"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen



Did you know that, starting today, I'm the "Thursday" weekly blogger at Exemplify Online's Blog? Would love it if you stopped by: it's a wonderful place, and every one of the bloggers there - not to mention the site itself - is full of blessing. For a teaser of what I'll have for you there each week, read below!

Most of you know (or will soon find out!) that I was raised in a Jewish home. For the first 20 plus years of my life, my main knowledge of God's Word was from what Christians call the Old Testament--but, more specifically, from the Torah: also known as the books of Moses, or the Pentateuch. The majority of Jews, at least in America, know very little of the OT besides those first five books of the Bible. They are the focus of almost all we learn about His Word.


It is for this reason that I have decided to devote my Thursday blogs at Exemplify to what I'm calling: "Ponderings From the Pentateuch: Lessons from the Books of Moses." There is so much richness in those books, and so many lessons to learn through and from them.

I don't find very many devotionals from Moses' books, and perhaps it's because I'm not looking in the right places. But as a converted Jew, I know that God speaks to his people through these books as well. So, I hope to bring some fresh insights on God to you from a part of God's word that you probably know, but may not have studied very carefully. I look forward to learning along with you.

Don't forget to stop by Exemplify Online today (and every day - trust me, I'm not the only blogger there!) and see what I have for you: this week from the book of Genesis.


  1. Ok, so you've got me hooked ... now I'll go read your post. :o)

    Bless you!

  2. It sounds interesting, JO!

  3. Really enjoyed your devotional today!!! Thank you for it... Have a wonderful day!

  4. I have a dear friend who is a Messianic Jew and I love to discuss the Bible with her. She has insights that most Christians aren't aware of:-)

    I'm going to check out your "guest blog" post.

  5. I will definitely check out your post. I am now into studying the early books of the bible so this would great to get some insight.


  6. Bravo, Joanne! That is really exciting and while I really don't need yet another place to hang out, I'm really interested in this! Blessings!


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