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Book Signing in South Texas

I will be signing copies of my long historical novels, Sanctuary and The Winter Pearl, as part of a Centennial Celebration in Riviera, Texas 78379 on November 11, 2007 from eleven in the morning until six in the evening. Along with several other authors, I will be located on a porch behind the old bank building sharing personal stories about ranching in the area while signing books.

See you there. 

Molly Noble Bull

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Molly’s Speaking Events for October

Sanctuary, my long historical about the Huguenots, was published by Tsaba House on September 15, 2007 in trade paperback. 

As a result, I will be speaking for thirty minutes at the Lanquedoc Chapter of the Huguenot Society of San Antonio, Texas on October 8, 2007. The meeting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio sometime between eleven in the morning and early afternoon, and as a Huguenot, I will discuss my own family history, answer questions and tell about Sanctuary and the other two books in the Faith of Our Fathers series. 

Molly Noble Bull

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Speaking Event-ACFW Chapter

First Baptist Church

306 Round Rock Avenue

Round Rock, Texas 78664 

On October 13, 2007 at 9:30 in the morning, I will speak to members of the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers on “How I Plot a Novel.” I will also discuss my newest novel, Sanctuary, and other novels and books now under contract. 

Molly Noble Bull

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Speaking Event- Interview-Kelly Klepfer-Novel Journey

I will be interviewed on Novel Journey on November 9, 2007 to discuss my Christian walk and Sanctuary, my newest novel. 

http://www.noveljourney.blogspot.com

Molly Noble Bull

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Sanctuary, to be published in two weeks

Sanctuary, my long Christian historical novel about the Huguenots, will be published in trade paperback by Tsaba House on September 15, 2007. Here is what it’s about.  

In 1740, Rachel Levin’s loved ones are murdered, and she flees her French village with a Huguenot, Pierre Dupre. They take refuge in a church until the military captain who killed her family arrives. The captain wants Rachel as his mistress or he wants her dead. Rachel and Pierre agree to a marriage of convenience and manage to escape. Will they reach Scotland as planned? Or will their lives end on an English countryside? 

To read an excerpt of Sanctuary, click  http://mollynoblebull.wordpress.com. Or go to www.mollynoblebull.com, scroll down and click Molly’s Books. From Molly’s Books, you can click to read an excerpt from Sanctuary and The Winter Pearl.  

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Through My Husband’s Eyes

My new friend at Shoutlife.com, Terri Gillespie, told in her current blog how the Lord taught her to see through her husband’s eyes instead of just her own. That got me to thinking. Was I seeing things through my husband’s eyes? Or did I wear blinders where his likes and dislikes were concerned?

My husband likes cactus and has different kinds of cacti all over our yard. I honestly don’t like cactus. To me, they are thorny and prickly, and when I try to rake leaves around them, I either get scratched or become a human pincushion.

But do you know what? The Lord made every single one of those thorny plants. He made my husband, too. 

Thanks to the Lord via Terri, I’m going to spend more time learning to like what he likes–even thorns and prickly pear. In the same way, I plan to spend more time reading my Bible in order to learn what my Lord and Savior likes. Isn’t that what being a Christian wife is all about? 

Blessings,

Molly

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For who hath despised the day of small things? Zechariah 4:10

            Before I was born again, I sometimes asked the Lord in prayer for help if there was a major crisis in my life, but I hesitated to ask Him for small things. I figured He was too busy creating and maintain the universe to help me with my day-to-day problems, and for a while after I was saved, these conclusions remained. 

            Gradually, I begin to ask the Lord for help in finding small things—my glasses, my car keys, my checkbook. Sometimes I would even ask Him to help me find a lost Bible and always asked in the name of Jesus. At other times, I would forget to ask for His help. Instead, I would try to do things on my own.

            I have probably spent numerous hours looking for lost items without success. But when I remember to ask the Lord in prayer for help in finding these lost items, I often find them in seconds. So, I would have to say that the Lord cares about the smallest things in our lives and is ready and able to help us when we ask for help in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

However, I think there is a difference between small things, like car keys, and the day of small things mentioned in the fourth chapter of Zechariah. We are told to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto us. But if we focus on the small things in our lives without first seeking and finding the Lord, all we end up with are small and foolish things that have no long-term value.

Yes, the Lord cares about the believer’s smallest needs, but there will come a day when the time for seeking and finding God will end. In that day, we will only have our small things to keep us happy and contented, and even they will disappear. As a Christian, I despise the day of small things if that means a world without the Lord because a world within Him is no world at all. 

Molly Noble Bull

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Why we do what we do

In Teresa’s last post she posed a wonderful question, though she rightly states that it wasn’t hers to ask, but one put forth by some of her readers: “How have you changed with the writing of this book?”

When I read that I was a bit taken aback and thought about it for a moment as if it was being asked of me. How have I been changed? And if I would be allowed to expand the scope of the context to include my CDs and paintings, well then I really have a lot to ponder.

I think one of the main issues derived from the process of distilling all the art that I’ve been a part of creating, whether in part or in whole, would be a single word: motive. And my own analysis of the word rather shocks me.

A Christian’s first response, whether realized in full or in part, is always, “To glorify God.” And I don’t state that for any other reason than that’s what scripture requires of us (1 Corinthians 10:31). I have struggled with my motives all of my Christian walk. And I probably always will because I walk around in a continually deteriorating sack of skin that is constantly at enmity with God (Romans 8:7). This topic (and its history throughout my life) is a post within itself.

But it’s my second thought that I want to briefly discuss today.

Found deep within the womb of my spirit, divided between the essence of my created soul and the God-breathed elements of my eternal self, lies a divine quality imbued innately from my Creator: to myself create.

In every artist there comes a pregnant pause, a profound yet fleeting moment that captures our imagination and deposits seeds. Many are lost or forgotten, but there is always at least one that takes root, and given the proper encouragement, will manifest and bare the intended fruit.

There is not a moment in my life where I was not constantly investing, creating, imagining, and wondering. Now an adult, my parents confess to me their own wonder at how prolific I was in “doing things.” Whether a new Lego creation, a cardboard-box-and-duct-tape space craft, a non-code tree fort, or a stapled together comic book series to end all others, I was always making something.

Some may say I was over active. Some may have tried to slap a medical label on me (an error we make too often as a society). Others may have even called me a “dreamer.” They never knew how right they were.

When you become intimately connected to the divine nature of creativity, you can’t help but create something; its very DNA is designed to prolifically propagating life, a characteristic shared only by God and mankind.

The fact is that I am changed each and every time I write a book, write a song, or paint a picture. Something in me grows a little closer to Christ, and becomes a little more like my Father. I feel His glory when I breathe life into something–I feel I’m being just like my Daddy.

In the creation of art, we have a divine opportunity to become more like our Maker. I believe fashioning something from nothing is one of the most innate and intrinsic privileges we have as human beings. I create as He creates.

Such a privilege is it, in fact, and once again pointing to God’s limitless mercy, that He even allows the unbeliever to participate in it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

CH

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The Day God Walked Me Home From School

When I was in the second or third grade, a child molester attempted to capture me as I walked home from school. My true story is part of an anthology, Scripture to Live By by Arron Chambers, and is being published this month.  If you have always wondered how a child felt, knowing he or she was about to be abducted, please read “The Day God Walked Me Home From School.”  

My current long historical novel, The Winter Pearl, is available in stores now. Another long historical, Sanctuary, will be published by Tsaba House in September 2007. 
Blessings,

Molly Noble Bull, http://www.mollynoblebull.com

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