I’ve often been asked about the process of turning a Biblical story into a work of historical fiction. The fictional scene below takes place shortly before the deaths of Ruth’s husband and brother-in-law. It marks a changing point in the lives of Ruth and Naomi as told in Less Than a Widow. Every muscle in… Read More
Hagar, Ruth, David, Mary Magdalene
The messages we hear from God’s words are not just for us alone. He has been speaking his love for generations to everyone who turn their face toward Him. He is all we need, and He is with us now and forever we will be with Him. I see God’s hand often in the flow… Read More
Bible Doodle: Matthew 1:1-1
Do you read the geneaologies in the Bible or skim through them quickly? I must confess that my usual mode is a quick glance for names I recognize, but there is something that draws the eye in Matthew’s lineage of Jesus—FIVE WOMEN ARE LISTED! I want to know why. Don’t you? words→pictures→doodle→for some of us:… Read More
Bible Doodle: Ruth 1
Scenes from this story in Ruth 1 have been painted over and over for centuries. There is so much truth and love woven into this one short chapter. To emphasize this weaving, I added texture to these painting by Matthews and Lastman so they resemble tapestries, because these stories add texture to our lives as… Read More
Bible Doodle: Book of Ruth
So much of the Book of Ruth takes place in and around the growing, harvesting crops. But wheat and barley are not the only things growing. So is faith. This a “computer doodle.” I combined wheat, trees, a well, a threshing floor, and mountains—all part of Ruth’s story. One day Ruth the Moabite said to… Read More
Why read historical fiction about Bible characters?
Some people believe the term “Biblical Fiction” is an oxymoron, because how can the words Biblical and Fiction be joined together. The Bible is truth. And fiction isn’t—necessarily. That’s what historical fiction does—joins two seeming-opposites together to make something more accessible, like a history lesson or a Bible story. Good fiction helps its characters come alive… Read More
Is your approach to online dating like car shopping?
A recently married man in his mid-thirties commented: “In my experience in online dating, you spend time searching for someone, connect with her, and enjoy three or four dates. But it’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking, ‘Well, this has been nice and seems promising, but I bet if I keep looking I’ll find just the perfect… Read More