One of my big “whys” for writing is to impact readers’ lives. When I tried to put this into words, I decided I couldn’t express my thoughts more eloquently than fellow InspyRomance author Valerie M. Bodden has, so here is a direct quote (used with permission):
There are a lot of things I love about being an author—but one of the most gratifying is knowing my books are touching people’s lives. Every time I get an email from someone who says one of my books reminded them of a truth from Scripture they needed to hear or read a review that says my book was just what they needed to read, I get that feeling of, wow—who am I that God would choose to entrust me with this privilege of sharing his love in this way?
I began reading “Christian” or inspirational fiction in the mid-1980s. Many books gave me inspiration when a character exercised her faith muscles in a particular way, or a verse of Scripture was applied to a situation. In one of the darkest periods of my life, a book about a mail-order bride (again, the title escapes me) gave me hope and strength that I remember to this day.
My favorite book of all time (besides the Bible) is one that I cannot remember the title. It was a contemporary Christian romance I read more than thirty years ago. The author was one of my favorites, Lauraine Snelling, and the main character underwent an elective surgical procedure that I had never heard of, and it completely changed her life.
I had the courage to approach my doctor, discuss and research the procedure, and made the choice to have it done a few months later. The results were completely successful and still impact me daily. I cannot wait to meet Lauraine in heaven, hug her fiercely, and tell her how powerfully the story God put in her heart blessed me.
I would not be where I am today—in so many ways—without that fictional story.
Now, as a writer, I pray my words will be as seeds planted in a reader’s heart, that the Holy Spirit will nourish them with life-giving water, and that God will bring the harvest—a life changed, or a step in the Heavenward journey made smooth.
Is there a fictional CCR book that has impacted your walk with Christ? I’d love to hear about it—even if you can’t remember the title!