A conversation with her sons over scrambled eggs one morning led best-selling author Priscilla Shirer on a new writing journey that addresses spiritual warfare.
After seeing the way a story captured the imagination of her oldest son and fielding questions from two of her sons on spiritual warfare, Shirer had the idea of communicating that very real topic using a fictional story.
The initial idea became the young adult novel, “The Prince Warriors,” which follows bickering brothers Xavier and Evan, along with several friends and classmates, into the mysterious land of Ahoratos. It’s there that they discover the part they play in an invisible battle raging all around them.
Shirer says the recently released first book of a trilogy from B&H Kids, a publishing arm of LifeWay Christian Resources, tries to “capture the epic tone of a mysterious and intriguing adventure novel while simultaneously uncovering principles about spiritual warfare, particularly the armor of God.”
While her latest book departs from her previous best-selling devotional books like “Fervent” and “The Resolution for Women,” this, much like her acting debut in the Kendrick Brothers’ film “War Room,” is another in a long line of risks for Shirer.
“When I think back on the journey that the Lord has taken me on over the past 20 years of ministry, most every single thing He’s set in my path to do has been outside of my comfort zone and has required a full reliance on His strength in order to accomplish it,” she said. “With this series, God has given me a fresh opportunity to flex new creative muscles and trust Him again and again.”
For her other books, Shirer studies a passage of Scripture or biblical topic and then takes a year to craft lessons to help readers comb through the appropriate verses. By contrast, The Prince Warriors took around six years from start to finish.
In addition to working with veteran fiction writer Gina Detwiler on the story, Shirer says this has been the most collaborative project she’s ever done. “Usually, I’m writing my projects all alone from start to finish,” she said. “But with this series, there have been many minds lending their expertise to the end result. I believe that the project is stellar because of it.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press News – Aaron Earls