Q & A

When I started writing this book, I thought some of my assumptions might be controversial. Jesus My Son is biblical fiction, but it does not contradict anything written in the Bible. I looked at the scriptures that are written in Matthew and Luke and pieced them together as I thought Mary might view them.

Below is a list of questions readers have asked about my book.

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Thank you for your interest in Jesus My Son: Mary's Journal of Jesus' Early Life.

Q. When will the next one come out?
I am trying to write my next book, but have been busy trying to promote this one. I have written quite a lot and still hope I can finish it later this year.

Q. In an interview today with John Whitlock from the News Herald in Owenton, KY, I was asked why I thought I was qualified to write this book.
A. I feel I am as qualified as anyone else to write this book. It is biblical fiction, so my imigination, directed by God, is the only qualification I have or need. I ensured none of the events contradicted scripture. I researched many websites to make sure the events I wrote were true to the time. My own experiences as a mother and grandmother were helpful in writing most of the events. While I was writing this, my seventh grandchild was born, my oldest three grandchildren lost their first tooth, one of my grandhildren cut thier first tooth, took their first step and said their first word. They all had a first day of school during the time I wrote.

No one knows for sure what happened during those thirty years Jesus lived with his earlthly family, but I am certain that His life was very similiar to the lives of boys and men today. The material things may be different, but the trials and tribulations are the same.

Q. Did Mary really write a journal?
A. Most scholars will say that girls during Mary's time were not taught to read or write. However, it was possible. Luke writes in 1:37, "For nothing is impossible with God." For the purpose of my book, I think Mary's parents thought it was important for girls to receive a basic education. God looked at Mary's heart and saw that she was willing to serve Him. I used literary license, to say that He also knew she would be compelled to write a journal to preserve the things no one else would know.

Q. What inspired you to write this book?
A. I have a complete article about how the spark was lit in my heart. Thanks to Brother Joe Brown and many other ministers, the spark was continually fueled.

Q. How long did it take you to write this book?
A. Years. When I was compiling all my notes, the first typed piece I found was dated 09/2006. When I heard things in sermons that sparked my curiosity, I would research it and write an entry. As I watched what my grandchildren and nieces and nephews were doing, I thought Jesus probably did this too. I would research the customs of Jewish boys and try to write about how Jesus might have done the things children do today.