Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Play Games, Anyone?

There used to be a saying that, "You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the books they own." When I peruse my own bookshelves I can see this certainly applies.
Today, even more than books, I think a movie or video game collection reveals something about character. Want to sneak a peek at some of the favorites on Sharona's or Frannie's shelves? Or how about Jason's?

Frannie gets absorbed in hypnotic 3-D worlds like "Myst" and "Riven." She's got every edition of the former (Myst III: Exile, Myst IV: Revelation, Myst V: End of Ages, Masterpiece Edition, etc. etc.!) Uru, and more. By getting her head surrounded by sound and wrapped up on the screen, she "forgets" the silent aching way deep inside that's making her unable to eat. And lots of times she won't even hear when her mother knocks on her door or calls her. (On a good day, she remembered to lock her door, earlier.)

Sharona does not, as a rule, play video games. She makes up for it by getting lost online for hours at a time, though. When she's not researching a topic for a book, she's getting side-tracked on sites for writers, email with colleagues and friends, and numerous chat groups such as, "prayer and share," "the Jane Austen list," "daily devotions" and "Fitness Guru." Her only news source is an online digest from a Christian newsgroup that recaps major headlines and directs grassroots lobbying efforts--which she participates in often. She edits and critiques for her online writers' group, as the others in the group do for her. But TV? or Video games?
Sharona would say, "Who's got time for that?"

Well, Frannie does.
Anybody else in the Club?
Stay tuned, and find out next time!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

What's It All About?

Here's a reminder for those new to the club: What's this all about?

It's about Sharona, Angela, Jeanine, Becky and Lisa. It's about Jason and Patrick. People who are passionate about life--they also happen to be Christians with a passion for God. What happens when life in the 21st century makes it harder than ever to live true to one's calling?

The Swimsuit Club, for one thing!
The unfolding of their lives, loves, and secrets, problems and promises. And through it all, they just want to live out their Christian calling in a world filled with forces pushing them in all the wrong directions.

Frannie's way to cope is compromising her health; Beautiful Sharona, a former model, is determined to remain pure until her wedding-- but is purity possible when a girl's in love? Angela is divorced from a wife-beating husband, and hasn't dated anyone since their split. Hunky Jason, a deacon at church and the hottest guy in town, hasn't shown an interest in women since--well, has he ever? What's he hiding, anyway?

Jeanine's got weight issues, Becky's worrying about her future--(is Ian, her soon-to-be-husband, hinting that he wants out of their relationship?)-- And, oh my goodness, now Lisa--the teenage "bikini queen" of Restonville--wants to join the Club. She's after something and the others know it (and it isn't just chit-chat).

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