Tuesday, April 21, 2009


by Linda Hall

I recently completed a major revision of a Love Inspired Suspense which is scheduled for a January release. (Storm Warning is the title of that upcoming book - so now you know.) This particular book had to be basically gutted and rebuilt. The whole time I was making these revisions, the picture that came to my mind was of taking one of those serrated grapefruit spoons to the inside of said fruit and scraping it against the inside hard. Then removing all of the sections and putting them back differently. It felt like that. It hurt like that.

This made me think of what Jesus wants to do in me - scrape out the insides of my soul, my mind, my spirit and turn me into the kind of woman who loves more and better, and desires God more than just about anything in her life, including her career. He does this through the hard things in my life - the pain, the blows. It’s sort of like feeling the serrated edge of the grapefruit spoon digging out everything I hold dear. Until all is stripped away and I’m laid bare before God.

And then God – like a careful writer – puts it back together and better than before. I’m not there yet – not even close. I need many more ‘revisions’


Mindy Obenhaus said...

Ooo, great analogy. Spot on :-)

Vince said...

Hi Linda:

At least with God, you know He’s got it right. Giving that spoon to an editor is more problematic.


Jill Kemerer said...

Sigh. I'm sorry this has been so rough on you. My girlfriend is going through the same thing, and she's not enjoying it either.

Sending you some warm wishes to get you through.