Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Encountering Jesus in Biblical Fiction

with guest Stephanie Landsem.

 I never set out to write biblical fiction.

When I began writing historical fiction about seven years ago, I dabbled in several time periods, but I didn’t find a story. Nothing reached out and grabbed me. No character whispered to me and said, “I want you to tell my story.”

That is, until one Sunday as I listened to the story in the Gospel of John about the Samaritan woman at the well. I’d heard about her many times, as I’m sure many of us have, and never really thought about this nameless woman. But this time, I started wondering. I started questioning.

Who was this woman?
Why did she have so many husbands?
Why was she at the well all by herself?
And the big question: How did her encounter with Jesus, the Incarnation, change her life and the lives of those around her?

As any writer of fiction knows, questions lead to stories. As I thought about this woman and her encounter with Jesus, a story came to me. It was in the voice of her daughter, Mara, and it answered those questions. By the time I got home from church that morning, I knew Mara’s story was the one I wanted to write, and The Living Water series came to life.

But as I spent years writing this series, I found that biblical fiction isn’t easy. The research process is intensive, and biblical scholars tend to disagree on just about everything. In addition, the Bible isn’t fiction. The people in it are real, living people. I can’t change what was recorded about them to fit my story so working within what’s already written in scripture is imperative.

And then, there’s Jesus. I love it when Jesus enters the story. I love imagining what it would be like to meet him face to face. Not only is he real, he is still with us. But I can’t —and I don’t want to—misrepresent or change in any way how he is depicted in scripture. I can guess what he looked like and imagine what he wore, but I can’t put words in his mouth. I’m sure Jesus said much that wasn’t written down, but I don’t know what it was so I stick very carefully to what is written.

The Well, The Thief, and The Tomb are about encountering Jesus. As I plotted and prayed, I asked myself these questions:

  • What was it like to live in the time of Christ?

  • How did it feel to meet the Incarnation, face to face?

  • After meeting Jesus, how did my character’s lives, and the lives of their families and friends, change?

  • Did meeting Jesus lead to a happily-ever-after? Or to THE happily-ever-after?

The Well explores these questions within the Samaritan town that welcomed Jesus in John’s gospel. When Mara’s mother encounters Jesus, her life is changed forever. But her new-found faith brings persecution and danger that only Mara can help her overcome.

The Thief, the second book of the series, is about the man who was born blind and his fictional sister, Nissa. After Nissa’s brother encountered Jesus, he was given what he wanted most desperately, his sight. But did his belief in Jesus bring him peace and happiness? Or did it, as with the Samaritan woman at the well, bring him more challenges, and even hardship?

The Tomb asks the same questions, but this time about characters we are much more familiar with: Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. These were friends of Jesus, people he spent much time with. I loved getting to know them better and showing a relationship with Jesus that was loving and familiar. But even those who were already friends with Jesus, who loved him and believed in him, must have had moments when they questioned him. And how did this intimate friendship with Jesus change their lives? And how did the ultimate miracle, the raising of a man dead for four days, affect everyone who witnessed it?

As The Well, and this year The Thief, went out into the world, I found that the hard work of writing biblical fiction was well worth it. I hear often from readers. Many say they look at the passages in the Bible with new eyes and that they felt like they were right there in the story. Some even say that they felt a closeness to Jesus that they didn’t know before.  My hope, as they put down my books and reflect on what they’ve read, is that readers will ask a few questions of themselves:

  • What if I were to meet Jesus, face to face?

  • How would an encounter with the Incarnation change my life, and the lives of those around me?

  • Will my life be a happily ever after, or THE happily ever after, eternal life with Jesus?


Have you ever felt like you’ve had a real encounter with Jesus in prayer or while reading the Bible? How did it change you?



Today Stephanie is generously giving away one copy of The Thief to a commenter. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.


More on The Thief.


My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?






Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats.  When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.

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85 comments:

Tina Radcliffe said...

I had to pop in to say WELCOME to Stephanie before bedtime.

What a treat to have you here.

The caterers will be here very early with breakfast and the coffee pot is on!!

