Friday, May 12, 2006

The Books I would write. . .

This week's Sunday Scribblings.

This is my first time to write for Sunday Scribblings. I was going to do so last week, but my little one came two weeks early and I ended up in the hospital when I was planning to write. But now I have a new baby at home who is sleeping right now and I LOVE this week's subject.

The books I would write would be historical novels. Specifically biblical historical novels. Lately I've noticed a lot of these on the shelves at bookstores and I've really enjoyed the ones I've read. You get a good story to read and can compare it back to scripture and do some bible study at the same time.

While doing my bible reading lately I've come across many stories in the bible that are just briefly touched on that I believe would make wonderful novels if expanded on.

Here are some of my ideas:

1. Acts 10 - Story of Peter and Cornelius. Cornelius is a Roman army officer who calls for Peter. Before his servant contacts Peter, Peter has a dream in which God speaks to him and tells him the good news is not only for the Jews but for the Gentiles as well. Once Cornelius' servant arrives, Peter goes back with him to Cornelius' home and the entire family is saved.

2. Jesus' miracles - There are tons of stories in the gospels that could be expanded on. Just take any of Jesus' miracles and write about the person whose life he touched. This would be telling the "behind the scenes" story of this person before they met Jesus and their lives were changed forever. I could either write separate novels on different individuals OR I could write one novel with a bunch of shorter stories that expand on a number of individuals.

  • Matthew 8 - Jesus heals a leper. "Lord," the man said, "if you want to , you can make me well again." Jesus touched him, "I want to," he said. "Be healed!" (Matthew 8:2-3)

3. Noah - I think this would be a fun one to do. But instead of telling it from Noah's perspective I'd like to write it from the perspective of various individuals around him. His wife, his sons, his daughther-in-laws or even those who ridiculed him and ended up perishing when the rains came.

There are tons of these that I could do. The more I read, the more ideas I come up with!

Another story I would love to write would be about a woman named Amy ("Beloved") and is a love story. In the story Amy represents humankind and the man in the story represents God. No matter how much Amy runs from this man and no matter what she does with her life, he continues to pursue and woo her. He is willing to forgive her from anything she has done as long as she willing turns to him and loves him. He loves her unconditionally, even though she may feeel worthless at times due to her past experiences (self-inflicted and those she had no control over).

Here is the first paragraph I've written so far on this one. (I've shared it in a previous blog)

In His Eyes


paris parfait said...

Congrats on the new baby! And the topic of miracles is always a good one for a book. People need to believe in miracles!

boliyou said...

I love these "Build on the Bible" ideas. Great post.