Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A-Z Blogging Letter "J"

Angie here: Do you recognize characters who give all selflessly? Our A-Z blogging letter "J" gives us an opportunity to look at how writers use the characteristics of Jesus.

Most stories have a "Jesus" character, or Christlike character, that sacrifices all for the sake of others or loves when love is impossible or embodies a Christlike characteristic. Using a character to embody the act of sacrificial love may be the main theme, a sub plot, or even back story to set the plot in motion. Why? Because they inspire us. They inspire love, courage, and the desire to be a better person. Christlike characters help us expand beyond ourselves and understand there's something "bigger than me" whether a cause or greater good.


My favorite: The grandmother in Dante's Peak jumps into an acidic lake after the volcano erupts. Her family is so important to her, she refuses to allow any of them to perish. We see her slide into the blistering water and pull the boat to safety sealing her own fate, but saving all the rest. Would you?

A-Z blogging letter "J" challenge: Find the Jesus character in a book or movie you love and share it here. I'll give away a copy of Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance ebook to one lucky winner that shares their favorite "Jesus" character example. *Winner will be announced on Sunday. 

Please share a way to contact you and it's fine to break your email so spammers can't use it.


12 comments:

  1. Hi there, good "J" post. Jesus' sacrifice was the ultimate act of pure love.

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  2. Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z Challenge. I challenge you to visit my blog and try to figure out today's mystery word but no fair grabbing a dictionary first...;0)...good luck with the challenge!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  3. I haven't seen that movie. Sounds like a good one. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

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  4. Thanks for visiting Duncan, Sharkbyte, and Donna.
    Yes, Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. But I'm wondering if you recognize the symbolism in literature?

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  5. The first example that sprang to mind was from the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis's character sacrifices his life at the end so his daughter can be with the man she loves - talk about not letting anyone in the audience leave with dry eyes :)

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  6. Stopping by from the A-Z challenge and THRILLED to find you. I love inspirational romance and am just now trying my hand at writing one (Harlequin Love Inspired Historical).

    Best wishes to all of you and I hope to get to know you better over the next few months.

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  7. Thanks for visiting, everyone!

    Eva Maria, that's a great example! Oh my gosh, no dry eyes at all! I thought of I Am Legend. Similar.

    Cathy, it's great to have you! Best wishes with LIH!

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  8. Oh that's a great example, Eva. Cathy, we're thrilled to connect with you too :)
    Angie

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  9. So happy to have found this wonderful blog on the A to Z Challenge!I've bookmarked yours and will be back!My blogs are Christian ones too and I hope you'll check them out.
    www.achristianmomsguide.blogspot.com and www.nebraskafamilytimes.blogspot.com.
    RE: As soon as I read the first sentence and saw the picture from the movie "Dante's Peak" I know you were going to refer to the grandmother--that was such a touching scene!

    I don't read a lot of fiction but will try to think of a "Jesus" character example and get back here to tell you about him/her!

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  10. Hi Shelly,
    Thank you so much for hopping over. I'll be sure to stop by and see your blogs too. You're so right, the grandma character blew me away in Dante's Peak. I still see that scene in my mind. It was touching, harsh, and inspiring all at the same time.
    Thanks :)
    Angie

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  11. Cathy--You'll have to check out Eva's book. She writes for Love Inspired Historical! :)

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  12. Cathy--You'll have to check out Eva's book. She writes for Love Inspired Historical! :)

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