Melissa Jagears said...

Oh, the thought of writing Biblical fiction scares me. People are so picky about some things and just to put words in Jesus mouth that aren't recorded, that would make me as nervous as all get out. BUT I've heard wonderful things about The Thief! Hope to win, even if not, I'll get there.....after deadlines.....

Marianne Barkman said...

I always look forward to who will be the one to write today's post at Seekerville. And I am never disappointed! I'm looking forward to what Tina has ordered up for breakfast.
Stephanie .. I hopped right over to my library to see if any of your books were there. Sadly, they were not. I love biblical fiction that's well written ... And yes, I have found that they often give me fresh insight into the scriptures. Jesus spent time with my family in ICU as Mom recovered from a intestine infarcture. Although I often feel Him near, those 2weeks were special. I'd love to win your book!

Terri said...

Stephanie, I admire writers who tackle Biblical fiction. And it does make me look at passages in the Bible with fresh eyes. Sometimes it is all too easy to forget those were real people. Having read their stories many times we know how it all ends - they didn't. They stepped out in faith.

I remember one day walking in to work, I had to park a long way off, whining to God about how I had failed and should be further along in my Christian walk. God literally knocked me down. I remember thinking God, You knocked me down. He asked me what I was going to do and I said get back up. He then told me to do the same in my Christian walk.

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Stephanie!

I've often wondered how daunting it would be to write a fictional encounter with Christ. I've only written one, and I felt my description was so inadequate that I haven't tried since. Ha!

But reading biblical fiction? I could do that all day. I've always loved the Roman soldier/poor Jewess premise. The Thief sounds intriguing!

Jackie said...

Hi Stephanie,

Welcome to Seekerville. I got goosebumps just reading your post today. I'd love to win The Thief, but I'll be looking for your books whether I win or not. Thanks so much!

Naomi Rawlings said...

Stephanie, I have a copy of The Well sitting on my kindle. Hope to get to it someday soon. As for writing stories set during the New Testament, that thought terrifies me a little. But I love a lot of first century settings, and the Old Testament times intrigue me to. I personally think King David's 40 mighty men of valor all need nice love stories to compliment what must have been very brutal, rugged, daring lives.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thank you, Tina. I'm glad to be here. I'll have some of that coffee, please ;)

Stephanie Landsem said...

I know what you mean, Melissa. I had no idea until I was already deep into the story of The Well how hard it would be to write some of those scenes. I did a lot of praying!

Stephanie Landsem said...

Marianne, Jesus does seem to be especially present with the sick, doesn't he? It is a blessing.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Terri, that made me smile :) Sometimes we need a good knocking down. I can think of a couple of my characters that got 'knocked down by God' too.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Natalie, when I had to describe Jesus I literally asked myself "What did I get myself into?" It was so hard! But then I went to the passage in Isaiah, "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." And decided to describe him as a typical Jewish man.

Crystal Ridgway said...

Stephanie, this is a wonderful post. So many times we all wonder what it would be like to meet Jesus face-to-face. Judging from what I feel and see as I write my manuscripts, I'm guessing you got to 'see' Jesus living on the pages of your story.

In Todd Burpo's 'Heaven is for real', he has his son Colten look at a painting of Jesus done by Akiane Krameric (not sure about the spelling), and the boy says "Dad, that one's RIGHT.) When I read the book, I pulled the painting, titled Prince of Peace, up on Google, and it is very impressive. Especially considering it was painted by a child.

DebH said...

ooooooooooooooooooooo...
I got shivers reading about your work. The Well and The Thief are going on my wish list for certain. The Tomb

I always love reading Biblical fiction and appreciate the nuances you must deal with to avoid offending nit-pickers. The stories you've chosen to tell have always been fascinating to me - I never took the next step to create a narrative like you have, so I'm excited to see what you've written. I like the questions you've presented your readers as well. So cool.

I'm so glad Seekerville had you visit. I'm bouncing with excitement over finding out about your work.

