Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pen to the Page: Paula Mowery's Showing Christ in Writing

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Fleshing Out the Word

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One distinguishing characteristic of a Christian writer is to show Christ in our writing. Just as we make our characters come to life, we are to “flesh out” Christ in our writing. This is exactly the example we find in the Bible.

John 1:1 says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”


At first, Christ was just a word. Humans knew nothing of His character. But, then God decided to “flesh out” Christ for the world.

John 1:14a states: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”


When God revealed Christ by sending Him to the world, He didn’t make a grand entrance in which everyone could see all about Him at once. No, Jesus eased into the world through a teenage mom in a small stable. As He grew, I’m sure there were noticeable characteristics. I mean, come on, the Kid never sinned. That would have stood out.

As Jesus became a man, He didn’t have a big “coming out” party. He slowly showed his character through His actions – miracles, words.

Isn’t this what we are to do with our characters as writers? We don’t write everything about that character on the first page of our manuscript. We slowly show that character throughout our writing. We “flesh out” our characters.

Jesus isn’t the character our book focuses upon, but we still want Him seen through our story. That’s our point and our goal as Christian writers, right?

Let me share something with you that God revealed to me about being a Christian writer. One day during my quiet time, I was reading in First John, and the Spirit seemed to highlight some verses which have become my philosophy of writing.

First John 1:1-4 in The Message says: “From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in – we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!”


We have experienced Christ, so we write for others to experience Him and have communion with Him. We write so others can enjoy this which will double our joy.

First John 2:1, 7, 21, and 26 explains that we don’t write anything new. The message of Jesus is still the same. We’re not writing something about Jesus that you don’t know but to confirm the truth you do know and to remind you that the truth doesn’t breed lies. We write to guide out of sin and warn against those who may try to deceive.

First John 5:13 in The Message states: “My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion.”


The world throws so many lies and illusions toward us every day. Satan would like nothing better than to cause us to doubt our salvation and God’s truths. The enemy would have us write stories devoid of Christ – play it safe.

Can I challenge you today? As you write your stories, “flesh out” Christ for your readers. Gain joy from revealing Him. You never know how God will use your story to touch a life for Him. That’s the beauty of being a Christian author.

Does God have control of your writing? Do you allow the message of Christ to come through your stories? What kind of philosophy or goals has God revealed for your writing ministry?

“Whatever else the writing life offers, nothing compares with the dream of actually changing lives with words.” Jerry Jenkins from Writing for the Soul.



Written by Paula Mowery


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About the Book(s):

The Prayer Shawl

Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

Inheritance

Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.
Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.
Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?


About the Author:

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Paula Mowery
Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. Paula enjoys reading and reviewing Christian fiction, writing Christian romance and devotionals, and helping other authors realize their dream of publication.
You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com.



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