Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fiction - Why Read It?

Have you ever had someone ask you that question?

Why do you read fiction?

I have. Many will tell me they don't read fiction because they can't see the relevance. They praise non-fiction for its qualities of reality and helpfulness.

But I guess I beg to differ on the significance that can be gained from reading a fiction novel.

I've read novels that have encouraged my Christian walk just as much as a non-fiction book in the Christian living section.

Currently, I'm reading Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers. Even before finishing this novel, there's a definite feel that the Christian values and influence poured into a child really does stay with the person. Makes me think of that verse that says: "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Why do I bring that up? I have friends at church who are praying for a wayward child. I see so much in this novel that encourages anyone who might know of a wandering relative or friend.

Sure, I could read about this in a non-fiction book, but for me, seeing this played out just resonates with me. Plus, I just love to get lost in a good story. That's my escape and much preferred to me than watching TV.

Do you read fiction?

Why do you read it?