Naomi - the idea for David's mighty men of valor? AWESOME!!! Their stories intrigue me as well. As a left-handed kid, I always wanted to learn more about the dudes who were lefties way back when. They were my first heroes.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks for the welcome, Jackie, I'm glad to be on Seekerville. And good luck in the drawing!

Stephanie Landsem said...

I hear you, Naomi. King David's 40 would be an awesome series! Let me know what you think of The Well when you get to it. :)

Stephanie Landsem said...

I just recently put Akiane Krameric's book on my wish list, Crystal. It looks amazing. And yes, I did get to 'see' Jesus as I wrote about him. But I didn't want to make it too detailed because I think we should all have our own picture in our head without too much outside influence.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks so much Deb. I hope you get a chance to read the books and let me know what you think. The best part of this whole writing gig is getting to meet the readers and find out what kind of meaning they have taken from the stories. It never gets old for me :)

Loves To Read said...

I love Biblical fiction and your books sound very interesting - can't wait to try them! Biblical fiction always makes me grab for my Bible and take another look at a referenced scripture or person. You see things in a whole new light. Thanks and please enter me in the drawing for your book.

Wilani Wahl said...

Thank you for this great post. I have enjoyed some Biblical Fiction if it is done right. From what I have read and heard, You are someone who is doing it right. I would love to win a copy of your book.

The storms seem to be moving out of our area. Thank goodness

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Stephanie and welcome to Seekerville. What an exciting adventure you have had and are still having. I love and treasure my times with Jesus so know you must really be challenged and delighted at the same time with yours.

Anything about the Bible interests me. How special your books sound. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your day here with us.

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Stephanie. I'm impressed with the challenges you face and must overcome in order to write Biblical fiction. Especially the importance of not putting words into Jesus' mouth. How long does it take you to write a book?

I'm impressed that your stories teach the truth that encountering Jesus doesn't mean the end of life's troubles. In fact they may be only the beginning.

Janet

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Hi Stephanie,

I love Biblical fiction and I've heard great things about your books, so I'll be on the look out for them.

I've had a Biblical story idea percolating in the back of my mind for about 5 years. One of these days I'll be brave enough to write it. :)

Jennifer Smith said...

Thanks for sharing, Stephanie. I would LOVE to read your books. I've heard so much good about them, and I've recently developed an appreciation for this type of story.

I read "Havah: The Story of Eve," by Tosca Lee, and I will never read Genesis 1 - 4 the same again. I was unprepared for the emotional response I had after spending several hundred pages contemplating the loss of mankind's original communion with God as it was in the garden.

I can't imagine trying to write Biblical fiction. As you've said, Bible scholars do disagree on just about everything, so the thought of the research overwhelms me. :)

CatMom said...

Welcome Stephanie. I've always admired those who write Biblical fiction---Wow!

I really enjoyed your post, and am going to look for your books.

I have to add that I was happy to read you have several cats--you must be a wonderful person. *grin*
(says the lady with a houseful)

Thank you again for sharing today.
Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

Sally Shupe said...

Stephanie! I read The Thief earlier this year. I loved it! Just like you said in your post, I felt like I was really there, I had never viewed the Crucifixion in quite that way. It opened my eyes. I am looking forward to reading more of your Biblical fiction books. Your writing draws me into the stories and I don't want to put the book down. I was just talking about this book to a friend of mine. It's one of those books where when you finish it, it is not forgotten.

Julie Lessman said...

Hey Stephanie, WELCOME TO SEEKERVILLE!!

And I am right there with Melissa -- "the thought of writing Biblical fiction scares me." Which is why I SO admire you and other Biblical fiction authors.

There are two genres of fiction for which I have great respect and admire very much. One is suspense/mystery writers like our own Deb Giusti because I truly believe you have to work that much harder (and be that much smarter) to stay ahead of the reader.

The other genre is yours, Biblical fiction, because the research has to be more meticulous and the facts more authentic because like you said, you aren't dealing with "fiction" in the Bible, but actual history that must be adhered to.

