Jerry Jenkins, well-known author of the popular Left Behind series, said, “The shortest distance between two hearts is a story.” I just love that quote! It perfectly describes the purpose and power of a story.
Stories are as old as time. From mankind’s earliest days, stories provided entertainment and education, just as they do today. Jesus taught in stories known as parables. Not only did He entertain His listeners – meaning He captured their attention – but He also taught them the principles of His Kingdom through stories.
Those of us who write fiction have in Jesus the perfect example of how to write a story. Study the parables and glean from them the principles of great story writing. In the days ahead, we will explore some of these principles together.
Meanwhile, keep writing the stories that only you can tell, and touch a heart for Jesus in the process.