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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Guest Post: Michele Richard, author of Mocked by Faith

I’d like to give you a look into the society my characters grew up in, in the hopes to give you a better understanding of why they are the way they are.

The Gate is a gated community mostly sheltered from outside influences. The men work or own businesses on the outside of their society. That is why their clothes, appliances, and cars are still modern. They bring them in. The wives live much like the women of the 50’s. It’s not that they can’t work, but it is preferred they do it inside the protection of The Gates. Most choose not to.

Their faith follows closely to Christianity. Ancient scriptures that are denounced by the Catholics are still in effect. Where the Catholic Church dropped three of the seven Archangels, members of the faith still retain their standing. Here are a few verses or passages from the prolog that will show you why they believe what they do:

As in the beginning, Adam & Eve Genesis 2, when God created Adam, he created Eve to complete him. The same holds true today. No man is fulfilled until he has taken a wife. A wife chosen by the entity that created him, his father. Only then would the two be forever in the grace of God.

A wife shall place her husband above all other men. A wife’s place is beside husband in and outside their home. She must trust him to lead them both in life, love, and prayer.

A husband shall love his wife above all others. He must protect, love, and lead his wife. He’s sworn to provide all her needs, financial, emotional, and spiritual.

The couple shall be fruitful and multiply. They will remain as one until the end of their days.

Peter 3:2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

Peter 3:5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands,

Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Now I knew this would make some women unhappy. They like their women to be strong, independent, and even willful. Unfortunately for them that is not how this story is depicted. Yes Alexia Cross is willful in her own way, but you will have to wait until Mocked by Faith – Healing the faith to see it.

Justin is flawed from day one. Half the time you want to hug the stuffing out of him and the rest you want to strangle him. You don’t fully see them maturing until the second book. That’s where they learn the most of battling to stay together.

These two know nothing about each other until they say “I do” so it’s a journey just getting there.

Both felt unwanted: Alexia because her parents couldn’t find anyone worthy. Since she was not involved in the search she didn’t know about that. Justin on the other hand made mistakes causing every girl’s parents in his English community to reject him. Together they are a match made in heaven.

Yes, they will have a lot of obstacles thrown at them, it will serve to make them grown and learn how to live and love together.

I hope this helps you understand my newest book a little better.

Thank You

Michele Richard

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