In short, to me, it takes a special writer to do either of these genres well, so I applaud you for tackling it with what sounds like some truly amazing stories.

Thanks for sharing with us today!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

TERRI SAID: "I remember one day ... whining to God about how I had failed and should be further along in my Christian walk. God literally knocked me down. I remember thinking God, You knocked me down. He asked me what I was going to do and I said get back up. He then told me to do the same in my Christian walk."

Love, Love, LOVE this story, Terri -- SOOO wonderfully true and inspiring and SOOO like God!! :)

Hugs,
Julie

Chill N said...

>> Stephanie Landsem said...
By the time I got home from church that morning, I knew Mara’s story was the one I wanted to write, and The Living Water series came to life. <<

How exciting that morning must have been for you! And good for you that you followed through with that inspiration ... others have been touched because you shared your talent.

Nancy C

Stephanie Landsem said...

Loves To Read: If you are going to your Bible after reading my books, then I've done my job!

Stephanie Landsem said...

Wilani, I hope every day that I'm doing it right. Let me know what you think if you end up reading The Well or The Thief.

Tina Radcliffe said...

I nearly forgot, my very own sister writes Biblical fiction for kids, for Baker as Anne Adams.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks, Sandra. I love Seekerville! My favorite thing is to interact with readers and hear what they are thinking about books and their faith. What could be better?

Stephanie Landsem said...

Janet. Thanks for the welcome. I'm a slow writer, and I do tons of research. Much of my research doesn't even make it into the books but I have to know it to get the stories right. So The Well took a couple years (I wasn't really writing full time then). And The Thief took a good 15 months to write. I didn't have that kind of time for The Tomb, but it was a solid 9 months of research and writing full time!

Stephanie Landsem said...

Go for it, Anna! Just write it down and see what happens. Maybe it's just for you and God. Maybe it's for other people, too. You'll know when you get it on paper. :)

Stephanie Landsem said...

Jennifer, I need to read Havah. I've been avoiding other biblical fiction while I write my own. And yes, the research can be overwhelming but it is also a great way to deepen your faith and knowledge of God's plan for us through history. I do love the research, my problem is knowing when to stop digging and write the story!

Stephanie Landsem said...

Yes, we love our cats around here, Patti Jo :) They often tempt me to nap when I should be writing. Thanks for commenting and I hope you get a chance to read the books.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thank you, Sally! You've been a great encouragement to me on Facebook, too. It's readers like you who make those hard days easier :)

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks so much, Julie. I was such a newbie at writing that I had NO IDEA how hard Biblical was going to be! Haha! I imagine God up there smiling at me while I got down to work, thinking "She's got a surprise in store." And it was a wonderful, difficult, and beautiful surprise :)

Stephanie Landsem said...

You are right on, Nancy C. I still remember exactly where I was sitting and how it felt to have this story just pop into my head. It was so very right that I knew exactly what to do. I wish all stories were that easy!

Tina Radcliffe said...

HA!! I love that you said that about cats and napping. When I am not working I nap daily. I just holler for Charlie, "Charlie, nap time." She comes and we take a nap.

(Hmmm. I wonder if possibly this is too much information?)

S. Trietsch said...

Great article Stephanie! I'm seeking His guidance for my first story set in modern times. I'd LOVE to read The Thief!

Have a wonderfully blessed day,

Stephanie

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

The Well was the first Biblical fiction I ever read and it knocked my socks off! And I snagged The Their as soon as it was available. Ah-mazing! I purposefully didn't read the blurb before I opened the book do I was actually surprised when the thief is a girl, ha! (One of my friends had a good laugh over that, since she knew the split for months before she got her hands on a copy.) What can I say? I like to be surprised!
Anyway, throwing petals and doing the fan girl wave over here!

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

Ha! Plot, not split! You can tell how excited I am. Typing on my phone in the middle of breakfast madness for six kids!

Mary Connealy said...

Stephanie I admire so much you writing in such a deep and difficult genre. I can't imagine the research. Thank you for doing it and for the lovely care you take of Jesus and his words.

