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by Barbara M. Britton
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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?
Where can readers purchase Jerusalem Rising?
Barnes and Noble
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.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust is Patti. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Available on Amazon.