A few months ago, a well known Christian lady purchased my novel, Whatever He Wants
. Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call. She said, “I cannot believe you wrote a book full of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Why?”
My response was weak. Since the release of the book, I had heard many great testimonies from readers about how the story had helped them by giving them hope or giving them a hunger for God’s presence. I wasn’t expecting an attack from fellow Christians. I know with absolute certainty this was a Jesus story. A story God gave me to write. A story that I prayed and fasted for. Since then, others have questioned my work. “Why did you depict sin so that the reader is almost tempted?”
This blog post is an answer to that question.
The book, Whatever He Wants, opens at a party scene.
Drugs, alcohol, and hook-ups are center stage.
This is reality.
Like many of us, James Preston struggles with consequences of past sins.
He searches for his young son and his son’s drug addicted mother,
a woman James has no intention of marrying.
Many pew dwellers write James off.
They say he got what he deserved when he rebelled against his Christian heritage and sinned.
But, thank God, Jesus doesn’t give up that quickly.
He rescues us from our mistakes and calls us to repentance.
Jesus also protects us from our own good intentions.
Joni Maher attends the party with one goal, to destroy the curse of her virginity.
Today’s society portrays innocence as a weakness, but God says it is a treasure.
How can we fault young girls for giving themselves away,
when we haven’t taught them the value of their bodies?
While we give them a list of dos and don’ts,
the world whispers lies in their ears.
Satan seduces them with promises of beauty and temporary love.
Yes, the novels I write are full of sin.
“…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Romans 5:20
They are also full of the convicting presence of God, His mercy, His grace,
and the awesome power of the Holy Ghost.
Jesus is more than a band aid. He can handle the tough issues.
The ones we encounter in real life., not the façade we wear to church.
Real people are tempted. And real people need the blood of Jesus,
magnified by the Holy Ghost to overcome those temptations.