Fiction and Longing

This man’s life—marriage, job, career—was falling apart. He turned to fiction as a way of escape.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, however, something else was happening. The God against whom I had rebelled, and from whom I was fleeing, began to use these very works of fiction to beckon me home. As it turned out, the novels in which I had sought escape, became part of the means whereby the Lord rescued me from my own death.

The novelist is a kind of priest. His pulpit is a narrative. He baptizes with words. The stories he tells may not be factual but they are nonetheless true. Over the years, God uses these truths to teach me about myself—and more importantly, about him. Here are five truths I learned. Read the rest at Chad Bird

His names some of my favorite books—Anna Karenina, The Brothers K, Nicholas Nickleby, Les Mis—and he shares specifics of how God used these and others to teach him five important truths. Ultimately, these five truths set him on the road back to THE story.

This resonates with me because it is so similar to God’s work in my own life. Through my teen and young adult years I was certainly churched, but about as far from the kingdom as possible. God pursued me over that span in many ways, not the least of which was the “desire that nothing in this world can satisfy” awakened in my heart by The Chronicles of Narnia and the Anne of Green Gables books.

HT: Dr. Veith The comments on this post are insightful, and give some good caveats and reminders about the need to be discerning in book choices.

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