Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Christian Writer's Manual of Style - Oh Yeah!
#1 - The correct way of writing "amen". This little word seems to be very troublesome to the Christian author. Each book I read seems to deal with it a different way, so I've been on a search for this answer for quite some time. I have my own way of doing it, which, come to find out, wasn't 100% correct - but that's why I bought the book! So what is the correct way? Is it capitalized? Not capitalized? Does it stand alone as it's own sentence, or does it need ...more? How about all of the above?
If you use "Amen!" as an interjection, it is capitalized and stands alone. If you are using it within a sentence, then there is no reason for it to be capitalized. The style guide shows the following as an example: "...in Jesus' name we pray, amen." Which I had come to believe was completely in correct. Funny, huh. I'm still a bit unsure of this, as 'amen' means "so be it" or "may it be so", thus I'm trying to decide if it would be proper to use a comma, or a semi-colon - as I have been doing - or maybe no punctuation between the two at all... -Thoughts?
#2 - Do you capitalize 'Him' and 'He' when referring to God? I know that I like to, but I'm not sure it's proper. And if it is, should I also be capitalizing 'You' when referring to God? ...As of yet I have not found the answer to that question addressed in this book. :( Do you by chance know the answer?
Even though those were the specific reasons that I ordered this book, I'm eager to read through it in it's entirety. :) I know, it sounds nerdy, but I find it fascinating! Sadly, while reading this book I have actually encountered a few typos... For a book like this, I was really disappointed by that. But I guess it just goes to show that no one is perfect. I think the biggest issue is that some of the words run together. Sometimes it's just like they forgot to put a space between the words, but other times the letters actually overlap, which makes me think it's more of a printing or formatting issue...