In the Beginning was the Word

By Lynda Lee Schab

Words have been around since the beginning of time. Christians trust the writer of Genesis when he claims that God spoke the world into existence.

The world became because God spoke a word.

As demonstrated when God created the world, spoken words are powerful. Yet, this is also true with the written word. Just as hearing a lecture or a sermon sometimes shape our views, thoughts, and opinions, books also have the ability to change the way we think. And books are able to affect not only our minds, but our hearts.

When the Bible was written, God’s words were put to paper. While God could have simply given us a list of rules and regulations, or an essay or commentary of sorts, He chose instead to speak to us through stories. Particularly through passionate and heart-felt accounts that move us, teach us, touch our emotions and, ultimately, change us.

In fact, the Bible is packed with stories about the issues of life. It is bursting with characters who are not perfect. They make mistakes, get into trouble, have errors in judgement. They drink too much, they commit adultery, lie, cheat, steal, and kill. They struggle with greed, gluttony, lust, pride, anger, and unforgiveness.

Although Christians believe the Bible to be true, almost all fiction deals with the same real human conditions or circumstances as those described in the Bible. And Christian fiction is no different. It offers exactly the same elements as general fiction: romance, humor, mystery, thrill, suspense, twists, and happy endings. The difference is that unlike general fiction, Christian fiction also includes underlying messages of forgiveness, grace, hope, and redemption. The redemption that comes only through a relationship with a Savior.

A good story is one that leaves you satisfied. And satisfaction is something that can be found between the pages of many books, Christian or non-Christian. But sometimes we need more than just a good story. We need a gentle reminder that even though, like the Bible characters, we are not perfect, we serve a God who is. A God who loves us despite our imperfections. A powerful God who spoke the world into existence with a word. A God who is passionate about speaking to us through His Word – the ultimate Christian story.

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lyndaschabLYNDA LEE SCHAB got her writing start in greeting cards and has many articles and stories published in magazines and online publications. She is also a regular book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com, but Lynda’s passion has always been fiction. Her novels, MIND OVER MADI and MADILY IN LOVE, are available in print and on Kindle. Lynda lives in Michigan with her two children. Learn more about Lynda on her website, www.LyndaSchab.com.

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