Some Thoughts from Yesterday’s Post

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.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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14 Responses to Some Thoughts from Yesterday’s Post

  1. GP Cox says:

    I don’t usually comment on religious posts, but you mentioned Da Vinci Code and just wanted to know if you read Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons”? I think it was a much better novel.

  2. Pete says:

    Te A.S.K Prayer series that I did a little while ago on my blog is turning into a book. I actually put the initial notes together back in 1990 and ran across them again cleaning my basement. When I decided to blog it, I also decided to publish. I wanted to when I originally did the study, but never did. This it is far better now – ended up with 46,000 words and quite a bit more, like glossary and index, so forth, left to go.

    You never know where a book my come from. I am looking at a possible poetry book as well, but so many to choose from it’s hard. I have almost 2,000 poems for the Lord.

    Anyway – you’ll figure it out. I love your writing style- so down to earth and easy reading. Keep it up!

    • Don Merritt says:

      I hope both projects work out well for you Pete; certainly both would be worthy endeavors both for you and for the Kingdom. I too have some book projects that I seem to have trouble getting into, since every time I’ve got down to working on one of them, things quickly happen in life that require a lot of my serious attention; so much so that I get the idea that I’m not doing what God wants me to, or at least not in His time. Or maybe it’s not what someone else wants me to be doing… 😊

  3. Matt Brumage says:

    Wow, a book. I have ideas about novels too. But, one, I don’t write that well, not yet anyway. And second, all my ideas seem to fall in between novel and short story lengths, maybe a “novella” or something. Anyway, as you know, and have heard repeatedly, there’s always more of Scripture, and our Master will lead you to that, or anything else He might have for you.

    So, like Peter, it’s okay to look over your shoulder at the “one whom Jesus loved”, but, regardless of Jesus’ plan for that guy, you follow Him. Good grief, you could write a book just based on that scene, no? 🙂

  4. Pieter Stok says:

    Good literature is a fictional story telling deep truths. I love to see what you can do Don

  5. Follow your heart, Don, for that is where God will lead you. I know you know that but sometimes it’s good to be reminded. But don’t forget to fasten your seat belt for you never know where you may go when this happens. God takes us to unimaginable places. Enjoy the ride 🙂

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