I love to read, ever since my sister-in-law bought me the Twilight series for my thirtieth birthday, I’ve probably read over 500 books. I would rather lose myself in a good story then watch television any day, and as with anything else these days, technology has transformed the book market. E-books have made it so much easier to get what you want, when you want it. No need to drive all the way to the bookstore; the bookstore comes to you. All you have to do is press a button and the wide world of reading is literally at your fingertips.
And here in also lies the problem. Books that Christian women would never even think about carrying around in their hands are now accessible to read privately on their phones or e-readers, and shamefully, I must admit that over the years I have read my share of books that don’t reflect my Christian faith. It’s easy to get sucked in and think it is innocent fun, or something that will spice up your marriage, while in reality it’s nothing but a sin. A sin that tempts and ensnares many women, believers and non-believers alike, day after day. It can be a hard thing to resist when those around you are discussing a hot book they recently read, but now I know that if I want to make a difference for Christ, then I must be different from the world. For me, that means being strong in my faith as I scroll through that list of book titles and turning away from that enticing book cover and teaser description. It also means deleting a good book half way through when I reach a part that takes my thoughts in an ungodly direction. It’s not always easy to do the things that are right in the sight of the Lord, but in the end, it’s always worth it.
Even as I strived to be different, when I sat down to write my first book I had already decided that it would NOT be Christian fiction. Not that I was going to make it explicit, but I knew if I put it into that category, it would not sell as well.
As my book progressed, I noticed that my writing was beginning to focus more on my characters and less and less on God. After reading my rough draft, my editor balked at it. She kindly reminded me that it was God who gave me this story and the focus needed to shift back to Him. I felt ashamed of myself as I had tried to turn my book into something women wanted to read instead of something God wanted me to write. I had let my desire to succeed get in the way of what was really important- leading others to Christ. I prayed fervently and dived into my Bible. After repenting for my selfish attitude and with God’s continued assurance, I ended up rewriting several critical parts of the book to better reflect God’s unending love, grace and mercy.
So as I sit down to work on the sequel today, I ask that you pray for me. Pray that I stay on the right path and am not swayed by what type of books sell in this anything goes world and also pray that I will be steadfast in my conviction that all my writings continue to glorify God in the end.
I’m going to leave you with one of the verses that has been such a reminder to me of who I belong to and serve.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.” John 15:5
Today I pray that no matter your calling- be it as a writer, a nurse, a teacher, or a stay at home mom, that you let God use your life to bring forth much fruit.
Many blessings to you,