My name is Ronya. I believe that my purpose in life is to live for and bring glory to God. I don’t do that nearly as often as I’d like, but I’m continually working to glorify Him more. I am a college graduate with my teaching credential but God is using me in other ways right now. I am sort of a jack-of-all-trades, well maybe not quite all trades. Maybe a better way to say it would be, I have my hands in a lot of pots! 😉 I am a transcriptionist for an insurance company, a pet-sitter, a tutor and a Tupperware consultant. I would love to work as a voice over artist reading Christian fiction books, but I’m not quite there yet. I would almost rather be reading than doing anything else. Although my friends would tell you that taking pictures and scrapbooking are also high on my list of things to do.
The Reason for This Blog:
I am absolutely in love with Christian fiction! My love of reading started long before I was of an employable age. Although I’m sure I read many books growing up, the first series of books that I remember being excited to read was the Cedar River Daydreams series by Judy Baer. My aunt took me with her to Berean Christian Stores and I always got to pick a book to take home. Oh so exciting! And how fun that years later I had the opportunity to work at that same bookstore! I had the blessing of working in Christian bookstores for 8 years. I miss it! I miss having the opportunity to share with others the books that I’ve read and enjoyed and pointing them to books that they’d enjoy.
Often times, people who don’t read Christian Fiction, especially Christian Romance, tend to lump it into the broad category of reading secular romance. I have felt for a long time a need to defend Christian fiction because there is a very distinct difference. One of the biggest arguments I have heard is that when people use fiction to escape “real” life then they neglect their families and responsibilities and they gain unrealistic expectations for their lives. Of course, as with any other good thing out there if we’re not careful, especially when we have a family depending on us, it could become a hindrance to what God has called us to do. But, it doesn’t have to and I don’t even think that it generally does.
I am going to step up on my soapbox for a moment and explain how wonderful Christian fiction is and why I believe that it can have a very positive influence on its readers. The number one reason that I love Christian fiction and believe it has a positive influence on its readers is that it makes one think about God, who He is and draws one nearer to Him. Although how strong the faith element is in any particular book varies, Christian fiction always leads you to God. The book that probably has had the most profound affect on teaching me how to live as Christ would have me live is A Voice in the Wind, the first book in Francine River’s Mark of the Lion Trilogy. I learned what it really means to be a servant of God by following Hadassah’s story.
Although learning to follow Christ in the practical everyday life of a story is the best reason to read Christian fiction, it’s not the only reason. I love how much I learn about people in the books that I read. Sure, they are fictional people, but they could be real. I meet people in books that I wouldn’t regularly run into in my regular life. I learn about professions that I’m not familiar with and what is required of people who have them. I learn about cultures and their customs that I wouldn’t otherwise know about. I learn about places that I haven’t been to. I learn about time periods in which I didn’t live and how life was different then.
I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Christian home. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior when I was 7 years old. Not believing in God was a foreign concept to me and I couldn’t understand how anyone could not believe. Often times in a Christian fiction book, the people do not believe in God or are struggling to believe and put their trust in Him. As the book progresses we learn why they are struggling and watch as conversations and situations lead them to call out to God. Through reading Christian fiction I have gained the ability to not judge people as readily for not believing. I have been given glimpses into why people may struggle and it helps me have compassion.
There are many different reasons that we choose to pick up a book and there are endless things we can learn when we do. The purpose of this blog is to share what touches my heart or challenges me in the books that I read. I would love to hear if you picked up on the same things when you read the book or if God spoke to you in a different way through that book.