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Guest Post from the author Amber Schamel
Many people have asked me why I chose to write the genre that I do, and it’s a fair question. Fiction has often been viewed as frivolous, even a waste of time by those of us that are more practical natured, but in reality, that is far from the truth.
Isn’t it interesting that the #1 best seller of all time, the Bible, is primarily story? The Bible has 66 books, out of those, at least 23 are filled with stories of patriarchs, kings, and other characters including Jesus Himself. During His ministry on earth, Jesus used parables to teach the people.
But today, the Bible has become something of the past. A book that catalogs stories with a spiritual theme, but have no connection with today. The Bible has become history.
As a history buff, I saw the same thing. History was just boring dates and happenings to most people. The majority of students I talked to hated history class.
In this, I found a common thread. The Bible had become lifeless history to them, and history had become lifeless as well. That’s when I wondered, can’t somebody make history real to them? Make it breathe and come alive in their minds? This is important, because history is really HIS-story. The story of how God has worked in the lives of people who lived before us. They need to experience God as real, and history as real too.
This quote by Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling really resonates with truth.
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” ~Rudyard Kipling
Friends, this is my goal, and this is why I write Christian Historical Fiction. To bring Jesus Christ, and HIStory to life in a way that will never be forgotten.
After generations of waiting, the Messiah has come at last. And not a day too soon. All his life, Malon Ben-Tyrus has been stifled beneath Roman laws and religious traditions, and he longs to be free. The oppression of the Romans worsens every day, and the religious system led by the Scribes and Pharisees has grown corrupt.
Malon believes his life calling is to become a disciple of the Messiah and help free Israel from bondage. When Jesus heads to Jerusalem for the Passover feast, Malon knows this will be a historic event. Jesus will enter the city as the Son of David and take His place as the Messiah of Israel. He longs to follow Jesus to Jerusalem, but his family won’t allow him to go.
When at last his family consents, Malon arrives in Jerusalem only to discover that he is too late. The man he thought to be the Messiah has been crucified, and Barabbas—his greatest enemy—has been set free.
Appalled by the cowardice of Jesus’ disciples, Malon returns home seething with frustration and despair. Everything he believed he was destined to become died with Jesus. Was he wrong about his destiny?
Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call “historical fiction at its finest”. A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. Amber is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.
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