Mary Mcculloch, a fellow member of The Fellowship of Christian Writers, issued a challenge this month.
FCW members were invited to write a poem one line at a time for 20 days.
I'm not really a poet, but I'm in a phase where I really want to stretch my writing and try new things.
My poem was completed today. My topic was Imagination.
At the time I began my poem, I was working on my Lupine episode of A Musing which addressed imagination and how it can get carried away.
This morning, after completing my poem, I hopped on Google+. I saw that one of CWA's members, Cheryl Cope, had posted about Imagination today.
God is laying this topic on our hearts for a reason. It's important to pay attention and bind those wild imaginations.
Here's my poem:
Imagination Bound by Heather Randall
You call to me sweetly,
whispering lullabies and lies.
Every thought is held captive,
to the facts dressed in disguise.
Locked up in maybe’s,
my mind paints a broken picture.
I grasp for something pure,
but hope is just a flicker.
The worst case scenario calls to me,
baiting me into its trap.
I wade in the mire of what ifs
and abandon the truth giving map.
Where are the rainbows and unicorns,
and other impossibly plausible dreams?
Here problems are too big to see around
and nightmares unravel the seams.
I long for imagination that inspires me;
that playground of beautiful things,
but I’m stuck in the moment of mystery
where faith develops its wings.
I just completed my first book in this series.
A was for Amish.
What did I learn from reading this genre?
Well, I learned that any genre can become agreeable to a hesitant reader IF . . .
Get ready for "B" is for Biography. I'm starting the next book tonight.
Do you have a favorite biography? If so, tell me about it.
I am not typically an Amish Fiction kind of girl. I've had this perception of Amish Fiction as down-home and overtly wholesome. That just hasn't appealed to me.
In an attempt to be fair to all genres, I have stepped out on a limb and tried something new.
To debut as an Amish Fiction reader, I have selected The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This book is the first title in the Lancaster County Series.
This book was published in 2010, so if you're a fan of Amish fiction you may already be familiar with it. Since I'm not usually drawn to this genre, it was new to me.
This is not a solicited review so you won't find any affiliate links here. I didn't plan to even include purchase links, just my honest thoughts. However, this book is currently listed as free in kindle format (as of 3/9/14) so I reconsidered. If you click the image it will take you to the raw (non-affiliate) amazon link. Maybe you can still snag it for free.
Here are my thoughts after reading The Choice:
I enjoyed The Choice much more than I expected to. It is not exactly what you would expect from an Amish novel and I think that's why it worked for me. It's unconventional.
Carrie is in love with the wild child Sol Riehl who is urging her to leave the church and her family to follow him as he pursues his dream of being a baseball star.
Having not yet been baptized into the church, Carrie is free to decide her future despite what it may cost her.
The choice is hers and it is no small decision.
When the choice is made, it seems that life moves her in another direction, but is it life or is it God's mighty hand steering her toward what's best?
The book covers life in a Pennsylvania Dutch Amish community for better and for worse.
Honestly, I do not know much about Amish life. I knew a women in a former church who grew up Mennonite. She said that violence was common and child abuse prevalent. I guess the experiences she shared with me shaped my opinion more than I realized.
Though I understand now that there are differences between the Amish and Mennonite cultures, I have intertwined them in my mind over the years.
The reason I mention this is that I have had a problem with Amish fiction invading the Christian market. I worried that only a purity, simplicity and humility would be presented in these books.
I was actually pleased that one character in The Choice (Carrie's step mother) was portrayed as violent in her form of discipline, disrespectful as a wife and generally unkind. She was honestly what I imagine Amish to be.
I'm not trying to be judgemental or offensive, but I do want to be honest in my perspective when I began reading this book. Perspectives can change.
Now, the step mom is not presented as the norm in the community, but her presence in the story dealt with my anxiety with this genre. It also exposed me to the reality that there are good and bad among all groups and peoples, Amish included. I respect this, and the contrast between that cranky character and others helped me to see the good among the Amish way of life better.
What does come across very well in the story is that relationship with God is personal. Everyone has the ability to choose their behavior, their response and their faith.
Even better, this story addressed how God can direct our steps and lead us to something better than we could or would imagine.
Of course, choosing Him is the best choice we can ever make.
The story has romance, a hint of mystery, and believable emotion.
This is everything I look for in a story.
The Choice is well written, entertaining and a pleasure to read.
Coming up next: B is for . . . . Biography.