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Jordy Leigh
compelling fiction, wholesome truth
compelling fiction, wholesome truth
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One of my readers wrote to me:

There was a time where every book I read hindered my relationship with God. Not because of the book in itself or the content, but because I relied on the books to calm my anxiety, instead of relying on God. Sometimes, I still have to ask myself, “why am I reading?”. Is it to have a good time reading a book or to run away from my anxiety or responsibilities again?

I think this reader's words captured one of the pitfalls that avid readers tend to fall into.
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What morally gray areas stump you in the fiction world?
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"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us."

-1 John 1:8-10

As I consider the place of vulnerability in God’s design, I think salvation comes through it.

No, salvation is not through vulnerability in the same way that it is through faith. The Bible clearly teaches:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

-Ephesians 2:8

Salvation is through faith. This is a truth I can proclaim as the direct Word of God.

On the other hand, the Bible doesn’t mention vulnerability by word even once. But while God never says, “salvation is through vulnerability,” it appears to be the case, based on observation. How can a...
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Last week, I shared 7 signs that you or I have taken our reading habits to the point of idolatry. Needless to say, it was a weighty topic. One reader described it as sobering. It had the same effect on me as I wrote it.

By my own reasoning, I’m an idolator. That’s someone who reveres or delights in something more than God.

I’ll go ahead and admit that this whole idol thing isn’t new to me. For years I’ve known and regretted that I tend to love certain people and things more deeply and freely than I love God.

I’m also tempted to...
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In May, I posted a small excerpt from my novella, Isolated, on my blog. I took the liberty to pick apart a certain attitude maintained by the featured character. It’s the idea that God should have done this or He should have done that or the next thing because we deserve it. It’s the idea behind common questions: “Shouldn’t an all-loving, all-powerful God have done such-and-such?”

I propose this is an attitude we have all faced or will all face to varying degrees. Yes, you and yes, me.

All it takes is one thing to go wrong. One thing. Then we start to question God.

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Work.

Relationships.

Minding the house.

Pressure.

Heat.

When a person comes to me – whether it be for a favor or to invest in a deeper relationship – my tendency is to immediately agree. I heap commitment upon commitment on myself.

It’s linked to pride, at least in part if not in whole. It strokes my ego that someone would come to me for help or would want to spend more time with me. I don’t want to turn that down. I think I can handle so many responsibilities. Not only so, but I think I can do a good job and impress whomever it is that has come to me. I think I have enough in me to do it all.

Over the p...
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There's a hymn called, "The Light of the World is Jesus". We sang it at our church even as I was considering the words of this post. And while Jesus being the light of the world is a sweet and precious reality, there's also a part of it that's hard to hear.
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Excellent thoughts on what makes good writing good... and why. Please press the three dots below!

The Art of Writing

What in essence is good writing? Is it who reads it, how popular it is, or the contents? In many ways, good writing is comprised of those things, but to put good writing in the most simplest forms, it would be comprised of one thing, and one thing only; Good writing is about how it changes a person, and to the degree it does through the ages. The longer this change remains or how permanent it becomes, is truly the water mark of what good writing is.

There are many genres of writing: Humor, tragedy, romance, action, horror, and the list goes on. However, all their purposes are to change someone. The change are all different and for all different reasons, but the purpose is all the same.

People can write long lines and stanzas but it doesn’t matter how much you write. You can write one sentence and it won’t matter. What matters is the content. All writing should be based in changing people. It should have the ability to make people think.

If one sentence can change the world, that is the best writing that could ever be. However, when writing something, you have to be aware of who it is directed to and where they read it from.

It’s like if you found a piece of paper saying that "aliens were coming", you wouldn’t think much about it. However, if you went into a cave where no man or woman had ever gone before and written on the wall said, "aliens were coming", it would have a greater affect. When writing happens, you have to be aware of how your audience is going to read it.

Writing is one of the most powerful ways to communicate, and if you are a writer, whether out of mere communication or someone who writes for books, poems, or whatever, there is a real power in it that shouldn’t be underestimated.

In writing we convey the thoughts of our minds to another’s mind. That is why writing is so important. And when good writing comes along, it means that we can change others. Maybe not much, but if we can just change someone for a minute, we can change the world.

Writing is powerful, it means that we who write can do great good or great evil. But in some cases, just great rubbish, if we merely write. Writing is an art, and it is a gift, because not everyone is willing to do the hard work of writing. If you want to be a good writer, or just a better writer, it is always about willing to keep on writing no matter what.

#writing #convey #thoughts #paper #pen #sword #pencil #mind #change #world #humanity #literature #humans #society Jack Snider 2017
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