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Good morning, Mesu and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little yourself?
MESU: I’ve been married to Mr. Wonderful since 1984. I’ve loved him through his coaching days, teaching days, seminary days, pastor days, and now professor-ing days. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a daze, but we do life together, and it works. We have two grown daughters, who have recently married their own Mr. Wonderfuls. For now, we all live nestled in the lovely Pacific Northwest—at least until one of the little eaglets decides to fly the coop. My writing companion is a 5-year-old Rotti-pitbull named Bouzer. He’s a big, adorable lump of love. My favorite foods are pizza and lobster—served separately, please. I love football season, not so keen on basketball or baseball. And I’ll eat just about any dessert you put in front of me!
Most people are curious about my name…it’s a nickname. My given name is “Maralasu”—a concoction of my mom’s creative mind. I couldn’t say the big, long name when I was little, so it always came out “Mesu.” It stuck.
MESU: I’m a Bible study fanatic. I taught women’s Bible studies and adult Sunday school classes; and I traveled quite a bit, teaching at weekend retreats and seminars. Until health issues made that life impossible.
When I tried to publish some of my Bible studies, I ran into the same roadblock each time: “You have no formal training.” And it makes sense. Who wants to buy a study from someone who has no formal education? So a friend suggested I write novels—using stories to teach the concepts I taught through studies.
Since my health kept me close to home, and my limited education kept me from publishing non-fiction, I began writing about the lessons people learned in Scripture. Their lives, their culture, their settings—fascinating stuff! Made more intriguing when we realize the kernel of God’s Truth is woven into the fabric of the plot. It’s both a joy and a challenge. I love it!
MESU: Our Western Culture is so vastly different than the Ancient Middle Eastern way of life. One of the most amazing things about God’s Word is that—though it never changes—it is living and has the ability to relate to any culture. However, in order to extract the fullest meaning of some passages, we must read them in light of the culture, setting, and geographic location in which they were written. That is what biblical fiction can do. It creates a context in which the biblical story is more easily remembered. Just like Jesus told parables to cement a point in the minds of His listeners, biblical fiction should be used as a way to give life and texture to the biblical truths it conveys. It’s never meant to replace daily Bible reading; in fact, just the opposite. It’s intended to arouse the reader’s curiosity and send them back to God’s Word for answers.
I think King Solomon is a keen example of that curiosity factor. Many folks know bits and pieces about Solomon’s life when he was older and had many wives, but how many took the time to consider his early years? I hope the allure of biblical fiction is to give readers a “snapshot” of a character that they can then take back to Scripture and compare to the mural God has given through His Word.
MBA&M: Which Biblical character is your favorite and why?
MESU: Oh my! Tough question! My heart is securely fastened to the Old Testament because I think Yahweh is so misunderstood by Christians in that Old Covenant, but my favorite biblical character is actually in the New Testament. Jesus’ mother would be my favorite. I love her immediate submission when asked to bear the Christ-child. I’m fascinated by all the “pondering in her heart” when people heap praise on her newborn Son. Her reaction to twelve-year-old Jesus, when he stays at the Temple and is separated from the family—amazing (I would’ve jerked a holy knot in His tail!). The fact that she followed Him to the Cross is beyond my ability to fathom, and that she was with the disciples in the upper room after His resurrection speaks volumes about her faith. She’s amazing. I can’t wait to meet her in eternity.
MBA&M: If you could step back in time, where would you go, with whom and why?
MESU: Another great question! I think I would like to go to young Solomon, actually. He had so much promise, so much potential. And he did many great things—but he could have done sooooo much more. If only his heart had been right before the Lord. Of course, we don’t know the motivation of his heart. In the book, I portray him as too caring, too sympathetic to his wives for his own good.
I suppose the motivation doesn’t really matter, does it? The thing that matters is that his sin tore Israel apart. Period. Surely, if someone could reason with the wisest man in all of history, he would have lived differently… But didn’t Jesus address a similar argument when he told the parable of Lazarus (the beggar) and the rich man (Luke 16)? The gist of the story confirms the futility of trying to reason Solomon out of sin: If he didn’t listen then, no amount of “do-over” would change the situation. I think it’s good motivation to do all we can NOW for those we love.
MBA&M: What is the one thing that scares the “heck” out of you and why?
MESU: Snakes and rodents! I don’t know that I have a good reason for it. I grew up in a house surrounded by Indiana cornfields, so we ALWAYS had mice. One day, my mom and I were held captive, standing on top of a stool and coffee table, while a mouse scurried around the kitchen until my dad came home from work. Eeek!
In my third book, Love in a Broken Vessel (scheduled for March 2013 release), Hosea and Gomer live in the southern Judean desert, and snakes are a constant threat. THAT was creepy to research and write! Ick!
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share a bit with your readers!
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Thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing your wonderful insights into the Biblical characters of old!!
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LOVE’S SACRED SONG
Publisher:Revell (March 1, 2012)
Book Description(from Amazon)
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may come true.
But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon’s harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?
Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love. Readers will be transported from the glowing fields of Shunem to the gleaming city of Jerusalem as they experience this rich and textured novel from a master storyteller.
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