“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”
― G.K. Chesterton
Stories speak to the soul. Fiction can open us up to greater awareness of the world, and the joy of finding God in new, surprising ways. When we lose ourselves in a work of fiction, we crack open the door of our spirit, inviting the possibility of becoming more empathetic, more fully human, more whole.
“On a quiet evening, curled up with a good story, we have encountered the memorable character, the articulate phrase, the evocative image, the small suggestion, the smuggled truth, the shattering epiphany, which changed us, and we weren't even looking to be changed. It enriched our lives, and we didn't even know our own poverty. We were not the same people afterward. Part of the power of such moments is that they sneak up on us when we are unaware. Spiritual insight, wrapped in the cloak of fiction or poetry, slips inside the back door of the imagination; and suddenly there it is, nonchalantly sipping coffee at the kitchen table.” —Sarah Arthur, At the Still Point