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LOVE IN A BROKEN VESSEL…..
MESU: I lived in Indiana all my life until 2007, when my hubby accepted a teaching position in Portland, OR, at Multnomah Bible College as a professor (after fourteen years of pastoral ministry). I grew up in a Christian home—a spiritual mutt of sorts—Mom, Charismatic; Dad, Quaker; Grandparents, Pilgrim Holiness-turned-Nazarene-turned Weslyan. Eeee-Gad! Talk about confused! I wasn’t sure I’d ever be truly convinced about anything in God’s Word after all the arguments I endured. By the time I was nineteen, I was an alcoholic, and after a near tragedy, an old high school friend led me to a saving faith in Jesus—a Jesus I’d never known. A Savior that was more than words. This Jesus was alive, real, powerful enough to change a life. And BOY, did my life change! Within six months, I married that friend who led me to Christ. Nine months and two weeks later, we had our first daughter, and I’ve been married to the same man, who has been a student, teacher, coach, tool-n-die maker, seminary student, pastor, and now a professor.
I’ve been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with our two daughters during most of their lives, working part-time as an optometric/ophthalmic technician in several doctors’ offices. But my passion has always been to study and teach God’s Word. Sometimes that’s been through adult Sunday school classes and women’s Bible studies in our local church, and sometimes it’s traveling across the country to share at conferences and retreats. In 2002, my health took a dive and limited my speaking ministry, making writing my primary outlet for sharing God’s Word. Writing biblical fiction isn’t about creating a nice story for me. It’s about getting folks excited about opening their Bibles and digging into the Truth of Scripture.
MESU: I think the appeal of biblical characters today is the same as it’s been through the ages—they’re fallible. Flawed humans appreciate knowing that God chooses, loves, and protects flawed humans. The challenge for authors of biblical novels is to make the characters both believable and real. For instance, to be real, the prophet Hosea would need to be outraged when his wife Gomer commits adultery. How, then, can his forgiveness be believable when she commits the same sin repeatedly? Hosea must show REAL anger, REAL doubt, REAL flaws—and experience Yahweh’s REAL work in his life in order to become a biblical character that appeals to readers today. The same is true for Gomer. We must take a REAL look at the heart of the prostitute God chose in order to see the believable work He can do in all of us.
MBA&M: How do you decide which female Biblical Character to choose from?
MESU: It’s usually the STORY rather than the character that first intrigues me. Then the female character develops as the research unfolds. The single question that drew me into Job’s story was a quest to find out his wife’s name. She wasn’t named in Scripture, but ancient Jewish literature named her Sitis and said she was Arabic. The question that launched me into twelve years of research in Song of Solomon came from a Bible study question, “Who was Solomon’s Shulammite Princess?” As I read Song of Songs each day for a year, I came to know the Beloved as a daughter of a prince from a northern wilderness area near Lebanon. Her identity evolved as my research skills were honed. When I read the introduction to the Book of Hosea, a commentator remarked that some believed Hosea had two wives, Gomer as his first, and a second wife that he purchased after he divorced Gomer. I’d never heard this explanation before, and I didn’t like it one bit! I thought if God had one nation—Israel—then Hosea needed one wife! But the niggling doubt sent me into a frenzy of research, and by the time I finished, I believed Gomer was Hosea’s only wife and had a story rattling around in my head. Questions seldom have simple answers for me; in fact, they often have answers that end up as 400-page novels!
MBA&M: If you could go to dinner with one Biblical character, who would it be and why?
MESU: Well, it certainly would NOT be Eve! We saw where she took Adam for dinner! I think I would want a lakeside fish-bake with Jesus like the disciples experienced after His resurrection. Remember when Peter, James, and John had become discouraged and gone back to fishing (Jn. 21), and they looked up from their nets and saw Someone on the beach, waiting for them with a fish breakfast? I’m guessing it was the best fish they’d ever tasted. Even more importantly, it was intimate, quiet fellowship with their Lord. He gave them life-long nourishment and direction with that meal. I love that.
MBA&M: Which of the Biblical characters do you find the most interesting, most enduring, and the most charismatic(male or female)? Other than Jesus, of course…
MESU: David. It was really a toss-up between him and Moses. Both men were incredibly interesting in their time. Both were once shepherds, both spent time in the wilderness, and both lived a portion of their lives in a palace. God called Moses a friend, but he said of David, “He is a man after my own heart.” That’s an amazing endorsement. To Moses, God gave His Laws, but to David God gave the Psalms. When I need to meditate on the goodness of God or His awesome power, I go to the Psalms–not the Law. So I think Psalms win over Law on endurance, and David gets my vote. J But I do like Moses…
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Thanks so much for visiting with us again,Mesu. What a pleasure to have you with us. Your stories are such an inspiration!
CHAT WITH MESU ON MARCH 20….
**If you have any questions for Mesu Andrews, or just want to say hi, Revell is hosting an Author Café, an hour chat with Mesu, on Wednesday March 20 at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT . We’d love for you to join the party on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/revellbooks)! Plus we’re giving away a signed book to one lucky participant!**
Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task—marry a prostitute in order to show God’s people the nature and depth of his love for Israel…
When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God’s message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she’s good at—she survives. Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel heal Gomer’s broken spirit?
With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.
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