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Guest Post: Amber Schamel


October 31, 2013 by Jen Cudmore

As an author, I love a good plot twist. Actually, as a reader, I like a good plot twist too! Like in Star Wars when Darth Vader is revealed to be Luke & Leah’s father. Or in UP when the heroic adventurer, Charles Muntz, is actually out to capture the beloved bird and willing to kill Mr. Fredrickson and Russell. Or the part in Ben-Hur where his best friend sends him to die on a ship as a slave rower. AH!

A plot twist is the part of a story when something unexpected, usually terrible, happens to the hero. Something that completely thwarts their plan, changing their path forever.

Let’s face it, plot twists are not very much fun when you’re the hero (or heroine) in the story. When your plans are completely ruined, when everything is going wrong, when the worst thing happens and then gets worse-r (which is worse-r than worst). We spend our lives praying that the Lord will spare us from such plot twists, but without a struggle, without a twist, there’s no story.

What story and ministry would Joni Eareckson Tada have if she never dove into that lake, hit her head and became paralyzed for life? What impact would Helen Keller have if she hadn’t been made deaf and blind? The apostle Paul had many plot twists in his life. In fact, he lists most of them in II Cor. 11. That’s why he was able to say:

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

Even our Lord Jesus Christ was sent to earth for the greatest plot twist of all time when His close friend betrayed Him and He was crucified for us. So next time you experience a plot twist, remember that it is the struggle that makes a good story, they are what make you who you are, and you are not alone.

Have you ever experienced a plot twist? What are your favorite fictional plot twists?

amberAmber Schamel was born in Littleton, CO and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. She was raised in a family of 11 children, homeschooled through her education and currently works with their 10 family businesses as bookkeeper and marketing director. She volunteers half of the summer helping and ministering to young girls and Christian families. Amber loves history, culture, reading and music. She has a musical ministry and travels throughout the United States ministering thru song. During her spare time she enjoys crafting Christ-honoring stories that will inspire and encourage her readers. Amber currently lives with her family outside of Colorado Springs, CO.


The Healer’s Touch – Volume One
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Aaliyah’s last chance at winning her husband’s love is destroyed when she is banished from her home as an ‘unclean’ sinner, exiled to the leper colony. When a chance at being cured comes in the form of a rumor, she must risk her life to appear in public, or die a leper.


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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today, Jen! It’s been great fun! 😀

  2. Cass Wessel says:

    Amber and Jen, thanks for this post. Only a true writer would think of life’s bumps and bruises as a plot twist! Love it. Where do we find Days of Messiah? Is it out yet? Blessings, Cass Wessel

  3. Natalie Monk says:

    My word, Amber. This analogy is perfect! 🙂

    My last real-life plot twist was on a Friday night when I had some girls over to fix their hair. My sis and I had curling irons poised when Mom walked into the room and said, “Daddy’s been in a wreck. We don’t know how he’s doing, but we need to go now.” Seven months later, he’s doing great, praise the Lord. And the hospital stay and at-home care following brought us closer as a family, but that would never have happened without that “plot twist” in our lives.
    Two of my favorite fictional plot twists are in Pride and Prejudice. One, when we find out Wickham is such a scoundrel, the other, when we find out Mr. Darcy has thanklessly saved Lydia’s (and therefore Elizabeth’s) reputation. 🙂 Enjoyed this post very much. God bless!

    • Thanks so much for sharing Natalie. I’m so glad to hear your father is doing well. God is so good and making good come out of terrible situations and I’m so glad that you can see the good in it. Sometimes it’s hard to do that.

      I love those twists too. 🙂

    • Linda says:

      And that wreck was on Good Friday, too!

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