Sometime last year, when I first decided to use the talent that God had given me to be a Christian fiction author, someone on twitter asked me, “Christian fiction? I never knew something like that existed.” We went back and forth for the next several minutes on how the name is an oxymoron. And what was fictitious about being a Christian. My normal answer is Jesus taught in parables so wala..there you have it. At that time it felt like just enough.
Fast forward to today. With two small kids and a full time job, it’s not always possible to read my bible every day. So I kinda cheat…I listen to it on my way to work. You know the cool app You Version…yeah those folks. I just put my plugs in and listen. I need that every morning to be able to face the world ahead of me. To carry on for the day, it builds my faith and resistance to things that can easily knock me down. The bible does say that faith comes by hearing , and hearing from the word of God Romans 10:17.
So I’m listening to Mathew, in chapter 13:10 the disciples ask Jesus why He teaches in parables( fiction) He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it
That’s it!! It’s not just enough to say I write Christian fiction, He has given me the gift to tell stories, and I know of His salvation; of the good news of the gospel so it’s my responsibility to share it with those who don’t know or need reminding. That’s why making sure He is speaking through me is important.
As I embark on my third novel…(shameless plug…hope you have read the previous two, if you haven’t you can get them here) I am becoming more desperate to tell the story that God placed in my heart. To say what He wants me to say. Not just a story for the fun of it but being able to pass a message. So every day that would be my prayer “Lord please place a story in my heart and let me write it the way You want me to write it so it can minister to who you intend it for” Those who have read my books, know Im not preachy, I do entertain, but the message here is kinda deeper.
I believe An Unexpected Blessing and The Christmas Ultimatum were God-given stories but with this book it is different. It’s not romance but women’s fiction. I am constantly stopping and asking God, “Is this where you want me to go with this?”
Right now it is titled Amarachi~ The Grace of God. Scheduled for Spring 2014
And I will share a lot more as I go through the process.Wanted to share some of what’s on my writing playlist…you can follow me on Spotify