Booking Through Thursday: Rewrite

btt  button Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme centering on the subject of books. The question for this week is:

Suggested by Joy:

If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which book would it be? And how would you change it?

I wouldn’t really rewrite an ending: I respect the author’s decision to end things as he or she sees fit. But I have wished for a different ending some times. The only one that comes immediately to mind is Angela Hunt’s Uncharted, reviewed here. Of course, I can’t reveal the ending without spoiling the book, but it is very sobering. It fits with what the book is portraying, and the warning that choices have consequences, some of which cannot be undone, and that we only have a short time in life to make the right choices or rectify wrong ones. The ending does reinforce the gravity of the message, so it is justified and understandable. I guess there is a part of me that wishes the characters could have somehow had a wake-up call and have been allowed to make changes based on what they learned, yet I understand that a happier ending might have taken away from the message of the book. God does warn that “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3), and some day an end will come for each of us, with no do-overs, and we need to be prepare for that now.

6 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Rewrite

  1. I do agree that God has requirements for us, and if we choose not to follow His requirements we have to suffer the consequences, good or bad.

  2. Sounds interesting – I’ll have to give this one a closer look. I’m generally satisfied with the endings of the books I read, but every now and then I find one that just doesn’t work.

  3. Huh. That is an intriguing question. I don’t think I’d change any ending of any book I’ve read either. The books just are what they are in my mind and I can either like it or not like it. But I can’t think of any book that I would change. There are certainly series which I wish would have gone on a bit more but I wouldn’t have CHANGED them.

  4. I had a wake up call of my own this week… and let me tell you, it is AMAZING how quickly God can make His point when He wants to! I’m so thankful I was listening…

  5. Well said, Barbara… but I have a confession: I only read books that have happy endings. I would actually read the last few pages of a book to decide if I would read a certain book. πŸ˜‰ I know, I don’t make the perfect reader….

    Re: sleep – it’s amazing what deadlines do to a person. I experienced that in college, and I certainly experience it now. πŸ™‚

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