Stone by Stone

Spare narrative and a stoic reporting of the facts -- this is the tone of the Old Testament book of Nehemiah: "So I came to Jerusalem . . ."  (Five words about a dangerous two-month, one-thousand-mile journey.) "I wept and mourned for many days."  (Three months!) Based on a careful study of Scripture, Lynn Austin puts… Continue reading Stone by Stone

Rounding Out the Narrative

Character development is my favorite part of reading a book, whether it's a work of fiction, a biography, or an historical account.  The individual's motivation, inner dialogue, sense of humor, use of language, and interaction with other characters is fascinating to observe.  In Empire's End, Jerry Jenkins has taken on the challenge of melding a… Continue reading Rounding Out the Narrative