I’m often asked, especially now about my new title, FOR SUCH TIME AS THIS, where I get my ideas. I usually can’t pin down the source, but in this case I can. For years, I’ve written fiction for women in a number of romance subgenres. The reviewer of an earlier book struck a chord with me when she really ‘got’ my writing, and triggered the idea for the Women of Hope series.
As a believer, I know the truth of God’s Word. I also know He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Adding the two concepts equals my worldview—God, through His Word, speaks eternal truths.
With that as my life’s foundation, I seek to minister, especially to women. Currently, I assist the Director of Women’s Ministries at my church with the desire to encourage and support women in their daily lives. One might think that today’s woman faces issues vastly different from those of the women in Scripture. But beneath the surface, people remain the same, just as our Father made us. Only external circumstances change. The guidance and comfort of Scripture is the same, relevant, and sustaining.
That’s why the stories in the Bible have played out in different places across the centuries. Situations a wife in the Victorian American West encountered are similar to those in the Old Testament, and to some she might face today. Outside details have changed—Queen Esther never imagined fast-food or Facebook!—but how a woman relates to her husband, how she balances duty to her family of origin with her position as a spouse, hasn’t changed much.
In the Women of Hope series, which launches with For Such a Time as This, I try to illustrate what that reviewer saw in my work. Women in late 1800s Hope County, Oregon (a fictitious location in the northwest corner of the state) confront situations faced by women in Scripture, and draw those eternal truths closer to 21st Century women. I hope the stories lead my readers to the guidance Scripture offers for the most complex situations, even for such a time as this…
Thank you, Ginny, for this blog post. I so agree with you that the truths of the scripture are for all times.
Since Queen Esther is one of my favorite Bible characters, I know I'll love this new book. I've even written a dramatic monologue of Queen Esther and presented it for writing conferences and for women's retreats.
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