Monday, June 16, 2014

Guest Post with Susan Fish


 Today, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Susan Fish, whose novel, 'Seeker of Stars', is a great historical Biblical read with living, believable characters which draw you right into the story. 

Susan Fish is a writer and editor living in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  She is a wife and mother of three teenaged children. Her first novel Seeker of Stars was released by David C Cook Communications in 2013. She operates Storywell (storywell.ca), an editing business that helps writers tell their stories well. Susan has been recognized locally and nationally for fiction and poetry and has two published books of Bible study curriculum.

I offered Susan the opportunity to share one of her 'a-ha' moments, and she came up with this encouraging post which I think will speak to many of us on a deeper level. Here's Susan.


I’ve always been drawn to the story of the still, small voice. That story in I Kings 19 after Elijah has the encounter with the prophets of Baal and Ahaz and Jezebel and he’s terrified and exhausted on every level. I like that God tells him to eat and drink and lets him sleep, and then has him eat again. God takes really good care of this exhausted prophet. And then he presents his complaint to God and God invites him to stand at the edge of a cave on the mountain of God, Mount Horeb. And so, Elijah stands there through a strong wind and an earthquake and a fire. But God is not in any of those things. God is in what comes next: a still, small voice.
And so it was for me, although I hesitate to tell it. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in the mantle and was ready to answer God’s questions in a new way. When I heard it, I felt cared for rather than awed but I am afraid that if I tell this, I will give it away. Can we all agree to take off our sandals here as we stand on holy ground? To wrap our faces in our mantles?
It had been a year of earthquake and wind and fire. People I loved deeply on death’s door. A painful misunderstanding between siblings. Uprooting our family to move to a new home.
When you move into a new house, you need to find new places for your stuff. You need to find new stuff for your place. Or you think you do.
Over and over again, I sensed the still, small voice of God telling me: you have what you need. You already have what you need.
On the most basic level, that can mean taking a hard look at what’s in the refrigerator and creating dinner out of stray vegetables and lone sausages, instead of heading off to buy all the required ingredients for a meal. It meant hanging a rug on a wall instead of buying a new painting for a blank space. It meant repurposing and rethinking stuff we already had rather than always going to look for something new.
But it also meant something deeper: it meant that even in the wind and the earthquake and the fire, God was enough. I already had what I needed. Elijah felt like he was the only one on God’s team but in that moment, God showed him that there were many others who were faithful and that their faithfulness together with God’s unfailing faithfulness was indeed enough. It was already having what they needed.
It’s actually been transformative. To know that I already have what I need leads to calmness, gratitude and creative thinking. It makes me resourceful and watchful for what God might be up to. It makes me rest and it makes me ready for whatever God has in store for me next.


Susan, thanks so much for sharing with us, and encouraging us. I'm sorry to hear the last year has been difficult and heartbreaking for you in so many ways, but I wouldn't have missed this encouragement that we all have what we need.

Seeker of StarsA Seeker of Stars -  As a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought. Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

Susan has offered to give away copies of 'Seeker of Stars' to two blog visitors. Please leave a comment to be in the draw, including your email contact details so we can let you know if you win. Winners will be chosen randomly.


Seeker of Stars available from Amazon

19 comments:

  1. Hi Susan - Thanks for sharing those experiences. I'm sorry the last year has been difficult for you, but it's great that you've been able to reflect on what God's shown you in that time. Four years ago we moved to a bigger house that actually had less cupboard space, so I can relate to having to find creatives places for our stuff. We had to get rid of some things and we don't miss them. It's a great thought that God has already given us what we need. Your book sounds intriguing. May God continue to bless your writing endeavours as you touch others with His love.

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    1. Hi Nola,
      Funnily enough, the same thing happened to us early 2013 too, except that both the house and the cupboard spaces were smaller. I know what you mean by 'creative.' So very interesting that we can do without things we thought were so important.
      Check back for Susan's reply tomorrow. She couldn't be further away from us in distance, and that's hours in time too :)

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  2. Thanks, Susan and Paula, for sharing this interesting and challenging post. Sounds like the year you describe, Susan, was a terrible one for you, but you have also come to a huge realisation through it, which is wonderful. Your book 'Seeker of Stars' sounds intriguing--I' ve always been interested in the magi, where they came from etc, so I'd love to read it. jobert(a)tpg(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne,
      I found it challenging too. I love the way Susan appropriated the word to Elijah in such an apt way. Yes, the magi are presented in a most intriguing way in the novel too. I do hope you'll get a chance to read it.

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  3. Whoops - forgot to leave my email details. nola (dot) passmore (at) westnet (dot) com (dot) au

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  4. You know, Elijah's encounter with God in that passage is my favourite passage in the bible. :-)

    My email is lynnestringerauthor (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Lynne,
      Coincidentally, I was just reading it tonight, as it's where we're up to in the Read Through the Bible in a Year program I'm using.

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  5. Hi Susan, Your book 'A Seeker of Stars' sounds like a great read. Some years can be really tough but hearing God's voice in the midst of those difficult circumstances can make them extra special. So true that God in and of himself is enough. Thanks for sharing such an encouraging word.

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    1. Hi Jeanette,
      I agree with you. Sometimes we realise that we wouldn't have heard God's voice if we hadn't lived through the tough experiences. That's what makes them special. Thanks for dropping by.

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  6. I love that story in I Kings. It such a reminder to me to stop, be quiet, and truly feel God's presence, often in the middle of the storm. Thank you for sharing from your heart and your new book sounds intriguing as well! contact (dot) harris (at) gmail (dot) come

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      That's so true. I still sometimes find that I tend to get frazzled over whatever circumstance before I remember that. It is a very intriguing novel with great characters.

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  7. Seeker of Stars reminds me of The Alchemist...another wonderful story about growing up and realizing your destiny.

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    1. Hi Sara,
      I've read both too, and like you, can see the similarities. It's a similar time period too, although it was years ago that I read 'The Alchemist.' Thanks for visiting :)

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  8. Thanks for your comments, everyone. They were great, and I appreciate it. We'll contact the winners of the books as soon as we can.

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  9. Hi all -- Thanks for your kind comments. I hope you will enjoy the book. As Paula suggested, I do live far away from you--in the centre of Canada. I spent a month in Australia in the summer of 1992 (our summer, your winter actually) and visited Melbourne, Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and drove from Brisbane to north of Cairns. It was an amazing time and I'd love to go back. Except for the jet lag.

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    1. Hi Susan,
      What a fantastic trip. I love Australia's eastern coast. That part of the country is reasonably warm even in winter, which I imagine you might have found, coming from Canada.
      I'd love to visit Canada some day. Looking at the globe, it couldn't be further away from Adelaide.

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. Thanks for dropping by.

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  11. Hi everyone, thanks very much for dropping by. The two winners have been chosen by random.org. They are Sara Goff and Jeanette O'Hagan. We will be in touch with you two ladies to arrange the delivery of your prizes. I hope you enjoy them.

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