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 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.
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!
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.
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