My friend just wrote her first mystery and it’s been picked up by a publisher. We are all excited for her, but apparently the publisher isn’t. They said it didn’t have enough sweet nothings. Frankly that is the stuff I skip. You know the blurbs about how the lilac scent tickled her nose and reminded her of Granny’s wash after a day in the hay mow. I just want the plot, folks. Tell me who murdered who and what the clues are and forget sweetening and thereby lengthening the book!
Are you like that or do you want the puddles of foam with your read? If so than you are a hagiography reader. That’s the official name for a book that only says nice sweet things and no one believes a word of it.
You won’t find that in the Bible. No sir. God lays out the truth for us. Heaven and Hell. Love your neighbour. Give. No backing up stuff but full steam ahead into the truth.
We should expect that in the books we read about our heroes both past and present. There was always good and bad in a person’s life. Take yours for example (and yes mine too…)
People will love some of our story and be appalled by the rest of it.
Face the truth of it Lord. Let’s just face the truth in all of us.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. (Matthew 7:1-5, MSG)
Prayer- Lord we pray for self-honesty before we dare to judge another. Amen.