Names are so very important. As a writer, I am thinking about names all the time. Names for characters, places, books, etc. Several years ago, I also decided upon a name for my publishing imprint.
My books are published under the Silver Fire Publishing imprint. The idea comes from the Scriptures and it represents what I write and why I write.
“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap, he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and sliver”Malachi 3:3
Have you ever marveled at the beauty of something made of silver? A necklace or ring, maybe a decorative tray or dish?
Pure and polished silver shines with a beautiful metallic radiance. Silver is resistant to the corrosion and it is readily worked. Its white lustre is the result of its electron configuration, which allows it to reflect all visible light.
Found in its native form, silver contains all kinds of impurities. So how does it become so beautiful?
The process used in Old Testament times creates a beautiful analogy of God’s refining fire in our lives.
In order to make something out of silver, a silversmith must first refine the silver and make it pure. This is done by heating the silver with fire, by holding it to the hottest part of the flame to burn away the impurities.
During this purification process, the silversmith watches the silver carefully. He never leaves during the process. And when the silversmith can see his image in the silver, he knows the silver is purified.
God is the refiner. His Word is the fire. We are the silver. And the more we immerse ourselves in Him, the purer we become. And even though the purification process might hurt a bit, He is with us through it all. And like the saints, we come to reflect His image.
I chose the name Silver Fire Publishing for my imprint because I write Catholic fiction. Each of my stories shows the refiner’s fire at work in my characters. My novels are written to support Catholics in their faith and to inspire a greater trust in the Divine Refiner, who is at work in each of our lives.
Each story contains elements unique to our Catholic faith: the Communion of Saints, the Blessed Sacrament, confession, purgatory, sacramentals, etc. And each story addresses contemporary issues: loneliness, fitting in, dating/courtship, purity, abortion, vocational discernment, speaking the truth in faith and morals, being the light in a dark culture, etc.
My books are written to challenge readers and to draw attention to the spiritual realities that go on within us and all around us every day.
“The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”Psalm 12:6
Draw near to the Master Silversmith and let Him purify you until His image is clearly seen in you.
You can learn more about my books by visiting my website.