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by Charles Martin — Monday, May 11, 2015 Published in The Kitchen Sink — 5 comments
A few thoughts on why I write what I write.
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Yes, that is how I read it... I just kept hoping she would come around, but people are just not perfect.
Charles, thank you for that 'hopeful' writing - yes, we do so need that every day in this often too negative world we live in. I so enjoy your books and anxiously await my pre-ordered copy to be delivered on release day next week. Funny thing, I immediately open your book when it arrives and dive into it, trying to savor the reading time but loosing that discipline as I get engaged in the storyline, and in no time find I stop my life for as long as it takes to devour the reading non-stop. Its gotten so that my wife recognizes this and lovingly allows me to loose myself in that treat of focused reading, often finally roling over in bed as I join her at 2am after finishing the book that arrived in the mail that very day. Then I feel bad that I 'ate the whole thing' and have to wait until you write the next one for start over again.Keep up that hopeful story telling. The world needs what you are offering in your blogs and your books. You are truly a gift for all of us 'out here' sharing in your wonderful and insightful talents.
Although fiction, you just summarized why I recommend your books to all my friends and family! A message of hope and redemption that is very real world. Our church has seen great growth because we speak truth but leave them hopeful that they can overcome by the end of the worship experience. You would probably really enjoy the sermons because of that fact alone. I never put the two together until I listened to your blog post. Keep on! The best is yet to come!
Often times people get waylaid in life. Broken trust is not always an easy thing to overcome. I saw Audrey as having closed herself off and was "in hiding" at the school. All of her life was filtered through broken trust. It colored everything. It seemed to me Matthew Rising pressed on and Audrey pulled inside. Yeah??nay??
If it's not relevant to the writer, I suspect it would be irelevant to the reader as well. It would not be heartfelt, could not be heartfelt, by the readers if the writer does not identify with what he is writing. That is what draws me to your writing -- you care -- even if it's not explicitly written, that you care comes accross in your writing. On the note of 'redemption'; I did have a question about Audrey, who shows up in 'A Life Intercepted'. If Matthew Rising could be redeemed, (from my perspective he made a choice while in prison that affected his life positively from then on), how could she be the same even after all those years? She was smart, perceptive, could predict how the game would go, and not trust Matthew? That seemed completely incongruent to me... It was great story and as usual, written with excellence, but people who think like she thinks change, and she didn't change until she 'saw' the evidence.. at which point in my opinion he did not deserve her. Any thoughts?
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