Writing to me is … what I was created to do.
When I look back on my life, to the first book I scribbled out in grade three: The Bloody Dagger, the story of a man who hides in the shadows, intermittently chopping people up with a long, sharp dagger, I see how I was made to be a writer. Later, in tenth grade, my English teacher pulled me aside and told me I should be a writer because I had a strong imagination—but unfortunately, I didn’t take anything she said seriously. So when she sent me to a writing retreat, I skipped it in order to go shopping for neon t-shirts and those 80s hair scrunchies. After my exorcism (which was in 1992), I immediately wanted to be a writer. As a new Christian, I wanted to follow Jesus and I was being directed (in numerous ways) toward writing. I eventually became consumed with the idea. We lived in the country at the time, and I had recently gone back to college so I could learn how to write a sentence. I remember driving down the twisting, gravel backroads heading off to class thinking, This is it…this is what I’m meant to do! I am meant to write! It was like one of those grand epiphanies. Of course, at the time, I had no idea how much work would be involved in the process.
When I wrote my first chapter for what’s now called Saving Mary: The Possession (the story of how I went and got myself possessed while contacting spirits) and showed the pages to my husband, he was concerned because it was rather dark. I’m a Christian and so sometimes people automatically think I’m going to write lovely, happy thoughts—all the time. But really, life isn’t always lovely or happy. Sometimes it’s dreadfully dark…and for a lot of people it’s overwhelmingly dark. Writing about the darkness isn’t always about glorifying it; it’s about taking it seriously, giving it the attention and the awareness that’s required to deal with it.
Why do I like writing? I like being alone with my thoughts. I like the creativity of finding a new metaphor or description. I like how it’s difficult…so very difficult to get the words right! I like how it takes mounds of figuring in order to get a book organized. Most of all, I like to encourage people to think about things that they may not want to think about, such as: “Hey, do you know who Jesus is? Can I tell you a story about him?—I promise to blow your mind!”
When you read my spiritual memoir Saving Mary: The Possession or my non-fiction Christian book Living…The Testimony, I don’t just want to entertain you or teach you something from the Bible; I want to help you learn about life—especially the spiritual life.
We testify in accordance with what we know and have experienced.
…It’s time to learn and experience more!
The first book in this thought-provoking series explained how testimony relates to the Bible; this book will help you understand how testimony relates to living. Living…The Testimony will not only encourage Christians to reflect on who they believe Jesus to be (and why they choose to believe this), but it will also correct current misconstrued ideas as to what the Christian testimony is all about.
– a testimony is not about church;
– a testimony is not about God;
– a testimony is not about faith in general terms;
– this book contains numerous testimonies that will strengthen your faith in Jesus.
A strong Christian testimony is one that continually grows in the knowledge of Jesus, continually shares that knowledge boldly, while at the same time performs good works based on Jesus’ teaching of love—all while abstaining from works of darkness.
Because a biblical testimony deals not only with our belief system, but also with the way we conduct our whole lives, our Christian testimony becomes our most valuable asset. It is life itself.
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Genre – Christian Living
Rating – G
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