Any Patriots in Your Story?

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Turn Write Series.

In this series we will share writing tips and resources for writers both fiction and non-fiction, published and yet to be published.

Today we continue our July 4th week celebration with a discussion on patriots and their influence in our stories.

At first glance this topic may only seem appropriate for those who write about wars and revolutions. But I’m thinking every good novel needs at least one patriot. Before you write me off, maybe literally, let’s look at the definition of patriot and what one might look like in Christian fiction.

According to Dictionary.com a patriot is:

1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
Using this definition I am indeed a patriot to the United States of America. I love America. I support America and with more than just my taxes. I defend my country; not with a gun on a Marine front line, but with my pen. I do these things with great devotion. So, if I were a character in a novel part of my point of view would be my patriotism.
I would venture to say there are more characters in our stories that have patriotic tendencies than we even realize. For instance in C. S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” the children were all patriots to their native England. In fact, Peter was frustrated  with returning to the real world because he wasn’t old enough to join in the fight against the Germans and show his patriotism as he did in Narnia. Of course, he wasn’t at first a patriot or loyal to Narnia. Lucy was the first to align herself and be devoted to Narnia and more importantly to Aslan.
This is in fact a beautiful picture of born again believers (One Anothers) in real life and in our stories. I am a patriot of the United States, but far more important is my allegiance to the King of Kings. Aren’t we told in the Bible to fight the good fight, that we are at war with the Devil and that we should put on the whole armor of God.
In Christian fiction most of our protagonists either start out as followers of Jesus or they come to faith somewhere in the story. This is true whether it is overtly described in genres such as Christian Romance and Biblical Fiction or if it is furtively styled in works like Lewis’ “Chronicles”; Christian Speculative Fiction. In either case, if our characters are Christians then they have the foundation to be patriots; not of this world or your imagined world, but of Jesus and our “home” with Him.
If my premise is correct, then these characters should be developed in their love for Christ, in their support of His cause, in defense of His Gospel and in devotion of His grace and mercy. They are, indeed, patriots of God’s Kingdom.
The second definition of patriot is equally compelling to our novel characters.
2. a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
What were the Daughters of Eve and Sons of Adam defending against in Narnia? Answer: The evil, interfering regime of the White Witch who ruled with an icy grip and denounced individual rights. Any of your  characters having similar struggles in your story? I know mine are. And I better be pulling my reader into their patriotic viewpoint which will no doubt propel them into crisis’ of mind and heart.
Patriotism is a good thing! Not only in the United States of America, but also in our worlds of fiction and fantasy.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to My Fellow Americans!

Let us remember to thank God for our country…for our heritage…for our freedom…and for His purpose of this great nation for His eternal purposes.

Let us pray His Kingdom to come and for His Will to be done on earth (including this country) as it is in heaven.

Let us rejoice with those who rejoice when their loved ones come home from war. And let us weep with those who weep when they do not.

Let us stand in awe at the edge of the Grand Canyon and at the top of Pike’s Peak. And let us kneel in the sand of Key West and at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi.

Let us remember the cost of our freedom not only paid by those who have gone before us, but most importantly to the One, Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price for the only true freedom for all of mankind.

Best History Book of the Year

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On most Tuesdays we will feature our Turn Write Series. In this series we will feature some of our favorite writers both fiction and non-fiction, published and yet to be published. We know writer and reader alike will not want to miss these informative posts. Let us know if you have a favorite book or author you would like us to feature or if you are an author who would like to share your book with our readers. Our only stipulation is that the book have in its message at least one of the one another teachings of the New Testament woven into their story or book: love one another, forgive one another, pray for one another, serve one another or encourage one another.

This week I am witnessing the graduation of my son from The Basic School for officers of The Marine Corps in Quantico, VA near Washington D. C. I am in history heaven hanging out in the very place where heroes were formed, traitors exposed and a country preserved. And it all seems more real after reading a fantastic book about one of our country’s greatest tragedies, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

So, it seems a no-brainier to start off the Turn Write Series and continue this week’s celebration of the rich history of our great nation with a high recommendation for a great read from Fox News Commentator, Bill O’Reilly, “Killing Lincoln.”

This was the first book I purchased when I bought my iPad2 back in January. From all the reviews I read I expected good things and I was not disappointed. Not only did I learn the facts surrounding President Lincoln’s assassination I also felt the tension and fears of war turn to shouts of joy in victory then turn to disbelief and vengeance among those living during those fateful days.

Mr. O’Reilly and his co-author, Martin Dugard expertly mix historical records, letters and journals into a compelling storytelling masterpiece.

Do not fear if you aren’t a history buff or fell asleep in your mandatory freshman U. S. History class. “Killing Lincoln” will hold you in the story and you will learn history in spite of yourself. And if you are a history buff, do not despair. Not only is there a great story, but there are also 100+ pages of references and portions from original documents in the appendix.

But the best part of the book is the authors’  honest handling of Lincoln’s love of country and love of God.

From Bill O’Reilly’s timeless Pinheads and Patriots Segment, “Killing Lincoln” is a Patriot all the way. Enjoy!

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