Monday, October 24, 2011

Wrapped in Love

At Edenton, NC, setting of
Sparks' The Rescue



One of the things I love about front porch fiction is the sense of love wrapped in and around the stories. Not necessarily romantic love, though front porch fiction often contains a romantic element. I'm referring to the strong sense of family or small-town community that flows through the story. Mayberry, if the Andy Griffith Show had been filmed in the 21st century. So even when the character is fighting adversity, they're never truly alone.

I believe that comfort draws readers. It not only adds to the experience of curling up on the couch with a good book (or e-reader), it touches something deeper. A desire to experience that warmth and love. Writers of Christian fiction have the advantage of using that desire, and the reader's captivated attention, to share the Gospel which, as Jesus explained to a social outcast, fills and satisfies after it accepts and forgives.

As I've learned, it's a love that wraps in and around the heart, and never leaves us alone.

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