Cinderella – Not About a Girl Becoming a Princess but a Boy Becoming King

I don’t think about fairy tales too often. I watch them with my kids and know most of them from my own childhood, but I’ve never given them much thought outside of that. Yesterday I was reading in 1 Samuel and realized I was basically reading the story of Cinderella. It makes me wonder if the bible was the inspiration for the well-known story, and if it was, I wonder how many other stories used scripture for inspiration.

There was this boy . . .

Once upon a time there was a man named Samuel who God sent into the town of Bethlehem to find and anoint the next king. The only information given to Samuel, the messenger, was that he would find the next king among one of Jesse’s sons and to listen for God to tell him which son was “the one.”

Samuel met 7 young men who all looked the part, but God told him none of them were right and not to be taken in by their appearance. Samuel asked Jesse, “Is this everybody? You don’t have any more sons?” paraphrased, of course.

Jesse answered that his youngest son was out working in the field tending sheep, so Samuel asked for him to be brought in.

When David arrived, the Lord said, “This is the one,” and David was anointed as king.

A Cinderella Story

Although it’s not exactly the same, I couldn’t help but to see the similarities as I read. The “glass slipper” was designed to fit one person, and no matter how pretty the other girls were, the prince only wanted the messenger to choose the one whose foot fit perfectly into the slipper. The person who the slipper belonged to was left working and wasn’t even brought in for consideration until asked by the messenger.

In David’s story, the anointing was for one person only, and no matter how handsome the other brothers were, God only wanted Samuel to choose the one he indicated. The anointed one was left outside working and not brought in for consideration until asked by Samuel.

David’s story continues full of ups and downs where Cinderella’s story ends at the Happily Ever After moment, but the beginning of their stories sound a lot alike to me.

What do you think?

Blue Saturday

Hello to you all! It’s so exciting to finally have this book hit the shelves, and I’m thrilled that it’s happening just before Christmas! Since it seems to be the season for shopping and having sales with names like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, I decided to go ahead and jump on that and offer a one time only Blue Saturday VIP Preorder SaleSee below for details. Keeping with the true fashion of these types of seasonal sales, I’m only giving a few details today, and at 12:00 AM Saturday, you’ll get the full details.

When:  THIS SATURDAY ONLY – December 5, 2015

What: For 24 hours, you will be among the first to receive your own Jewel of Light book by preordering with a substantial discount that will never again be offered.*

Where: The announcement with full details and link to order will be posted here on my blog page.  If you are subscribed to this blog, you will receive an email when it posts.

Preordering will ensure you receive your shipment with plenty of time to wrap it and place it under the tree AND at a discounted price!

*General preorders will continue through next week but will be at regular price.

starBe on the lookout for several contests coming up. There will be opportunities to win autographed books and other fun prizes! Help me get the word out by using our hashtags on any of your social networking sites.  #JOL #JewelGo
For this event, you can also use the hashtag #BlueSaturday

Pssst . . . Guess What’s Coming in September?

So a little birdie told me that we are expecting very soon, and I couldn’t be more excited!

That’s right!

A new little book about a special superhero should be expected to hit shelves in September.

Here’s a sneak peek of the cover. Jewel of Light is headed your way soon!

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