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Martha, Mary & Jesus - Artist unknown

Martha, Mary & Jesus – Artist unknown

Today’s Writer’s Blog Hop topic: “Character Sketch of My Hero” made me stop and think. What hero did Ruth Snyder, who organized this meme, have in mind?
– The hero character of a book or story I’m writing?
– My real-life hero?
– My heroic ideal?

I’ve decided to write about the hero that ignites my imagination—my ideal. I’m going to create this hero from a montage of heroic women that live in my favorite book—the Bible, picking out characteristics of each that I admire and would like to develop.

My Bible Character hero has:

  • The age-defying inner and outer beauty of Sarai (Sarah) – Genesis 12:11; 1 Peter 3:1-6.
  • The willingness to risk of Rahab – Joshua 2:1-21.
  • The loyalty of Ruth – Ruth 1:16.
  • The prayer tenacity of Hannah, and then her integrity when it comes to keeping promises – 1 Samuel 1:10-11; 24-28.
  • The business drive and versatility of the Proverbs woman, along with her wise speech, governed by kindness – Proverbs 31:10-30.
  • The death-defying faith in God of Esther, together with her charm and sense of timing – Esther 4:16; 5:4, 6-8.
  • The hospitality of Martha , and the quietness of spirit to sit at Jesus’ feet of her sister Mary – Luke 10:38-42.
  • The practical helpfulness and service of Dorcas – Acts 9:36,39.
  • And above all, the willingness to say “yes” to whatever God asks of me, lived out so beautifully by Mary the mother of Jesus – Luke 1:38.

Who is your hero?

To see who other writers are naming as their hero, check out the links at today’s blog hop headquarters: HERE.

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May prompt: tree

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Zaccheus in the sycamore tree by James Tissot

Zaccheus in the sycamore tree – By James Tissot

The landscape is changing with the coming of spring. A big part of this change is brought about by the blossoming and leafing of trees. Almost overnight a row of dull brown twigs becomes a lively green canopy that gives shade, privacy, and beauty. You can’t help but notice trees in the spring.

There are at least two dozen varieties of trees mentioned in the Bible, many of which are familiar to us: almond (Ecclesiastes 12:5), apple (Song of Solomon 2:3), palm (Exodus 15:27), cedar, pine and cypress (Isaiah 41:19) and willow (Isaiah 44:4).

Trees played a part in many Bible events:

  • A tree held the tempting fruit that tripped up Eve (Genesis 3:1-7).
  • God met with Abraham by the terebinth trees of Mamre (Genesis 18:1).
  • Absalom’s thick hair got caught in the branches of a great terebinth tree. The Bible describes him hanging between heaven and earth and in that helpless state he was easy prey for David’s general Joab (2 Samuel 18:9,14).
  • Jesus died on a cross, made of wood from a tree.

The Bible refers to trees not only in literal ways but in symbolic ones too.

  • I’ve always been haunted by the picture of the silent harps of the grieving Babylonian exiles, hanging in the willows (Psalm 137:1-3).
  • John’s vision in Revelation makes references to several trees in mostly symbolic or picturesque ways:

– There is a tree of life – Revelation 2:7
– Two prophetic messengers are referred to as olive trees – Revelation 11:3-6.
– There is a healing tree with leaves that heal nations and a different fruit each month – Revelation 22:2,14.

Here is your TREE writing challenge for April:

For writers of fiction:

You might make a tree a key part of your setting like author Julie Chantrell gives her main character Millie “Honey,” a sweet gum tree that operates almost like another character in her novel Into the Free (review here).

Or tell a children’s story from the tree’s point of view, like Kimberley Payne does in Trees of the Book (review here).

For writers of non-fiction:

Research a specific tree to write an informational piece, or tell a personal experience with a tree and use it as an illustration in a devotional or motif in a personal essay.

For poets:

Dig deep into your connection with trees to come up with some truth about life using tree imagery. Psalm 1:-1-3 is a great example of this.

Michal: A Novel by Jill Eileen Smith (review)

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Michal: A Novel by Jill Eileen SmithMichael: A Novel (Wives of King David) by Jill Eileen Smith is a fictional retelling of the story of King David’s first wife Michal—the daughter of Saul. Smith follows Michal from the time she is a teenager cowering under the rages of her demonically possessed father, to middle age when her scorn at David’s exuberant dance causes her to fall from the king’s favor. (Though this latter may sound like a spoiler it really isn’t because Smith follows the biblical account where the events of Michal’s life are written plainly for anyone to read.)

I found the book an interesting story. Through it I experienced the confusion and strife of King Saul’s home. I felt the conflicting emotions of a young woman who weds the man she loves, only to have him driven away by her father who is possessed by jealousy over David’s popularity with the people. When she and David are reunited, she faces issues like being part of a harem and belonging to a former king’s family. Though her personal ambition, together with the strong, determined personality Smith has given her make her a somewhat unsympathetic character, it seems a realistic interpretation of one of the Bible’s fascinating females.

I appreciate the respect with which Smith handles the biblical account. In an author’s note at the end of the book she says, “I have done my best to stay true to Scripture throughout the novel.” In that vein she begins each major division of the story with Bible quotes that foundation the events within the section. Of course her telling adds many details, but I never felt that they were inconsistent with or contradicted the Bible account.

If you’re a fan of biblical fiction, you won’t want to miss Michal.

Extras from the author’s website:

Title: Michal: A Novel (The Wives of King David)
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Publisher: Revell, March, 2009, available in hardcover, paperback & Kindle editions, 383 pages.
ASIN: B001U88ZSK