There have been times in my life when I haven’t wanted to read the Bible. There have been times that God has felt distant or I was angry at him. There have been times that I have needed a push in my faith, but I wasn’t willing to take it. In these situation, God has often used fiction books in my life. That is right, fiction. Today, I would like to share with you some of the fiction books that God has most inspired me with.
Christy by Catharine Marshall: I read this book the first time when I was fifteen. It made me realize that head knowledge was not enough. I had to be ready to live out my faith even if I was placed in a harsh environment. I have reread this book twice since then (I normally read fiction books only once). It was life changing each time.
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis: For me, this was the most powerful C.S. Lewis. It impacted me more than any of is non-fiction works. Why? I was going through a very rough time in my life, a time when God was completely reshaping my faith. I was frustrated and angry, and felt like opening my Bible would lead to yet another guilt trip. I decided to reread the Chronicles of Narnia. I started crying while reading the scene where Shasta meets Aslan. Every bad thing that Shasta says has been wrong with his life, Aslan shows him how it was used for his good. After this, I started reading my Bible again and felt so much closer to God.
Sophia’s Heart by Lori Wick: No other book has impacted my view of others, especially immigrants, more than this book. In a time when I was becoming politically involved and I was starting to get drawn into the immigration debate, God used this book to remind me that He sees the heart. Sometimes, I judge people for their accent and assume things about them that are wrong.
Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Harnurd: This tale was a blessing to me. It really encouraged me to follow God no matter where he led. As Much-Afraid learns to trusts the Shepherd, I was learning not only to trust God, but also to see that the trials I was going through would be for my good.
From the Dark to the Dawn by Alicia Willis: Although this book is not yet published, I was very blessed to read and endorse this book. This is a hard book to read, but it really helped remind me what my faith was all about. It really has been one of the biggest reasons I have become a lot more faithful in my time I spend with God. This book also helped me resolve some the doubts that had been bothering me.
What are some fiction books that God has used in your life?
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