Monday, August 17, 2009

Book Verses

Belinda here.

Happy Monday!! I don't feel like I have a whole lot to say right now, so I'm going to let you do the talking. Read on.

I've been working on my manuscript since May and hope to have it finished this month. I see the end in sight. I know I have a lot of work to do after I type the end.

One thing that I got squared away already though is my Bible verse. Here it is:

Luke 8:17 "For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light." NIV

When I started writing my manuscript I didn't have a verse. I ususally do, but this time it wasn't there. I didn't know what the book was going to end up being about in regards to trust, secrets, truth. I had a few canidates. But this verse seems to wrap up the book nicely as the book is evolving.

I don't think we always have to have Bible verses. Some authors use sayings or quotes from famous or not-so-famous people. But personally, I do like to have that verse from the Bible that I can feel relates to my book.

What about you? Do you pick a Bible verse? If so, do you have to have it to start with? If you are a reader, do you pay attention to those verses or quotes at the beginning of the book and if so, what kind of a mindset does it put you in? Are you expecting something maybe you wouldn't have?

Just curious. Thanks for your input.


  1. I read the Bible verse at the beginning of each book, but usually forget it as I get into the book. When/if it is repeated in the story line, it really hits home. Always repeating it in the story line brings it back into the context of the story.

  2. My previous writing has, sadly, not included Biblical wisdom. But in our writing group I tried a new exercise last week. Each person selected random 3x5 cards on which I had written Bible verses and comments. They did free-writing for fifteen minutes and came up with some insightful passages.

  3. I always read the Bible verse at the beginning of books, but when I write, I tend to get through at least half the story before I make a decision on which verse I really feel fits.

  4. Good point, Linda. I too find myself flipping back to that verse at the beginning if something reminds me of it.

  5. Hi Anonymous!! That sounds like a great idea. And my first writings were nowhere near Biblical. We all start somewhere and find what God calls us too. Good luck!!

  6. Eileen,
    I think if you can pin that down right away your story will have focus sooner.
    Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

  7. Linda, I agree. I do the same thing. And if I'm writing, I love it when a Bible verse fits so well at a major turning point.

    I've started out with one Bible verse before, but then changed it when I realized my character's spiritual journey had changed.

  8. Anonymous, that's a great idea so brainstorm new ideas! I hope it leads to a wonderful new story idea for you.

  9. Eileen, on one of my recent stories, I had a whole list of possible verses! I didn't pick one for sure until I finished the story.