Wednesday’s Word: Praise the LORD, Small Creatures and Flying Birds

To write or not to write, that was the question. I had an idea for a novel, but was it worth pursuing? Sophie Topfeather and Timley Mouse (in the work that has become Sophie’s Quest),  were clamoring for my attention, but it was clear, after reading the Christian Writer’s Market Guide, that only a very few Christian publishers were interested in anything that talking animals had to say. What if I did all the research and spent all those years writing and re-writing for nothing?

One Sunday in church, we read Psalm 148, and my fears were dispelled. Somehow, while reading this Psalm, I was reminded of the story of Noah. The wind and waves obeyed God, and surely, the animals who came to the ark had heard their Creator’s voice calling to them. What if my novel’s characters were seeking to hear their Creator’s voice, too? What if God was calling out to me through a “small creature and flying bird”? What if he could bring others closer to him through Sophie and Timley’s story? How could I not try?

Notice: Wednesday’s Word is taking a bit of a hiatus so that I can be editing and otherwise preparing for the book launch in June. See you this summer!

The Sunday posts will continue on their regular schedule as long as I am able!


For friends new to this blog, “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley Mouse, the tiniest character in my upcoming novel, Sophie’s Quest. On Sundays, I post an article-type post on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc. Please join in the conversation!

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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