On this Memorial Day and all through this past weekend, we have honored the men and women who have given of their time, their efforts, and even their lives to protect this country and her hard won freedoms. The years for historical novels now include the years up through WWII.
For many of us, those years from 1941 through 1945 are not history found in books and research, they are a part of our lives. It’s almost eerie to pick up a book and read about the things that happened during that war and realize I’ve read about those things in the newspaper soon after they happened or saw them Life, Time, Newsweek and Saturday Evening Post magazines. Some of those pictures are printed permanently in my memory.
Wars have been fought since then with few of them being accepted as WWII was. What a time to write about for novels. The history books give us so much material to use as do personal testimonies from those who served. How far we’ve come from the God fearing nation we were during those dark days of the two world wars.
Even so, our writing can bring readers to a closer understanding of the past and show them how much it affected the way Americans thought about their country and how they relied on God to see them through those times. No matter what era our writing covers, the ultimate goal is to show how the goodness, mercy, and grace of God overcome the evils of the world.
We read about battles of the past and realize we still have many battles before us. As Satan works to get a stronghold, we know the Man in Charge, and face those battles with courage because we know who wins the war.
Our hearts fill with grateful thanks today for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and for those who have served and those who still proudly serve their country today.
Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas and Not on the Menu in Sugar and Grits. Love Stays True and Love Finds Faith, the first and second books in her third series, The Homeward Journey, are now available. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and is a member of ACFW and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. In addition to fiction, Martha has contributed to compilations by Wayne Holmes, Debra White-Smith and Karen O’ Connor as well as various devotion books. Martha is a frequent speaker for writing workshops and the Texas Christian Writers Conference. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex. Their favorite pastime is spending time with their nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.