check out this book by Wm. Paul Young.
Bear in mind that it IS fiction. Typically, I don’t care for most of what is marketed as Christian fiction (and this may not be your cup of tea). However, I am enjoying this book. The symbolism is rich, showing us that the writer has been blessed with a vivid imagination. Also, his style is so captivating, it is easy to forget the story itself is not real, even though it may be representative of some things we believe to be very real.
Some things that have been meaningful for me so far:
1. God is good! events, circumstances, people, consequences, etc., are not always good, but God IS good – all the time!
2. God is always present. We may not sense His presence every moment of every day, but that does not mean that He is absent. When we celebrate, He joins in the celebration, rejoicing and loving our enjoyment.
In our darkest, most dire moments, He is there, totally aware and He gives us the necessary grace to endure whatever we are required to face. That includes those who must experience these moments indirectly.
3. We must believe that God loves us so much that there was nothing of Himself he would not choose to sacrifice in order to save us from eternal judgement. When we come to know this, we are able to experience trust.
4. Sadness, unhappiness, and fear are not caused from the presence of darkness in our lives, but from the absence of light. Find and receive He who is the Light and the darkness is dispelled.
Now….I’m not finished yet (its an easy read) and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who chooses to venture into the bookstore to take a peek. (I’ve really not given you any specifics, have I?) It seems to be very popular – on the New York Times best-seller list. I think that’s a wow for Christian fiction. The Christian bookstores seem to be selling out quickly.
So…..I am interested to hear what you think–good, bad, indifferent.