The wonderful lady who put my book together started with a completed manuscript which she wisely suggested having one copy published and checked for final editing. Just as well. We had God playing golf in one story, but the punctuation errors were so obvious which meant re-editing the whole book, page by page. There were lots of corrections to be done, and where I saw 'Bible Stories For Big Kids' as a story of God's love and care for his people, this lady saw all the battles, blood and guts. She wasn't terrible impressed! I agree, a lot of the stories involve fighting but the battles show how God looked after his people or how he abandoned them to their own devices when they turned away from him. I guess it depends on your perspective.
It is easy, when listening to the news, to wonder where the world is heading and despair at the behaviour of dictators to footballers, but that does not mean that God doesn't know what is going on. History has some pretty gruesome stories to tell and I am so glad I am not living in the medieval days before hot showers and flushing toilets! Political intrigue such as the story of Esther, is still alive and well today, causing tensions in many parts of the world.
However, one aspect of life today I have found so positive and absolutely intriguing. I am not a 'greenie' as such but I am fascinated by the small groups of conservationists working around the globe, doing their part to preserve flora and fauna. One group in outback Australia was on the news recently, so excited about achieving their goal of breeding these small fish which they thought were extinct. After 13 years, the conservationists were so excited to be putting these fish back in the natural water where they form an important part of that area's eco system.
Similar good news stories have been part of Simon Reeve's BBC documentaries as well as stories from other travellers to remote areas. These people really are making a difference each in their own small way and often in very trying circumstances.
So what does all this have to do with writing a book?
Many people see the Old Testament as depicting a judgmental God, bent on revenge and punishment, whereas I love the Old Testament for its continual theme of a God who loves forgives and cares for his people.
It depends on your perspective I guess.