The gemstone jade is honored for
its strength and beauty. Much like me, um, er, sorry, lost my train of
Where was I? Right, talking
about jade. I just finished writing a story, The Sweet By and
By, with a heroine named Jade. She is strength amid weakness.
Beauty against the backdrop of brokenness.
good book should weave
together the strength and beauty of the protagonists, don’t you think?
Such stories linger with us long after we turn the final page.
What draws you into a story? For
me, it’s the setting, often the “fragrance” of the authors’ hearts. The
words they use to open the book.
But what keeps me reading is the
characters. Often, they have some strength that inspires me. In Susan
Meissner’s Shape of Mercy I was challenged by
Mercy’s faith and endurance during unbelievable, unfounded accusation.
How would I feel if my friends or family were accused and condemned for
a crime they didn’t commit? If such a trial ever comes my way, I’d want
to be brave and wise like Mercy.
about beauty? Do you see beauty in the books you read? Sometimes
it’s the lyrical writing. Other times, it’s the setting, maybe the
actions and victories of the main characters, or a combination of
theme, setting, and characterization.
Lisa McKay’s My Hands
Came Away Red has descriptive, detailed settings. The reader
is captured by the beauty of the rain forest and the silky water of the
river. It’s as if the reader is stranded with the teens.
Francine Rivers’s Redeeming
Love is a classic tale of strength and beauty.
fiction tale is rooted in
reality, bolstered by elements of strength and beauty living in the
heart of the authors. From comedy to tragedy, thriller to suspense,
fiction is full of jade gemstones.
Christian-based fiction has an
additional element: the fragrance of Christ. The apostle Paul wrote to
the Corinthians, “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those
who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
Those who believe bear His
fragrance, an aroma inhaled by all, stirring a hungry heart. As you
read your next CBA fiction title, let your heart be stirred. Inhale the
fragrance of Jesus. Take time to discover the strength and beauty.