Since coming home from the Writers Conference, I've been looking over all of the information that I'd gathered this past weekend. I was perusing comments on my work such as:
"You seem to push your characters being in the will of God, thinking about Him all the time, but it's not sounding realistic. Their lives show what and who they are."
I agree that people's lives do show who they are and what they are, but the question is this: what is determining who they are and what they are-God or the flesh? The books I write don't have the characters thinking about God ALL of the time, but a good bit of the time. The reason is because they are Christians, and they are trying to live for God. They make mistakes, they have character flaws, and the portions of their lives that I present to the reader are important, life-shaping scenes that model how we are supposed to seek God's guidance either through prayer and Bible reading or seeking Godly counsel from Christian Family and friends. The reason that it sound 'unrealistic' is probably because many of us try to live our lives in the flesh and seeking the will of God has become foreign to us. The comment above seems to assert that my characters should be satisfied with settling for the status quo, living squarely in their comfort zone, living their lives without God.
I do what I do to try and help encourage Christians to be better Christians.
In referring to Mandie's (Book #2 Wheels of Love) problem of being able to meet a man to have a relationship with while traveling on a Christian Music tour, this comment was made:
"If that's her biggest problem, she doesn't have a problem. Where does she want to go and what does she want to do? She apparently has fame and fortune and admirers and family. She is being presented as ungrateful."
Stars turn to drugs and alcohol daily to try and fill a void that only Christ can fill. Fame, fortune, admirers and even family cannot satisfy that void. Ask them if their problem is significant.
Even when Christians seem to have everything, there is a desire that God planted in an individual's heart to have a mate. God looked at Adam in the Garden of Eden and said it was not good that man should be alone. Eve was created to complete Adam.
"And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." Genesis 2:18
God then made it official by taking a rib from Adam and creating Woman from that rib. It it clearly seen here that man is not complete without a woman. And even though women's libbers do not like this, woman was created to complete a man! God did not say that "it was good" until the end of the 6th day AFTER THIS VERSE:
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27
God didn't say "it was good" until both male and female were BOTH created-because they complete each other.
Now, with that settled, we see that finding that HELP MEET for you is a PROBLEM. This is evident from the current divorce rates in America.
Perhaps if more young people, Christians included, really PRAYED, and SOUGHT GOD'S WILL about their mates, maybe those rates would be lower.
This problem is not "spectacular" but it is a REAL problem. It is an everyday problem that REAL people can identify with. I write my stories to entertain, only as a side-goal:
I do what I do to try and show the lost that God loves the average Joes and Janes, and He cares about their problems by using real-life, everyday characters, with real-life average problems so that they can empathize and not idolize. So that the lost will turn to Christ for their number one problem-their need for a Saviour-and then later they will be encouraged to turn to Him for all of their other problems.
I'm just saying...