I think reading about faith is one of the best things you can do – and it doesn’t just have to be straight from a Holy Book!
Faith can be explored in many different ways but sometimes people seem to forget this and feel like the only way they can connect with their faith is by praying or going to Church. In reality there are so many fictitious pieces of writing that do a brilliant job of helping you take an introspective look at your faith and what it means to you. It’s also beautiful that there are so many people out there willing to share there personal feelings and connections with faith for us all to learn from and admire.
Up until recently, I have to say, that I wasn’t really aware about the vast amount of books available but once I found them I discovered that they are reasonably light reading and convey strong faith messages that are incredibly powerful. Some messages are more ambiguous than others – but they can all be extremely useful when applied correctly.
We all know books are great as you can read them just about anywhere, especially with eBooks, all you need is a spare five minutes to get in a couple of pages. Like any activity through which you learn about or express your faith, reading won’t be for everyone, but it’s definitely something you should give a try before you dismiss. If you don’t have the funds to buy new books visit your local library and see what they have on offer. To find what’s right for you do a quick internet search first and read book reviews, you’ll be surprised how many are out there.
Recently I was inducted into the beauty of faith in literature through a book I was lent called ‘The Shack’. Although I was wary about what how it might differ from my idea of Christianity at first, I actually found it to be extremely interesting. It’s a book about a Father whose Daughter goes missing and… long story short; he somehow ends up in a shack with the Holy Trinity. Having never read a book that dealt with faith in any real way before this was hugely eye-opening for me and I ended up really enjoying it, although it took me a while to get into it. I think the most important thing is to go into reading about faith with an open mind, authors may well have different interpretations and beliefs to you but it can help you ground your own beliefs in the long run.
Now I’ve tried reading a book with a faith message in it I am eager to discover more as there is always room for my faith to grow, I’d be really interested to hear about any books you’ve read that might be of interest so please leave suggestions in the comments!
If reading really isn’t for you, there are also some well executed films about strengthening your faith and connection with God but I highly recommend trying to substitute the screen for a good paperback for a while, as I feel it allows for a longer period of reflection and self examination. The most important thing is that you are always growing and learning as there is no such thing when it comes to ‘knowing it all’ about faith.