A Humorous Scene From The Detective Novel Soul Pursuit

A Humorous Scene From The Detective Novel Soul Pursuit

Looking for a quick, humorous book to read? I think you’ll find that my Christian detective novel, Soul Pursuit is fast-paced, entertaining and inspirational. Here’s a funny scene from one of the chapters to grab your interest. Check out the five-star reviews on amazon then buy a copy of Soul Pursuit and enjoy reading it yourself.

An Excerpt From Chapter 22 in the Detective Novel Soul Pursuit

      Warren looked at Terrence and Jeff with an admonishing frown.

     “If you two are finished with your teasing and home spun philosophizing, can we get back to our discussion on the deity of Christ? How can Jesus be fully God and fully man at the same time?”

     “Don’t think we’re supposed to understand it,” said Terrance. “It’s what you call a…uh…a…”

     “Paradox,” finished Jeff.

     “Yeah. I mean, Jesus was a real person. He experienced everything we do. What do you think, Jack?” asked Terrence.

     I knew he was trying to pull me in, to engage me in a spiritual discussion. But I wasn’t going there. I gave a non-committal shrug.

     “Not religious.”

     “But you have an opinion. A worldview. We all do.”

     “This is a safe place to explore scripture and ask questions,” said Warren. “We’re all on a spiritual journey and none of us have it all figured out.”

     “Okay, since you’re talking about real people, I do have one question weighing on my mind,” I said.

     Warren smiled encouragingly, the paternal, spiritual father encouraging a toddler to take his first spiritual, baby step.

     “Ask away.”

     “Did Jesus fart?”

     Warren’s smile crumpled into a look of shock at such sacrilege. Terrance was in mid-drink of coffee and blew it through his nose as he laughed. Jeff smiled, uncertain where the conversation was headed, but ready to go with the flow. 


     It caught Warren completely off guard and the spiritual confidence that had marked his face dissolved into one of holy terror. It was nice watching someone else squirm for a change so I pressed forward.

     “Did Jesus fart?

You know, pass gas, cut the cheese, play the posterior trumpet.”

     Warren’s face grew a deep red.

     “I…I…don’t see the relevance in that question.”

     “Terrence just said Jesus was fully God and man. And he shared all our experiences. If so, shouldn’t he break wind like everyone else? And by the way, if Jesus was perfect, what would a perfect fart sound like? Or smell like? Don’t give me a churchy, idealized version of God. You say he’s real. I want to know how real.”

     “Jesus was real in every sense of the word. But this level of vulgarity is not germane to our spiritual discussion.”

     Warren was visibly struggling and reverting to obfuscation to cover his discomfort.

      I smiled innocently and shrugged.

     “Why not?”

     “Wait a minute,” said Terrance. 

     He was trying to control his laughter and wiping snot globs of coffee from the table.

     “I think Jack has a legitimate point. I mean, we do talk about the humanity of Jesus, don’t we?”

     Warren’s look of discomfort turned to horror. His friend was turning against him.

     “Yes, but—“

     “Well, if he’s the God who created smell in the first place, I’d think he could go either way,” said Jeff.

     “Meaning?” asked Terrence.

     “Raunchy or sweet.”

     “A loud blast or silent but deadly?” I added.

Crass conversation was in my wheelhouse. Maybe I could get into this accountability thing after all. Terrance had another thought and almost spit out a mouthful of donuts in his haste to share it.

     I was warming up to the exchange.

     “Hey, maybe that’s part of the story we missed in the Bible. You know, when Jesus cleared the temple?”

     “A holy of holy farts,” said Jeff. “Awesome in power and mighty to scatter away.”

     Jeff and Terrence were both now laughing so hard they were slapping the table and wiping tears from their eyes. I joined them along with people in nearby booths who had no idea what was funny, but laughed because the laughter was infectious.

     Warren, however was appalled at such blasphemous talk.

     “This conversation shows an incredible lack of reverence for God. It’s…it’s undignified.”

     “Maybe,” said Terrance. “But if Jesus could control the smell, what does that say about election and free will?”

     “And the trinity?” added Jeff. “An Omnipotent fart to the power of three might evaporate the universe.”

     Warren was self-righteously indignant. He closed his Bible and gathered his notes.

     “This Bible Study has downgraded to obnoxious and is effectively concluded.”

     “Okay,” said Terrance. “Then I have a parting thought.”

     We waited expectantly as he stood and smiled.

     “Oh, man. SBD bomb!”

     With no further discussion we all left.

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Chip Tudor is a freelance copywriter, published author, playwright and pastor. He publishes drama at www.chiptudor.com, books on Amazon.com, and articles on his blog.

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Writing A Subplot For Your Detective Novel

Writing A Subplot For Your Detective Novel

After you’ve worked out the main plot, consider writing a subplot for your detective novel.

A sub what?

A subplot takes place within the main plot of your detective novel. It’s also called a story thread and story within a story. Subplots are shorter than the main plot. But like the main plot, they tell a story with characters, conflict and resolution.

There’s no rule of thumb on how many subplots to include in your detective novel. It really depends on how long and how complex of a book you want to write.

Subplots add texture to your detective novel. They increase drama, add intrigue, misdirection and depth to your book.

Ways To Write A Subplot For Your Detective Novel

There are many uses for subplots. The most obvious, of course, is to make your book longer. Otherwise, not only is your detective novel one dimensional, it may feel too short.

But subplots also accomplish other things. They add dimension and help you develop your characters by putting them into various situations that reveal other sides of their personalities.

You can also use subplots to change the mood and pace of your story. Suppose, for example, you just completed a heart pounding scene in your detective novel where an important character just barely escapes.

Taking readers into a calmer subplot storyline lightens the mood and lets them catch their emotional breath.

Deciding The Type of Subplot For Your Detective Novel

When considering different types of subplots to use in your detective novel, think variety. Maybe it’s a physical challenge. While solving the mystery, your hero also pursues a goal or solves a problem separate from the mystery.

Let’s say the main character in your mystery is a high school newspaper reporter tracking down the basketball team’s stolen mascot uniform. But his editor also assigns him to write a story on the local dog show. You might intersect the two plots somehow or keep them completely separate.

An internal story

Or maybe your subplot for your detective novel is an internal story. A decision or moral dilemma the character wrestles with.

In my faith-based detective novel, Soul Pursuit, the main character, Jack Sterling is on a faith journey. He starts out a non-religious person, but experiences a number of encounters throughout the book to a climax where he is confronted with his beliefs about God and his own personal faith decision.

As you master the art of writing subplots and weave them together with your main plot, you’ll create a detective novel that is longer, more interesting and engaging.


Chip Tudor is a freelance copywriter, author, playwright and pastor. He publishes drama at www.chiptudor.com  and books on Amazon.com.