Although I write mostly nonfiction on my blog (besides my fiction meditation posts), my heart is wrapped up in the story-telling found in fiction. I didn’t read a lot growing up, but during the few books I could force myself consume, my mind would open up to the magical world of the imagination. It wasn’t until my twenties that I learned to sit still long enough to cultivate the discipline of reading.
Now I read a lot. I have books everywhere. And I find myself drawn more and more to the world of my own stories. I love the complexity of human nature and how each of my story’s characters is so beautifully labyrinthine. Most of all, I found that the Good News of the Gospel can be unintrusively displayed in fiction. The core desire of all my writings is to present the love of Jesus to a desperately lost and empty world.
Through Christian Fiction, the reader is given a front row seat to the Holy Spirit’s movement in the messy lives of the characters. What a safe way to see the Gospel in action! Reading may not be for everyone, but finding the Holy Spirit right in the center of a book can be transforming for many people!
For instance, our guide during my tour of the Holy Land is a Messianic Jew. Though his coming to Jesus was definitely a long process, the thing that really prompted his heart to be open to the possibility of Jesus was a Christian Fiction book that a loving person gave him. Wow! When he told me this, my heart just swelled with affirmation because that’s exactly what I want for my debut novel, Eve of Awakening.
The years of dessert writing alone, trying to wrestle out in words what the Holy Spirit wanted me to convey would seem like a moment if only one person would have an encounter with Jesus through my efforts. The hours of rewrites, the piles of rejections, the dozens of naysayers mean nothing if one lost soul would find his or her way home to God’s forgiveness and grace in my words.
Time is so short and God’s children need to know that they are not alone and that there is a Creator who loves them. God designed each of us uniquely to be the light to a dark world. I want to write for God’s glory because that is the passion God has placed in my heart. And I know for certain that Christian Fiction is one of many lamps that can light the way to Jesus.
“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable” (Matthew 13.34 NIV).