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Editing…My Life

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Editing…My Life

As I’ve begun editing again, I’ve been thinking about how characters in young adult stories—even really believable characters—have very clear steps toward growth. Even in a series where growth happens slowly over the course of several books, there is usually a satisfyingly clear progression from callous to sensitive, cynical to trusting, and/or cowardly to courageous.

Think about Harry Potter: I could’ve punched him in the forehead in The Order of the Phoenix, but by the end of Half-Blood Prince I was his friend again. And then there’s Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. What a turd. But once he’s rescued from the witch and Aslan gives a lecture, he’s fast-tracked to army commander in the service of the Lion. And who could forget the tortured growth of Katniss Everdeen, Percy Jackson’s epic path to heroism, or Daniel’s flight from orphan to son. But…

Do I grow like that?

Once I’ve overcome my fear one moment, do I never fear that thing again? When I finally realize that I’m being snotty and insensitive, do I immediately and irrevocably become nice?

In my experience, growth comes slowly, in spurts, and involves a

messy tug-of-war between my spirit and my flesh.

But…that’s okay. There is an author in charge of my story who is editing out my sin with a very special “red ink.” It may take a lifetime, but I know he’ll write me into a hero. He’ll do the same for all his people.

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Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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