Melanie Purifoy


Having little knowledge of the Bible, Melanie Purifoy was perplexed by the repeated thoughts of the sick woman who touched the hem of Christ's garment and was healed. Like this woman, she knew what it felt like to search for answers for her failing health. Melanie began to wonder what this woman of over 2000 years ago might have lived through and what her life may have been like. The more she contemplated the possibilities the less they seemed different from one another. Hence the story of Rebekah. From her life in Bethany as a young girl to her fateful meeting with Jesus many years later, Rebekah's tale follows a timeline of the Bible with possibilities of how her life may have become enmeshed with others who are seeking the truth about this King born during their lifetime.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is first feeling the emotion of the character in my story and then reliving that feeling as my readers tell me of their experience with the character. My writing, whether it is a letter or a novel, is always intended to connect at a deeper level with the person it was intended for.
What are you working on next?
I have two books right now that are being conceptualized and outlined. One is being co-authored by my stepdaughter, Katherine. I refer to her as my stepdaughter as our book is about blending families. However, my steps, in-laws, grands...they are all just my children, with no exception.
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One Touch A Woman's Journey to Wholeness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,840. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Rebekah is based on the bleeding woman who through faith alone, reaches out to touch the hem of Christ’s garment to be healed. Through Christ, her life is healed of the pain, suffering, and emotional trauma that manifests itself into her blood disease. Set in the first century, this lively fiction weaves very plausible lives into some very interesting, but vaguely described characters of the Bible

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