Thursday, December 7, 2017

Barbara M. Britton, Biblical Fiction novel


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JERUSALEM RISING
by Barbara M. Britton

Barbara M. Britton
Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures for teens and adults in the Christian fiction and Mainstream markets. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.

Please enjoy Sara’s article below about writing Jerusalem's Rising.


A Book That Never Changes,
But Is New Every Day
by Barbara M. Britton

I have been a Christian for over forty years. I’m married to an ordained minister and my basement looks like a theology library. I’ve had the privilege of teaching Bible stories in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and in a local Christian school. I thought I knew a lot about the Bible…until I started reading the story of Nehemiah.

I had taught about Nehemiah going before the king and asking to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. I had even had my students stack cardboard boxes to simulate the building of Jerusalem’s wall. So, when I started writing Jerusalem Rising, I thought it would be easier than writing my other Biblical fiction. But, no. The Bible never ceases to amaze me. I learn knew tidbits of information every time I dig into Scripture.

My heroine, Adah, is a daughter of Shallum mentioned in Nehemiah 3:12. I had no idea young girls worked to rebuild the wall. How did I miss this? We don’t know how many daughters Shallum had, but I have given him two [in my novel, Jerusalem Rising]. Two brave girls who help Nehemiah restore their city.

I also didn’t know there was a prophetess mentioned in Nehemiah’s story. Nehemiah 6:14 mentions the prophetess Noadiah. Now, you would think she would be a supporter of Nehemiah’s work. Think again. She tries to intimidate Nehemiah and he is not happy about it. She shows up in my novel and irritates Adah and Nehemiah.

As I mentioned previously, I have been a Christian awhile. I remember a song talking about the joy of the Lord being one’s strength. Well, that ditty is in the book of Nehemiah. I love Nehemiah 8:10b
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isn’t that an awesome reminder of where joy comes from? I like to say that you have joy if you put Jesus first, then Others, then Yourself.

Nehemiah also reminds us of the history of the Israelites. In chapter 9, he recounts the calling of Abraham and the Exodus. Nehemiah gives us a mini history lesson.

I feel blessed to be writing stories from God’s Word. My husband once told me to never bore people with the Bible. How can I? I am learning knew things every day about God and His Word.

May you and I continue to learn more and more about God as we celebrate Christ’s birth and the blessing of a new year.


Barbara, welcome. Please tell us more about Jerusalem Rising.
When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise?

Where can we find you online?
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Where can readers purchase Jerusalem Rising? 
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Barbara, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Barbara is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of Jerusalem Rising to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 12, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


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38 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this very interesting post. Barbara, you mentioned having read Nehemiah many times and then, you realized that young girls and Noadiah had such an influence in building the wall. That is one reason that I enjoy Biblical fiction so much. I am usually prompted to go back to check God's Word and that is always a good thing!
    Jo, I follow you through your newsletter.
    Blessings & Merry Christmas!
    Connie
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  2. very interesting post. I am a follower by email
    I am enjoying biblical fiction. And there is now a group of us who share these books among ourselves
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  3. Hi Connie,
    Thanks for joining us. I hope my readers will read the text in the Bible before, or after, reading my books. God is always teaching us something.
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Hi Lori,
    Yay for Biblical fiction readers. It's a difficult sell with Christian publishers, but librarians tell me their readership loves it. I enjoy learning new things from the Bible. Thanks for stopping by.
    Merry Christmas!

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  5. I remember the first time I ran across that detail about Shallum's daughters. I thought it was so cool. Still do, as a matter of fact. :) This sounds like a very interesting story!

    Merry Christmas!

    drfornierATgmailDOTcom

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  6. I have read this interview several different places, and I still enjoy it! One of the things I always pray is that God would make His Word new to me each day, and help me see it with a deeper understanding. Thanks you for sharing this.

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    1. lelandandbeckyATreaganDOTcom Thank you!

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    2. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview, Becky. Thanks for coming by today.
      Merry Christmas!

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    3. Becky, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview with Barbara. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. I love the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall. I learn so much from novels about Biblical times.
    I am a follower
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    1. Thanks for joining us, Nancy. I enjoy writing Biblical fiction because I learn so much.
      Merry Christmas!

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  8. Hi Darcy,
    I hope readers like my Adah and Judith. I think the names of Shallum's daughters being listed among the builders is cool too. Thanks for joining us!
    Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas!

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  9. Biblical fiction is somewhat new to me. But the few books I have read on the subject have just fascinated me. I would love to read this!

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    1. Hi Sonja,
      I'm glad you've found Biblical fiction. It was new to me when I started writing it, but now I read it frequently. Thanks for joining us. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Oooh! Yay! I've been looking forward to this series! Enter me please!
    Elly -Indiana-
    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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    1. Hi Elly,
      Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy bringing little-known Bible stories to light. Merry Christmas!

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  11. I really enjoy Biblical fiction and this one sounds great. Can’t wait to read it. Thank you for sharing about it
    Anne at Rightler dot com

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    1. Anne, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comment.

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    2. Hi Anne,
      Thanks for joining us. I had fun writing this book. God has the best storylines.
      Merry Christmas!

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  12. This looks like an interesting topic that I’ve not run across before in fiction. Will be looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway chance. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Hi Paula,
      Thanks for joining us. I have always loved the book of Nehemiah and enjoyed bringing the story to light. Nehemiah tackles several adversaries which gives his story a lot of conflict and tension. That's great for a fiction writer, not so great for Nehemiah.
      Merry Christmas!

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  13. I love Biblical fiction! Thank you for the wonderful interview! Merry Christmas!
    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  14. Hi Caryl,
    It's good to touch base with you again. I appreciate Biblical fiction readers. Thanks for joining us.
    Merry Christmas!

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  15. "Jerusalem Rising" sounds like an amazing story to read! As it is based on Scripture, one would certainly be able to gain a more culturally sensitive perspective of the world these Bible events took place! thanks for writing this book and thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    (buierocks2002@yahoo.com) Diane B.

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    1. Thank you. I enjoy bringing Bible stories to life creatively. I hope my readers learn as much as I did about the book of Nehemiah.
      Merry Christmas!

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  16. That cover is just stunning. I love to share books like this with my grandmother, who is an avid reader just like me!

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  17. Hi Dianna,
    I love my covers. My publisher designs them and I have been very happy with outcome. What fun to share books with your grandmother. Thanks for joining us.
    Merry Christmas!

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