In the 13 or so years since leaving her job as a reporter for The Alpena News, a few things have remained constant for Jane (Dunshee) Wells. Namely, her love of writing and her desire to figure out what God planned for her to do with it.
The journey took her through public relations to youth ministry to living over-seas and back to Michigan again. Now all those experiences have culminated in a book, "Glitter in the Sun: A Bible Study Searching for Truth in the Twilight Saga."
In a bold move, Wells has hijacked the most popular cultural touchstone of recent years and turned it on its head. With insight, humor and great compassion, she uses scenes from the hugely popular "Twilight Saga," a four-book and soon to be five-movie juggernaut, to illustrate just why the saga is so popular.
Jane (Dunshee) Wells
"Glitter in the Sun" from Read The Spirit Publishing, came out of a women's Bible study Wells taught at her local coffee shop. While the group came from different denominations and backgrounds, everyone had read and enjoyed the "Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer and soon Wells found herself illustrating theological truths with scenes from the series.
It quickly became obvious to her that the "Twilight" phenomenon was a rare window in time when huge portions of the population share a common ground that can be turned into a ladder toward God.
"I believe 'Twilight' is about vampires to the same degree 'Romeo and Juliet' is about Italians," Wells said. "It's not about who the characters are, but about what they represent. We don't debate Team Edward and Team Jacob because they are vampire and werewolf, but because one represents eternal love and the other represents selfless love."
"Glitter in the Sun" is set up as a 16-week Bible study. Each chapter begins with a scene from one of the "Twilight" books or films, then delves into Scripture addressing the truth captured in the fictional scene. Many chapters contain illustrations from Wells' own life experiences in areas such as self-control, faith and the pain of spiritual growth.
Small group study guides are included for each chapter. "Glitter in the Sun" can be purchased at Amazon.com.
Wells grew up in Alanson. She married a career Navy man and had her first son in London, U.K. Now a stay-at-home-mom of two sons, her primary passion beyond her family is helping others understand the deep and abiding love of God for his creation.
Her writing experience includes newspaper journalism, freelance inspirational magazine articles and Bible studies. She worked at The Alpena News in 1996-97, covering Alcona County, Rogers City schools and the police beat.