Friday, December 30, 2005

Beautiful...Tangled Roots - Letter to Readers

Beautiful…Tangled Roots was such a difficult book to write for several reasons. The first being the fact that I do not condone the act of adultery under any circumstances. The second being the fact that the whole slavery thing can oftentimes leave a sour taste in people’s mouths, mine included. Yet this was a book I felt compelled to write, a story I felt compelled to tell.

Perhaps that compellation had something to do with the fact that many of us come from beginnings that were not always squeaky clean, beginnings that were far from honorable. The simple reality is the fact that many of our American ancestors did own slaves or either were slaves. And many of them were intimate with one another, willingly or unwillingly.

In this particular book, I opted to show a willing slave/slave-owner union at such a peculiar time in American history. I also sought to show that God can straighten out every tangled part of our lives, including the act of adultery and other sins of the flesh. And that He can bring something beautiful out of the messes we create, order out of our self-imposed chaos if we only let Him. I truly hope you got those important messages.

To further drive the above points home, see Judah and Tamar’s story in Genesis 38. Also see Luke 3:33 where it confirms that Jesus was indeed descended from that sordid father-in-law/daughter-in-law union.

Another reality highlighted in this book is the fact that people were succumbing to socially accepted behavior even back in antebellum times, despite the fact that that sort of behavior was contrary to the Word of God. Doesn’t that remind you of so many other ‘sinful, yet accepted’ issues in today’s society? And like many people today, Edric and Eve justified their sin by pointing to the purity of their feelings. Fortunately, they eventually allowed God to sanction their union the right way and in doing so, revealed how true love really can conquer all.

Finally, I hope you also got the message that no matter whom you are descended from, those people (your own beautiful tangled roots) were not only fearfully and wonderfully made by God, but were also completely necessary for your very existence. Be blessed.

Suprina Frazier

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