It’s All in the Deets

Renee Ann Smith —  November 15, 2015 — 17 Comments

I love words.

When I’m struggling, a well-chosen word can turn on the lightbulb for me.

Certain words and phrases create whole scenes in my head.

Of course, God’s Word is the ultimate. His Word gives life to my soul and steadies me when things gets rocky.

And I love that His Word is filled with stories—even fiction!

I’m thankful that my Heavenly Father is a storyteller.

Because stories are the language of my heart.

I’ve read many articles that describe the strong connection fiction—especially colorful words and phrases—forges within us as we read.

In fact, a recent New York Times article, Your Brain on Fiction by Anne Murphy Paul, states that “Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that ‘runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.’

C. S. Lewis said that fiction “enriches,” “adds to reality,” and “irrigates the desert our lives have become.”

Like Lewis, I don’t consider losing myself in a story as escapism. I view it as enrichment,

As preparation,

As affirmation of life.

So in the midst of all the chaos and hurt in the world, I hold out to my students a cup brimming with beautiful stories and invite them to drink.

And I pray that “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, excellent or praiseworthy” in the works we read will refresh and fill them.

And here on the blog I often talk about stories for the same reason.

Today I’m highlighting a novella I was privileged to preview—Love in the Details by Becky Wade.

What I love about Becky as a writer is that whether in a full-length novel or in a brief novella, her words always reach my heart.

I’m amazed at how quickly she pulls me into the hearts and minds of her characters, and this story of former high school sweethearts reuniting at a mutual friend’s wedding was no different.I enjoyed Josh & Holly’s sweet romance.

I pulled out my favorite quotes to show how even a short read about two old friends falling in love all over again can be saturated with truth and beauty.

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Hop on over to this link to grab your copy of Love in the Details. It’s a lovely read & easy to sip down in one sitting. For a deeper drink of Becky’s words, follow this link and view all of her stories.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

Becky WadeAbout the Author: Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas.

She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction.

Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

You can connect with Becky . . .

at her website

on her Facebook page

on Twitter

 

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

17 responses to It’s All in the Deets

  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Love in the Details. As always, I LOVE the quote images you created. I’m grateful!

  2. I love stories too…perhaps a requisite to being female, *smile*. We learn a lot through our stores and through the stories of others. Thanks for sharing the review, looks like a sweet book. ((blessings))

  3. Great words about words today! I love reading fiction and I agree that it enriches us. The book review sounds like a good one. Hope you have a blessed week!

  4. Hey Renee,

    This looks like a really good book! I’m going to check it out!

    I was “parked” by you on Raising Homemakers today.

    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

  5. I found the insights about reading fiction so interesting.

    I recently read a Christian novel written by a dear sister-in-the-Lord. Once I was finished, I found myself still thinking about the characters and “wondering what they were doing”. She just published the sequel to the story so I guess I will indeed find out what they were doing. 😉

    Thanks for sharing the book review. The quotes do draw the readers in. 🙂

  6. It’s been years since I’ve read fiction. I used to drink it in like a gallon of water. But after perusing your page here, the idea of leafing through the pages of an old (or new!) fiction friend suddenly sounds appropriate. What an encouragement ~ both for reading fiction and for Becky’s book. Thoroughly enjoyed visiting you today via #coffeeforyourheart.

  7. Love what you are sharing – I so agree! Love the quote from CS Lewis – yes, enriched!! So glad I came here today from 3 d…

  8. Hi, Renee! I’m stopping by from Tell His Story today. I love words, too, and fiction is my favorite! Thanks for sharing about this author with us. 🙂
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

  9. I am so encouraged when I see people lifting one another up and applauding their gifts. I love that! I have sometimes felt guilty for escaping into novels, like I should be doing something else but reading is a way to let my soul pause from the chaos of the day…. a reward for the hard work. 🙂 Your words reminded me of that today. I am encouraged to read her words.

    Blessings!
    Dawn

  10. Always love your words and graphics; thanks!

  11. Well. This blog kind of thwacked me in the face– or maybe the heart?

    Needed these quotes today. Convicted and encouraged. Thanks.

  12. Thank you for sharing with Pin worthy Wednesday 🙂

  13. My favorite quote: “Because stories are the language of my heart.” I so believe this statement. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays.

  14. Thanks for sharing this over at Coffee and Conversation! I’m always looking for a good book, and hope to have some time over the holidays! 🙂

  15. Love words and how when put together they can make great stories, lift the spirit and even make you laugh. 🙂

  16. Another lovely, lovely review, Renee. Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

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