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Another book that made a difference in my life is A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, along with the entire Mark of the Lion Series. I love this series, first of all because I’ve always been interested in the early Christian Church. The books are set in Rome, Ephesus and some surrounding areas during the 1st century. The book follows many characters and their interactions, but the most influential character for me is Hadassah. She’s a young, Christian slave in a Roman home. She is tested in her faith to the point of death, and she holds fast though she doubts that she will be able to.
Francine Rivers creates such a powerful character in Hadassah. She seems real because she has doubts, heavy burdens, and struggles with her faith, but through leaning on God, she ultimately does the right thing. It’s exciting to watch her story unfold and to see how God works in her life. I read these books while in high school, and I’m so glad I did! They’re not specifically written for teens, and even have some graphic content, but I related to Hadassah. My struggles weren’t nearly as bad as hers, but I was a young, Christian girl and was at the point in my life where I needed to decide if my faith was my own. A Voice in the Wind witnessed to me and strengthened my faith.
It also was influential in my love for Christian fiction. This book showed me how powerful a novel can be. A book can change someone’s life. If you think about it, it’s really quite amazing. Words on paper can be powerful enough to encourage someone, bring someone to faith, or–depending on the content–devastate someone. A strong emotional connection is what creates a good book, but it’s also what gives those words power over us. I think there’s an invisible emotional threshold for each reader, and a great book gets across that threshold. A good book might tickle the reader’s emotions, but those great books are the ones that stick with you forever. When a reader picks up a book, he or she becomes vulnerable to the power of words. Most books won’t have a strong affect, but they potentially could. A Voice in the Wind crossed the threshold for me, and I was changed by it.
I saw, through this book, that a novel can create a spark of faith or make a small spark of faith into a bigger fire.
I hope that you will take away two things from this post:
First, remember that writing for and working in the Christian market is a ministry. A book can change a life.
Second, remember that the words you are writing are powerful. Be careful what you write!
What book have you felt a strong emotional connection to?