I love choosing names for my characters. It’s my favorite part of writing. Remember these brilliant names? Huckleberry Finn, Rumpelstiltskin, Scarlett O’Hara, Ichabod Crane… They’re unforgettable. They’re also fictional.
Jericha Kingston is a fictional name, too. My real surname has four syllables and is a phonetic nightmare. Strangers struggle to pronounce it. That’s why my pseudonym was conceived with care. I labored over it for days, but finally, Jericha Kingston was born.
There is One Who is intimately concerned with names–His own and His people’s. Here are some Biblical names God changed: Sarai became Sarah, Jacob became Israel, Simon became Peter, and Saul became Paul. Can you think of others?
God gives His children new names, and I praise Him for it. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your Name give glory, because of Your loving-kindness, because of Your truth.” Ps. 115:1
~ Jericha Kingston
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