Today, author Renee Blare shares her reason for being a writer and why it's important to share God's truth with others. -- Sandy
Renee: As a writer, have you ever sat on a bench in the mall and watched the multitude milling about around you? If so, this may have been what you’ve seen:
A gaggle of teenage girls gawking at a couple of strutting boys, power walkers pounding the pavement on their mission to better health, and a family of four eating fast food Chinese with bags piled at their feet. Or a lone girl sitting at a table, wiping tears from her eyes, a mall worker grabbing at his back as he pushes his cart across the tile, and a toddler screaming in his stroller while his mother texts on her cellphone.
These observations are the makings of a great novel. And the key to it all?
John 7:24 (NKJV) “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
Righteous judgment? Since there is only one righteous standard and that is God, we can show it through our novels, in and through Him. How?
Deuteronomy 32:4 (NKJV) “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”
Truth. How do we depict truth? And why should we if we write fiction?
Well, let’s see. For the girl at the table, why is she crying? They could be happy tears or tears of sorrow. As for the mall worker, his injury may be work-related or he could have slept wrong. And the mother, is she neglectful or trying to find a job? Who is she texting and why? Is it necessary or not? I won’t even touch the teenagers, power walkers, and family of four!
All of these questions and many more have answers. God has a role in people’s lives whether they know it or not. Unless you take the time to ferret out the truth of any given situation, a righteous judgment is elusive. This is how a book begins.
But mere appearances can lead one astray. I work hard to embed the truth of the gospel into my work so its true purpose can’t be misinterpreted. The characters and settings may be figments of my imagination but the challenges and struggles are real. Reality is a cornerstone for fiction and the Lord works through His Word. I don’t preach, I show Him at work in the lives of man and nature. The results aren’t always glorious but they are real. After all, man does have a choice and nature’s wild.
I’m thankful for God’s gift of life and His amazing perspective. To be able to see through His eyes, hear through His ears, and experience a love for this world that’s not my own.
This is why I’m a writer.
How do you incorporate Biblical truth into your stories? Is it more explicit or subtle?
Through Raging Waters
If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same...
A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin.
Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread once again.
She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved.
Can two people find each other through raging waters?
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/tE055Wyzaso
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/28NQIF3
Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee began writing poetry in junior high school. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Once again in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she serves her small community as a pharmacist and pens her stories any chance she can get. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.