About the Book
Book: Winds of Ruach
Author: D.M. Griffin
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: October 18, 2022
Winds of Ruach is a compilation of five novellas fictionally traversing a period in Israel’s history that spans three hundred years. God used the prophets to speak to His people during a tumultuous time when faith was challenged and spiritual discipline was necessary. Five prophets lived out the message of God in a way that girded their faith and inspired those who truly listened to God’s voice. Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Obadiah, and Malachi were God’s chosen spokesmen.
Book One: Jonah felt he had every right to be angry when tragedy struck his household. He would soon learn that anger was a barrier to a right relationship with God no matter how justified the source of that anger. What happens when Jonah realizes that his deep-seated anger might cost him everything? Will he learn to embrace his forgiving God?
Book Two: Nahum was a victim of God’s wrath as it fell on the land of rebellious Israel. Intimidated for the majority of his life with little memory about his origin, Nahum struggles to trust God for vindication. Grappling to understand why everything keeps going wrong, will Nahum surrender to the only One who can truly defend him?
Book Three: As a child, Habakkuk’s faith was pure and unadulterated. As a priest serving in the Temple, however, Habakkuk realizes that something is keeping him from experiencing the fullness of that faith. He doesn’t truly trust God’s heart toward him. Will he learn to be brave despite the circumstances that threaten the very existence of the Temple?
Book Four: Obadiah lived in two worlds while feeling as if he spiritually belonged to one. Born to an Edomite father and Jewish mother, he was constantly at war with his brother. How long would it take for Obadiah to learn that the Lord was with him in the battle? Even if he lost it all, would having God be enough?
Book Five: Malachi wrestles with what he knows to be true about God and how his life is unfolding in contrast to that knowledge. What does it mean to worship with a pure heart, not with ulterior motives? As God has the final say with His people, will they listen and faithfully wait for the promised future of redemption?
Explore the themes woven into the books of the minor prophets through these fictional journeys that reveal how mighty the Winds of Ruach (Spirit) truly are as they blow across history into today.
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About the Author
D.M. Griffin currently resides in Northern California with her husband. They met in middle school a few days after she was transplanted to the West Coast at the tender age of twelve. She has three adult children who have been an endless source of delight and inspiration. She also has a precious new grandchild who brings her joy.
As a native New Hampshire girl, she fondly remembers spending her summers there as a child. Thick accents, small towns, and fascinating weather stirred the imagination of her young heart. She has always had a fondness for stories thanks to her imaginative mother who would make up wild, adventurous tales to tell her while tucking her into bed as a child.
She truly believes that a book that sits on a shelf unread is like a planted seed that never blossoms. Nothing delights her more than sharing a story.
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I am a creature of habit who thrives on predictability. That being said, Winds of Ruach fell outside my comfort zone. If you have ever heard the phrase – if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans – you get the idea. I was deep in the throes of researching and writing a twelve-book series on the disciples of Jesus. My schedule was set. The routine was fixed. I had spent two years dedicated to The Follower Series. In between writing the first draft of book seven and editing book one, I was divinely halted. I didn’t exactly hit a block, so to speak. Instead, I was inspirationally diverted. It frustrated me for a short time.
Looking back on it now, I realize it was a blessing in disguise. At the time, my daily bible reading took me through the book of Jonah. Jonah 4:4 snagged my attention like a burr clinging to a pant leg. “Is it right for you to be angry?” That single phrase snared my heart with a compulsion to self-reflect. That meditation took me to places I had not been before. I followed the thread of anger woven throughout my life. Not the anger that manifests itself in hot, fiery outbursts but the hidden, silent anger that can turn into deadly pride or unrecognizable prejudice.
Anger wears many disguises. Some of those are loneliness and grief. I began wondering what might have happened in Jonah’s life to make him, a man of God, so angry that he would directly and blatantly disobey the Lord. The first short story was the beginning of a five-month diversion in my predetermined writing schedule.
I was inspired by other verses as I walked the landscape of Scripture through the books of the minor prophets.
With Nahum, I pondered how tragedy affects the trajectory of a life. With Habakkuk, I explored the difference between authentic worship and disingenuous faith. Obadiah is a short and sweet book of the bible, but it packs a punch. The theme of the resulting short story is about claiming one’s true identity as a child of God. Finally, Malachi wove the final thread into the fabric of this anthology which is ultimately about the Spirit of God moving through history to accomplish His will and purpose. Malachi is a story about knowing when to remain silent and when to ask questions of God. As I wrote Winds of Ruach, I thought about the importance of destiny and promise.
Some of my early readers asked me which was my favorite prophet. Honestly, the only way I could answer that question is to say that it is whichever story I am reading at the time. I was greatly blessed while writing Winds of Ruach, drawing out biblical themes I had never noticed before. These five prophets are near and dear to my heart. Truly, the imagination is a gift from God. And yes, I did go back to the ‘routine’ in writing. It took three and half years (half a year over my schedule) but the series I was working on prior to Winds of Ruach is now complete. God is good even in the distractions.
Interview with the Author
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
My favorite under-appreciated novel is Appointed Adventurer. It is the story of the apostle Paul, his transformative journey, his struggles, his poignant relationship with Luke, and his ultimate sacrifice for Christ. Sanctified Servant is a close second – that one is the story of Luke and sets up Appointed Adventurer nicely. I truly enjoyed writing the Believer’s Legacy series. I learned a lot as I researched and wrote those novels. There were so many spiritual parallels with my own faith journey that the stories are still near and dear to my heart.
How do you select the names of your characters?
When writing biblical fiction, I select the names of the characters straight out of the Bible. That is why I like the genealogies in the Old Testament so much – few people do. Reading those lists of names sparks my imagination and makes me wonder what kind of character they would have been. When writing outside the biblical fiction genre, I use what I call a ‘name list’ – a list I keep on my phone of interesting words or names I hear. A lot of times, I get inspired by car model names and jot them down. Once, someone was telling me about these different types of exotic cheeses and I thought one of the names sounded like a villain, so I put it on the list.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene to write in most of my books is the opening. It can be challenging to find the perfect balance between excitement, drama, and tone. The opening of a book sets the expectations and rhythm of the book. The first scene defines a character while still leaving enough mystery to develop later on. In Winds of Ruach, the opening scene is a blend of tragedy and hope. It captures the historical context of some of the worst times for God’s people.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
In my writing, it depends on the genre whether plot or character comes first. They are both so intricately dependent on one another that it is difficult to prioritize one over the other. When I write biblical fiction, it is definitely the character that comes first. When I write speculative fiction, the plot takes more precedence.
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
At the risk of sounding cliché, I would invite Jesus to dinner but not only for the obvious reasons. I am a terrible cook. I figure if Jesus is my guest, He could fix anything I make that is not palatable by feeding us Himself. However, my family used to like the baked manicotti I made so I would probably start with that and hope for the best. I am more of a baker than a cook. Dessert is my forte – nice, warm chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven. Maybe we would skip dinner and just have dessert.
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