It’s my pleasure to introduce to you my friend and Christian Young Adult Author, Precarious Yates, as she discusses how our words carry power while introducing you to her characters and novels for FREE Monday – Wednesday! Welcome, Precarious!
Some people have asked me if I wrote the character of Shunda to be a picture of Christ. I didn’t. For the most part, I was so focused on the story aspect when I wrote the first book that I didn’t give too much thought to what Shunda would represent. When writing the second book it hit me: Shunda isn’t a picture of Christ but of the Church.
There’s something about Shunda’s voice. I’ll let you read the books without giving too much away, but there are aspects Shunda’s voice that mirror the Church’s voice. For one, we are much more powerful than we think. Our words carry a tremendous power and our voice carries tremendous power. How much more when we have the Spirit of God living within us!
Here’s a scene where Shunda begins to learn about the power of his voice:
Shunda wandered into this lonely part of the camp which began to fill with grown soldiers, all weary, all singing this children’s song with comical gusto. Though he didn’t know the words, he joined the romp with laughter bursting forth.
“Shunda!” Loeshken exclaimed. “Add a verse to our song!”
“What is the song about?” Shunda asked him.
“About the rainy season,” Loeshken replied.
“Sing another verse, and then I’ll add one, but I haven’t mastered your language, so it’ll be in my own.”
The soldiers continued the song with the same amusing fervor. Shunda, caught up in the moment, opened his mouth at their next break with a new verse.
O how the rains in spring
Tickle my nose at the ceiling!
Rain falling, splashing up!
As wet on land as in a cup!
Laughter erupted, especially after translation from those who knew the aquavian tongue. The screams from the aquavians hushed. Guards from every visible corner had nodded to Shunda for an encore, surprised by the beauty of his resonant voice. The soldiers begged him to sing again. The joy and mirth had a trancing effect on the captives.
Have you ever said something that you thought didn’t have an impact, only to find out later that it changed someone’s life?
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Precarious Yates is a shepherdess living in the middle of the USA, 500 miles from the nearest beach. She hopes to live closer to the ocean soon. While in Ireland, she lived one mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Those landscapes and seascapes inspired The Heart of the Caveat Whale trilogy.