There, my final tagline post.
I believe that as Christians it is not wise or right to just read a book without thinking about what it is trying to say. You may say, ‘it’s just a story’. But it isn’t. Ideas aren’t neutral. Either they line up with God’s truth or they don’t. It’s simple.
So when I read I try to analyse what the author is trying to say. Or maybe not even trying. Many people are just trying to tell a enjoyable story. But still their view of the world is going to come through. So it’s probably a good idea to find out something of what the author believes before reading their book. I must admit that I often forget to do that. But I still try to figure it out. I don’t want to find that I am believing a lie.
Of course this doesn’t I only read books that are written from a certain world view. This year I found out a series I was reading, was written by a LDS lady. I still kept reading and enjoyed them. There was still a lot of truth in them. Knowing where she was coming from helped me know what errors to look out for. I’ll do a full review sometime.
I enjoy some older books that aren’t strictly classed as Christian. Especially accurate historical fiction. In the past the general culture was more Christian and this is reflected in some books. I wouldn’t read a contemporary secular book though because they have so much filth in them. And some Christian books aren’t a lot better.
When I read I’m always looking for a godly theme or message in it. This may be because my family has a general stance against reading a lot of fiction and I feel that I need to justify having spent time on that book. When I haven’t learnt anything from a book it feels like a waste of time.
I also read as a writer. Since I started writing, I’ve never looked a story the same way again. I notice the plot, I notice little things like alliteration, I notice little mistakes, like using the same word too many times. That may be because I’m reading aloud to my brothers though. But when I read to them I keep making little comments.
I also think about movies and music. With movies I even have a pen and note pad. Often I don’t write anything down, but we talk about things still. And with music I
usually think about what it is saying. That is why I like songs from scripture. I don’t have to analyse it. God’s word is the one thing we are safe not to filter. and even then I think about it.
Thinking about stories hasn’t lessened my enjoyment though. I think it has made it greater. I will follow these same standards when I do book reviews. That probably won’t be very often as I’m not a great reviewer, but it’ll happen occasionally.
I decided to do my posts out of order. I had planned to talk about reading, but sometimes, you just want to talk about life. (There I go talking about myself in the second person again)
Even when life is hard, we should still be able to find some joy. Christ has rescued us from death and sin and that ought to be enough. And then there are so many simples joys in life. Things like lovely weather, cooking, or gardening.
A little while ago I harvested the first garlic for the year. I like growing garlic. It’s so simple. Just stick the cloves in the ground and seven or eight months later you pull out whole heads. One on them was a little early and there’s lots more coming. I harvested another head today in fact. I am very glad I planted as much as I did, because we probably aren’t going to get much else this season. We have a problem. Our plants are being eaten.
By mice we thought. Because we knew we had mice. But we weren’t catching any. Even with a get-the-peanut-butter-and-fall-into-a-bucket-of-water trap. something was getting the peanut butter though. And now we know what it is. Rats. So we got the rabbit trap set up and we are waiting for night to come. But at least rats don’t like garlic.
Anyway this post doesn’t seem to have a great point to it, but life is like that sometimes. Not everything seems to be hugely important. But we do it anyway and we find joy in it. Not because of what we are doing, but because of who we are, children of the living God. May you find joy in him.
Welcome to my blog. I hope you will enjoy and be encouraged by what I write here.
Let me introduce myself. I am a writer. I go by Anna, but some people might know me as Bria. I’m fairly new to writing. I was the girl who never enjoyed writing assignment very much. My parents were very surprised when I started writing. I was slightly less surprised, I’d given myself more time to get used to it. I honestly didn’t tell them until after I’d been planning for several months.
It really started when I had a good idea. Before that I’d only thought of mixing up fairy-tales and a few other stories. Those ideas were not original at all. I did make up other stories in my head and play act them with my brothers, but I never thought of writing any of them down. They probably weren’t that good anyway.
James, Steven. Story Trumps Structure (Pages 239-240). Writer’s Digest Books.
That is my goal. To present the moral truths of the world. Not necessarily the historical or physical facts. I am writing fantasy, but I’m not going to distort God’s reality. At least that is my prayer. I know I’m not perfect. There is no way I could write a perfect book. But I will do my best. I certainly intend for it to be fun though. And or it to be different. I hope to make other people’s live a least a little bit better in some way by my writing.
Also Matthew 12:36 says that we will have to give an account for every idle word spoken. I think that applies to written words too. They are much more permanent and spread far wider. So with God’s help I will write well.
I’ll be back here next Tuesday for a special post. and I may just have something else in between.
There you made it to the bottom of my first post. That wasn’t too hard was it?