I’m currently reading a children’s book called Ember Falls, by S.D. Smith. It’s a great read for the entire family. Earlier this month a blurb from an article he wrote, 5 Reasons You Need Fiction, popped up at StoryWarren.com. I clicked the link to read the rest of it, and, well, it’s great food for thought. Have a looksy.
I’ve heard pastors and longtime Christians argue against reading fiction since it’s “not true.” But great literature can be an avenue of profound blessing and an ally to teach us to anticipate the kingdom of God in all of life.
If we’re moved when we come across an ancient oak swaying beside a brook in a sunlit valley, we don’t immediately try to justify its existence. If we’re sensible, we don’t think, You know, this tree would be much better if it had a Bible verse carved into it. We let it be, and we praise God for it.
It’s like this with stories—they’re best enjoyed at their natural best. If you’ve lived beneath the sheltering shade of great tales, you can think of a thousand ways they’ve proved their importance and helped you to give thanks.
Here are five such ways…