Healing Hearts with Fiction: Can Church be Delivered Like Pizza?
What better way to reach those who may never darken the door of a church than through fiction. Home delivery through ebooks on Kindle and Nook bring the power of prayer and scripture right to the reader, every bit as much a service as the delivery of pizza. God wants us to reach lost sheep and this is one way to accomplish such a great task, as well as provide great heart-warming stories for lovers of Christian fiction. On the other hand, those who are Christians also enjoy great Christian novels and romance. The hero of the greatest love story is Jesus, and the greatest romance of all is motherhood, and you can quote me on that, if you like.
Michelle Sutton's Danger at the Door and In Plain Sight accomplish such a task by healing hearts with great Christian fiction by weaving prayer and scripture through a romantic suspense novel. Laney Cooper, the main character, has lost everyone she's ever loved through car accidents and fear has caused her to become a recluse, when she meets Bojan, a pizza-delivery man, who turns out to be so much more. He's an unusual hero, strong through Christ, who declares he can't love a woman who isn't a Christian. He manages to deliver romance and love to Laney's door with his pizza delivery.
In Plain Sight, a tale of romance and redemption, has the potential to be life-changing for women who don't consider themselves "good enough" for a decent man. Jovana, the main character, has been abused and abandoned since she was 15 by a former boyfriend, who left her on the street to die, and she loses her unborn child. When she relocates to Arizona, roadblocks to learning the English language are minor setbacks compared to inner struggles with her faith as a new, "baby" Christian and learning to accept the love of a good man.
Michelle Sutton's novels have the potential to truly heal hearts for God's kingdom through prayer, scripture, and great stories to reach the heart and readers' emotions with her powerful storytelling ability. There are many excellent Christian writers who share this common goal, illustrated through Eva Marie Everson's Shadows series, Things Left Unspoken and This Fine Life, Chasing Sunsets, Chris Fabry's Dogwood, and C. J. Darlington's Thicker than Blood. Everson's novels allow the reader to adventure through life, romance, true love, wisdom gained with age and life experiences, deal with life's curve balls, conflicts of love and life, heartaches that make us stronger, and God's fingerprints on our lives to make us the people He wants us to become.
Yet another life-changing novel may be The Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher. Couples whose daily lives are interrupted with roadblocks that threaten to derail a marriage right off the tracks may identify with main character, Katherine Clarkson, who is living her dream life, married to a well-respected handsome man with two grown daughters preparing to make her a grandmother. She has great friends, a good life, and a wonderful ministry. She has it all--until a reporter and a former coworker of her husband's spread rumors and gossip.
Newer Christian authors I've had the pleasure of reading include Nike Chillemi's Burning Hearts and Diana Prusik's Delivery. With the personal touch of each of these Christian authors, they're reaching out, reaching hearts for God and healing hearts along the way. Each author has her own writing style, and God loves them all. I can just picture Him smiling as we pen for Him.
There are too many excellent Christian authors to name in a brief article, but the point is each time a Christian novelist spreads God's word through a great book, there's the potential for more lost sheep to be found. The world is full of avid readers, so fiction is an important form for healing hearts through His word. I've worked long and hard on my own Christian romantic suspense novel, Last Resort, and I pray it will reach and heal hearts for God.
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