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May 16, 2006


Melissa Bishop

Hello Mary,
Those of us who are Christians do know that life can get gritty for everyone believer or not. I like Grey's Anatomy too. And all of the C.S.I. shows (not so much the N.Y. one) any way... my point/question is, how gritty can an author get in her book when writing about Christians and the dumb things we all do? I'm not talking about swear words.

Melissa Bishop

when I wrote those of us who are Christians, I meant that there are those whom I have run into who are not believers, have possibly never opened a bible and seem to think we Christians never mess up and that we for some reason aren't allowed to mess up. That we are some how grit exempt.


Melissa, that's a good question and one every author has to answer for herself. I know that many of the things I watch on TV are not something I'd feel comfortable writing necessarily. (Some are though). I think it's all in how things are handled. On Grey's Anatomy, the way they handled the adultery was not titillating. Instead, I felt angry and sorry for both of them. You just know that it's wrong and that they know it too. The difference is, without Christ, people think they must follow their hearts or "love". A christian piece of work can show the other side of that, faith, perseverance, forgiveness and loyalty. So yes, it definitely is something to prayerfully consider. Where you publish will determine that as well. TV doesn't go as far as movies either though the innuendo can be as strong. It's movies where I can really get put off.

Melissa Bishop

Hi Mary,
Yes, inuendo and implication are sometimes for compelling than being blatant about it. In last weeks 'Without a Trace', there were two cases of missing children of different races. One was getting more attention than the other. At the end of the show they did not tell the audience which child was found alive and which was found dead. It was powerful to me not to have that closure.

To Mary and the rest, please keep me in prayer. I have approached my local paper about doing a column and I am waiting to hear back from them if it's a go. I've written a couple of articles for them before. I really hope this is picked up.



I agree about the power of subtlety. The Bible is amazing that way. Adam knew his wife and she was with child. A lot happened in that sentence, huh? LOL Praying that you'll get to work with your paper. Sounds exciting. Keep us posted. Mary


Great points Marilyn!

Melissa Juvinall

Just stopped by to say hi. My hubbie and I love Grey's Anatomy. Thanks for putting a thoughtful spin on it; it helps explain why we are drawn to the show. I was SO upset when Dennie died.
I can't wait to see you in Dallas this year!
PS--In case I have not told you, I LOVED Made of Honor and Pink. My hubbie got them for me for my birthday. Can't wait to read Jade!

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