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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

TITLE: The Book of Life
By Christine Ramey
06/05/10


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I heard this story of man who went to the Library one day and he had gone back to the reference desk. He was doing some research but instead his research found him. Upon the reference desk laid a big white book. It was not a closed book as it lay open. The man felt as though it was his turning point in life. He began to search through the book and discovered that there were names written in this book almost like a Family Tree of sorts. However, he began to search his name just to see if he was in this book. His curiosity began to get to him that day in the reference section of the Library. He search page after page as there were thousands upon thousands of pages listed in this book. Before long, he decided the flip to the front of the book and look at the cover. To his amazement he read the title-- “The Lambs Book of Life!” He froze and began to look for the “R” section as the names were listed alphabetically. He got to the “R’s” and realized his name was not there.

The room was quite as if even the whispering could not be heard. The sound that this man could hear was the sound of his heart beating loudly. He could not pathname his name not being in “The Lambs Book of Life!” He began to call out to God right then and there. “God, why have you forsaken me? Why is my name not written in your Book of Life? Haven’t I done well? I thought I was doing everything right! I go to church every week. I read my Bible every day. Isn’t that enough to have my name written in your Book of Life?” The man question God.

The man fell down to his knees in despair. His hands lifted up to the skies as if God was hearing his cries. Then he heard the strangest of all voices coming from nowhere. “John, my dear son, why do you not see that I am God? Why do you not know that I love you? Haven’t I shown you that already? So, why my dear John Richardson II are you still denying my name? Why do you not know that I am all you will ever need?” God said.

“God, is that really you?” John responded.

“Yes, it is I! Do I have your attention now?” God asked.

“Yes God, I am listening. I need to know, why my name is not written in “The Lambs Book of Life?”

“John, your name is not written in my book because you have chosen to deny my name. There have been times you clearly have been given opportunity after opportunity when you were given it. I have knock on your heart’s door many times and I was not allowed in. It is because of this that your name is not written in my book!” God replied.

“Okay God, I get it. What do I need to do so that my name will be written that book?”

“I am so glad you asked me John! I need for you to trust me now. All I need for you to do is to ask! That is all! Do you understand what I have told you?” God replied.

“Ask what, God? What do I need to ask for?”

“Good question. You need to want me in your life. I cannot enter into your heart and into your life without you granting me permission to live within your heart. It is that easy. Nothing more is needed for you to do. Just ask!”

“Okay, I will. Here it goes. God, it’s me John Richardson II and I ask for you to come into my life. I want to take all of the wrong out of my life. I need you to have control over the choices that make. Take me now! Let me live my life for you and you alone. I pray all of these things in your heavenly name! Amen.” John prayed.

“John, congratulations. You will now have your name written in the “Lambs Book of Life!” Go to the entire world and share your good news.” God answered.

Tears began to roll down his face with a clear realization that he was now God’s child!


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Yvonne Blake 06/11/10
Very creative! It would help you to have someone proof your story before entering. Good use of dialogue.
Phee Paradise 06/11/10
What a unique approach to salvation. I would have liked to hear something more specific about how John - who went to church and read the Bible - denied God's name. But it's a good reminder that we can't take our salvation for granted.
Gregory Kane06/14/10
How comforting it is to know that our names are written in that glorious book!
One concern that I have with your story is that it seems to me that the fact it takes place in a library is merely incidental to the story. It could equally well have been set in a church or even in a coffee house. Do keep a close eye on the topic to make sure you stay bang on theme.
Bless you and keep on writing. It's great to be part of the FaithWriters family
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/16/10
This is a touching story and a great way to teach one the way to Jesus.
You had a few editing problems search instead of searched, Lamb needs an apostrophe. But these can be fixed.
Your love and passion for the Lord really shines through in this piece. Good job keep writing as the Lord guides you.
Rachel Phelps06/16/10
This story is creative and well-presented. Try reading your work out loud (or having someone else read over it) and listen for when a sentence might need shortening or lengthening to keep a flow going. My other editing concerns have already been mentioned, so I'll only say that I hope you continue writing. You have a passion that is lovely to see.
Patricia Turner06/16/10
I love the passion of your writing here.

You have a few misplaced and missing words.

I heard this story of (a) man who went to the Library.

I'm certain this will improve as you continue writing and I hope to see more from you.
Susan Montaperto06/16/10
Your sentences seem to run on a bit and you to check over your spelling. Other than that it is a very creative way to bring a story of salvation into the Challenge Topic. Keep writing. Thank you very much for your story.