The book sounds fascinating.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

This fascinates me. One of my favorite books years ago (and lent out to someone or I'd have re-read it since to see if it's really as good as I remembered) was "Two from Galilee"...

Stephanie, I'll look forward to reading these. I want to have a stock of Biblical fiction on my Kindle... I've played in contemporaries and now historicals and who knows? Ancient history might be calling my name someday!

But for now, I'll just read yours and Christina Rich's beautiful work! So glad you're here today...

I have a hard time mocking my friends on a day when we're talking about Biblical fiction. Clearly it raises my sensitivity levels... or I'm more worried about God catching me!!!

:)

Mary Connealy said...

Stephanie, do a book about John 8, the woman taken in adultery.

I'd love to imagine how she changed after Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more."

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Crystal, that was one of my favorite parts of Heaven is for Real.

I've witnessed the amazing openness of children to things adults block out... Their innocence allows greater acceptance.

So seeing that part, where Colton recognizes Akiane's work made me smile and nod. Because that's how it is with children around here, too.

They see beyond adult constrictions.

Myra Johnson said...

Welcome, Stephanie, and thanks for this intriguing post about biblical fiction! I have great respect for your approach, to examine the questions and challenges real people would have faced in those times and yet remain faithful to what Scripture actually says.

Would you share a little about your research process and favorite sources?

Heidi Robbins said...

I haven't read much Biblical fiction but I admire you for being so careful in portraying Jesus with respect. I can't even imagine how much research goes into creating your story :) Please include me in your giveaway!

Stephanie Landsem said...

No, Tina. I love to know I'm not the only one who needs her nap. :)

Meghan Carver said...

Stephanie, I am so impressed with the diligence of writers of biblical fiction. I can't imagine how intense the research must be...but fascinating. Is it difficult to pull yourself away from research to write the actual story? :-) I'll be looking for your books.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Stephanie, thanks so much. And good luck with your writing.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Virginia, thank you! I'm so glad you were surprised. I really hoped for that and so the back cover copy was kept a little ambiguous.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks, Mary. Actually the woman caught in adultery had a cameo (would that be the right word?) in The Thief. I really enjoyed writing a little bit of her story. Maybe my next book?

Stephanie Landsem said...

Two from Galilee? I need to read that. And Ruth, be careful with ancient history. It will grab hold of you and not let go!

Stephanie Landsem said...

Hi Myra, I order a lot of books from the inter-library loan system. The internet is useful, but for the big picture I like to use an old book called Daily Life in the Time of Jesus by Henri Daniel-Rops. He writes beautifully. I also use quite a bit of archeological sources like Life in Biblical Israel by Philip King, and Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit by Jodi Magness. That's a few, but there were many more. Also, the Jewish Encyclopedia online is great.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Heidi, I hope you get a chance to read them. Thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie Landsem said...

Absolutely Meghan! I have a terrible time stopping with the research. And then I get into the story and have to stop to check something but get interested in something else and find that I've spent a couple hours researching again!

DebH said...

My first Bible story that really caught me was Esther. Was my favorite book for a long, long time (Ruth was a close second, with the judge Deborah being a close third, because I shared her name *heh*)

My first "Biblical" fiction book that captured my imagination was The Robe. I only remember I was a tween and it was a really thick book. Oh, and it captured my imagination big time.

Again, I am so glad you're here today to remind me of a genre I haven't been exploring of late.

Stephanie Landsem said...

You are welcome, Deb. You reminded me of the first biblical fiction I ever read, an old old book my dad had called The Emperor's Physician. It was my first taste of that genre and I loved it. Written in 1944!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Lunchtime for you Biblical scholars.

I brought figs, dates, and honey dipped flat cakes.

Am I missing anything??

Stephanie Landsem said...

I'm partial to lamb myself. But not goat!

Tina Radcliffe said...

oooh! FETA CHEESE AND LAMB!!! with mint jelly!

Sally Shupe said...

Thank you Stephanie! I appreciate your comment. Will there be future books like these? Do you have any ideas about who you might write about? Two From Galilee is a great book. I read it every year right before Christmas. I can't wait to read The Well and The Tomb. They both sound great!

