If fiction were to have its own
gemstone, it’d be morganite. A member of the beryl gemstone family,
morganites come in a variety of hues from colorless to pink, to lilac
and pale violet.
stone is said to emanate
charm, spirit, and tenderness, and it is often used in gemstone
I like that idea. A gemstone to
brighten my gray days, relax me, help me become calm and find joy.
Remember the ’70s’ mood rings?
While most women would love a
new piece of jewelry to battle stress or the blues, here’s another
option: fiction therapy!
Why not read a good book? One
that reminds us circumstances can truly change from bad to good, from
wrong to right.
Fiction is relaxing, a momentary
escape from worry; it sparks our imaginations and, in some cases, helps
us gain knowledge.
We might even make a new friend
Think about a book you’ve read
recently that engaged your heart. Did
you feel hope? Did you sigh over the satisfying ending, or agree with
the unusual twist ending, realizing life doesn’t always turn out like
we thought, but it’s still good?
Reading CBA books always makes
me love God more. I’m so happy to know Him, even more grateful He first
On his blog, Thomas Nelson CEO,
Mike Hyatt, recently confronted the emotion of worry. Here are a few of
“Worry leaves you feeling
drained. Imagination leaves you feeling energized. Worry focuses on the
bad things that might happen. Imagination focuses on the good things
that could happen.”
right. Worry benefits us nothing. In fact, Jesus said the same thing in
is one way to escape
worry. Maybe a morganite stone could help soothe stress-related
anxiety, but it’s the power of mind and thought that really takes us
down the dark trail of worryand brings us back.
therapy will ignite our
imaginations. Take us away from our troubles, if but for a while.
Fiction infuses us with hope when we face trials and tribulations. We
read about characters who rely on faith and possess a resolute spirit
At the end of a good novel, we
may have imagined a solution to our own problems. At the very least,
we’re a little bit more resolved to push through difficulties.
While most fictional tales are about characters who live only in the
authors’ minds, they reflect real life. Many are inspired from real
people, historical accounts, stories in the news, or from among the
authors’ friends and communities.
Francine Rivers’s Redeeming
Love continues to powerfully impact readers because it
resonates with the human heart that longs to know that God loves them.
The reader could also dive into the book of Hosea, which I highly
recommend, but how much more Rivers’s book adds to our understanding of
a loving God toward a weak and sinful heart.
Fiction therapy doesn’t distract
from the truth of God’s Word but uses the divinely inspired art of
story to illustrate His truth.
Feeling blue or stressed? Spend
time with Jesus, listen for His heart, then pick up a good CBA book and
go for a little fiction therapy.