Monday, May 18, 2015

Actions Define Character, by LoRee Peery

Author LoRee Peery
I’ll never forget what my editor pointed out in my first release, Moselle’s Insurance. “Eric is not heroic in the past. No matter what, a hero must always be a hero--even as a young teen.”
According to Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB), a Christian character puts on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. He or she bears with and forgives another. Above all, they put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. They seek peace, and are thankful.
Life happens to people. We struggle. The same goes for characters.
Romans 5:3-4 And not only this (see verse 2), but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.
I have a computer file on Christian character where I note the following:

God has a specific purpose for each saved life
Repent=change=mind and heart create an altered life
Be willing
Don’t be a believing unbeliever (in the “church”)
Change is immediate

Ordinary person is equipped and enabled to become extraordinary
What am I holding on to that prevents me from holding on to Jesus?”
Compassionate invitation
Commitment to complete conformity
Complete release in order to hold onto Jesus

I didn’t note where that list came from, they may be sermon notes. But that list applies to fictional characters as well as Christian authors.

Do you see conflict in that list? Novels entail internal conflict, which can be viewed as spiritual conflict, as characters deal with external conflict.

May the Lord be with you as you continue to create Christian characters within the context of story.



A Nebraska country girl, LoRee Peery attempts to see God’s presence every day. Often that gift comes from nature, and she is most relaxed in the outdoors. The call of a cardinal draws her to look for the distinctive flash of crimson. A meadowlark’s melody always transports her to the farm where she grew up. A rainbow holds special significance, since one appeared the day of her father’s funeral and means the promise of the Lord’s presence in her life. She clings to I John 5:4 and prays her family sees that faith. You can find her at or the Pelican Book Group site

Paisley and Rob love each other, but neither is willing to correct what needs to be fixed in their relationship, so Paisley relocates out of state. When she discovers a secret that may repair Rob’s view of his past, she reaches out. Rob is still bitter over Paisley’s inability to commit and her habit of running, but he believes she sincerely cares for him, so he investigates her claim to have found his unknown heritage. After the emotional turmoil of meeting a family he knew nothing about, Rob’s love for Paisley convinces him to reconcile their differences. His world is incomplete without Paisley. However, she is reluctant to move forward, and has an opportunity to flee again. Will Rob help convince Paisley the answer is not to move again, but lies with the Lord, or will Rob lose Paisley forever?

Find Paisley's Pattern on sale on the Pelican Book Group site!

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