleship Journal who first published my article, “When God Calls Your Child into Full-time Missions.” My fiction works include the Born for India trilogy (inspired by my oldest daughter’s commitment to serve in India and her subsequent love story), and Second Chance, inspired by my journey through the empty nest and my daughter’s work with Straight Street, an inner city teen ministry. All three of my daughters are involved in mission work around the world. My husband, Chuck, and I conduct marriage seminars and speak on a variety of topics for church groups and organizations in the States and overseas. We have three married children and six grandchildren, ages five and under. My favorite pastime in this season of life is dancing with hubby, spending time with my three daughters and sons-in-law, and playing with my grandchildren.

My daughter enjoyed six trips to Bamboo, Jamaica, and fell in love with the people there, so I understand what missions can do to your family. Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

Ah, yes. Loved to browse the stacks of my small, hometown library and breathe in the musty smell of old books. I’d often find a sunny spot on the floor and follow Nancy Drew as she uncovered a mystery. On snowy days, I’d curl up in the bed, vicariously taking a trip to the attic with Alcott’s Little Women. Horse stories held great fascination for me as well.

I love to read old books. My daughter is currently collecting all the classics–the older the better. As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?

As a child, I loved writing and telling stories. Often, neighbor kids huddled around my feet while I told a story. Walking to school every morning, I created characters then talked to them as I ambled down the road, which was my way of dealing with grief and loss. After the death of my brother, I learned to empathize with the underdog. This passion is reflected in my stories.

What is your favorite genre to read?

My favorite genre is the one I’m currently writing. Right now, that’s contemporary Christian fiction, so I read a lot of that!

Share something about your day-to-day life that might help a reader to feel as though they know you a little better. 

During the winter months, after a morning of writing and marketing, I take a lunch-break by my storm door. Big bowl of salad in hand, I sit on the floor, sun streaming in, and eat my lunch while reading.

Tell us about your latest book.

Second Chance is the poignant story of middle age, surprising friendships, and unexpected places.

Mave Robertson, a recent empty nester, wants the fire back in her marriage, but her husband, Jerry, remains aloof. Is he having an affair? A midlife crisis? When a neighbor suggests she “get a life,” Mave accepts the challenge and volunteers at an inner-city teen ministry where she is thrown into a culture of drugs, gangs, and unwed teen moms. She soon discovers someone she can help, but might he also be the cure for both her stale marriage and her crumbling relationship with her father?


Dareece Jackson, a teen from the projects, wants something in Mave’s purse…and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

What are you working on right now?

Three projects: A kids’ quip book inspired by my six grandchildren; a devotional book that traces God’s grace through the Bible; and my fifth novel titled, Laughing with Lily. The teaser:

An unexpected encounter with a person from her past launches a special education teacher on a quest for answers.

You sound like me–always a project in the works. Where do you get ideas for your books? 

The inspiration for my books comes from life experiences, family events, and current cultural issues.

What are you favorite themes to write about? 

The timeless themes of love and redemption. I take a struggling character and introduce him/her to the possibility of forgiveness through Christ. Often my works reflect my passion for those who are treated unjustly or those who experience grief and loss.

I think the world is a better place for having you around–someone who is willing to use her talents for the Lord. Where can fans find you or your books on the internet? 



My books are available for purchase through bookstores and online venues.

Here is an interview with the Daytime Blue Ridge news. Check it out!

Thank you, Eileen, for joining me this week on my blog!

Published by Sherri Wilson Johnson

I am a wife/mother/writer/speaker looking to be used by God!

2 thoughts on “Eileen Hinkle Rife – Second Chance

  1. I’d love to be entered in the drawing for your book, Eileen. Thank you for so faithfully using your life experiences to bless others through the power of story!

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