Faith, as we all know, is a feeling of assurance and confidence in God. The Hands of God by Judith Alford will teach its readers how to live with faith through obedience to God.
In the New Testament, the Greek word “Pistis” is translated into the English word “Faith.” The Bible defines “Pistis” in Hebrews 11:1 as the substance of things people hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the assurance of things people have hoped for but have not yet received. Faith (confidence, belief, trust) is evidence of what is not seen—the invisible spiritual things. It comes before a prayer is answered or before an individual has received what they have requested from God. Therefore, it’s unnecessary if they have already received what they asked for.
Writing a book itself is a step of faith. In writing a book about faith, one must need to exercise it. An excellent example of this is The Hands of God by Alford. It’s a collection of short stories about faith and reflection. So, great writers often experience real-life situations that depict how strong their faith is. Writing a book about faith is much more than simply jotting down your thoughts and opinions. If you want your story and message to be impactful and change someone’s life, you need to have an effective tool for your writing.
To help you stick to the fundamental intentions of how a faith-based book is about, here are some reminders to consider:
Locate the Similarities and Differences of Your Book with the Existing Books Before Yours
There are only a few distinctions in some books related to faith. So your book must not be a revision or a plagiarized version of someone’s book. To minimize this mistake, you must read and identify a wide range of topics about the subject that can be useful for your writing. It means that a writer must have comprehensive knowledge of the topic they’re writing about. They must have also read enough to know if their writing is the same as the other books and for them to find another authentic angle to be original.
Convey a sense of Hope in Writing about Faith
Far too often, hope is reduced merely to wishful thinking, a positive approach, or mere optimism. However, hope must have genuine substance and a firm foundation. Even certain dictionaries define hope as something more substantial than wishful thinking. In fact, one dictionary defines it as a desire accompanied by an expectation or belief of fulfillment. On the other hand, hope can be an expectation and anticipation that rests in what we believe. This means that for the child of God, hope can be as strong as what we have learned about God’s goodness and faithfulness.
Just as important, it can show God’s spirit’s presence in our lives. In addition, when writing about faith, a writer must pass hope onto their readers with examples of how faith moves mountains and walks on water surfaces. A writer must be hopeful to be able to write a book that tackles hope for them to be convincing.
Draw on EXPERIENCES
After all, writing about faith should reflect one’s journey, not merely documenting a fictional experience to please the readers. To help, you can recall when you needed a certain amount of courage or how faith saved and helped you overcome your fears. These things must be documented to create a book with the sole intention of influencing readers and inspiring their lives to have faith. In addition, a writer must use their feelings and emotions to write. In doing so, they can convey the message through impactful words that came not only in their mind. Instead, these came from their heart and the experiences that made them write the book.
Genuine faith is more than just believing and trusting God alone. Instead, it includes proactively acting on that faith in one’s life by serving God and obeying His commandments. Trusting one’s faith must be the priority of someone who is planning to write a book about faith. Because is it convincing that you are writing about something that you yourself cannot believe? It’s impossible. Isn’t it?