Thursday, June 22, 2017

WhiteFire Scavenger Hunt ~ Stop #1




Welcome to the WhiteFire Publishing Scavenger Hunt! This is the first stop, so begin here and collect all the clues in order by visiting each consecutive stop. Once you have them all, you’ll have uncovered a secret message. Turn that in at the final stop for a chance to win one of THREE amazing prize packages!

  • Take your time! You have all weekend to complete the Hunt—entries will be counted until Monday June 26—so have fun reading all the posts along the way and getting to know each author.
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Submit your entry for the grand prizes back here at the Submit Your Entries page!

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OLD or NEW?

I've always loved Biblical fiction - I love learning about the lifestyles and cultures of the people of the Bible, I love breathing new life and understanding into stories so old as to be common knowledge. But as a Christian, I had a hurdle to get over the first time I sat down to write a story set in the Old Testament.

See, as a young writer, I just couldn't imagine having characters who didn't know Jesus. What's life without Him? I remember thinking that I could never, ever write a story where the characters didn't come to be Christians. But in an Old Testament setting, that's not even possible, right?

Yet the OT is the foundation of the NT. There were obviously godly people who loved the Lord. Which led me to a new question: what does salvation mean in the Old Testament?

I explored this theme a bit in Jewel of Persia, and I'll likely explore it more in the next bib-fic I write--which will be set in the days of Abraham and focus on a son of the mysterious Melchizedek.  It's a theme, too, which has led me to a greater appreciation of Christianity and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Because though without Jesus, without the Spirit being always within us, salvation is hard and the visitation of the Spirit unusual and somewhat abrupt (He's described as "coming upon" people and then departing), He's still there. People can still love the Lord first and foremost. Sins can still be forgiven, that forgiveness just doesn't cover all sin, forever, in their lives.

Most of my stories are still after Christ, so faith in Him is still a part of the lives of most of my characters. But I've learned so much through writing stories set in the Old Testament too. About my faith, about the nature of our unchanging God, and about the foundation of the faith that defines my life.

Do you have a preference in biblical stories? Do you prefer to read about Old Testament or New?

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30 comments:

  1. Beverly Duell-MooreJune 22, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Great post, Roseanna! The only Biblical books I have read are the ones by Bodie Theone tha I remember.By the way, I don't tweet. I don't even know how!

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  2. Thank you so much for organizing this Scavenger Hunt for us, Roseanna! I'm having fun already!

    Also, I hardly ever read Biblicals unless they're yours. *sheepish grin* Looking forward to your next Biblical!

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  3. Roseanna, love scavenger hunts. What a great idea. If I were to write a story set in Biblical times, I'd write about Nicodemus seeking Jesus under the cover of darkness and hearing Jesus say he must be born again.

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  4. Biblical fiction is one of my most favorite genres. I really love the novels by Connilyn Cossette, Mesu Andrews, Tessa Afshar, and you, Roseanna. I think my most favorite is a Soft Breath of Wind. I adore Zipporah! I love OT and NT Biblical fiction. I love seeing the Bible story from a new perspective.

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  5. Whooohooo. I'm here. So excited to share this fantastic Scavenger Hunt.

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  6. Great way to kick of the scavenger hunt!

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    1. Hope you got to check out all the authors Trisha. We're a pretty good group, if I do say so myself. LOL

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  7. Hi Roseanna! Thank you so much for all you do!

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  8. Hi Roseanna, love your post! I like to read Biblical stories set in both Old Testament and New Testament and have read all four of yours.
    This has been a fun scavenger hunt!
    Blessings,Tina

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  9. Too fun! I LOVE biblical fiction - and of the biblicals of YOURS that I have read (the first two), Jewel of Persia is my favorite - maybe out of ALL your books! Which means OT - right? LOL. Excited about the scavenger hunt. :D

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    1. I also loved those books, Joanne. So glad you're enjoying the scavenger hunt.

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  10. Thank you, Roseanna! This has been such a valuable experience already!

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  11. I love biblical fiction - I've so enjoyed both OT and NT ones. Keep them coming!

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  12. I haven't read much Biblical fiction. I don't care for when authors make Bible characters such as Moses into a personality that doesn't quite fit Scripture. But I'm always willing to try different authors' approach to Biblical fiction.

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    1. I totally get that, Amanda! That's why my main characters are always fictional--they interact with the historical figures, but I take great care to make sure I never ever contradict Scripture. Hence the fictional main characters, so I can get creative without messing with fact!

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    2. That's the wonderful thing about our WhiteFire authors. Lots of different styles to choose from.

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  13. No preference, I like reading about both

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  14. I like them both.It really depends on the author's writing style and how he/she portray it.

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    1. That's one thing you can count on with WhiteFire authors. Different styles, settings, but excellent writing.

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  15. I don't have a preference in biblical stories.

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  16. Thank you so much, I love these scavenger hunts. I'm introduced to some new authors I haven't read before.

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    1. Welcome, Sandra. As one of the very proud WhiteFire authors, I'm delighted you are checking us out. Hugs and blessings,

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  17. Roseanne, just stopping in to do my own little tour - thanks for organizing this. And as always, thanks for the beautiful covers you create!

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  18. I'm with you ~ love seeing ancient times come to life. Thanks for this scavenger hunt. Expecting to meet some new authors ~ always a delight.

    Mary Kay

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  19. Hi, Roseanna! I haven't read much biblical fiction but I can see the thread of Christ throughout the whole Bible! I would like to read any of your biblical ones. Thanks fir a fun scavenger hunt!

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  20. I prefer NT biblical fiction. I just love that time period, the early Christians history and all.

    Thanks for setting this up! I have so much fun every year doing the scavenger hunt! :)

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  21. Hey Roseanna! I LOVE Biblical fiction.

    Thank you for this fun scavenger hunt!

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  22. I think the only biblical fiction I have read has been set in OT times, so I guess I would say that.

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  23. Hi Rosanna. Thanks for this fun scavenger hunt. I enjoy both Old & New Testament history. We need to know what preceded the coming of Christ.

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  24. I prefer to read the New Testament but I know that I need to read the Old Testament to understand the NT.

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