I received quite a few comments and suggestions from yesterday’s post Listening and thinking… some thoughts about the future and a great deal of encouragement as well. Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment!
One comment in particular I thought I’d post about… just for fun.
“Stay away from romance! Seriously, I love what you do. And since your ability to communicate Scripture clearly and quite visually is such a strength, don’t fix what ain’t broke. I’d love a line by line of the Pentateuch. The foundation of the first five books is such a wonderful springboard for all of Scripture, and frankly, so many are around today who have no context for the New Testament. No stories, no big picture. Nada. Keep it up, my friend. The Lord is using what you do.”
Thank you for this daylerogers, I very much appreciate your constant encouragement!
Now as for me writing Romances: That isn’t going to happen. You know what? I’d almost bet that if I did on another blog with a nom de plume, I’d have 100,000 followers in 6 or 8 months, and someone would contact me and offer to publish…
Isn’t that sad? There are so many lonely people out there who need to hear about Jesus Christ.
I have considered writing novels, however. About 15 years ago I had the brilliant idea of writing a novel about a young preacher who was very discouraged, questioning his faith and his calling, set in the18th or 19th century, probably 19th, dealing with the same issues as we deal with today in our churches. These would include things like jealousies, gossip, dissention, division, form over substance, tradition over truth…
He would reach out to older and more experienced ministers of the gospel and discover that they were really Pharisees at heart, and then finally find his relationship with Jesus Christ in the midst of his despair. I think I could do that one pretty well, and it would be one time when being a history nerd would be an advantage.
But I didn’t write it.
About 10 years ago I had another idea; I really like this one. It could even be a movie! Remember The Da Vinci Code? I really mean the genre more than the book or movie…
My idea was a novel with three plot lines: First, there is a Seminary student researching the book of Revelation for a doctoral dissertation. Next there is a fictional character who is one of Hitler’s secretaries beginning in 1939 at the Berghof (Hitler’s mountain residence) on the day that he received the message that a Treaty had been arrived at between Germany and the USSR enabling him to start World War 2. This secretary has a front row seat for all that followed. The third is a group of ultra-secret agents planning an overthrow of the government. As the story progresses, the student comes to realize that Revelation isn’t so much about the end of the world, but the way the world really works. The secretary discovers how the world worked too, but from a different point of view, and the secret agents discover both the student and the secretary, now quite elderly, and try to silence both of them before they tell their stories to the world. It probably wouldn’t strike anyone that a large part of this tale would be somewhat autobiographical…
I actually shopped that idea, and got several pretty good bites, and then I dropped it for very practical reasons… Lots of work too.
So… who knows what the future will bring for blogging?
One dimensional is getting kind of old, and there are many ways to share about Jesus Christ.