I kept a journal, created stories, wrote speeches, essays and church plays. When I was in school, I often entered story or speech writing contests and usually placed in the top four. In college, I had one professor tell me that she wanted an autographed copy of my first book.
Now that my children are on their own, I am returning to my passion and maybe one day soon, I will be able to send my professor an autographed copy of my first book: a collection of biblically based, first-person accounts by the legendary figures in the Bible’s Nativity story. It takes a fresh look at the unique challenges each one faced as they sought to follow God’s will for their lives, shines a new light on the entire Godhead’s close involvement in the events as they unfold, and seeks to encourage the reader to have a closer walk with God as a result.
Update: July 2023
After two years of blogging and sharing through sermons and seminars what I am learning in my own journey to an authentic relationship with Jesus, my publishing goal has shifted from trying to publish my biblical fiction narrative of the iconic figures in the Nativity to putting my experience and knowledge about building a relationship with God into a book that can potentially impact far more lives than I can ever reach through my speaking.
The current working title is: From Pharisee to Disciple: A Practical Guide to an Authentic Relationship with God. In it, I will share my own personal journey toward an intimate relationship with God, as well as practical insights and tools that I have learned along the way. My prayer is that it will inspire others to begin their own journey toward a personal love relationship with our remarkable God.
Stay tuned for more information as the journey to publication unfolds.
“Why My Daily Devotional Time Isn’t Optional Anymore,” published on MelanieRedd.com, April 2022
“How Our Light Can Shine Brightest in the Darkness,” published on CarryOnMyHeart.com, June 2022
“Is All Scripture Profitable for Instruction?” published by Christian Women Online, June 2022
“Simon the Pharisee and Me,” published by Adventist Review in 2014.
Half-hour audio scripts recorded and aired by Your Story Hour: