Ready to Pray, Preach, or Die
Like most writers, I’m often asked how an idea for a particular book came about. My latest, Fatal Trauma, came to me as I thought about a resident whom I helped train. In the emergency room where she was on duty, this female physician faced down a patient with a gun. Her brave action spawned my novel. She probably never thought such a situation would arise, but nevertheless, she was prepared.
There was a time when such a life-or-death situation was beyond consideration for most of us. But that’s changed. Now we never know when a terrorist or a criminal could snuff out our lives in a millisecond. Which means we need to be prepared.
One of my friends, who is seminary-trained, says it this way: “Ready at a moment’s notice to pray, preach, or die.” I think what he means is that each of us should be ready to speak with God (either privately or in public), to share our faith, and to surrender our lives if the occasion demands. The more I think about those words, the more they convict me of some changes needed in my life. How about you?
Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart.” His books have won critical praise and multiple awards. Fatal Trauma is his eighth published novel. You can follow Richard on his blog, on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page.