About the Author
Samantha Coville is best known for being the Founder and Owner of the book review website, Sammy the Bookworm. But she is also an avid writer and has won multiple awards for her flash fiction. She is also an editor and all around book lover.
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Samantha will be writing about authors or characters in writing that really catch her attention for different reasons.
The Jock Who Lived the Word
The hardest part of Christianity is knowing someone who doesn’t believe like you do. You might know someone who refuses to even consider the Bible. It can be frustrating and, ultimately, heartbreaking. You may want to scream it at the top of your lungs and beg them to listen. But there’s a better approach: let your life be an example and show them how you’re different than the rest in a good way.
A great example of this idea is from the novel John 3:16 by Nancy Moser. Billy has been trained all his life to be a star football player and he’s on his way to the big leagues. But there’s something else on his mind besides touchdowns. The only problem is that his dad doesn’t want to even hear the word “Jesus” in his house. A traumatic event from the past has crippled his ability to believe in a God.
Now, as a strong football player, I’m sure Billy could just force his dad to listen and try to convince him that way. But Billy actually doesn’t press and proves himself through what he does. An unexpected twist (which I won’t reveal here; go buy it for yourself) will bring his dad closer and a wonderful transformation will occur.
So give that a chance; go at it the roundabout way. You may be very satisfied with the results. But sometimes you won’t be; God may have a different plan. By the way, if you thought Billy’s story is cool, John 3:16 actually has five different realistic story lines that weave together. You’re bound to relate to someone and it’ll be a spiritual journey like no other.
Davis McGowan, the Pastor Who Judged
(c) August 2013
There’s a common phrase that says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” While we may all know it and say that we follow it pretty closely, there are still some times when we judge before we even see the cover.
In the book McGowan’s Call by Rob Smith, the star of the book, a pastor, talks about his many adventures in his Ohio hometown. One of the multiple short stories included in the collection is about Davis McGowan’s interaction with some local residents as they talk about the homeless man who limps through the alleys of town. They saw he can’t speak, can’t write, can’t read and, above all, cannot understand anything around him. Even as a pastor, Davis believes all this and stays clear of the wandering loner.
But when McGowan finally does meet him by accident one night, the homeless man looks up and says hello. Then he continues on his way and leaves Pastor McGowan stunned. Even if it wasn’t much, just a simple greeting proved all the town’s people wrong.
Sometimes we judge a book pretty harshly without ever realizing it. There could be that one person who keeps to themselves that you’ve never talked to because people say they’re trouble. Why not give them a chance? They may just prove everyone, and you, wrong.
Peter Pevensie, The Brother Who Stood Strong
(c) July 2013
The other day my sister was in a bad mood. And when my sister is in a bad mood, the whole family is in a bad mood. Our family members are all connected and when things go bad for one, they go bad for all.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sure, we’re all still connected, but we don’t have to all go down. What the family really needs is for everyone to stay strong, no matter how hard it is.
One of my favorite books of all time is The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. The author knew how to write an enthralling tale while still incorporating some important life lessons. Most of the lessons are learned from Aslan, the great and mighty lion who symbolizes God. Reading the book makes you feel like you’re taking to Him yourself.
One of the main characters, Peter Pevensie, stood out to me the most. When he let his brother’s negative emotions affect him and his family, things got bad. They yelled, they got angry and they fought. That’s not what a family is supposed to be.
When Peter eventually stands strong for his brother, even when he does things he shouldn’t, the family of four becomes a strong unit and together they become more than they could ever be on their own. If families did that, the world would surely be a better place.
If you have siblings, whether young or old, who get on your nerve, maybe you should try being strong for them. Instead of yelling back or giving the cold shoulder, offer them your help. Give them a shoulder to cry on or an ear to talk to. Be what they need. You’ll be stronger for it.
If you enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia, I highly recommend Finding God in The Land of Narnia by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware.
Thomas Hunter, the Man Who Wouldn’t Believe
Sometimes when I’m talking to people I feel like they just don’t get it. The Lord does something incredible right in front of their faces and they still don’t give him a second thought. I know someone who was miraculously saved from a drowning car and she’s still an atheist. I get so stressed out over this type of person and it bugs me nonstop.
But, yet again, books have proved themselves as a way for me to explore different viewpoints and see how others’ minds work. This time it was Black by Ted Dekker and it showed me that sometimes even the obvious will be ignored and, in that person’s mind, it’s for a good reason.
The star of this first book in The Circle Series is Thomas Hunter. He’s an average, middle age man who works hard for his money. He’s not exactly poor but he doesn’t have spare money either. This is a perfect example of a real world man that helps make this book an even better representation of what people are like.
Through a sequence of extraordinary events, Thomas is transported to an alternate world where people genuinely love God and live in peace and harmony. You would think that Thomas would fall on his knees in joy and become a believer. But that’s not what happens. He turns away from it all and ends up in some serious trouble. At first I was incredibly confused by this. How could someone not believe when the proof was right there?
The answer is simple: God makes them that way. At first that doesn’t make a lot of sense either but think about it. Thomas ends up going through some difficult times and through those events he learns about God and the power that He holds. Because of this, Thomas has a more profound respect and love for the Lord. It’s the same with Job from the Bible. He went through a difficult moment in life and became closer with God because of it.
So now I have new hope for people like my friend who experienced the incident with the car. Maybe someday she will see what God has done for her and her life will change forever. I’ll be right here waiting for her when she does. And you can be there for those people who experience the worst. It might just be life changing for them in a good way.
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