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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: I write so they may read
By Dennis Fletcher


To ponder the meaning of the words I am reading and then to comprehend my own ponderings. That is what I strive for every time I pick up a book or read an article that is non fiction. That is not to say that I always pick up hard to understand, theology laden manuscripts meant only for professors and sages. Oh no, quite often the simple writings are what perplex me the most. They seem to be filled with so much, yet they are written with such simplicity, to you and me, the common person.

Lately, however, I have been reading more fiction, specifically, fantasy adventure. You see, I believe that God gave me an imagination far beyond anything I can ever fathom, even farther than any human dead or alive, except for Jesus, can even begin to contemplate. For this reason, I allow a part of me to be unlocked and released through the reading of the fantasy adventure genre.

I have explored world upon world, time upon time. I have witnessed the birth of dragons, the march of Elves and the extinction of entire races that knew nothing but evil and war. I have ridden on the back of many different colored dragons, stormed just as many different castles and watched as wizards stopped entire armies.

I have been invited to secret meetings of both love and war and I have been privy to a host of inventive ideas. I have watched the best train in different weapons and I have seen the mightiest fall to their knees because of sorrow. I have seen different godsí priests worship and sacrifice and I have seen the futileness of it. I have seen kings make wise decisions and I have seen jesters become kings.

I have witnessed the entire life of many a hero and seen many a villain die alone. I have walked with sages and conferred with angels. I have even been invited to the birth of an entire world.

I have seen those who love goodness and light single handedly take on the darkness and I have seen the darkness consume them, only to be repelled again by their love for the light. I have seen evil come to the brink of victory only to be utterly destroyed by those who fought for good.

All in all, I have seen a lot of different gods and deities given the credit for what their minions have done. I have seen entire worlds created around false gods, but one thing always remains the same for me.

God is the author and the creator. He allows nothing to happen, or be written, unless He says it is to be. Those books may glorify another, but in my heart, He is glorified. Through those books, I am able to create stories where another, perhaps many others, can enjoy the things I have enjoyed and see God glorified within the covers of my text. Yes, I will keep reading, for how else will I meet dragons and ghosts and kings and warriors and priests and wizards and talking animals and see worlds that are similar to ours, yet so different? I will write, because I know that there are those who have a desire to read.

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Elizabeth Burton02/01/07
Reading this, I was reminded of C.S. Lewis' comments on why he loved fantasy genres and folk tales: he said they pointed to Christ in a way few other things can. Like Lewis and you, I love fantasy and science fiction. A nice read; good job!
Kathleen Morris02/02/07
Very creative piece! Though I am not a fan of fantasy and usually like real life situations, you made me want to read more. Very good!
Valerie Routhieaux02/02/07
I found myself thinking about C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and a host of others in your account. Well written.
Julie Arduini02/02/07
I agree with the other comments. It's not my cup of tea but I immediately thought of those authors, not bad company to be associated with!
Donna Powers 02/03/07
Very nice! You express yourself clearly and there is an element of whimsy here. Nicely done!
Jan Ackerson 02/03/07
Your repetition of "I have..." is very effective here. Nice job of showing us your world!

The hyperbole in the second paragraph threw me a bit, and I think you meant "futility" instead of "futileness."

Your passion for writing is very evident, and your desire to write for God's glory.
Sara Harricharan 02/07/07
This is very good! Highly compelling to be more creative in anything we (as writers) do, yet also very well done and a joy to read. I enjoyed this little view into 'why'. Excellent job! ^_^
william price02/07/07
You can tell your heart beats for the One you write for. God bless.