For those who have been around, I have occasionally shared the reason I started this blog in 2016 was because I was working on a book series. At the time, I was writing my test novels (getting a taste for my story, the characters, and actually writing a novel for the first time. These were novels that would not be published, but help me prepare.) While I worked on the series, I wanted to be able to reach believers with the truth of scripture, and so, I started the blog in hopes of doing just that.
The book series was originally inspired in 2013. I have 3 test novels written. I had the beginning of the world for the story figured out, villains, personalities for my main characters, etc. In fact, book one of the series is still a work in progress. But then… a few things started to happen.
Last year, 2020, while the world experienced a pandemic, I experienced finding holes in the theology I once upheld and trusted. (See posts: 1. I Am So Sorry! | Why I Am Privating A Lot Of Old Posts and 2. Thank You All For The Encouragement & Prayers (I Want To Clarify Why I Publicly Recanted) for further understanding.) I realized I was into the Seeker-Driven Movement, and all of the holes that left vague answers (the same ones I used to promote) finally started to get filled in when I received sound theology.
What does this mean for the book series? Well, a better question is, “How does this relate to the book series?”
My goal is to still continue the book series and, in fact, when I paused writing book one, I had not crossed any sections that would need serious editing regarding story development. But here is the problem. The Seeker-Driven Movement is very much focused on feelings and experiences for affirmations of experiencing God. The book series was certainly headed that way, previous test novels shared portions of this theology. So, what I want to be very careful of is to NOT give my readers vague/bad theology, but sound theology that can edify the church body, and encourage non-believers to seek the truth of Jesus Christ.
My origins for my series will need to be changed. I’m concerned readers might think I’m comparing humans to be like angels (as least the prominent characters for the origin story). While other readers may not take the text to mean that, I know others coming out of cults, or those in cults, could take that interpretation. So, some ideas will need to be made more abstract. Some origin ideas will need to be completely changed. The way my God character interacts with my main characters I want to be careful in. Originally, I wanted the God character to be more vocal, and now I see the danger.
In the Seeker-Driven Movement and similar false teachings, people are encouraged to be overly symbolic in how they believe the Lord is speaking to them. We create conversations in our head about what the Lord is saying to us. I used to do this, and posts that have now been privated show this. I do not want my series to promote seeking the Lord in mystical ways.
Even though the new believer has been given a heart of flesh, the heart is STILL deceitful and we know this because the flesh and Spirit rage against each other on a daily basis. Our old way of life (flesh) will still conflict with our new way of life (Spirit). The believer, until his or her death (or until the gathering/rapture), is meant to live a life that is walking by the way of the Spirit. The Christian life is constantly being pruned, transformed, and sanctified. It’s a process (See: What Does Seasoned Salt Have To Do With Suffering?, Ezekiel 36:26, Jeremiah 17:09, Mark 7:21-22, Ephesians 4:22, Galatians 5:17)
We will still struggle with our flesh. We can believe that we are experiencing the Lord and hearing Him in our life, when the reality may be those experiences are not actually Him. It could be demons or it could be our own thoughts, and we want to believe those thoughts are actually God. Again, I used to do this. I would think things and then answer myself in my thoughts, believing the Lord was inspiring those answers. If this was actually true, then those inspired-thoughts would be counted as scripture, and that’s a problem. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
I want to show my readers how to do identify the Lord in a Biblical manner for this reason.
What needs changed for my book series:
- Origin of the story-world
- Changing how the series end, and what the books will cover leading up to it.
- Any interaction regarding God and characters
- Theological pieces
- Particular backstories for some characters, either a whole new story or strong editing
One topic that has consistently stood out these past few years relates to false teaching. I think I am going to make my world focused on false teaching, its dangers, and how easily it is for Christians to not notice. I want to focus on misconceptions people have about Christianity, and problems believers often face with their walk. My main characters will be able to cover these concepts in their adventures. This also allows me to keep my main concept of a group going against certain powers (authority/status figures).
As most of my main characters focus on a group of girls, I do want to be mindful of the head of the church and household. This will prove challenging at times, and will change some ideas I previously had regarding some future scenes. It’s probably obvious there is a lot to work through before moving forward, and even then, careful consideration needs to be taken as the story progresses.
There were a handful of readers who gave me feedback in the beginning, and I am grateful they both enjoyed what they read, and the helpful feedback I received. I realize now I need to be patient and not so eager to get beta readers, just because I have a few chapters written. I get OVERLY eager for uh, feedback. #writerproblems101, right? And then…leave people hanging because they caught up…oops. I’ve learned my lesson (I hope).
The story is about halfway done, and the true adventure is almost about to start.
Why would a loving God kill His Son – Please See: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) Romans 5:08, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Community Prayer – April ‘21