On Iscariot,did any one person’s reaction surprise you?
One of the reactions was a review I read on Goodreads, where someone wrote that if you don’t understand Judas in context (I assume, meaning the Jewish Everyman of the time and the paradox, danger and questions all 12 disciples must have struggled with in following Jesus) that you don’t fully understand Jesus in context. And I thought that was very succinctly said. Because our reactions to Jesus as modern Americans (or modern any nationality) looking back 2000 years through the lens of church history is vastly different than the perspective on the ground at the time.
As an author, what are you wanting people to take away from Iscariot? There’s obviously the overarching concept of, “Would I really have done any different?” But, what would thrill you to hear from someone at one of your book tour stops this year?
I am thrilled every time a reader writes or says to me, “I understand Jesus so much better now! I understand the context of what he was saying in a way I didn’t before.” Because ultimately, this book is really a story about Jesus. Judas is simply acting as the lens.
Iscariot is a look at Judas’ life, but in the end, it’s a fictional account. Not that any of us can actually know the answer in this life, but, in your opinion, do you think the book is close to being historically accurate? Or, is it more of a ‘what if’ story?
It was very important to me to get the historical setting and context as accurate as possible. I spent a year and a half doing diligence on that–which informed the plausibility of character actions and motivations for me. Ultimately, what a character like Judas might have thought and what would have motivated him is conjecture, but it was very important to me to make sure they were plausible in context. And it’s the context that is mostly lost on us as modern, free readers today.
Between Demon , Iscariot, and the Books of Mortals, you’ve written plenty of villain-esque characters. Which are more fun to write: Heroes or villains?
Villains who are heroic… and heroes with a dark side. 🙂
If you could talk face to face with Judas, what would you ask him?
I’d love to hear from him in his own words why he did it.
And finally…more of a bonus question. Inquiring minds really must know. Is there any bacon concoction you’ve discovered so far, that you haven’t been excited to try? 🙂Yes! Bacon ice cream. I mean, ewww??!
Have you read the book? Let me know what you think! Also, have you seen the trailer for Tosca’s new book coming out?! I’m beyond excited. Watch it, let me know what you think!
Ok. Let me start off, by simply saying that I know everyone has their own opinion. Doesn’t mean they are wrong, or that I am wrong, or ..well. You get the idea.
Anyway. This subject has come up in conversation with friends a few times, in a church class, etc. I’m really just curious on different opinions.
And really, anyone is welcome to comment. Not just married people. Promise. 🙂
Is it ok, for a married man, to have woman friends; and vice versa?
If not, why? If so, are there any circumstances which would make you lean towards no?
This seems to be hot button topic sometimes, and I’m genuinely curious as to what people have to say….
The world may very well be ending.I finally remembered to DL the actual introductory video to this bible study.
We won’t mention how long I’ve had the workbook … Or how long ago I very excitedly bought the wrong video to start the series……:\
Only on day one, but its interesting so far. Apparently it’s the only book in the Christian bible where ‘God’ is never mentioned. The study , I believe focuses on seeing / finding God when he doesnt appear to be there.
And,of course, different aspects of being a woman . I mean, the study is titled : it’s tough being a woman.
Should be interesting. Love it so far,Beth Moore is just so relatable. The type of person you can imagine going out for coffee & having one of those, ‘ Oh girl, me too!’ conversations with.
Now.. here’s hoping I stick with the study all 9 weeks…
I know I’m kinda asking for it by living in Oklahoma… but wow. Seriously? The heat this weekend was ridiculous. Practically all triple digits!!!
Which, would not have been so bad if there hadn’t been a RadioRadio show Saturday night. Matt and I met them up at the club for soundcheck around 4… and man. I made friends with the bartender that day, making water runs for everyone.
The actual concert that night wasn’t quite as bad, no sun glaring down, but it was still pretty terrible. At first, there was hardly anyone there… then as the night went on, more and more people started to show up.
It was surprisingly a pretty good show! No one (that I know of) walked away with heat stroke, and it seemed like most people there were having a good time.
Sunday was kind of a lazy day. Slept through church, (oops?) then pretty much hung out and watched the Golden Girls during lunch. Had some friends over later, but it was pretty much a lazy day. Which, I won’t lie, is always a nice thing to have.
Now, unfortunately, it’s back to the typical work week. I’m trying to think if anything exciting is happening this week. I managed to talk Matt into doing this couples devotional with me- it’s called The Love Dare.
I haven’t done any devotionals before (bible study yes, devo, no.) and I don’t believe he has either, so this should be interesting. The first section we read was all about patience and all. The “challenge” or “dare,” is not to say anything negative to each other”.
Sounds really silly at first… but if you think about it, could be challenging. What would be considered negative? How would you find other ways to word it? And already, I’m thinking this is tailor-made for me. I tend to have a problem with patience sometimes… and I for SURE am pretty high strung. Which isn’t a good thing. Just hasn’t been an easy habit for me to break. Maybe this will help!!
Anyway. I should get off here and go shower, get ready to head over to my Mom’s house. I told her I’d take her and my niece and nephew to the library and the Farmers Market today. It’s….. looking to be a hectic day.
(Pst. God? Now’s a good time to send some of that patience my way!!)