Tina Radcliffe said...

The Well and The Thief have released. What is the release date for The Tomb?

And I'm curious also as to what might come next.

Stephanie Landsem said...

The Tomb will release in February 2015. And I'm currently in the process of discerning what is next for me. Prayers appreciated for that!

Dianna Shuford said...

Kudos to you, Stephanie, for taking on this very tough area of fiction to write for. I know it takes a lot of time and research just to get the story started.

I've encountered Jesus several times on my writing journey. Each time I've been ready to step back, to take a break, he opens a door and prods me until I step through it. It's not always a comfortable situation, but I always know I'm not alone on the journey.

Keep writing! I know there is a great demand for biblical fiction.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Yes, Diana, I think biblical fiction is really coming into its own right now. There seems to be a lot coming out in both books and films.

Cara Lynn James said...

Stephanie, thanks for coming to Seekerville today.

I would imagine Biblical fiction is one of the hardest genres to write. It must take a lot of research. But it's such a fascinating time.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks, Cara. It was fun to be on Seekerville. What an insightful group of women here. I have to say I think much of Christian fiction is very hard to write. You really have to put yourself out there more than if you were just writing a good story for the secular market. It is tough! I have a great deal of respect for everyone who takes that huge step to write about their faith for the whole world to see.

Audra Harders said...

Absolutely fascinating, Stephanie! Your plot sounds so complex when looking at your main characters and how they interconnect...but then add Jesus and the crucifiction into the mix. Wow. I'm so intrigued, I've got to go buy this book and read it.

Thank you for sharing!

Melanie Dickerson said...

Stephanie! I'm sorry I missed your day in Seekerville! I hope you had a great time. Now I have to go and read your post! :-)

Melanie Dickerson said...

Wow! Your series sounds awesome! I love the way your characters' lives intertwine. I really need to read these books! They sound wonderful. Hugs! Will you be at conference this year?

Haven Brown said...

Hi guys. I wanted to say hi. The end of the school year is crazy. Can I just say God is the best storyteller ever! I was reading through Samuel about all of the relationships this outcast-one-day-king had as a young man. I can't think up characters like this alone.

Mary Preston said...

I would love to read THE THIEF thank you. The entire series sounds amazing.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks, Audra. And I just read your post on weeding. That is such a perfect way of describing the editing process :) I always have a rough draft just bursting with weeds!

Stephanie Landsem said...

Melanie! So good to hear from you. I'm glad you liked the post. And yes, I am going to conference. We have to catch up, it's been such a long time and you've had SO much going on! Keep in touch, girl :)

Stephanie Landsem said...

You are so right, Haven. The Bible has characters in it that are WAY better than anything I could come up with. Whenever I feel like a character is flat or I need inspiration on a story, I go to the Bible. It's full of plot twists, good and bad characters, and beautiful imagery.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks for stopping by, Mary. Good luck in the drawing!

Connie said...

Thank you for a wonderfully thought-provoking post and for this giveaway. I would love to win a copy.
Connie
cps1950@gmail.com

bonton said...

Hi, Stephanie!!

I really enjoyed your post as I LOVE biblical fiction when it is done by someone, like yourself, who is meticulous in biblical research and takes no liberties with the words of Christ!! I can only imagine what a difficult task the writing of biblical fiction must be!! I find that I am better able to relate to biblical characters and their settings after reading biblical fiction and it makes the Bible come even more alive for me!!

Your novels are on my to-be-read list and I would love to read "The Thief"!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!!

bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

Missy Tippens said...

Stephanie, I'm sorry I didn't make it by yesterday! Your stories sound amazing. I look forward to checking them out! Thanks so much for being with us on the blog.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks Connie and Bonnie :) I hope you both get a chance to read The Well and The Thief. Let me know what you think! Glad you could stop by Seekerville.

Stephanie Landsem said...

Thanks so much, Missy. I'm glad you got a chance to read the post. Thanks for commenting :)