“I’m getting you that for Christmas,” announced my daughter, Jayne, as she pointed to something on a store shelf.
“Honey,” I said, “if you want to surprise me, you shouldn’t show me the present three weeks before Christmas, because now I know what it is.” My goal was to help my young daughter understand the joy of surprising someone with an unexpected gift.
It seemed to be a real hallmark moment…until she added, “I’m not worried, Dad. You’ll forget by Christmas.”
Out of the mouths of babes, huh?
One thing I’ve discovered about writing Christian fiction is that there’s nothing new under the sun. I’m not charged with discovering new truths to write about. However my task is nearly as hard (maybe harder). I’m called to reintroduce readers to truths that they’ve already seen before. And I’m expected to do it in a way that penetrates the walls of complacency surrounding their hearts and minds. I’m asking them to reconsider an old truth because I presenting it to them in a new way…wrapped in a story that captures their attention from both sides of their brain. And I’ve only got a few chapters…or pages…or paragraphs to do so.
What books have you read recently that caused you to think more about truths you already knew, but perhaps had forgotten about, or taken for granted?