Finding God in a Good Novel

By Karen O’Connor

I love to curl up in bed with a great piece of fiction or sit by the fire after a day’s work and do the same. One of the best parts is finding God in a good novel and it doesn’t have to be a story that is overtly religious. God is everywhere and in everything. When I read prairie romances such as those written by Jeanette Oke or a delightful mystery by Lorena McCourtney or an inspiring and deep story of life in today’s world by Karen Kingsbury, I find God on every page. I see his love and forgiveness displayed in the lives of fictional characters as they fall or sin or make poor choices and then repent and lead changed lives. I am reminded of God’s mercies—new every morning (Lamentations 3:23 in the bible).

I’m grateful to those authors who make it possible for me to connect with the Lord in ways that inspire, motivate, and encourage me to live an honorable life that will be a blessing to those I encounter. Finding God in a good novel is something I look forward to each time I pick up a new book. It could happen for you too.

Enjoy this excellent YouTube video about novelist Karen Kingsbury, now referred to as ‘the queen of Christian fiction.’ She has sold books in the millions and appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

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