by Pamela Binnings Ewen
I began writing in order to answer that question. Although I was raised in a Christian home, when I was about twenty my world turned upside down as I discovered philosophers and writers like Ayn Rand who taught that this physical world is all we have, that faith is not rational. They wrote that religions are always based on myths and legends. Then I turned to pastors and priests for answers, about how they knew the Gospel stories are true. And the answers I received all came to this: There is no way to prove these things--you just have to have faith.
The answer was not enough. At that point I lost the gift of faith. Like many others, I wanted to believe, but just couldn’t get there. After that, for many years I was an agnostic. If this life is all there is, I thought, then I’d better make the most of it. The clock started ticking, because without faith, death is oblivion. I was a lawyer then, so I jumped on the treadmill and started to run.
Years passed. But one day it occurred to me that the Gospel stories in the New Testament of the Christian Bible are told by people who claimed to be actual witnesses to an amazing event. That is, the life of Jesus, his death, and his resurrection from death. The witnesses--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--wrote that life is eternal. This testimony, evidenced by the resurrection, is the cornerstone of Christianity. Suddenly, as a lawyer, I realized the Gospel witnesses could be tested for truth in the same way any other witness is tested--though evidence.
So I spent years gathering and examining the evidence available today to support the testimony of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I looked at historical writings from those days, archaeology, scientific evidence, medical and other forensic evidence. In the end I found the evidence proved a powerful, rational case for Christian faith. That is when I began writing. I wanted others, like me, to know. My first book, Faith on Trial--non-fiction--sets forth the evidence I found in my search, footnoted and presented to readers as if they’re jurors in a trial. The book became a bestseller and a second edition was released in 2013.
The experience of writing Faith on Trial changed my life. I now believe; I have returned to Christianity. Now I’ve moved on to fiction, because it’s more fun (really!). And I believe that sometimes a good story can probe deep, deep truth. A story told through characters making choices, their choices driving actions, and actions leading to consequences. And it is right there, dear readers, in just that spot that I find the plot.
In addition to the new releases, Pamela is the author of four novels from B&H Publishing Group, including Secret of the Shroud, The Moon in the Mango Tree (a 2009 Christy Award Finalist), Dancing on Glass (a 2012 Christy Award Finalist, and winner of a Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award), and Chasing the Wind ( a Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’). The Moon in the Mango Tree was recently honored as winner of the 2012 Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by the National League of American Pen Women.
Pamela’s fiction writing grows out of her faith journey, which resulted in Faith on Trial in 1999. Faith on Trial , along with Lee Strobel’s A Case for Christ, was chosen as a text for a course on law and religion at Yale Law School in 2000. Pamela is also featured in the film Jesus: Fact or Fiction, produced by Campus Crusade for Christ. An updated second edition of Faith on Trial (September, 2013) includes a new ‘User’s Guide’.
While practicing law Pamela served on the board of directors of Inprint, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting the literary arts in Houston, Texas. Pamela has also served on the board of directors of the New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. In 2007 she co-founded the Northshore Literary Society. Pamela received the St. Tammany Parish President’s Arts Award as Literary Artist of the Year in 2009.
Pamela is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors. A cousin, James Lee Burke, who won the Edgar Award, wrote about the common ancestral grandfathers in his Civil War novel White Dove At Morning.
Among other writers in the family are Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom; his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, a Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick; Elizabeth Nell Dubus (the Cajun trilogy); and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well-received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.
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