Seriously, a huge deal for me.
I read a lot, and have a lot of favorite writers, but when it comes to fiction, Karen Kingsbury is the top of my list.
Her books comprise about the top 25% of my primary bookcase (double stacked), not to mention however many titles by her are on my Audible account.
Do you have a favorite writer?
When you read their work, do you feel like you know them?
The thing is – reading what someone writes and knowing who they are are two different things, no matter how transparent they are in their work.
That’s true across any genre, including autobiographical work, since they are cherry-picking what they want to tell you.
And moreover, no matter how much you think you know a writer, it’s one-sided.
They don’t know you!
Running up to a writer you’ve never met to tell them you’re their new best friend, will make you look crazy, not really like best-friend material.
There’s only one except: the Bible.
It’s the only book we can read while simultaneously developing a personal friendship with the Author.
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God,” and in John 1:1 and 14, we are introduced to Jesus as the Word of God, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
Later in John 5:39, Jesus Himself emphasized that He is the Word when He said, “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”
Throughout Scripture, even the Old Testament, we get to know Jesus.
And as Jesus is God and God is our Creator, He knows us better than we know ourselves (Romans 8:27).
Today, as you pray, thank God for writing the Bible so that through Jesus as the Word, we can have a personal relationship with Him.