BOOKS, Devotionals, personal development, Thoughts, writing

Remarkable Women of the Bible series – Introduction


Remarkable!  What a wonderful word to describe the women of the Bible! Elizabeth says – their life changing messages – are available to you and me today!

If your life resembles one long obstacle course. Everyday is filled with challenges. In spite of our schedules, plans, dreams, goals, life keeps coming at us with its constant profusion of stress, lifes problems, set backs, and unsustainable situations.

Truly, life can often seem to be more than we can manage on our own!

Help and hope are available from the remarkable women of the bible. Whatever we are dealing with, they have experienced it. They have faced the challenges of married life, and child – raising. They know about going ‘without’, about loss, about old age, and about death. All of the pain, sorrow, confusion, and the difficulties have touched their hearts, and now they live on in God’s word to instruct and encourage us as we cope with our lives today.

I love how Elizabeth says that she “likes to think of sitting down with one of them, and having a cup of coffee with them. “

With this description:

“There they sit, in all their wisdom, ready, willing, and able to pass on what they have learned. They are more than happy to tell us how, through strong faith in God, they triumphed in their situations. Their hearts are open to you and me, and through their lives we can find great wisdom and practical help. And God has given us their lives in His word so that we can learn their life-changing messages!”

This is going to be a series of “Remarkable Women of the Bible”, and yes, all inspiration is from Elizabeth George. She is an eloquent, beautiful and sophisticated writer, but I won’t be copying the book word for word, as I want to delve into each character immensely and in-depth, so that you can experience something greater than yourself! May you learn to take each character fully, and grasp their qualities and traits to become more and more “remarkable“! I have read the book, and now want to share with you my revelations, and understandings of these women. I absolutely LOVE devotionals, and reading on the characters in so many different types of books. Like 1-year devotionals that specifically target the main character women of the bible. This book stood out to me BECAUSE of the word “remarkable”, because all girls want to have steadfast qualities JUST like them! I want to buy Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman: Proverbs 31 (A Woman After God’s Own Heart®) so bad!

A message from Elizabeth:

“Beloved, these dear women are God’s gift to you and me. Whether or not you have a mother or a friend or a mentor who is available, you have the remarkable women of the Bible. Let them share with you. Let them encourage you. Let them counsel you. Let them show you the best way to handle every day and every difficulty.

May God richly bless you as you look to Him and the remarkable women in His Word for His timeless principles for living your life today!”

 

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P.S. While waiting for me to collate information and create the series, you can check out, or read a sample chapter of Elizabeth George’s book, “Beautiful in God’s Eyes: The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman” here.

 

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writing

Creating Characters


Hello everyone.

Before we dive into the next topic in the Writing 101 series, there is a housekeeping issues I’d like to address. I have decided that I will publish writing posts not once but twice a week. You heard correct. That is twice not once a week. These days are Monday and Friday. I am going to try my best to get one done and published on Friday which will begin this new routine. Now for this evening’s topic.

Characters

Every book (whether good or bad) has characters. It is not a book or a story with a cast of main characters and secondary characters.

As the title suggests, main characters are the ones that drive the story.

For example, Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings drive the story. The same goes for Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

What should an author’s characters look like? Most characters are shaped from the author’s experiences. They are a form of who the author knows and of herself.

Developing characters that are based on yourself is totally okay too. Many authors before us have done this. I have two examples of this.

The first comes from one of my favorite childhood authors: Madeleine L’Engle. She wrote the famous Wrinkle in Time series and the Vicky Austen series.

When asked if she was like her heroines, she responded that she was both Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time and Vicky Austen.

My second example is J.K. Rowling. Rowling based the character of Hermonine a bookish young red head on herself.

Now, how does one go about forming a character? Well, it is safe to say that it is good to start perhaps with a name. Then from there start describe the person. Does she or he have blue eyes? Brown? Hazel? What hair color do they have? Where do they live?

But characters are more than just how they look. You need to make them three dimensional.

What does that mean? It means you must make your characters as real as possible. Readers must feel as if they characters they are reading about are real. Like someone they have known all their lives. Otherwise they won’t care about the story.

A while back I came across a wonderful worksheet for writing characters. A worksheet that goes beyond just giving your character a name, eye color, and hair color but it goes deeper to help you flesh them out.

Character Chart

I hope you find this chart helpful. Please let me know how forming your characters goes in the comments below. I’d love to hear how it goes! I am also filling out this chart for my characters in my new story.

Comment below and I will share how it is going for me as well. Stay tuned for the next installment which will be coming out on Friday. Until then, happy writing!

This is part of the Writing Series, Writing 101 with Gabrielle Emmons. The first post was “How to start a novel”.