I have been writing with a devoted intention of publication since 1986. I have written, rewritten, and rewritten again and been rejected over and over so many times I almost gave up hope. Every time I tried to quit, God placed another story idea in my head, many of which have yet to be written. I asked Him on more than once occasion to take the desire away from me if it wasn’t going to result in publication. I would wake the next day with more passion and fire in me than ever before. I saw my dream of publication come true in 2011. Even now I have moments where I want to quit but I know I can’t because I am called to write.
Primarily I write Historical Inspirational Romance although my most recent novel is a Contemporary Inspirational Romance. No matter what genre, I usually focus on purity as one of my themes. Why? Well, in today’s world, we are inundated with messages in the media, at school, and in our workplaces that threaten to rob us of our purity.
In To Dance Once More, my Historical Romance, Lydia, the main character, doesn’t want to end up like the women in her family. She wants adventure and travel and anything contrary to the ordinary life of a plantation owner’s wife. But in her day and time, if not the wife of a plantation owner or a governess to the children of a plantation owner, then more than likely she would have been cast into society as a worldly woman, left to fend for herself, subject to the charms of gentlemen who had something less than honorable in mind for her. Her choices were limited.
Unlike in the Victorian times, women today have many more advantages and do not have to be married to explore the world. Women do not have to have children to be considered valuable to society. One thing that has not changed though is that women must still guard themselves against the charms of men (and often other women) who have less than honorable plans for them. They must guard their minds against pornography, or better yet, against R rated movies that are full of sexual behavior unbecoming of a lady.
In my Contemporary novel, Song of the Meadowlark, I wrote about these things from the perspective of Cora, a
We’re told today that a woman can use her sexuality to get whatever she wants in this world. She can flaunt it, tease, and use it to her advantage. What I hope to accomplish through my writing is to show women and young girls all over the world that their purity of body and of mind is a great treasure. It is something to be cherished. It is valuable, just as these ladies are valuable to their Creator, God.
What some would deem freedom of expression or a right to do whatever they want with their bodies is actually a disregard for one’s self. It’s kind of like selling one of my novels at the dollar store when I’ve worked so hard to perfect them. How sad that would be for me.
In other words, your purity, your body, your mind is worth more than silver and gold. It’s a treasure that should be a locked garden until the Lord sends the right one to come and unlock it.
So why do I write about purity? My husband and I remained pure until were married. It has been a blessing on our marriage. I have many friends who have done the same and it has never been regretted. My readers will see in my books characters who may have not remained pure but who come to view purity as the treasure it is and who vow to start over.
Yes, this opinion may seem a bit Victorian and it is appropriate for my Historical novels. But it is also appropriate for Contemporary novels, as well. Why? Purity is timeless. It never goes out of style. And ultimately, it is pleasing to God who wants us to experience love in its purest form.
My message is of purity. If you are pure, stay that way. If you are not, vow to start over today. And remember that total purity is only accomplished through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Song of the Meadowlark blurb: When trusting others leads only to pain, and loving ends only in loss, what will it take to restore hope again?
Cora Buchanan’s car breaks down while on a road trip, leaving her stranded in a small Georgia town. While Cora stays at a ranch, little Susie O’Reilly unexpectedly fills a void in her heart. Widower Rex, Susie’s rugged cowboy father, stands in Cora’s way. The news reports of missing and murdered women don’t help her comfort level. Cora has no idea how close to home the crimes will hit…or how the song of the meadowlark will impact her future.
Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, a speaker, social media junkie, and a former homeschooling mom who loves to share God with others, while sharing her life experiences with them. She is a member of the ACFW and a graduate from the Christian Writers Guild writing course. She lives in Georgia with her husband and two children. She loves to dream of romantic places and romance in general–good, clean romance, that is. She is passionate about purity and sexual integrity. Sherri is the author of To Dance Once More (OakTara) and Song of the Meadowlark (OakTara). She is polishing her novels To Laugh Once More and After the Raging Storm.
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