December 11, 2020
Please read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) to learn about Jesus Christ. If this book helps, read it, too.
It is my pleasure to announce to you my most recent book, The Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John: One Novel Narrative. I began writing this book in January, 2018. When I started, I suspected the project would take five years to completion. When Covid-19 hit in 2020, I had time to complete the book in just three years.
Using two Side by Side versions of the Gospels (sometimes called Harmonies), as well as many versions of the Bible – see the Introduction of this book – I first typed one Bible chapter a day into my computer. For this I used the longest account from the Side by Side version, and then, when any of the three other Gospel authors discussed the same event, I added their information. My vision for the book was to not leave ANYTHING out, but also to make it readable. Further, I looked at books online similar to the one that I wanted to write, but found that they included way to much extra information for my purposes. Many had maps, or extra material (and sometimes more extra material than Gospel text on each page). Others felt they needed to show where every verse was found. I don’t use verses in my edition, except with a footnote. I feel that people can read the Gospels in the Bible and compare my novel to the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to find the verse. In fact, people that are daily reading the Gospels already know the scriptures. I simply wanted a novel that combined the four gospels into one book that reads like a novel. That process took a full year.
In 2019, the editing and organizing process began. The chapters couldn’t be too long so readers could take a break and, also, so they could stop and think about what they read. I also wanted the chapters to end at natural breaks in the flow of the narrative. In the end, the 18 chapters that this book ended up being, allowed for an average of 13 pages per chapter and each chapter ended at a natural break.
In 2020, the layout began, but I hired a company to help with that as I’d rather write than do layout. Now at the end of 2020 the book is ready to go out to the public. Some won’t agree with my footnotes, but don’t let that bother you (I don’t let it bother me). Just let it be food for thought and use it for consideration. As we have learned in the Bible – we see through the glass darkly. One day we will have the answers to all our questions. For now, love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul and with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Stay Safe and Happy Reading,
P.S. My talented daughter, Laura Love, painted and designed the book jacket. She never ceases to amaze.