Jaime and I love nothing better than a steaming mug of Guatemalan coffee over a great fiction reader's review or a brainstorm of our latest WIP, work in progress. Simply put--we love to chat about made up stuff!
I'm aware that some (somewhere, not here though! LOL) are critical of "Christian Fiction"as if made up things are false and therefore negate any possible positive benefit to the Christian life. That logic might work for the logical, but then I don't believe faith is strictly logical.
But while we might enjoy a great fake story, no one is advocating being fake.
There's a huge difference.
Last week I was reading Brennan Manning's The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus. He reminds us: "Concern for appearance might be the American original sin; it goes right along with fake furs, paste jewelry, sawdust hot dogs and deceptive advertising. Such self deception is subtle, even for a while relatively harmless. But the temptation to settle for looking good while everything is falling apart inside can be dangerous. After a long season of accepting appearances for reality, a Christian forgets what the truth even sounds like."(page 116)
Great fiction should point us to the truth, lead us to it, paint it for us--it should touch us deeply with truth. We are raised knowing right from wrong, but most often it is the more subtle things in our lives that are the trickiest for us. That's why I love it when I'm reading a great nonfiction like this one, or a great fiction read and I get that ah-ha moment when the author has touched a spot in me, and I have to go back and reread it again. In fact, often the subtler things take rereading many times.
So next time you are reading and you find yourself challenged not to pretend, but to pay attention to what might be falling apart in your life--underline it, reread it, copy it down, let it sink in and change you. Let us shake off the fake things in us and take hold of the unshakable things of His Kingdom.
Hebrews 12: 28 "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."
What have you read recently that gave you pause for the ah-ha moment?