Karen sent in several comments and questions, which I’ve condensed below:
Did you take flak from churches – or para-church organizations, for that matter – for shining an unfavorable light on them or their practices?
No. I think that all organizations who raise funds “professionally” need to be careful that they state nothing but the truth in their fundraising. I know that professional fund raisers tend toward hyperbole in their letters (everything’s a crisis), but we owe truth to one another. I can see that it’s important to raise funds in a large ministry, but I also believe that God honors truthfulness and honesty.
Emma’s actions seemed to border on disobeying her husband – and her pastor – and that surprised me. What was the reader or critical reaction to that?
I don’t recall that Emma disobeyed Abel . . . but it’s been a long time since I’ve read it. Even if she did, I know I wrote it that way because few women would be able to walk away from an opportunity to meet with their own child.
Abel’s change of heart, resulting in his calling off the campaign and
changing the focus of the ministry overnight, seemed to echo Charles
Sheldon’s classic In His Steps. Was that planned? Even so, the change seemed
too fast and abrupt. Can you explain how that would come about, based on the
No, it wasn’t planned because I haven’t read In His Steps. And Myers-Briggs typing tells how we’re bent, not what we’ll do. We are all capable of doing things outside our typical responses. Abel came around because he realized the truth after a profound shock. Such events tend to rattle our worlds and leave us open to new possibilities.
Finally, how did Chris get the picture of Eunice Hood?
I don’t know. Chris was a Christ-figure (obviously), and I meant for him to be shrouded in an element of mystery. He had the photo of Eunice (and probably lots of others), and neither I nor Emma understand exactly how that came about. But it did.
Thanks for coming along on another BOM journey!