The True Story That Inspired a New Movie

TheTownthatCameACourtn“At every turn of my life,” author Ronda Rich says, “even through the tribulations, through the adversities, God has blessed me. He has used times of despair, times when it looked like things were over for me professionally or personally . . . He carried me through to a better day.” Several years ago God blessed Ronda by placing her in the real-life situation that inspired her novel (now an UP TV movie) The Town That Came A-Courtin’.

“I spent several years working with NASCAR,” Ronda explained in a recent interview with Women of Faith. “I’d written a memoir of my lovely times there and was invited to come to a little town called Blytheville, Arkansas, an hour west of Memphis in the Mississippi Delta.

They found out I wasn’t married (at the time) and when I got to the bookstore there were people lined up out the door and down the street; men and women.  Everyone who came through to get a book signed said “You’re not married, right? You should meet our mayor; he’s not married.” This went on for an hour and a half! Everyone in the line had some great story to tell about him.

Finally, two men walked in the back door. One pulls up a rocking chair, sits down beside me and starts rocking and talking. I held my hand out and said, ‘Don’t tell me: you’re here to fix me up with the mayor.’

He stopped rocking, leaned forward and said ‘Well . . . if he asks you would you go with him?’

I rolled my eyes. I said, ‘Are you kidding? A man who needs an entire town to find a date for him? I don’t think so.’

He said, ‘We haven’t met.  I’m the mayor of Blytheville.’”

If this had been a fairytale, Ronda and the mayor would have promptly fallen in love and lived happily ever after. Since this was real life . . . not so much. Still, they did go out on that date and Ronda said, “The town had assigned a committee to go on the date with him. What swept me away was there was this town of people who loved unconditionally. They had nothing to gain by it; they just loved their mayor so much they wanted to help him out. It just touched my heart so greatly that it inspired The Town that Came A-Courtin’. What I’ve always loved about this story is that it’s not a figment of my imagination. These people exist. These big-hearted, generous, kind, loving people exist.”

This Sunday (January 19) those people will exist on TV in the UP Original Movie The Town That Came A-Courtin’ starring Lauren Holly and Valerie Harper. (You can even spot Ronda leading the pack into the store for the book signing!)

These days Ronda describes herself as an “extraordinarily blessed” woman. “I know that God is faithful. I know that in the worst of times if you just keep taking one step forward each day that eventually you will break through that adversity and you’ll find the blessings.”

The Town That Came A-Courtin’ airs Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7 P.M. EST exclusively on UP TV.


Win the Book that Inspired the Movie

TheTownThatCameaCourtn-bookcoverAbby’s used to making up quirky, charming characters in her books, but in the charming town of Bliss, MS it almost seems like those characters have sprung to life-and Abby is fantasizing about moving right in. The townspeople have set their matchmaking minds in motion—and they aren’t about to let Abby leave without a little love in her heart.

Register for a chance to win 1 of 12 copies of this delightful book, autographed by author Ronda Rich. Don’t wait around until someone else wins the mayor . . . that is, wins all the books. Enter by midnight Tuesday, January 28 to get your name in the running for an autographed copy of The Town that Came a-Courtin’.



Comments

  1. i would love to read this book; I love the story!!
    I’m looking for love too :-)

  2. I get the emails on Monday & Friday & enjoy them so much & will be attending my first WOF conference on 2-21-14 in Houston, Texas with my daughter & 2 of our closes friends & can’t wait!

  3. 3 months ago
    Penni Williamson says

    I love this story. Would love to read the book and see the movie.

  4. 3 months ago
    Kathy says

    I would LOVE to win this as we don’t have cable TV to watch it (use an antennae). Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Would LOVE to win this book! Can’t wait to see the movie :)

  6. 3 months ago
    jane njeri gachanja says

    I look forward to read the book and watch the movie

  7. This book sounds very interesting…..and clean!

  8. 3 months ago
    Debbie says

    Awesome story!

  9. 3 months ago
    Sonja Bailey says

    I really want to read this book and the movie sounds great too …

  10. 3 months ago
    Susan Gruener says

    Thanks for this opportunity to win Ronda’s book! Looking forward to reading it!

  11. 3 months ago
    Theresa says

    I have been attending WOF conferences for 3 years now and our church began with 5 people the first year and over 60 the following year. I plan to keep attending because it so inspires me to be a better witness for our Christ.
    I am a big time reader and try to balance it with everything else in my life. The greatest read so far is what else? “The Bible” Gods holy word. Would love to read this book.

  12. 3 months ago
    Patty says

    Love WOF…would love the book to read and share with others.

  13. 3 months ago
    Sallie says

    It is a blessing to be entered to win a Christian Love Story Novel. Here’s hoping I win. Can’t wait to read the book. Blessings to you all, Sallie

  14. 2 months ago
    Sandra Rockwell says

    Would love to read the book…what an inspiration to view a town with unconditional love..
    God Bless you all..