The Power of Fiction

My birthday just passed.

For my birthday, three of my friends took me out to dinner. As we were eating we starting talking about prayer, and one of my friends said (and I’m paraphrasing), “Do you know what changed my attitude about prayer? Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti.” She went on to say that thinking about the angels not being effective because we are not praying really stuck with her and that changed her prayer life.

That left me with the realization that books matter. Sometimes I think that writing stories doesn’t really change anything. That people are entertained for a moment, but then leave the book behind–there’s no lasting change. But this incident changed that conclusion for me. My friend had read the book years and years ago, and yet the lesson is still with her. And this was a fiction book.

Books matter. So the question is, how will I use this power?


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